Serhat T. Krause

Senior Partner

Real Estate Finance; Real Estate/Business/Tax Law

O: (212) 789-3121

F: (212) 719-0140

About Serhat

Serhat maintains a diverse real estate practice with a focus on real estate lending transactions. He has represented single lenders and lender groups in connection with mortgage and mezzanine loans, construction loans, secured and unsecured borrowing base lending, note participations, loan purchases, workouts, discounted pay-offs, deed-in-lieu transactions and property/UCC foreclosures in a broad range of asset classes including office buildings, retail centers, hotels, casinos, warehouses, assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, multi-family residential assets and mixed-use projects. Serhat also has experience in lending transactions in the Caribbean. His practice also includes representation of borrowers and representation of developers and equity investors in preferred equity investments, joint ventures, developments, and sales and acquisitions.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of financial institutions in connection with construction, permanent and mezzanine loan transactions on a local, regional, and national basis in transactions exceeding $5 billion in the aggregate
  • Representation of the agent in a $240 million construction loan in Manhattan with a $100 million Sharia compliant (Murabaha) component
  • Representation of a lender in a $300 million loan with a $100 million accordion feature in a secured borrowing base financing
  • Representation of the agent in a $350 million syndicated revolving facility secured by equity pledges in the entities which indirectly own over 600 hotels
  • Representation of an investor in connection with an $80 million preferred equity investment behind a construction loan and two mezzanine loans for the development of a residential building in Manhattan
  • Representation of a borrower in an $85 million development loan in connection with a luxury resort in the Dominican Republic
  • Representation of a lender in connection with a $180 million loan in Aruba for construction of a hotel and casino
  • Representation of a lender in connection with a $50 million loan secured by a casino/hotel in Panama



Krause, Serhat T.; Alexander, Yonah; Brenner, Edgar H., ed. Turkey: Terrorism, Civil Rights and the European Union. Oxon: Routledge, 2008. (legal analysis of the change in Turkish anti-terrorism laws due to the prospect of European Union membership; co-edited with Professors Yonah Alexander and Edgar H. Brenner)


New York State Bar Association


State of New York


The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006

  • Catholic University Law Review
  • Jessup International Moot Court

University of Notre Dame, M.A., Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution, 2002
Istanbul Koc University, B.A., 2000