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Brian S. Smetana advises major lending institutions, debt funds, institutional investors, REITs, and private equity funds in connection with senior and mezzanine financing, real estate acquisitions and dispositions. His practice includes restructurings, recapitalizations, workouts, and complex joint venture agreements. He also represents private equity funds, developers, and owners of real estate in connection with a wide variety of asset classes, including office, hospitality, and multifamily properties.

Brian represents both institution and non-institutional clients in the origination of commercial mortgage loans (construction, interim and permanent), mezzanine loans and preferred equity. Brian is also well-versed in securitizations, mortgage loan repurchase/warehouse facilities, loan portfolio purchases and sales, syndications and participations. He also structures and closes syndicated loan transactions and advises on the financing of condominium and cooperative properties.


  • Financing
  • Acquisitions
  • Dispositions
  • Leasing
  • Condominiums
  • Development



  • Completed acquisition and financing of $96,000,000 multifamily asset located in Houston, Texas.°
  • Originated a $600,000,00.00 floating rate senior loan on a multifamily portfolio located in San Francisco.°
  • Originated a $175,000,000.00 senior loan and a $90,000,0000 mezzanine loan on the real estate underlying the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston.°
  • Originated a $146,000,000.00 senior loan and a $25,000,000.00 mezzanine loan on an office complex located in Richmond, Virginia.°
  • Originated an acquisition and construction loan on the famous Montauk Yacht Club.°
  • Represented a national financial institution in connection with the restructuring of its existing financing on a winery in Napa Valley.°
  • Acted as leasing counsel to Ivy League institution in connection with its New York metropolitan leasing.°
  • Completed acquisition and financing of $84,000,000 multifamily asset located in Glenmuir, Illinois.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Smetana prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Empire State Counsel, 2014
  • Member, CRE Finance Counsel, 2014-2022


  • J.D., St. John's University School of Law, 2004
    • Editor, New York State Environmental Lawyer
    • Editor, New York State Real Property Journal
  • B.A., Boston College, 2001
  • New York
  • North Carolina