Main Menu

Overview

Commercial Real Estate and Corporate Attorney

Ed has significant experience in real estate development, transactional and finance law. His practice focuses primarily on the representation of multistate developers and financial institutions in real estate acquisitions, development, financing, syndication, construction, deal negotiating, leasing and title issues. He represents developers in sophisticated financing arrangements such as traditional, mezzanine, insurance company, CMBS deals and 1031 exchanges.

Ed’s national real estate practice includes representing developers in a variety of commercial enterprises, including multifamily housing projects, assisted living facilities, condominiums, strip malls, office buildings and self-storage facilities. For example, over the past few years, he has represented owners of self-storage facilities on transactions in more than 20 locations throughout the Midwest.

Ed also has extensive mergers and acquisitions experience, including sophisticated stock and assets sales involving simultaneous multi-corporation closings. He served as lead counsel for an international chemical distribution company in several U.S. acquisitions, and he frequently represents buyers and sellers in multimillion dollar deals.

Ed’s corporate work includes structuring privately-held domestic and offshore corporations, limited liability companies, limited and general partnerships, as well as business succession planning. He serves as Michigan counsel to one of the 10 largest steel companies in the world.

Ed has an AV-Preeminent™ rating (the highest possible) by Martindale-Hubbell and has been ranked by DBusiness Magazine as a Top Lawyer in Real Estate Law and Banking and Financial Services Law from 2016 through 2020.

For more information, please contact Ed Gusky at 248/567-7809 or esgusky@varnumlaw.com

Experience

Experience

Represented owners of self-storage facilities in acquisitions, dispositions and financings of more than 20 locations across the Midwest.

Represented international steel company in connection with all real estate due diligence work in acquisitions in Michigan and New York. 

Represented borrowers and lenders in connection with multifamily loans insured by HUD/FHA under Sections 221(d)(4) and 223(f) of the National Housing Act, Section 232 Healthcare Facility Insurance Program, and representation of sellers in the HUD Transfer of Physical Assets (TPA) procedure.

Represented several national, regional and local financial institutions in a variety of commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate matters and SBA loan transactions. 

Represented several financial institutions in the sale and purchase of loan portfolios.

Represented owner of mobile home park in sale of park, defeasance of existing CMBS loan, 1031 exchange of sale proceeds, negotiation of joint venture agreement with a partner, acquisition of hundreds of residential condominium units from multiple sellers and negotiation new CMBS loan for the acquisition.

Lead counsel for an international chemical distribution company's acquisitions in the United States.

Leadership

Honors & Recognitions

DBusiness© magazine, Top Lawyers: Real Estate Law; Banking and Financial Service Law

Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Professional Affiliations

International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

New York Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law section

News & Publications

Presentations

Panelist, "Handling Boundary Disputes," Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminar, July 2016

Publications

  • Preparing a Commercial Real Estate Purchase Agreement
    Michigan Bar Journal, September 2005

Education

University of Michigan Law School
Ann Arbor, Michigan
J.D., 1998

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A. with distinction, Psychology, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • All Michigan state courts
Back to Page