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Who’s News: Union hires Scholl, Herrick, Feinstein LLP promotes Smith

Union Investment Real Estate GmbH is strengthening its market presence in America.
The Hamburg-based property investment manager has hired Matthew Scholl, a transaction expert with many years of US property market experience.

As head of Investment Management Americas Scholl will be responsible for strategic development of the real estate portfolio in the American markets, working out of the New York office.

Scholl previously worked at the AFIAA Swiss Foundation for International Real Estate Investments. He ran its investment activities in North America for almost four years.
Scholl can also draw on the extensive experience he gained as portfolio manager of a global real estate fund at Prudential Real Estate Investors from 2006 to 2012.

Prior to that, the qualified economist with an MBA from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. was for many years responsible for investment and research issues at PREI, based in Atlanta.

Rose Associates announced that Michael J. Adamo has been hired as a director within the company’s development division.

Adamo joins Rose from AvalonBay Communities, Inc. where he acted as a development manager for a number of large residential properties located in Long Island.
He has spent ten years as a development professional in the greater New York area. Most recently, he managed the development of notable AvalonBay communities on Long Island including the 379-unit Avalon Huntington Station, the 191-unit Avalon Great Neck and the 165-unit Avalon Rockville Centre II.

Adamo earned a Masters Degree in Real Estate Development from New York University and a B.B.A from Hostra University.
He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the New York Private Equity Network.

Herrick, Feinstein LLP announced today the promotion of Michael A. Smith to partner in the firm’s 50-attorney real estate department.
Smith is based in Herrick’s New York City office, and his practice has a particular focus on development projects across the city.
He represents developers throughout a project’s life cycle, and also regularly represents lenders and investors in real estate financing transactions
He has also served as a board member of the Young Mortgage Bankers Association since 2013.

FTI Consulting, Inc. announced that Marc Shapiro, Managing Director within the firm’s Real Estate & Infrastructure industry group, has been appointed to co-lead the U.S. Cost Segregation practice at FTI Consulting.

Shapiro is based in Roseland, NJ. He has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of the analysis of commercial and residential real estate.

In this expanded role, Mr. Shapiro will co-lead the firm’s U.S. Cost Segregation practice with Larry Portal, a Senior Managing Director on the Business Tax Advisory team within the Real Estate & Infrastructure industry group at FTI Consulting
Portal and Shapiro will share leadership responsibilities for managing and growing the existing U.S. Cost Segregation service offering.

Shapiro will also continue in his current role as one of the leaders of the Valuation Services team within the Real Estate & Infrastructure industry group.

Shapiro received a B.A. in economics from Rutgers College. He is a designated member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI), a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) and holds multiple general certified real estate appraiser licenses.

Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. (CRRLI) announced that Commercial Division Agent Howell Silverman has been appointed Vice President of the Long Island Commercial

Network (LICN), a division of the Long Island Board of REALTORS (LIBOR).
A former information technology (IT) professional, Silverman became a Real Estate Agent in 2004.

Since that time, he has worked for a variety of different real estate outlets. He joined LICN in 2010 .

In his role with LICN, Silverman looks to help raise awareness among residential real estate agents that commercial transactions can have a very positive effect on their business

Silverman joined CRRLI in December 2015.
Houlihan-Parnes Properties announced the recent addition of two Property Managers.
David Lulgjuraj joined Houlihan Parnes Properties as an Asset Manager in 2015.

He manages a portfolio of retail, office and residential properties as well as overseeing construction projects. He is a New York State licensed real estate salesperson.

Lulgjuraj graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. During his time at Fordham, he played wide receiver on the football team.
Tomasz Olfans also joined Houlihan Parnes Properties as an Asset Manager in 2015 for a portfolio of retail, office and residential properties.

He was on a Varsity tennis team at Concordia College in Bronxville that was ranked as high as #4 in the Nation.

Originally from Poland, he graduated from Concordia with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration.

Friedman LLP announced the promotion of five professionals to partner effective January 1, 2016. The promoted individuals are located in the New York and New Jersey offices and include:

John M. Bono, promoted from principal to partner in the Tax Services department
Brian Kristiansen, promoted from principal to partner in the Tax Services department
Susan Miano, promoted from principal to partner in the Forensic Accounting, Litigation Support, and Valuation Services (FLVS) Group

Scott Stavin, promoted from director to partner in the Tax Services department
Geoffrey Wilson, promoted from principal to partner in the Tax Services department

Erica F. Buckley will join the national Real Estate and Government Relations Practice Groups of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP as Special Counsel in the New York office, effective March 7, 2016.

Buckley, most recently Chief of the Real Estate Finance Bureau, New York State Office of the Attorney General, is expected to enhance the firm’s cooperative and condominium practice.

During her tenure as Chief, Buckley managed a 45-person Bureau charged with enforcing the Martin Act – New York’s blue sky law that regulates the offer and sale of real estate securities.

In addition, Buckley has served as Bureau expert on affordable housing, such as Housing

Development Fund Companies and Mitchell-Lama housing.
Buckley received her J.D. from the City University of New York at Queens College School of Law and her B.A. from Binghamton University.

JLL has hired Brian Davison in New Jersey to serve as a vice president with its Consulting and Advisory Group.

He will provide transaction and brokerage support at all levels, as well as expand JLL’s presence throughout the Garden State.

He will report to Daniel Loughlin, international director and brokerage lead in New Jersey, and Joseph Messina, executive managing director.

Davison has more than 17 years of experience in commercial real estate, with expertise in capital markets, commercial lending, asset management, project management, architecture and construction.

Prior to joining JLL, Davison served with Citigroup Global Markets Inc. for 10 years, first as a transaction manager and underwriter with its Large Loan Group and, most recently, as a director with its CMBS trading desk.

Earlier, Davison worked as a project manager and designer with Fox & Fowle Architects and as an assistant project manager and designer with Stelle Architects / Atlantic Collaborative Construction.

Davison earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and a master’s degree in real estate finance from New York University.

He is a licensed architect in the state of New York and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional. Davison is a licensed real estate sales person in the state of New Jersey.

Nixon Peabody has welcomed new attorneys to the partnership.

Meghan Altidor, Affordable Housing, New York City, represents nonprofit and for-profit developers in acquiring, constructing, rehabilitating, and operating affordable housing developments across the country.

As a board member of the New York Housing Conference Young Leadership Council and a member of the New York State Homes & Community Renewal Multifamily Advisory Council legal subcommittee, Altidor keeps a high profile within the industry.
She is an active member of the diplomatic community in D.C. through the Embassy of Haiti.

Ashley Champion, Real Estate & Community Development, Rochester, NY, focuses her practice on commercial real estate, land use and zoning, retail leasing, and medical facilities representing local and national property owners, investors, developers, and tenants.

Champion is active in the firm’s pro bono efforts and provides counsel to the Young Women’s College Prep Charter School.

Aaron Yowell, Affordable Housing, New York City, represents private, public, and nonprofit developers, investors, and real estate owners, with a focus on affordable and supportive housing developers as well as alternative financing structures for affordable housing, including private equity investments.

He provides advice in all aspects of project development, rehabilitation, and operation, including tax exemptions, acquisitions, dispositions, public and private financings, and joint ventures.

Yowell is active in legal innovation, including spearheading the Code the Deal transactional law hackathon, and other legal technology initiatives of the firm.
A member of the Advisory Board of the Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing at NYU, he was a founding board member of GreenHomeNYC.

Denholtz Associates announced the addition of Lauren Hayes to the newly created position of Asset Manager.

Hayes will be responsible for overseeing the operational activities of a multi-million square foot portfolio of commercial real estate assets.

Hayes has spent the past three years at The Hampshire Companies where she was responsible for collectively managing a portfolio of over 35 mixed use properties throughout the Northeast.

In addition to her financial management background, she brings seven years of experience with lease representation at several leading brokerage and property management firms.
Hayes obtained her MSRE from New York University and her BA in business management from Hartwick College.

Jensen Ambachen has joined the Condominium and Cooperative Law Practice Group at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP as Counsel.

Ambachen was a former Assistant Attorney General in the Real Estate Finance Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

He has previously held Senior Attorney positions at the New York City School Construction Authority and the New York City Department of Buildings.

Ambachen earned his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law in 2001, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, from Stony Brook University in 1997.

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