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Gilbert Sandler

Specialist, Capital Markets & Bonds


Industry authority in structured/securitized financing techniques
Expert with capital markets access, especially for real estate projects
Bond lawyer, specializing in bond structuring/placements
Formerly SVP/Director Real Estate, Bear Stearns Companies

Career Highlights

Counsel to both major financial institutions and multi-national design/construction practices (Burns and Roe Group)
Law Secretary to US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (Hon. S.R. Waterman, C.J.)
Author of published works on financial, legal, and real estate topics

Having represented a diverse client base with at times differing perspectives on real estate development, securities, and the capital markets, Gil has complementary areas of expertise in public and private project financing. He applies this holistic understanding to ThinkForward projects.

Lessons from Private Law Practice

Gil’s long tenure working in the capital markets and, specifically, in the bond structuring and placements arena, includes serving as counsel to both major financial institutions and multi-national design and construction practices. In private law practice, Gil worked for Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, an elite international law firm notable for its representation of the financial services industry. He also served as general counsel and corporate counsel for various companies under the Burns and Roe Group, an engineering, procurement, and construction firm with private and government clients worldwide.

Gil also served as Law Secretary to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Hon. S.R. Waterman, C.J.) and as an officer of several ABA Committees, including the Committee on Federal Securities Regulations and the Section on Public Contract Law.

Investment Banking & Real Estate

Since leaving private law practice, Gil has served as a senior investment banker with several major bond firms. He has been a managing director of several independent project finance and securities firms since 1990. This experience built on his original tenure, much earlier in his career, as Director of the Real Estate Group at the Bear Stearns Companies, Inc., a New York-based global investment bank, securities trading, and brokerage firm. Subsequent to this, Gil headed the Project Finance Group at Ehrlich Bober & Co., Inc., a New York-based national bond firm.

Gil is an expert in providing structured and securitized financing techniques and capital markets access for real estate and other projects. He has developed several innovative taxable and tax-exempt financing structures for real estate and other non-traditional capital markets borrowers. He has been responsible for structuring and executing over $1B in project financing transactions. His strong relationships with various bond funds and commercial banks help ensure the successful placement of financial transactions for ThinkForward clients.

Education & Certifications

Graduate Legal Studies, Columbia University School of Law, New York, NY
NASD licensed as General Securities Principal, Municipal Securities Principal, Financial Operations Principal

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Gregory Nelson