White and Williams Adds Two Lawyers to Growing Real Estate Finance Practice


White and Williams Real Estate and Finance groups continue their growth with the additions of Partner Ralph Arpajian and Associate Jose Butler. Ralph will practice in both the Philadelphia and New York City offices while Jose will reside in the New York City office.

“We are excited to welcome Ralph and Jose to our growing Real Estate Finance team,” said Nancy Sabol Frantz, Chair of the groups. “Ralph’s experience in highly sophisticated transactions, particularly in the New York market, coupled with Jose’s experience in real estate finance and conduit lending expand the breadth of services we can offer our clients and deepen our bench.”

Ralph Arpajian is an accomplished real estate finance lawyer, with extensive experience representing major financial institutions and other institutional investors, both domestic and foreign, in complex commercial real estate transactions. He represents lenders and borrowers/owners in a variety of types of financing transactions, including multi-state, multi-property syndicated loans, securitized loans, construction and permanent loans and other capital markets financings, including mezzanine, subordinate and equity financings. Ralph has particular experience navigating complex New York Lien Law. He joins White and Williams from Haynes & Boone, where he was a Partner in the firm’s Real Estate Finance group.

Jose Butler represents commercial banks, savings banks, investment banks and other financial institutions in a variety of real estate funding transactions including the conduit lending aspect of mortgage backed securities. He handles all aspects of commercial real estate acquisition, disposition and finance transactions, including the drafting and negotiation of loan documents together with the review and preparation of due diligence materials. He has experience with all phases of commercial real estate ownership and management including acquisition, financing, sale/leaseback, tax deferred exchanges, development, title, and landlord/tenant matters. Jose previously practiced alongside White and Williams Partners Tom Infurna and Sarabeth Gaver at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot.

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