Commercial Real Estate Distressed Property Strategies with Mark Levinson, Esq

Commercial Real Estate Distressed Property Strategies

Mark Levinson of GreenbergTraurig

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We interviewed Mr. Levinson at the 2011 GreenPearl Distressed Real Estate Event held in Los Angeles. For more event information go to

Mark LevinsonWilliam Mark Levinson
Direct: 310.586.3888
Direct Fax: 310.586.0588
Los Angeles
2450 Colorado Avenue
Suite 400E
Santa Monica, CA 90404
T 310.586.7700
F 310.586.7800

Mark Levinson has substantial experience in a broad range of corporate, securities, real estate and finance matters including an emphasis in municipal finance.

Mr. Levinson routinely structures, negotiates and documents the public and private placement of a range of securities offerings; loan restructurings; defaulted bond workouts on behalf of issuers, indenture trustees and bondholders; venture capital and private equity investments.

Mr. Levinson also provides guidance to businesses on Securities Exchange Act reporting obligations and general corporate and contract matters.

Mr. Levinson has experience in the municipal finance industry and routinely serves as bond and underwriter’s counsel, credit and liquidity provider’s counsel, and indenture trustee’s counsel.

He typically is engaged by financial institutions, municipalities, redevelopment agencies, and other governmental authorities and educational institutions to assist in a range of infrastructure, affordable housing, and Mello-Roos and Marks Roos financings utilizing bond or certificate of participation structures, aggregating billions of dollars in securities.

Mr. Levinson has handled all types of real estate transactions, representing syndicators, developers and owners in their projects including shopping centers, office buildings, warehouse distribution facilities and residential property.

He has particular experience representing syndication companies, lenders and others in a range of acquisitions, dispositions and private offerings and sale-leaseback arrangements.

Areas of Concentration
  • General Corporate
  • Securities
  • Financing transactions and secured lending
  • Private Equity Investments
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Real Estate, leasing and land use
  • Acquisitions and dispositions of real estate
  • Mezzanine, bridge and permanent financings
  • Distressed Bond Workouts
Significant Representations
  • Served as issuers, underwriters and trustees counsel in numerous public offerings over a broad range of projects.
  • Represented numerous borrowers and financial institutions in secured and unsecured financings.
  • Represented Tenant In Common sponsors in acquisition of various commercial real estate projects pursuant to which the sponsor identified and acquired real estate projects throughout the United States, negotiated the complex loans acquisition financing and structured and administered the acquisition by tenants in common of the real estate.
  • Represented indenture trustees in numerous defaulted debt securities relating to companies in a wide range of industries.
  • Represented a financial institution providing credit enhancement to major airport and multi-family housing projects.
  • Represented Financial Advisors in connection with rendering fairness opinions.
Professional & Community Involvement
  • Second Vice President on Executive Board, New West Symphony
  • Chairman’s Circle, Los Angeles Business Council
  • Cabinet Member, Real Estate and Construction Division of the Jewish Federation, 2010
  • Board Member, Spotlight the Arts
  • Board of Governors, Cedars Sinai Hospital
  • Former Trustee, Temple Judea
  • Member, Association for Corporate Growth
  • Member, Brandeis University President’s California Council
  • Member, Business Law, Real Property and Probate & Trust Law Sections of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Los Angeles Business Counsel
  • Member, Los Angeles Business Forum
  • Member, Los Angeles Venture Association
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association



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Articles and Press Releases

Putting Clients and Culture First is Always Good Business
New York Law Journal, October 2010

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