Real estate restructuring work, a bandwagon that many firms jumped on in the past year, shows no signs of slowing. More than $1.4 trillion in commercial loans are coming to term in the next four years, according to the Congressional Oversight Panel studying financial reform, and will likely keep the distressed-property business booming.

That trend is paying off for many firms and their workout practice groups. Katharine Bachman, vice-chair of the real estate practice group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, says her group has seen a real spike in restructuring work. When the firm first organized its Distressed Real Estate Solutions Group at the end of 2008, only a small percentage of the real estate practice concentrated on loan collections and distressed asset investments.

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