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Bonnie Neuman


Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

First woman to head Cadwalader's real estate finance practice

Trusted advisor to some of the commercial real estate market's most prolific and sophisticated lenders

Co-chair of the Membership Committee of the CREFC Women’s Network

Bonnie Neuman is head of Cadwalader’s real estate finance practice, a leadership role she assumed just five years after being elected to the firm’s partnership, and the first woman at the firm to hold this role. In this capacity, she directs a transatlantic team of more than 40 real estate finance attorneys in New York, Charlotte and London that collectively advised clients on the origination or amendment of more than $50 billion of financing transactions in the past two years alone.  

Neuman serves as a trusted advisor to some of the commercial real estate market’s most prolific and sophisticated lenders, including Deutsche Bank, Citibank and JPMorgan, each of which is a perennial top loan contributor in the U.S. commercial mortgage-backed securities and syndicated loan markets, with several billion dollars of mortgage and mezzanine loan origination and loan sales annually. The transactions on which she advises on behalf of her clients range from single-property first mortgage financings to extraordinarily complex financing structures secured by hundreds of properties across multiple markets, up and down the capital stack with security that can range from more “vanilla” ground-leases to franchise agreements and intellectual property, for the world’s most sophisticated commercial real estate borrowers.  

These are some of the reasons that we named Neumann to our National grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community. 

Neuman serves as co-chair of the Membership Committee of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) Women’s Network, the largest network of professional women in the commercial real estate industry, and is one of the leading contributors to Cadwalader’s annual Finance Forum, a leading industry conference for commercial real estate and related industries. She is actively involved in fundraising for Girls, Inc. and participates in Cadwalader’s Girls in Finance program for high school students, introducing them to careers in finance. 


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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