Greenberg Traurig Continues Expansion of REIT Practice

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Kamal Jafarnia Joins New York Office from Alston & Bird

Kamal Jafarnia has joined the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, as of counsel in its REIT, Corporate & Securities and Financial Regulatory and Compliance practices in New York. He has over two decades of experience as an attorney and compliance professional and most recently practiced in the Financial Services and Products Group at Alston & Bird LLP in New York.

Jafarnia focuses his practice on REITs, Business Development Companies and securities matters. He also has in depth experience in FINRA matters having served as a compliance professional for several investment program sponsors, and as chief compliance officer (CCO) both for several FINRA broker-dealers member firms and a number of registered investment advisory firms. While working in the industry, he held numerous securities registrations, including that of a general securities principal.

“The addition of Kamal makes our nationally recognized REIT and securities practice even stronger,” said Judith D. Fryer, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s REIT Practice. “We couldn’t be more pleased that Kamal has joined Greenberg Traurig. His experience as both an attorney and compliance professional will allow him to provide the value added service to clients for which our REIT and Securities group is known throughout the country.”

“Kamal will make an immediate impact given his wealth of experience and knowledge in the industry,” said Alan Annex, Chair of the New York Corporate & Securities Practice. “We welcome him to the firm.”

Prior to working at Alston & Bird, Jafarnia served as a senior executive, as CCO and as an in-house attorney for several alternative investment program sponsors, including, having worked as counsel at American Realty Capital, Franklin Square Capital Partners, Behringer Harvard and CNL.

Jafarnia received his LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. from Temple University School of Law and B.A. from University of Texas at Austin.

Jafarnia joins on the heels of other recent hires: William Mack III from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in the Government Law & Policy and Financial Regulatory and Compliance practices, Ron Deutsch and Nicole Perez from Akin Gump and Allen & Overy, respectively, in the Corporate M&A Practice, Philip Weingold from Kramer Levin in the Corporate and Tax practices, Wendy Li from Patton Boggs in the Corporate & Securities Practice, and Carl Riley from Skadden in the REIT Practice.

Greenberg Traurig - REIT - Greenberg Traurig’s New York REITs Practice unites transactional and regulatory experience from the firm’s Corporate & Securities, Real Estate and Tax Practice groups, providing clients with a multidisciplinary legal team. We have experience representing both public and private REITs in virtually every phase of their corporate existence. Our clients include both equity and mortgage REITs, as well as infinite life, finite life and incubator REITs.

Greenberg Traurig – Corporate & Securities Practice - Greenberg Traurig’s Corporate and Securities Practice is well situated to provide advice and services to companies and entrepreneurs throughout the Americas, in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The group of more than 350 corporate and securities lawyers brings together the strategic business, legal and market experience needed to manage and close
the most complex transactions as well as provide savvy yet practical counsel on day-to-day operations.

Greenberg Traurig – Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group – Greenberg Traurig’s Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group brings together attorneys from various offices and practice areas to assist financial services firms of all types and sizes as well as vendors to those firms as they face regulatory, legislative, supervision, examination, licensing, compliance and governance matters. Our regional and practice diversity positions us to collaborate across practices and geographies to deliver clients the service and value that they require in today’s world.

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