DLA Piper Poaches Thelen Reid

DLA Piper has added eight partners to its corporate and finance practice, from the law firm of Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner. This includes Jeffrey Steiner, who will serve as the co-chair of DLA Piper's finance practice. 

DLA Piper announced today that eight partners will be joining the Corporate and Finance Practice in New York and London. Led by Jeffrey B. Steiner, the group will bring one of the world's leading real estate and structured finance practices. Steiner will join DLA Piper from Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner, where he was a name partner, and has been Co-Chair of Business and Finance, and Chair of Real Estate. Steiner will become Co-Chair of the US Finance Group, and will join with seven additional partners: Scott A. Weinberg, Robert M. Unger, Rand B. Peppas, Marc B. Friedman, R. Kenneth MacCallum, Robert S. Mower and Jason R. Goldstein. The group is expected to join DLA Piper in September.

As Co-Chair of DLA Piper's US Finance Group, Steiner will be focused on deepening already strong relationships with the principal investment groups and leadership of the major capital providers on Wall Street, and building DLA Piper's existing capabilities in real estate, finance and related capital markets engagements.

Jeff and his partners are some of the best known lawyers in real estate and structured finance, and they have built a diversified international practice, said Lee I. Miller, Joint CEO of DLA Piper. They have deep relationships on Wall Street and in the international financial community that will complement and strengthen our existing finance practice in the US and abroad.

Steiner and his partners have been involved in financing transactions and related alternative structures for complex assets (both real estate and non-real estate), warehouse facilities and repo lines, hybrid debt and equity structures, privatizations of REITs as well as single asset projects and portfolio transactions. They have recently expanded their efforts overseas, both in Europe and Asia, and are heavily focused on the restructuring of loan portfolios and extending market share to other transactional activities outside real estate and structured finance. The group is expected to work closely with colleagues throughout DLA Piper's network in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as across the United States.

Jeff is an innovative leader who recognized the need for a global platform that supports sophisticated cross-border work. DLA Piper is a great strategic fit because we have the right mix of capabilities and global reach to support the practice that Jeff and his partners have built, said Roger Meltzer, Global Chair of Corporate and Finance at DLA Piper. The synergy of their international practice, DLA Piper's global platform, and our shared strengths in real estate and corporate finance will create compelling value for clients.

Steiner, Weinberg, Unger, Peppas, MacCallum and Goldstein will be based in New York, while Friedman and Mower will practice in London.

Jeffrey B. Steiner

Steiner has been the Chair of Thelen Reid's Real Estate Practice, and Co-Chair of the Business and Finance Practice. He regularly represents Wall Street investment banks and institutional lenders in complex structured finance transactions including construction, conduit, floating and fixed rate financings, forward loan commitments, mezzanine loans, loan participations and mortgage-backed securities transactions.

Steiner was recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 2008 as one of the leading real estate lawyers in New York. He received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and a B.A. from McGill University.

Scott A. Weinberg

Weinberg concentrates on real estate and finance. He has extensive experience in all areas of real estate finance, acquisitions, dispositions and leasing, for both institutional and non-institutional clients. Mr. Weinberg has particular experience representing lenders in the origination and securitization of commercial mortgage loans.

He received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Missouri.

Robert M. Unger

Unger concentrates on uniquely structured mergers and acquisitions for both private and public companies, equipment finance, secured lending, structured finance and corporate and transactional matters related to real estate finance.

He received a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and a B.F.A., cum laude, from Boston University.

Rand B. Peppas

Peppas concentrates on real estate and real estate finance. She has extensive experience in all aspects of institutional real estate lending including interim, permanent and mezzanine loans; lines of credit; acquisitions, dispositions and financings of portfolios of mortgage loans; forward loan commitments; loan participations; and structuring of entities for equity investments in real estate.

She received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and a B.A. from Emory University.

Marc B. Friedman

Friedman focuses on real estate finance, secured lending workouts and joint venture transactions. He represents both portfolio and CMBS national lenders in the origination, servicing and workout of sophisticated real estate-related loans including first mortgage, mezzanine, construction and preferred equity facilities.

A member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, he received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Boston University.

R. Kenneth MacCallum

MacCallum concentrates on transactional work in the capital markets, focusing on structured finance. He has extensive experience in structuring deals and developing novel structures, and preparation and negotiation of agreements and legal opinions, in public offerings and private placements of mortgage-backed and asset-backed financings.

A member of both the American and Canadian Bar Associations, he received an LL.M. from Columbia Law School and an LL.B. and B.B.A. from the University of New Brunswick.

Robert S. Mower

Mower practices corporate law, with particular emphasis on structured finance, securities law, mergers and acquisitions and private equity financing. He has broad experience in a wide range of corporate transactions including private placements, public offerings, mergers, acquisitions, secured lending, joint ventures, reorganizations and related financings.

He received a J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Bowdoin College.

Jason R. Goldstein

Goldstein practices real estate law with work in mortgage and construction lending, workouts and restructuring loans, purchase and sale of vacant land and commercial properties, and development of commercial and industrial properties all on behalf of institutional and non-institutional clients.

He received a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. from Haverford College.

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