Christopher Bender
Associate

Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
USA

Phone: +1 215 979 1854
Fax: +1 215 754 4971
Email: cebender@duanemorris.com

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Christopher E. Bender practices in the area of real estate law and municipal finance. Mr. Bender's practice includes acquisitions and dispositions of real property, commercial financing, leasing and tax-exempt public financing. 

Representative Matters

  • Represented American Realty Capital Properties, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARCP), a NASDAQ-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), with respect to real estate aspects of a merger transaction valued at $3.1 billion to acquire American Realty Capital Trust IV, Inc., a "non-traded" REIT. The combined company as a result of the merger will have pro forma enterprise value of $10 billion and will be the second largest REIT in the triple net lease sector.
  • Represented an American petroleum and petrochemical manufacturer in documenting the transfer of an industrial complex to subsidiaries for $60 million.
  • Served as co-underwriter’s counsel for a syndicate of investment banking firms that sold $85,050,000 million in tax-exempt revenue refunding bonds.
  • Served as underwriter’s counsel for a syndicate of investment banking firms that sold two series of tax-exempt bonds aggregating over $210,000,000 across six sub-series of subordinate and convertible capital appreciation bonds.
  • Represented non-profit organization in obtaining variance from local zoning code to operate a shelter and resource center for individuals transitioning from incarceration.
  • Represented non-profit organization in successful appeal before the City of Philadelphia Board of Revision of Taxes to reclassify real property as tax-exempt.

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2012
  • Georgetown University, M.A., 2006
  • Cornell University, B.S., 2004

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Associate, 2012-present

Selected Publications