Mr. Seifert graduated with honors from the Univ. of Pennsylvania, Wharton School (1977) and the NYU School of Law (1980). While in law school, he was an editor of the Annual Survey of American Law and authored an article, published in 1979, on whether ex parte sales under commercial liens constitutes state action.
For the past 35+ years, Mr. Seifert has been engaged in a sophisticated real estate transactional law practice, including real estate acquisition and disposition, real estate finance (representing senior and subordinate lenders, originators of convertible debt and borrowers), loan defeasance, restructuring and refinancing, foreclosure/work-out and related matters, commercial leasing, entity formation and capitalization (including pre-formation structuring), and capital markets transactions (debt, equity and hybrid).
Mr. Seifert's clients have included institutional lenders and advisors (including banks and finance companies, investment banks and investment funds) and property developers and owners, including developers of large retail, flagged hospitality and multifamily residential properties. He has negotiated and completed leases and pad sales on behalf of shopping center owners with various national and regional chain tenants, including Starbucks, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank, Office Depot, Petsmart, Nordstrom, Chevron, Walgreens, Ross Stores, California Pizza Kitchens, and others, and he has represented The CIM Group, George Smith Partners, Inc., Haseko Corporation and others in projects including a purchase of a 30+ property office portfolio for over $1.4 billion, financing (including providing a California enforceability legal opinion) of a 60+ story office tower in Downtown L.A., the structured $1.5 billion financing of an office portfolio (including a mortgage loan and simultaneous multiple tiers of mezzanine loans), and sales of Century City office buildings and retail shopping centers and parcels within retail shopping centers.