William E. Sudow

William E. Sudow has over thirty years’ experience in representing clients in complex financial transactions, focusing on the representation of institutions in the Washington, D.C., area and in the representation of national and international institutions in joint ventures and other real estate transactions and financings, private equity investments and general business transactions. He has substantial experience in structured real estate capital markets financings, representing clients in related borrower portfolio REMIC financings, mortgage loan conduit financings, and lease securitizations. In addition, Mr. Sudow has extensive experience in dealing with overseas investors, including European, Japanese and Korean companies and financial institutions, real estate companies, and financial intermediaries in joint ventures, real estate acquisitions and financings.

Mr. Sudow’s experience encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including the negotiation, structuring, and documentation of acquisitions, land assemblies, project developments, and dispositions; joint ventures; equity investments and financings; the drafting of construction and architectural contracts; the negotiation and drafting of commercial leases and work-outs and restructurings. He represents clients in Shari’ah compliant financings and complex structured finance transactions involving the securitization of commercial real estate loans through MBS Swap, REMIC and Collateralized Debt Obligation transactions.

Mr. Sudow also has represented clients in joint development transactions and has represented clients in Japan and Korea in complex private equity commercial transactions. Mr. Sudow has also counseled clients regarding matters relating to the U.S. Congress and U.S. government agencies.

Prior to forming Sudow Kohlhagen LLP, Mr. Sudow was Head of the Washington Real Estate Practice of Sidley Austin LLP.

Mr. Sudow was a member of the Documents Task Force of the Capital Consortium, an initiative of the National Realty Committee, National Association of Realtors and Mortgage Bankers Association of America that produced a standard set of ratable commercial and multifamily mortgage documents for use in the secondary market.  He developed the Capital Markets Initiatives, a set of guidelines to reduce costs and ease the securitization process.

Prior to entering private law practice, Mr. Sudow was Special Assistant and Counsel to the House Majority Whip, U.S. Congressman John Brademas where he advised Mr. Brademas and worked with Members of the House Leadership on various legislative matters, including foreign trade and foreign policy and education policy.

Memberships and Affiliations 

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federal City Council, Washington Trustee; Member of the Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
  • McLean Revitalization Corporation; Member of the Board of Directors and past President
  • National China Garden Foundation; Member of the Board of Directors
  • Union Station Redevelopment Corporation; Member of the Board of Directors
  • Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Co-Chair of Tennis Gala


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A.