Deal Oriented Real Estate Expert
Having practiced for over 35 years in the real estate industry, Doug understands the real estate business and knows how to close deals. He is able to quickly analyze each client's unique circumstances and help the client develop a strategy to meet its goals in a cost effective manner. Doug takes a practical business approach to his legal advice and integrates into the legal and business team for the client’s transaction. While Doug is very experienced in the technical side of drafting and reviewing legal documents, due diligence and the like, he will often supervise junior attorneys in these tasks to achieve cost savings for clients. His most effective role is forward structuring of transactions and managing the challenging legal issues that inevitably arise when the stakes are high and relationships complex.
Representing Commercial Project Stakeholders
Most of Doug's clients are stakeholders in commercial real estate projects, including office buildings, retail centers, industrial buildings, residential projects, or land parcels planned for these uses. He represents a wide variety of these clients, including institutional investors, operators, developers, lenders and others. His clients are primarily institutional in nature, but have included parties across the size spectrum including individual entrepreneurs. Doug is able to adapt his perspective and style to meet the needs of each particular client. Doug also has strong relationships with various attorneys and law firms outside California that rely on him to guide their clients through their investment activity regarding California real estate projects.
Focused on Pension Fund Equity Capital Providers
In recent years Doug has represented many public pension funds in the formation of joint ventures and separate accounts to provide equity capital to real estate developers and operators, both for individual projects and portfolio commitments. When these complex arrangements require restructuring or winding up, Doug also handles these subsequent transactions that can involve delicate negotiations. Doug has become very active representing the investment authority for a group of pension funds located in British Columbia, Canada, which Doug represents on many of its real estate equity and debt investments in the United States. Representation of this international client on these complex investments requires coordination among various client teams together with outside Canadian and U.S. tax and regulatory counsel, which Doug manages on these transactions.