Crocker Commercial Real Estate Symposium

Thursday, September 9, 2021

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

3.75 hours of General CLE Credit

This symposium features three panels comprising prominent California attorneys and industry insiders, who will discuss selected trends and developments in commercial real estate that affect practitioners today and will impact the future of commercial real estate. Earn 3.75 MCLE credits!

PANEL 1 - The Post-COVID Financing Market – Why Are We So Busy?
There is a flurry of activity in commercial real estate finance despite the pandemic's persistence.  This finance-oriented panel will delve into the cause of the increased volume of commercial real estate deals.  In an effort to understand why finance is so busy, the panel will explore the broad variety of deals currently being done, prevalent types of capital and capital stacks, how interest rates have affected volume, and currently observed trends.  The panel discussion will benefit from experienced professionals who represent the lender, borrower, and broker perspectives.
Alilda Ferraro - Senior Legal Counsel, Wells Fargo Bank
Alina Mardesich - Senior Vice President, George Smith Partners
Chaz M. Franciski - Director of Finance & Acquisitions, The GPI Companies
Moderator: Michael Davis - Shareholder - Greenberg Traurig LLP

PANEL 2 - The State of the Commercial Leasing Market: How Landlords and Tenants are Returning to and Repurposing Space
Join this panel comprised of experts representing the landlord, tenant and broker perspective for a lively discussion of how retail, office and industrial spaces are being creatively re-imagined, moving towards economic recovery in this post-pandemic environment.  Topics will include emerging trends in commercial leasing, the status of different asset classes, and the effect of the pandemic on technology applications.
Shireen Enayati - VP Leasing, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield
Nadine Watt - CEO Watt Properties
Owen Fileti - Managing Director, Raise Commercial Real Estate
Javier Gutierrez - Partner, Stuart Kane LLP
Moderator: Jonathan Lorenzen - Partner, Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble, Mallory and Natsis LLP

PANEL 3 - The Not So Affordable Housing Crisis:  Needs, Challenges and Possible Solutions
The need for the development and preservation of affordable housing in California is undeniable and while there are government incentives to provide for such purposes, developers still face many challenges.  Our panel of speakers, who bring multiple perspectives to this issue, including those of developers, investors, attorneys, city officials and neighborhood communities, will address those needs and challenges and offer some solutions based on personal experience working on specific projects.
Rochelle Mills - President, Innovative Housing Opportunities
Ada Arevalo - Founder/CEO, Impact Capital
Gillian Van Muyden - Glendale City Attorney
Benjamin Reznik - Partner, Jeffer Mangels
Moderator: Paul Habibi - Founder/Principal, Grayslake Advisors; UCLA Professor

$50 - Barristers & CLE+ Members
$60 - Real Property Section and CLA Real Property members
$75 for LACBA/*CLA members/Affiliate Bar members
$95 for All others
$0 for Law students

*CLA & Affiliate Bar Members please create free account for online registration or call Member Services at (213)896-6560.

Once you have completed your LACBA registration, on the date of the event you will receive a link from Zoom that will allow you to join the webinar directly. In order to receive participatory CLE credit, registrants must participate in the webinar via Zoom.  LACBA cannot provide CLE credit to those who only listen to the program audio by phone.  Individuals wishing to receive CLE credit must register independently.

Important Information:
Please log in to Zoom at least 10 minutes before the program time. You will receive a certificate of attendance via email in 7-10 business days.