Brian Diamond is Co-Chair of the Real Estate Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. He concentrates his practice in counseling institutional investors, real estate opportunity funds and investment advisers. Over the years, Mr. Diamond has been lead counsel in many of the nation’s most significant and complex real estate transactions. He is a skilled negotiator and draftsman and has assisted his clients in the acquisition, financing and disposition of billions of dollars in real estate transactions nationwide of every asset class, from parking concessions, hotels and senior housing, to super-regional malls. Mr. Diamond counsels investment managers with respect to their advisory duties and advises clients as to the formation of and/or investment in real estate funds and infrastructure funds.
Mr. Diamond regularly represents managers of public and private pension funds in acquisitions, joint ventures, development transactions, financings and dispositions. He is well versed in the tax and ERISA rules that govern the behavior of tax-exempt investors and, for nearly three decades, has successfully been advising fiduciaries with respect to the management of their client’s real estate investments. Mr. Diamond is a seasoned negotiator of joint ventures with developers of every property type and is a significant force in the Firm’s real estate opportunity fund practice.
Mr. Diamond is just as at home representing lenders as he is representing borrowers. He has managed several mortgage and mezzanine lending programs for Firm clients, some of which programs he helped to design. Mr. Diamond has been extremely active in real estate workouts and restructurings. Drawing on Stroock’s significant insolvency and litigation resources, Mr. Diamond has coordinated real estate foreclosures, prepackaged bankruptcies and deed-in-lieu transactions on behalf of his clients. Mr. Diamond is experienced in dealing with “green” real estate and has been a speaker on the “greening” of commercial real estate.
In addition to bringing mature judgment and keen business acumen to the table, Mr. Diamond has over 25 years of front line experience in dealing with the real world issues that affect the performance of real estate assets, including, environmental issues, bankruptcy, tax issues, casualties, condemnation, litigation and land use restrictions.
Mr. Diamond is a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association and the Legal Advisory Board of First American Title Insurance Company of New York. He has spoken on diverse topics including Joint Ventures, ERISA Rules, Sustainable Real Estate, Unrelated Business Taxable Income, Distressed Real Estate and Brokerage Issues.
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