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Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced that Christopher Masi has joined the firm as an associate director focused on retail investment sale transactions in the New York metropolitan area.

Mr. Masi joins HFF from RKF where he was an investment sales associate since 2014. In this role, he was involved in procuring and executing more than $100 million of commercial real estate transactions in New York City. Prior to RKF, he was an associate director of leasing for Trevi Retail. Mr. Masi graduated from Rutgers University and is a member of the Young Men’s/Women’s Real Estate Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is also a licensed real estate salesperson in New York and New Jersey.

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Christopher D. Warren has joined Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C., one of New York City’s largest and most prestigious real estate law firms. Mr. Warren will practice as an associate in its Supreme Court Division, concentrating on complex commercial and real estate litigation in State and Federal Courts.

He graduated Cum Laude from New York Law School, where he was a Harlan Scholar and he was on the Executive Board of the Law Review.

Christopher was previously an associate at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP. Prior to earning his J.D., he gained real estate business experience at a national bank by helping companies expand their investment portfolios. Mr. Warren’s industry background and practical experience provide him with insight into his clients’ companies.

Christopher is a member of the Construction Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association and previously served on its Land Use & Zoning Law Committee.

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John Udell, president of Weichert Development Company, announced that Mark Calabro has been named vice president of acquisitions. In this role, Calabro will be responsible for all aspects of land development and acquisitions, including planning and research, site selection, due diligence review, managing entitlements, negotiations and contracting.

Calabro has spent more than 20 years at Weichert, having most recently held the position of senior vice president for Weichert Commercial Brokerage, where he worked with clients searching for residential and commercial development opportunities and also represented private and public landowners as their exclusive agent. Prior to joining Weichert, Calabro was regional director of marketing and development for Metland Properties Group, Inc. and also gained valuable experience as a project manager for local developers, selling new homes as a builder’s representative and providing construction management services for residential projects.

A graduate of Rutgers University, Calabro earned a master’s degree in real estate development and investment from New York University. He is a licensed real estate broker in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Cushman & Wakefield announced that respected industry veteran Michael Nevins has joined the organization as City Lead, Asset Services for the New Jersey market.

In his new role, Mr. Nevins will be responsible for operations, new business development, and financial oversight of the Asset Services business in the Garden State. He will also focus on recruiting top industry professionals, team engagement, cultivating best practices, and executing consistent processes and procedures.

With more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, Mr. Nevins was most recently with Onyx Equities, LLC where he was a Senior Vice President, Asset Management & Leasing. There he was jointly responsible for the management and stabilization of the company’s portfolio of receivership and third party owned office, industrial, and retail assets located in various markets on the East Coast. Earlier in his career he served in a senior position with Mack-Cali Realty Corp.

Throughout his career, Mr. Nevins has managed properties on behalf of numerous institutional clients including Invesco Real Estate, Rockwood Capital, Genworth, Citibank, Artemis, CWCapital Asset Management, C-III Asset Management, LNR Partners, Orix Capital Markets and Torchlight Investors and completed over 6 million square feet of office, medical office, retail and industrial lease transactions with numerous Fortune 500 tenants including Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Met Life, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, UBS, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, AIG, Ernst & Young, Dun & Bradstreet, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Mercedes-Benz, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Kraft Foods, Port Authority of NY & NJ, Realogy, Walmart, Best Buy, TJX and AT&T.

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Montgomery McCracken announced the addition of four attorneys and one law clerk from the New York-based firm Mishaan Dayon & Lieblich. The group brings substantial experience in the fields of commercial and real estate law and associated transactions and litigation. Saul A. Mishaan and Jeffery D. Dayon will join as partners; Mr. Dayon will also serve as Chair of the Firm’s Commercial Leasing and Development Practice Group. Matthew A. Bondy will join as of counsel; Daniel Lavian will join as an associate; and Abraham Ally Dayon will join as a law clerk.

The MDL Group brings decades of experience advising clients on transactional real estate matters including acquisitions and dispositions, complex real estate finance, joint ventures, development projects, leasing, and real estate litigation. Their clients include private lenders, small and large privately held real estate operating companies, commercial developers, investors and high wealth individuals, whose holdings span the real estate sector to include hospitality, office, retail and shopping center, industrial, multi-use and multi-family residential properties. The team has closed billions of dollars in real estate and loan transactions, and has handled millions of square feet of leases. The MDL Group also provides related litigation services. The team’s vast experience on both transactional and litigation matters enable them to provide a unique legal prospective and practical business advice to their clients.

Saul A. Mishaan has practiced for over 35 years focusing his practice on all types of commercial and real estate matters, including complex leasing transactions. Mr. Mishaan also has extensive experience with the licensing and transfer of intellectual property on behalf of numerous licensees and licensors for both major and minor marks. His practice includes complex real estate and commercial litigation (in state and federal court), including, partnership/shareholder/member and contract disputes, trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property related disputes.

Jeffery D. Dayon brings over 30 years of experience advising private lenders, small and large privately held real estate operating companies, investors and high wealth individuals on planning, structuring and executing highly complex real estate and corporate transactions, commercial leasing, and sophisticated financing transactions including securitized mortgages, multi-tranche mezzanine loans and preferred equity transactions. Mr. Dayon also counsels his clients on investments in real property, and advises on issues of appropriate form of organization, business plans, stockholder, partnership and operating agreements, commercial transactions, joint ventures agreements, tenancies in common and other strategic partnerships, restructurings, workouts, and dispute resolution.

Matthew A. Bondy focuses his practice on commercial litigation, real estate finance, and commercial leasing. He is an experienced trial lawyer, with a broad range of litigation experience in the state and federal courts, as well as alternate dispute resolution forums, including construction-related litigation, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, real estate brokerage disputes, partner/member/shareholder disputes, contract actions, restrictive covenants, trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property related disputes.

Associate Daniel Lavian received his J.D. degree from Nova Southeastern Shepard Broad College of Law and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University. Law clerk Abraham Ally Dayon received his J.D. degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in May 2016 and earned a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in Sports Management from St. John’s University.

The addition of the MDL group is a reflection of Montgomery McCracken’s strategic growth in New York City. Last fall, nine attorneys and additional staff from Schechter & Brucker, P.C. were added to the firm’s Cooperative and Condominium Law practice group.

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Cushman & Wakefield announced that Patrick Murphy has joined the firm’s New York City brokerage group as an Executive Vice Chairman.

Mr. Murphy, who joins the firm from CBRE, is a 36 year industry veteran with a successful track record of representing multinational corporations and landlords on a number of significant assignments in the New York Tri-State region, as well as globally. From 1998 to 2008 he served Executive Managing Director of the New York Tri-State Suburban Markets where he oversaw six of CBRE’s suburban offices in New Jersey, Connecticut, Westchester and Long Island.

Mr. Murphy represents both tenants and landlords and has completed millions of square feet of transactions. His clients include UBS Financial Services, Odyssey Reinsurance, Time Warner, Bleacher Report, Société Générale and LeFrak.
Mr. Murphy was the Executive sponsor of the African American Network Group at CBRE and is a member of REBNY and Corenet Global. He is a graduate of Hamilton College in Clinton, New York

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Savills Studley announced that industry veterans Louis Wolfowitz and Robert Elms are joining Savills Studley in its New York City headquarters office, enhancing its new Capital Markets Group. Wolfowitz and Elms, together with Mark Todrys, Sarah Icke, Emilee Brown and Brendan O’Loughlin join Savills Studley from Cushman & Wakefield, expanding the firm’s Capital Markets Group and substantially broadening the platform.

Wolfowitz, who joins as a Senior Managing Director, most recently led Cushman & Wakefield’s Corporate Finance & Investment Banking Group. He will focus on structuring and executing transactions on behalf of institutional real estate clients, as well as occupiers.

Elms, joining as a Senior Managing Director, and Todrys, a Director, will lead the Capital Markets Group’s placement efforts.

Wolfowitz, who worked with Michael Rotchford at Cushman & Wakefield, and succeeded him as head of its Corporate Finance & Investment Banking Group, helped to build a specialized practice providing real estate advisory and transaction execution services to corporate and institutional occupiers of real estate.

Over his 13-year C&W career, he completed over $10 billion of transactions, encompassing over 40 million square feet of commercial real estate. He was a member of the team that earned two REBNY awards: the 2011 Most Ingenious Deal of the Year, for acting as advisor to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on the World Trade Center development, and the 2009 Most Ingenious Real Estate Financing award, for the New York Times Company’s headquarters at 620 Eighth Avenue.

Prior to C&W, Mr. Wolfowitz was a Senior Vice President of GE Capital, where he established that company’s first direct investment program in REITs, investing over $1 billion. Mr. Wolfowitz began his career as an investment banker with Merrill Lynch & Co., and helped establish the modern REIT industry with the initial public offering of Kimco Realty Corporation.

Prior to joining Savills Studley, Elms served as a Senior Managing Director in Capital Markets at Cushman & Wakefield, where he led the placement desk for the corporate finance and investing banking practice and was responsible for arranging debt and equity real estate related financings for corporate clients and developers.

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