Rob Kearbey represents lenders in all aspects of multifamily housing finance, with an emphasis on affordable housing. Rob served as outside counsel to Freddie Mac for many years on 4% LIHTC transactions and most recently served as in-house counsel for Freddie Mac’s Targeted Affordable Housing (TAH) and structured specialty products platforms. Rob represented Freddie Mac in the origination, purchase, securitization, and servicing of bonds and loans, including the securitization of loans on Freddie Mac’s proprietary M, ML, Q and K deal platforms. In his tenure at Freddie Mac, Rob was instrumental in designing many of Freddie Mac’s new products and developments in the affordable multifamily space, including contributions to the design and implementation of the flagship Tax-Exempt Loan (TEL) execution, the 80/20 LIHTC enhancement program, many innovative hedging products, green initiatives, rural housing initiatives, and many other programs and offerings. Rob also represented Freddie Mac’s asset management group in connection with consent and modification requests submitted on TAH portfolio and structured transactions.
Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Rob served as GSE counsel, bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, lender’s counsel and borrower’s counsel in new origination and refinancing of tax-exempt and taxable transactions for affordable housing, public infrastructure, TIF, retirement community, hospital and education projects, as well as tax-exempt bond securitizations.
Rob earned his JD from Washington University in St. Louis where he was an editor of the law review and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Drury University where he was on the Dean’s List and played collegiate soccer. Rob lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife Amy and their three boys, Owen, Graham, and Russ. In his free time, Rob coaches his son’s baseball and soccer teams and plays in an indoor soccer league.
Drury University, B.A., Business Administration 1999
Washington University in St. Louis, J.D. 2002
The District of Columbia
American Bar Association
The National Association of Bond Lawyers