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WHO’S NEWS: Transwestern names new regional partner, Greysteel expands to Manhattan

Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas LLP announced that Debra M. Schoenberg and Astra M. Tudisco have become partners of the firm.


Schoenberg is a member of the firm’s Real Estate and Litigation Departments while Tudisco is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Transactional Department.

Debra Schoenberg is an experienced litigator of cases involving a broad range of real estate and general commercial matters at the trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitration and mediation forums.

She received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from the State University at Albany in 1996 with a major in political science, and her Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School in 2000.


Astra Tudisco has more than 25 years of experience as a transactional attorney in New York and throughout the United States, representing parties in acquisitions, sales, mortgage financing, as well as residential and commercial leasing. She represents numerous commercial developers and sponsors of cooperative and condominium offering plans in residential and commercial projects throughout New York City.

Tudisco received a bachelor’s degree cum laude from New York State University at Albany in 1986, and earned her Juris Doctor from The Fordham University School of Law in 1989.


Transwestern Development Co. (TDC) has expanded its national Logistics Group with industry veteran Brian Banaszynski as Regional Partner to facilitate the firm’s expansion in the Northeast.
Banaszynski will source and execute institutional logistics projects with a primary emphasis on New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York.

Based in Florham Park, NJ, Banaszynski was previously president at Heller Industrial Parks. During his three decades of commercial real estate experience, he has been involved in the development of 6.5 million square feet of industrial and logistics space and 1,250 apartment and hotel rooms, as well as the disposition of 2.5 million square feet of stabilized commercial projects.

TDC recently appointed Stephen Batcheller to oversee West Coast projects and John Thomas to lead the national Logistics Group, which develops both speculative and build-to-suit industrial projects, primarily in major distribution markets.
TDC currently has more than four million square feet under development,

As a member of the Transwestern family of companies, the firm capitalizes on the market insights and operational expertise of its affiliates, which include a diversified real estate services firm with 33 U.S. offices and a real estate investment management company.
Greysteel announced its New York City expansion with the opening of a Manhattan office and addition of Miguel Jauregui.

Jauregui will arrange sales of private client, middle market, and institutionally owned multifamily, and mixed-use properties and portfolios throughout New York City and boroughs with a specific focus on The Bronx and Upper Manhattan.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities of deal execution, Jauregui, along other office co-leads and President & CEO, Ari Firoozabadi, will carve the strategic vision of the team’s continued expansion and growth of the territory.

Jauregui has played an active role within the New York City commercial real estate industry for nearly half a decade.

Prior to joining Greysteel, Jauregui was at Besen & Associates and worked on an institutional lending platform serving in both loan originations and workout functions.
His experience includes a stint as CRE relationships manager with Wells Fargo; associate with

The Pike Company; analyst with LendQuest Financial and; transaction manager with Pinnacle Estate Properties, Inc..

He earned a BS in finance, investments and real estate from the California State University-Northridge and an MBA in accounting from the University of Rochester – William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.
Gebroe-Hammer Associates has promoted three of its top-producing brokers to new executive management positions.

Stephen Tragash and Nicholas Nicolaou were named executive vice presidents and Adam Zweibel was named senior vice president.

Tragash and Nicolaou have been a catalyst for Gebroe-Hammer’s success since joining the firm as sales associates in 2006 and 2010, respectively.

Today, they are among the region’s most sought-after brokers specializing in a wide range of apartment-asset investment sales.

Stephen Tragash has spearheaded the firm’s record-breaking activity and dominance in Union County. His territory extends to Hunterdon and Sussex counties as well as parts of Morris County.

He has recorded numerous high-profile transactions and is unrivaled in the amount of deals closed and units sold in this region.

Nicholas Nicolaou also has emerged as the go-to multi-family broker-of-choice for all of Hudson County.

In the past 18 months, he has closed more than 35 deals involving over 3,600 units valued in excess of $800 million throughout Northern New Jersey.

Adam Zweibel was hired as a Gebroe-Hammer sales associate in 2013 and is among the region’s leading Central and South Jersey market specialists.
In five years, he closed 56 deals amounting to over 6,000 units and $770 million in sales.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP announced that REIT duo Stuart A. Barr and Cameron N. Cosby have joined the firm as partners in the Washington, DC office.
Barr and Cosby will work closely with the firm’s capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, tax, and real estate practices to represent real estate investment trust (REIT) clients.

Stuart Barr will be a partner in the Corporate Department and will serve as the head of the Firm’s REIT Practice.

He represents issuer and underwriter clients on public equity and debt offerings, including initial public offerings, and also represents public REITs and private real estate companies on mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Cameron Cosby joins as a partner in the Tax Department and will focus on advising REITs on the tax aspects of real estate and partnership transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and joint ventures.

Prior to joining Fried Frank, Barr and Cosby were both partners at Hogan Lovells.
Barr received his JD, cum laude, from New York University School of Law and his BS, magna cum laude, from Duke University.

Cosby received his JD from William & Mary Law School, where he was editor of the Administrative Law Review, and his BS from the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce.
Dwight Capital announced that Aaron Krawitz has been named General Counsel and co-chief operating officer.

Previously, Krawitz was in private practice with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, specializing in real estate finance, development, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, workouts and litigation.

He has significant real estate healthcare experience, most recently representing Welltower on its acquisition of QCP. Other notable transactions include the representation of Tishman Speyer in connection with the Spiral and the representation of the Related Companies in connection with 15 and 35 Hudson Yards.

Krawitz will be responsible for overseeing new lending platforms, co-ordinating legal processes across project teams, and enhancing the company’s financing pipeline.
He received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Michigan, where he served as Articles Editor of the Michigan Law Review. He received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.
Savills Studley announced the arrival of Claudine Larreur as chief human resources officer (CHRO) and Janet Woods as Northeast regional lead, as well as the promotion of Christopher White to the role of Southeast regional lead.

Claudine Larreur joins Savills Studley from global consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal, where she served as CHRO. Prior experience also includes HR roles at LPL Financial and JLL.

As regional leads, Woods and White will work with Savills Studley’s national leadership to deploy best practices, support interdisciplinary collaboration among service lines, recruit brokers and teams, open new offices and identify acquisition opportunities that will complement the firm’s existing capabilities.

Janet Woods joins Savills Studley from net lease and investment sales firm Stan Johnson Company, where she served as regional managing director for the East Coast, member of the national executive tam and leader of the national corporate finance practice.

Before that, Woods held management and brokerage roles at DTZ, The Staubach Company and Cassidy Turley. She has over 20 years of brokerage and advisory experience, including work in capital markets, tenant representation and assisting not-for-profits, municipalities and education organizations with their real estate needs.

Christopher White has been promoted from the role of vice chairman and market leader of Savills Studley’s Atlanta office.

In his prior role, he grew Savills Studley’s Atlanta office into the region’s premier tenant advisory practice. White has more than 20 years of experience delivering labor and operations strategy, real estate transaction management and corporate services solutions.

Earlier in his career, White held brokerage and management roles at Cushman & Wakefield, DTZ and Cassidy Turley.
The Swig Company has announced changes to its executive structure, including the creation of a new executive position, Director of Innovation and Community Impact. Deborah Boyer will assume the new role.

Boyer’s prior responsibilities as Director of Asset Management will be assumed by Connor Kidd, formerly a member of the firm’s investment team.

Chief among Boyer’s duties will be to lead the company’s initiatives in technology, sustainability/wellness, and innovative space design and utilization. She will also be responsible for the company’s community impact program, Engaging Tomorrow’s Workforce, designed to both enlist Swig employees and to galvanize caring communities within buildings in the company’s portfolio.

Kidd assumes leadership of an asset management group responsible for almost nine million square feet of institutional-quality assets in markets such as the Bay Area, New York and Southern California.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP has elected new partners and promoted new special counsel.

The following real estate lawyers were elected partners:
Suzanne deVries Decker in the Real Estate Department, resident in New York.
Decker represents investment banks, investment funds, real estate developers, and REITs in a wide variety of commercial real estate finance transactions, including construction, senior and mezzanine financings.

She received her JD from Columbia Law School and her BA, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

Cyril Touchard in the Real Estate Department, resident in New York.
Touchard’s practice covers a broad range of commercial real estate transactions with a particular emphasis on large commercial leasing on behalf of owners, developers, and financial institutions.
He received his JD, summa cum laude, from New York Law School and his BS, magna cum laude, from Rutgers University.

The following real estate lawyers were promoted to special counsel:
Kabaye Liku in the Real Estate Department, resident in New York.
She received her JD from New York University School of Law and her BA, cum laude, from

 American University.
Wesley O’Brien
in the Real Estate Department, resident in New York.
He received his LLM from New York University School of Law; his JD, cum laude, from Brooklyn Law School; and his BS from Louisiana State University College of Business.

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