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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, Thomas Masenga, Los Angeles, USA

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Thomas Masenga

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Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Real Estate, Land Use and Environmental


Mr. Masenga has more than 35 years of experience representing pension funds and their separate account advisors, commingled funds, banks, life insurance companies, private equity funds, REITs and other institutional real estate investors and lenders.


Mr. Masenga's finance and capital markets practice has included advising on portfolio, syndicated and mezzanine loan originations, restructurings and foreclosures, the acquisition and disposition of performing and non-performing loan portfolios, revolving credit facilities, and repurchase agreements for real estate mortgage loans. He is recognized nationally for his expertise in structuring and closing complex real estate transactions for institutional clients and is a frequent lecturer on real estate investment and financing. Mr. Masenga has served as a panelist for, among others, the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and the California Continuing Education of the Bar.


California Mortgage Bankers Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association; Los Angeles Commercial Realty Association; Mortgage Bankers Association; National Association of Public Pension Attorneys; Pension Real Estate Association


J.D., Loyola Law School at Los Angeles, 1977, cum laude Loyola Law Review; B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1974, magna cum laude

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The ‘very client-friendly, knowledgeable, personable and expert in its field’ Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is particularly adept at handling transactional and land-use matters. The firm advises on large build-to-suit office development projects, mixed-use projects, joint ventures as well as the financing of large private real estate developments, and is known for its strong presence in California but also deals with matters in New York, Washington DC and Chicago. San Francisco-based Keith Garner and San Diego-based Nancy Scull, who is ‘careful, pragmatic and an expert in community governance matters’, head the team. Los-Angeles-based James Pugh advised Lightstone Group on obtaining approval for the $700m Fig + Pico Conference Center Hotels project. Thomas Masenga, who is also based in Los Angeles, advised the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System on a $1.1bn loan to a Blackstone fund. Another highlight included acting as lead land-use counsel to The Peebles Corporation, MacFarlane Partners and Claridge Properties in relation to the $1.5bn mixed-use Angels Landing project in Los Angeles. Other key practitioners include Los Angeles-based Pamela Westhoff, Alfred Fraijo and Orange County-based Scott Morehouse. Peter Koffler joined the New York office in late 2018 from Venable LLP.

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