Charles R. Moran

USA: Maryland

Ballard Spahr
300 East Lombard Street
18th Floor, Baltimore
MD 21202-3268

Tel: 410.528.5689
Fax: 410.528.5650


Charles R. Moran represents publicly traded and privately held companies, equity funds, investment banks, and institutional lenders in a wide variety of corporate, business, and finance matters. He is experienced in the representation of real estate investment trusts, life sciences and other technology-based companies, and health care providers.

Mr. Moran regularly advises clients on matters of corporate law and corporate governance. He has acted as special corporate counsel to acquirers and targets, as well as to boards of directors and committees thereof, in connection with numerous mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and other extraordinary transactions.

Representative Matters

Represented a financial adviser in arranging financing for the construction and long-term operation of a 1.5 million-square-foot manufacturing and research facility, totaling $687 million
Represented an NYSE-listed real estate investment trust, as special corporate counsel, in connection with the acquisition of another publicly traded real estate investment trust, and related financing transactions, involving more than $3 billion in the aggregate
Represented a major financial services company and fund sponsor, as special corporate counsel, in connection with the formation and initial public offering of common stock of three closed-end investment funds, which generated aggregate proceeds of approximately $700 million (shares of common stock of each of the closed-end funds are now listed on the NYSE)
Represented one of the largest privately owned producers of crushed stone, aggregates and sand products, and ready-mix concrete in the eastern United States in connection with the sale of one of its divisions to a newly formed subsidiary of a European-based global construction supplies company
Represented an NYSE-listed real estate investment trust, as special corporate counsel, in connection with its acquisition by an equity fund in a cash merger for aggregate consideration of approximately $700 million

Professional Activities

-American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Committee on Corporate Governance

-Maryland State Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Committee on Corporation Laws; past member, Section Council

Recognition & Accomplishments

-Named leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, corporate/M&A law; and capital markets: REITs, national ranking, 2010-2014

-Named leading lawyer by Chambers Global, capital markets: REITs (USA), 2013

-The Best Lawyers in America, corporate law, corporate governance law, and corporate compliance law, 2007-2015

-Named Best Lawyers’ 2012 Baltimore Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year

-Baltimore SmartCEO magazine, Maryland’s “Legal Elite,” 2006

Our Real Estate Finance and Capital Markets Group is home to many of the nation’s leading lawyers who have played pivotal roles in developing, structuring, and negotiating an impressive range of complex, high-profile real estate transactions. This work includes helping clients resolve or pursue “legacy” assets to solve a problem or unlock an opportunity. Our active relationships with important industry participants help to identify opportunities and trends and to facilitate transactions.

We represent commercial and investment banks, insurance companies, finance and specialty lending companies, loan servicers, and private equity firms in the origination of new balance sheet, CMBS, and government-sponsored entity loans, mezzanine loans, joint venture and preferred equity investments, and intercreditor matters. We also represent real estate investment companies and developers, as borrowers, in a wide variety of single- and multi-property loan transactions, including construction, life insurance company, and CMBS loans involving a variety of property types, including retail, office, and industrial projects.

Our nationally recognized Distressed Real Estate and Commercial Loan Servicing Teams counsel lenders, master and special loan servicers, investors, and borrowers in loan restructurings, enforcement matters, loan sales, and rescue capital transactions, as well as loan assumptions and defeasances. Our Private Equity Real Estate Team advises private equity firms on acquisitions and dispositions, joint venture and preferred equity investments, first mortgage and mezzanine lending programs, loan purchases, restructurings and distressed real estate matters, and portfolio analysis.


  • Acquisition and sale of distressed real estate projects
  • Bond lease and sale-leaseback financings
  • Analysis and restructuring of residential, commercial, and mixed-use condominium projects
  • Assistance in the acquisition of leases and properties from debtors
  • Balance sheet, CMBS, and GSE lending transactions
  • Bridge loans
  • Commercial loan servicing
  • Construction loans
  • Credit-tenant, sale-leaseback, and build-to-suit transactions
  • Distressed debt sales and acquisitions
  • Enforcement actions, including receiverships, mortgage and UCC foreclosures, and guarantor suits
  • FDIC transactions
  • Forward commitments and take-outs
  • Ground lease transactions
  • Historical tax credit transactions
  • Loan assignments and participations
  • Loan origination programs
  • Loan restructurings and workouts
  • Low-income housing tax credit transactions
  • Master loan purchase and sale agreements
  • Mezzanine loan transactions
  • Military housing transactions
  • New Markets Tax Credit transactions
  • Note purchase financings
  • Pooling and servicing agreements
  • Permanent loans
  • Preferred equity investments
  • Private mortgage lender bankruptcy matters on behalf of borrowers
  • Property and loan portfolio transactions
  • Public-private partnership transactions
  • REIT and private equity revolving lines of credit and term loan facilities
  • Real estate fund formations
  • Real Estate Owned (REO) transactions
  • Receiverships
  • REMIC-related matters
  • Rescue capital transactions
  • Restructuring and redevelopment of distressed projects
  • Senior/subordinate lender, A/B loan, and intercreditor matters
  • Subscription loan facilities
  • Syndicated loan transactions
  • Warehouse lines of credit
Responsiveness counts. That’s what clients tell us, and that’s what we’re known for. It shows in everything we do: devising forward-thinking solutions to get the best results, respecting and meeting clients’ service needs, anticipating the impact of national events and legal developments on clients’ interests, and taking action to keep clients agile and informed, including forming practice initiatives that address financial reform, health care reform, and climate change and sustainability.


Named leading lawyer: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, corporate/M&A law; and capital markets: REITs, national ranking, 2010-2013
Chambers USA, 2014