Three Partners of Ervin Cohen and Jessup Named 2022 Commercial Real Estate Visionaries

LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP today announced that Real Estate Practice Group Chairs Joan Velazquez and Albert Valencia, and partner Elizabeth Drydenhave been recognized as “Visionaries” in Commercial real estate magazinea annual review published in the May 15, 2022 printed edition of Los Angeles Times. Lawyers known as visionaries “specialize in commercial real estate and have played a number of critical roles over the past two years,” the report said. The professionals featured understand the challenges and uncertainty of the industry, providing expert advice to help “companies position themselves and their properties for success”.

“This recognition speaks to the commitment that these three lawyers and our entire real estate team offer to our clients,” said the co-managing partner. Randall Lef. “Joan, Elizabeth and Al are extremely talented lawyers who have continually proven their ability to provide the Firm’s clients with the highest degree of strategy and service.”

Velazquez has experience forming partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies and arranging complex capital structures, including highly leveraged mezzanine financing, subordinated loan agreements and equity investments. other creative solutions. “Having structured, documented and closed more than a billion dollars financing transactions over the past few years, she guides clients with distressed properties to successfully restructure existing debt,” the publication states. “As a proven negotiator who never loses sight of his client’s business objectives, Velazquez understands his duty to mitigate risk and maximize opportunity. “

“Clients turn to Valencia for its experience across a wide range of real estate asset classes, including commercial, office, retail, multi-family, mixed-use and industrial properties,” the publication reports. “Valencia represents property owners, developers, investors, lenders, contractors and asset managers on a wide range of projects, including acquisition, financing, development, leasing, management and sale of commercial real estate. He regularly represents clients in forming joint ventures and syndications, negotiating structured finance transactions and assisting real estate owners with asset management,” the report added.

Dryden, a member of the real estate department, has built a practice that covers a wide range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, office, retail and other commercial leases, joint venture financing and formation and of syndication. Dryden “is a creative problem solver,” the publication says, and “focuses on practical, achievable solutions for her clients, working with them to gain a deep understanding of their business and operations.” She successfully navigates “complex legal issues while balancing general issues with transaction-specific details,” the feature adds. Adapting to meet the unique legal needs of each client, Dryden prioritizes her clients’ concerns without losing sight of her role as an advisor and strong advocate.

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