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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 www.GreenPearlEvents.com.

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



GT’s growth to 1800 lawyers and more than 30 locations is an example of the firm’s instincts for leveraging a changing marketplace. The need for lawyers to help clients navigate change continues to escalate. For GT, merging with other law firms to be in new markets overnight is not the way to respond to the market need. Preserving the firm’s “built for change” culture is. GT leaders travel across the country handpicking lawyers with the talents to guide clients through the very moments their businesses and markets are changing most. It is this rare combination of talents around which we relentlessly hire at GT – legal, business and leadership skills. That’s why we refer to GT lawyers as “3-D lawyers.”


Walk through the hallways at GT and ask a lawyer what’s different about the firm. No matter in which office, state or time zone, a GT lawyer will no doubt answer in one word – culture. Culture is shorthand for thinking differently about what makes lawyers happy at a law firm and in turn what gets results for clients. GT’s culture places the power to get results in the individual, embracing diversity, lawyers’ multidimensional skills and commitment to community. It also means shunning such things as bureaucracy and internal competition and insisting upon an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Indeed, the firm is run to eliminate the market forces that can distract organizations from their number one purpose: getting the best results possible for clients and keeping talent thrilled to be here.

GreenbergTraurig http://www.gtlaw.com

Articles and Press Releases

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

Greenberg Traurig Achieves 100 Percent Rating on 2011 Corporate Equality Index

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Speak Your Business in 30 Seconds or Less(tm) with Ann Convery

Ann ConveryAnn Talks About How to Increase Your Sales, Leads and Clients in 2 Minutes

How would you like to attract up to 50% more cash, clients and business in the next few weeks?

Effortlessly attract new business in 30 seconds or less with no visible sales technique. Anywhere. Any place. Any time.

I met Ann at a training given by Gary W. Goldstein, the producer of the movie “Pretty Woman”.

Gary was teaching his course “Scaling the Great Wall of Hollywood” and he brought Ann in to speak to the group about how to take their current elevator pitch and update it so that it would, not just let people know what you did, but it would also be able to touch the person in the core of their brain and get them to get excited about what you did. – JW

So after sitting down with her for a personal consultation, I was amazed at what she had taught me in a 15 minute meeting.

My expectation was that she would help me refine my pitch somewhat and that would be it, but refine is not the word. Propel to a new quantum place is a better description.

Update: I recorded a video with Ann at Author 101 in Los Angeles. Although we go into much more detail in this podcast we do have a very interesting conversation I know you will enjoy. Here is the link to go check it out. http://onpurposemagazine.com/2012/04/11/ann-convery-video-interview-at-author-101/

Here was my pitch:

Q. What do you do?

A. I consult with businesses to help them use Twitter.

A great short pitch right? I would say it and get little or no response. “Oh that’s great! Which way to the cheese platter” or “I don’t know how to use that Twitter thing yet”.

Ann told me about the Lizard or Old Brain and how it needed to hear what it wanted or it would shut down and put into hibernation, the conscious brain.

We took my pitch and changed it to…

A. I help people like you increase their targeted client or prospect list by 1000+% in 3 months!


At first I said sounds great… then I used the pitch. Most everyone replied with Really! How do you do that?, Can you do that for me., Wow I could use that service., Wow, I have a friend that really needs that…

The difference in response was night and day. Ann has hit on something really basic and useful and you have to listen to this recording because Ann goes into detail and shares over twice as much as she shared with me during that first meeting.

You will walk away with tools and strategies to make a difference in how you talk to new and old clients that will help you increase and propel your business to new heights in less than 2 minutes…

A NOTE: Ann is great at the elevator pitch, but it only begins there. She can help you will all aspects of corporate and business communications and marketing. – JW Najarian

Ann Convery

Ann Convery is an international speaker, seminar leader, trainer and author. Her list of clients reads like a “Who’s Who” of top professionals in the fields of politics, medicine, law, business, health and beauty.

For 17 years she has prepared clients for:

  • CNN
  • 60 Minutes
  • The New York Times
  • Time Magazine
  • Oprah
  • People
  • Vogue
  • and other outlets.
Ann’s extensive background in media training led her to create her popular program, “Speak Your Business in 30 Seconds or Less™”. This radically different approach to marketing has enabled Ann’s clients to generate up to thousands of dollars in business, sometimes within weeks.

Ann has also been interviewed by The Los Angeles Times, Cosmopolitan, First for Women, Presentations Magazine,and many other media.Ann is a highly sought after international speaker.Clients call her from all over the U.S., Europe, the U.K., Canada, Mexico and Australia.Ann has delivered over 125 speeches and trainings for corporate and private groups in Barcelona, Madrid, Mexico City, New York, Chicago, Seattle, and California.

A top-selling author, Ann’s second book was published by Harper Collins in May 2006. Ann has published numerous articles including several columns for the Los Angeles Business Journal.


Ann has a few products that will be of interest to you. CLICK HERE to find out more…..

Ann’s Website: http://www.annconvery.com

Build a Business Around Your Expertise from Top Revenue Strategist Stefanie Hartman

Stefanie HartmanWe met Stefanie at Rick Frishman’s Author 101. Stefanie often works with authors and speakers to help them “Get it Done” as she helps them with marketing, revenue and other strategies.

Stefanie helps her clients propel themselves to new and higher levels of success.

I was at the conference for three days interviewing authors, speakers publishers, agents and many more excellent guests of Rick Frishman and as I did I would notice Stefanie sitting at a table with someone going over strategies for their business.

I was taken by the intensity and focus she gave each new person that entered the room and sat down with her. They each had her undivided and complete attention. Impressive.

I tried for the three days to get an interview with her as she was only 15 feet away from me at anytime she was in the room, but she had a steady line of clients the whole three days and could not find even a minute to sit with me.

Finally on the last day, I caught Stefanie as she got ready to break to get something to eat. I grabbed her… Sorry Stefanie, I know you and your husband were hungry, and had the wonderful Starley Murray do a short interview with her.

Rick had asked Stefanie to come to his event to help the authors that attended the event, because she has such a great track record of helping authors and other businesses propel their projects to new levels of success. I have never met Stefanie before, Rick has hired her for many of his top clients. That speaks, no pun intended, volumes to me. It turned out great, but I hope to get Stefanie to do a podcast with us soon. – JW

Stefanie Hartman

Often referred to as “The Expert’s Expert”, International Speaker and Consultant, Stefanie Hartman is a highly sought after Behind the Scenes Marketing Strategist for entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, coaches and experts throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.

Stefanie specializes in providing proven ‘real world’ powerful marketing strategies to generate on-going revenues, build your database and position you as a top expert in your field.  A rarity in the industry she reveals the TRUTH and helps entrepreneurs eliminate the learning curve and avoid the many pitfalls and costly mistakes that only the top 1% of income earners know. You can get more information at Stefanie’s web site www.StefanieHartman.com


  • Founded a Private Online Club that uses match-making technology to connect Entrepreneurs with casual partners that put your business or products in front of your target market worldwide.  www.PrivateJVClub.com .
  • Created the Millionairesin Training Program, an online school for Entrepreneurs, Authors and Speakers. www.MITProgram.com
  • Worked with “who’s who” of the industry: T. Harv Eker, Matt Bacak, 3-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez, Oprah Guest Cynthia Kersey, among others. Has shared the stage with Rick Frishman, Arielle Ford (Deepak Chopra), John Assaraf, Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for Soul).

    rick frishman and stefanie hartman

    Rick Frishman and Stefanie Hartman

  • Recently courted byan award winningNew York Publishing Firm to lend her marketing expertise to their famous and new authors.
  • Partnered with NY publisher to award publishing contracts to Entrepreneurs world-wide, including full & major distribution to retail bookstores, foreign rights, and online sellers via Ingram.
  • Partnered to create the first and only “Get it Done for You” Social Media & Marketing Service Company for JV product launches, best-seller campaigns, and 100% social media set up and ongoing monthly marketing to get you leads, profits and set up in 30 days or less.
  • Co-produced several television shows, specials and documentaries, including work for PBS, The Discovery Channel, CTV, The Outdoor Life Network, VTV Channel for Baton Broadcasting
  • Marketing Strategies that enabled a client to sell over $600,000 of products in one weekend.
  • Marketing campaign that propelled an un-known author to #1Best-Selling Status on date predicted.
  • Marketing Strategy that enabled an author to sell over $1 Million of products in 3 days.
  • Designed monthly revenue program for client that nets him $3,000 – $10,000 in sales per month, 99% leveraged work by other people. No selling, no product distribution.
  • Increased client sales from $18,000 – $54,000 in 4 weeks.
  • After only 1 hour consulting/training helped speaker sell $500,000 products in 9 months (after he gave up trying).

Rick Frishman’s Author 101

Are you curious about what publishers like Harper Collins, Morgan James, Adams Media, Wiley, Random House, and Simon & Schuster are looking for? What is the best way to get your manuscript read when you’re an unpublished author? Want to know the biggest mistakes to avoid when writing book proposals? You’ll be engaged as these top pros share their expertise, reveal the inner workings of the publishing industry, and discuss various approaches to common marketing and publishing challenges.

Author 101 University Event Website: www.author101university.com