Jon Ziefert is a real estate attorney at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. The firm has assisted clients for more than 140 years. Their offices can be found in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C.
Ziefert represents a wide variety of clients, such as institutional lenders, large investors and real estate developers who need assistance with complex real estate investments. Ziefert can also assist with private equity funds and the acquisition, development, disposition, financing, and leasing of hotels, industrial facilities, office buildings and shopping centers.
Additionally, Ziefert advises clients with the formation of related joint ventures, equity investment vehicles, and management contracts. Ziefert has also represented Chinese companies with a shared interest in real estate investments throughout the U.S. One such client is China Lesso Group Holdings Limited, a leading industrial group, and manufacturing company in China.
Prior to joining Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, Ziefert gained invaluable experience working in related fields. Ziefert previously represented The Setai Group, a developer, in the sale of the Setai Hotel located in Miami Beach, Florida. He also represented JPMorgan Asset Management in a joint venture which involved a developer of a 400,000-square-foot shopping center located in Santa Barbara, California and a private equity fund. Ziefert has represented clients like Simon Development, Terra Mark LLC, the Dermot Company, Rockwood Capital Real Estate Partners, and much more.
Ziefert received his B.A. and M.S. degrees from Columbia University. In 1994, he received his J.D. degree with high honors from Rutgers University School of Law. He has practiced in California, New York, and New Jersey. Currently, he is a member of the Real Estate Editorial Advisory Board for Law360, a subscription-based, legal news service. Ziefert has also spoken at several events, including a Strafford Webinar in November 2016, titled “Structuring Preferred Equity Investments in Real Estate Ventures: True Equity vs. ‘Debt-Like’ Equity.”
Are most U.S. real estate developers looking for an LP or a GP when sourcing capital from an institutional investor?
Most developers/sponsors are looking for an LP. However, they expect to give the LP decision making/approval rights over various "major decisions." You should negotiate for such rights and GP's should be willing to provide.+2 Members Answered
How can Chinese investors navigate concerns about union membership and collective bargaining when investing in hotels?
You will need to engage experienced labor law counsel in the city and state where the hotel is located and get advice from that attorney. Labor law and union contracts are very localized so be sure to find a labor law attorney who regularly practices in that city and state.+1 Members Answered
Aside from the gateway cities, where else should Chinese investors seeking hospitality investments look?
The top cities I would suggest are New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, New Orleans, Seattle, and Pittsburgh.+1 Members Answered
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