THE FIRM This outstanding and sizable team handles acquisition, refinancing, restructuring, joint ventures, equity investments, senior and mezzanine debt, foreclosures and other work. The group is particularly renowned for its expertise in capital markets and bankruptcy-related real estate matters. The firm represents operators, lenders and investors on a regular basis, with notable clients including the likes of Rockpoint Group, Fortress, Wells Fargo and MPG Office Trust. The firm also has a respected land use group.
Sources say: "Of all the firms I have worked with, the one that has really distinguished itself is Gibson Dunn."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Dennis Arnold is a leading authority in the real estate sector with the ability to take major transactions from beginning to end. He is noted in particular for his expertise in workouts, bankruptcy and restructuring issues. "He knows everything about every aspect of California law," say sources.
Jesse Sharf is a preeminent attorney representing a predominantly borrower and developer-based client roster. Clients praise his "combination of pure intellect, common sense and work ethic." His recent highlights include representing developer Stellar Management in its proposed redevelopment of Villas Parkmerced.
Michael Sfregola is renowned for his work in the hospitality sector. Clients note that he is "very experienced, smart and business-oriented." His recent involvements include the representation of a public hospitality REIT in relation to the acquisitions of major hotels.
Deborah Cussen is an expert on the financial real estate front. Her primary experience is in advising lenders and investors on financings, foreclosures and the acquisition and sale of loan portfolios. She has recently represented Wells Fargo in connection with several acquisitions and loan restructurings.
Amy Forbes is a leading land use attorney who, while having a national practice, has worked on some of the largest entitlement transactions in California. Her recent highlights include advising the Fifteen Group on the redevelopment of Wyvernwood Garden Apartments.
Mary Murphy is another prominent land use attorney at the firm with expertise in historic development deals. She has recently been actively engaged in the Treasure Island Community Development project relating to the redevelopment of a former naval base for residential, recreational and retail space.