Kenneth Tze

Partner

  • Kenneth Tze
  • Phone: +1 415 957 3159

    Import to Address Book

  • Duane Morris LLP
    Spear Tower
    One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
    San Francisco, CA 94105-1127
    USA

Kenneth (Kenny) Tze advises clients on real estate transactions and finance matters for commercial, office, mixed-use, residential, retail and industrial developments and projects. Mr. Tze focuses on purchase, sale, leasing, finance and exchange of investment properties and represents clients in matters related to disposition and acquisition of real property and commercial, office and retail leasing. He also has experience in advising lenders and loan servicers in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and handles and conducts complex loan modifications, amendments and assumptions, and provides oversight counsel assistance to loan servicers. Mr. Tze further provides counsel on commercial loan enforcement and workouts involving distressed real estate assets. He works regularly and has extensive experience with title companies, appraisers, environmental consultants and other industry professionals to provides his clients with full and comprehensive services.

Mr. Tze is a 2000 graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a 1995 graduate of the University of California, Davis.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate

  • Finance

Representative Matters

  • Represented investors in purchase and/or sale of San Francisco and Oakland office and retail buildings.
  • Represented commercial loan servicer in enforcement proceedings involving multi-state collateral.
  • Represented lenders in multi-million dollar secured finance transactions.
  • Represented buyer of restaurant ground leases in San Francisco.
  • Represented San Francisco private university in the purchase of a historic office and classroom complex South of Market Street, San Francisco.
  • Represented seller of transferable development rights (TDRs) in San Francisco, including applications to amend the Zoning Map and Planning Code.
  • Represented buyer and seller of landmark office and retail building in Healdsburg, California.
  • Represented seller of winery and assets in Calaveras County, California.
  • Represented landlords and tenants in the negotiation of office and retail leasing.

Admissions

  • California

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D., 2000
  • University of California, Davis, B.A., 1995

Experience

  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2022-present
    - Special Counsel, 2015-2021
  • McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
    - Of Counsel, 2012-2015
  • Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP
    - Associate, 2005-2012
  • Teraoka & Partners LLP
    - Associate, 2001-2005
  • Knapp & Viola PC
    - Associate, 2001

Professional Activities

  • Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC)

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Volunteer, Asian Law Caucus

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Diversity in CRE – An Interactive Roundtable: Forging a Path to Success," IMN Winter Forum on Real Estate Opportunity & Private Fund Investing, Laguna Beach, California, January 22, 2020