Marc R. Lieberman

A Board Certified Real Estate Specialist (State Bar of Arizona), Marc Lieberman handles much of the legal work attendant to the extensive and varied investments of many institutions. As Chair of Kutak Rock’s Institutional Investments Group, Mr. Lieberman and his team have negotiated and documented more than $5 billion in alternative investments for institutional investors, and his trial record is equally impressive: in January of 2017, he and his team obtained the largest defense trial verdict in the United States for the past year, defeating a $200 million claim and securing a $4.9 million defense award.

The transactions documented by Mr. Lieberman and his team have involved a wide variety of commercial real estate projects (office towers, hotels, golf courses, residential subdivisions, multi-family developments, retail centers, historic renovations, land banks, resorts), as well as private equity, hedge and commingled real estate transactions covering a wide variety of asset classes (credit opportunities, commodities, real assets, GTAA, infrastructure, venture capital, timber, tax or environmental credits, drug licensing, currencies or TIPS) and strategies (portable alpha, beta overlay, secondary acquisitions, co-investments, long/short and other  derivatives).

Mr. Lieberman has documented many other key contracts for institutional investors, including custody agreements, securities lending agreements, consultant and adviser agreements, brokerage agreements, and lender acknowledgments. He regularly issues enforceability opinions in connection with fund lender cash collateral agreements, and has drafted investment policies for several institutions, as well as their ethics and fiduciary standards.

As an “AV”-rated Super Lawyer® and Best Lawyers in America®, Mr. Lieberman serves as investment counsel to banks, insurers, public pension plans and sovereign wealth funds, including the Arkansas Teachers’ Retirement System, the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, the Indiana Public Retirement System, the City of Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Plan, the Illinois Pre-paid Tuition Trust Fund, Pinnacol Assurance and the Texas Municipal Retirement System.  He is a former Chair of the Arizona Appellate Practice Section, former Chair of the Editorial Board of Arizona Attorney Magazine, a former Judge Pro Tem for Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals, and currently serves as a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. Mr. Lieberman is a frequent lecturer and author on investment related topics, and is also a member of the SEC Working Committee of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys.

Real Estate Law Practice:

Kutak Rock LLP’s team of more than 70 real estate attorneys across the country represent national, regional and local clients in all areas of the industry, including owners, developers, lenders, servicers, sponsors and investors. Our offices are uniquely positioned across the United States to provide a high level of expertise in all types of real estate and related transactions, including multi-faceted, multi-state transactions, at a more reasonable cost structure than many of our national competitors. In addition to our broad capabilities, we have distinct practice groups with expertise in lender representation, REIT representation, tax credit transactions, affordable housing, military housing, senior living, health care, medical campus developments, and loan workouts and restructuring.

With every real estate project involving multiple parties, including brokers, title companies, engineers, surveyors and architects, we believe one of our greatest strengths is leading the project team. We efficiently coordinate and organize project information and communicate the facts and options so our clients can quickly understand and use that information in their decision-making process. By understanding the intricate balance between the business and legal aspects of each real estate matter, our attorneys offer a common-sense, business-minded approach that allows us to facilitate a smooth transaction, always mindful of working efficiently, creatively and within budget.

We build trusted and long-lasting relationships with our clients by responding quickly to their requests and anticipating their needs, enabling us to adapt easily as these needs may grow or change. We provide these services with national teams of experts in the areas of tax, public finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, securities, environmental law, workouts and reorganization, bankruptcy, litigation and many other ancillary areas of the law. These diversified practice groups work together quickly and seamlessly to deliver creative and proactive solutions to our clients.

Kutak Rock LLP:

Kutak Rock LLP is a national law firm of more than 550 lawyers with 18 offices from coast to coast. The firm serves local, regional and national clients in a practice that spans a wide range of disciplines. We encourage our attorneys to take advantage of the national resources and broad range of expertise the firm offers in order to provide the best legal services possible to our clients.

Our firm’s primary practice concentrations are securities, business, finance and corporate law, as well as public finance, litigation and real estate law, with numerous areas of specialization. Kutak Rock attorneys work together in well-integrated, national practice groups to maintain and enhance their technical expertise and to reinforce and support one another in achieving client objectives.

We have represented hundreds of state and local governmental units, a substantial number of Fortune 500 corporations, every major investment banking firm in the United States, major European, Asian and domestic money-center banks, insurance companies, national real estate investors and developers, major national franchising enterprises and numerous other financial institutions and businesses.

Several members of Kutak Rock have served as government officials on the federal and state levels. The attorney ranks in our various offices include a former United States Attorney, a former United States Senator and former officials of the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Communications Commission and Department of Defense.

We have earned a national reputation for finding creative solutions to complex legal issues and for providing excellent legal services in a practical, cost-conscious manner. We maintain that reputation by actively communicating with our clients at the initial stages of each engagement to gain a complete and clear understanding of our clients’ desired objectives.

Kutak Rock LLP is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell—the highest rating that independent organization confers on a law firm.

Dr. Sultan Almasoud

Dr. Sultan Almasoud is the Head of the Riyadh office. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, IPOs, joint ventures, capital market transactions, private placements and all aspects of corporate and commercial legal matters.

Dr. Almasoud represents corporate and private equity clients including Swicorp, NBK Capital, Jabal Omar Development Company and Takween Advanced Industries.

Firm Overview:

One of the first global law firms to establish a presence in the Middle East, Shearman & Sterling has extensive regional experience and an integrated global network of offices providing top-tier legal services. We have represented clients on ground-breaking deals and precedent-setting projects that have led to the emergence of the region as a dynamic financial center. We have also represented clients on some of the most complex disputes arising out of construction and development projects, investments, acquisitions and joint ventures.

We provide exceptional service to both regionally based clients and foreign investors seeking opportunities in the Middle East, including multinational companies, government ministries, state-owned companies, banks, contractors, investment agencies and financial sponsors. These clients turn to us because of our distinguished record in M&A, project development, finance, financial regulation, capital markets, private equity and dispute resolution, as well as our deep experience in the construction, energy and infrastructure industries.

A pioneer in the field of financing in the region, we have advised on two of the largest project bond financings in the Middle East and on groundbreaking Shari’ah-compliant financings, such as the first power project in the Middle East that included financing from Islamic banks and the largest-ever oil and gas Islamic financing. Our track record also includes successfully representing Dow Chemical in an ICC arbitration arising from the failed joint venture with Petrochemical Industries of Kuwait, in which a $2.47 billion award was rendered in Dow’s favor — the largest commercial arbitration award ever.

In addition, we have worked closely with governments to draft new laws and regulations. We also worked with the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1971 to create the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), helping them establish a new era in Abu Dhabi’s economy. We established an office in Abu Dhabi in 1975 to assist our clients in transforming Abu Dhabi into one of the world’s most important energy centers. More recently, we have been advising Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) on its establishment as an international financial center in the United Arab Emirates and the UAE government on reforming its financial regulatory framework.

With the success of our longstanding presence in Abu Dhabi, we opened an office in the Dubai International Financial Centre in 2015. From our hubs in the UAE, we continue to represent clients on some of the region’s largest projects, premium domestic and foreign investment transactions, and major international arbitrations.

The economies of the Middle East have continued to diversify in recent years, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To support the Kingdom and its domestic clients, Shearman & Sterling formed an association with Dr. Sultan Almasoud & Partners in Saudi Arabia in 2015 to create a top-tier Saudi law practice with an office in Riyadh. The association harnesses the firm’s global network with Dr. Sultan Almasoud & Partners’ Saudi experience to provide legal support on local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, corporate reorganizations, foreign investments, project development, dispute resolution and regulatory matters.

Laura Edrington

Laura Edrington is the Managing Partner of Locke Lord’s Houston office and Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Trust practice. Her practice focuses on the representation of financial institutions in connection with public finance, bonds, securitizations, real estate, and commercial lending. She is also a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors.

Through the years, Laura has worked on hundreds of asset securitization transactions including offerings of collateralized loan obligations, collateralized debt obligations and collateralized bond obligations. Laura has extensive experience structuring financial transactions, including REMICs and Collateralized Mortgage Obligations, and has represented trustees in numerous taxable and tax-exempt financings, including commercial properties, multi-family and single-family housing, asset based, and corporate debt securities.

Firm Overview:

Locke Lord’s Texas roots are strong, and in Houston we have deep ties and a formidable presence. We have been part of the Houston business community since the early 1900s, which has led to long-time and extensive relationships with clients. We also are civic-oriented, and view it as our duty to help improve the community in which we live. Our experienced and dedicated lawyers are leaders — in the courtroom, in the conference room and in the board room.

The Houston Business Journal named the Houston office one of its Best Places to Work recipients in 2013 and 2014.

As one of the world’s preeminent energy law firms, our lawyers serve as trusted counsel to a broad range of companies ranging from start-ups to multinational companies, both on domestic and international matters. We also are known for providing our clients with legal, strategic and innovative solutions in the areas of corporate and securities, intellectual property, labor and employment, and public law.

With our long history in Houston, we are committed and dedicated to our clients and to the community.

Locke Lord Named 2014 Litigation Department of the Year by Texas Lawyer

Vincent A. Cavallo

Vincent A. Cavallo, Esq. received his Juris Doctor from Saint John’s School of Law in 1983 and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1984. He worked as a solo practitioner from 1984-1988 and was a founding partner of Cavallo & Cavallo Attorneys in 1989. Vincent A. Cavallo has been representing the interests of clients for over 34 years. He has concentrated his practice primarily in the areas of real estate transactions, with specific emphasis on representing buyers, sellers, and banks in residential and commercial purchases, sales, and refinance transactions. Mr. Cavallo’s experience representing all major financial institutions gives him a unique ability to understand and efficiently expedite real estate transactions for the benefit of his clients. Bronx attorney Vincent A. Cavallo graduated with honors from Saint John’s University in 1973, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He is presently a member of the New Rochelle Bar Association and is a court appointed Referee, Arbitrator, and Real Estate Broker.

Firm Overview:

Cavallo & Cavallo Attorneys was established in 1989 by brothers Vincent Cavallo and Orlando Cavallo, Bronx natives dedicated to providing high-quality legal services in the areas of real estate law, estate planning, Medicaid and personal injury to the people of the Five Boroughs of New York City and all of Lower Westchester County. The two brothers together share over 60 years of experience in the practice of Law in New York.

Charin Satchayan

Areas of Practices and Expertise

Charin’s practices focus mainly on capital markets, Public Private Partnerships, project and project finance, financial regulations, mergers and acquisitions and real estate, both in Thailand and the regions (including Laos and Myanmar).

He also has expertise in the infrastructure sector (in particular, airport and power project), financial and insurance sector, airport and aviation and also property sector.

Experiences in Selected Transactions

He has represented clients in establishment of several property funds for public offering or so called Real Estate Investment Trusts that raised funds from local and international investors to invest in real estate projects in various categories, which include shopping malls, factories, office buildings, residential buildings and hotels.


He has also represented clients in establishment of infrastructure fund to invest in infrastructure assets, including the power plants and airport.

Projects and Project Finance

He has represented client in several projects and project finance both in Thailand and Laos, which include project finance for power plants, a refinancing of oil refinery, a project finance of ethanol plant.


He has represented major commercial banks in Thailand in raising funds from domestic and international capital markets. He has also represented commercial banks in establishing asset management companies and the sales of non-performing loans.

Public Private Partnerships and Privatization

Charin has been retained as a National Consultant in Thailand by Asian Development Bank to work with other international consultants to advise the Thai Government on the Public Private Partnerships for the Government projects (including motorways nationwide). He has also represented clients in several BOT and BTO projects.

Airport and Aviation

He has represented the fund manager and the sponsor in setting up the Samui Airport Property Fund, the first property fund in Thailand that invested in the airport, and has offered investment units to international and domestic investors.

Academic and Professional Qualifications

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA), Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University, 1998

LL.M., Cornell University (under patronage of Fulbright Scholarship), 1993

Post Graduate Diploma in Business Law, Thammasart University, 1989

LL.B. (Honours), Ramkhamhaeng University, 1988

Lawyer License from Law Society of Thailand


Susan Cosgrove

Cosgrove Gaynard Solicitors Dublin is a full services solicitors practice based in Dublin 2 acting for both business and private clients in a comprehensive range of areas.

We combine extensive experience with an innovative and solution driven approach to provide our clients with an unparalleled service which is personally tailored to resolve whatever legal challenge they face.

We value our client relationships knowing that the most effective marketing strategy we have is a satisfied client. We understand that clients need to be kept informed as to how their file is progressing and accordingly have invested in technology and management systems to ensure that we are able to provide clients with an advanced  legal service in today’s digital era earning us a reputation for being  responsive, accessible, efficient and innovative.


Alessandro De Rosa


Spadafora De Rosa (October 2004 – Present) Naming and Founding Partner

Tonucci & Partners (November 2014 – Present) Partner

IRA – Italian Russian Association (February 2013 – Present) Vice President

MCDRM Sport Management (July 2013 – Present) President

YCCA – Yacht Club Cortina d’Ampezzo (March 2016 – Present) Vice President

Honors & Awards

GLOBAL LAW EXPERT for Real Estate in Italy – May 2016

REAL ESTATE LAWYER of the Year 2016 – Acq Legal Award – London – February 2016

REAL ESTATE LAWYER of the Year in Italy 2015 – Five Star Law – London – February 2015

MIGLIORE PROFESSIONISTA Settore Boutique d’Eccellenza 2014 Premio Internazionale Le Fonti – Milan – June 2014 – “For strong acceleration given to the process of creating a widespread international network for the benefit of its customers, with a marked vocation to emerging economies , in line with the pioneering spirit that has always characterized the boutique”

BEST LAWYER 2014 – IAIR AWARDS – October 2014 – Dubai “For strong acceleration given to the process of creating a widespread international network for the benefit of its customers, with a marked vocation to emerging economies , in line with the pioneering spirit that has always characterized the boutique and for the contribution to the merger between Tonucci and Spadafora De Rosa Law Firm”

Spadafora De Rosa Migliore Studio Legale 2013 – Premio Internazionale Le Fonti – Milan – June 2013 – ‘For the strengthening of the structure combined with the maintenance of the original flexibility ‘ , and the expansion of services available to its partners”

Spadafora De Rosa – Migliore Studio Legale 2012 – Premio Internazionale Le Fonti – Milan – June 2012 – “To be involved in a continuous growth becoming, for the pioneering spirit in communication and for the enthusiasm of young professionals who constantly supported with training and coaching , they are the mouthpiece of a completely innovative approach”

Spadafora De Rosa – Finalista – Premio Internazionale Le Fonti – Milan – June 2014

Spadafora De Rosa – Finalista – Top Legal Awards – October 2013

Spadafora De Rosa – Finalista – Top Legal Awards – October 2012


Taco de Lange

Taco de Lange has practised as a civil-law notary in the real estate field for almost 20 years. Taco is a civil law notary (‘notaris’), but his work can be better described in terms as “legal navigator”, “trusted advisor” and “legal consultant”.

He is specialized in national and international real estate transactions, real estate financing, real estate M&A and project or area development. He also a special focus in logistic real estate and e-fulfillment centers. He also works with risk analysis and with a service he has developed, the so called “transparent legal services”, a form of transparent, neutral and cost-saving advice introduced as such in the Dutch market by Taco.

Alongside his consulting and transaction practice, he also teaches at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate and is a regular contributor to the journal Vastgoed Fiscaal en Civiel (‘Tax and Civil-Law Aspects of Real Estate’).

Taco heads the Logistics Team and is a member of the Real Estate Transactions & Finance Team of AKD N.V. a top Benelux firm.

In 2002 Taco de Lange joined Lexence, where he was a partner for the last 11 years. He was previously affiliated to Pels Rijcken Drooglever Fortuijn and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Taco practises in AKD’s Amsterdam office, which is housed in The Edge, the world’s most sustainable office building. Taco teaches subjects including leasehold and building rights at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate and is a regular contributor to the journal Vastgoed Fiscaal en Civiel (‘Tax and Civil-Law Aspects of Real Estate’). Taco has the honour of representing national and international institutional investors, financiers, housing associations, public authorities, area/property developers, sovereign wealth funds and family businesses.

Taco is also very highly ranked in various leading national and international listings. He is recommended in renowned listings such as the Legal500 and Chambers. In fact, he was awarded the highest possible classification in the Legal 500 (‘Tier 1′). His write-up in Chambers included the following: “Clients identify Taco de Lange as a standout notary.”; “’He’s our legal conscience, I wouldn’t do anything without him knowing’, said one.” and: “Notary Taco de Lange has expertise in real estate investment and portfolio transactions, often with an international character”. Chambers Europe 2016 noted: “Taco de Lange has extensive experience as a notary in handling real estate financing, joint venture transactions and infrastructure projects. Sources say: “He knows his stuff. I have a pleasant relationship with him, and he’s good at what he does.”. The Legal 500 wrote: “Taco de Lange demonstrates excellent negotiating skills” and: “technically and commercially strong”.

Taco was also voted as one of the top 500 lawyers in the world by ICFM as well as one of the top lawyers in the world in the real estate field by the Who is Who Legal. An honour only achieved by two other civil-law notaries and six lawyers in the Netherlands.

AKD Lawyers and tax advisors:

AKD is one of the largest law and tax firms in the Benelux. The history of AKD dates back to 1896. With a team of 440 professionals, including 240 committed lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax lawyers, AKD delivers high quality legal services and tax matters in nearly all legal fields, based on a full-service approach. Our client base varies from very large multinational companies to stock-listed Dutch entities, from large corporates to family owned businesses, from financial institutions to municipalities and hospitals.

AKD has offices in main cities in the Benelux, so in The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.  The Lawyer granted AKD NV the award for Benelux Law firm of the year 2016. In 2016 AKD was chosen as the second most popular law firm among law students and as nuber 6 for all types of companies.

Pragmatic approach and no-nonsense culture

AKD has a pragmatic approach to business issues and provides tailored solutions for a variety of client needs by taking current legal, economic and political reality into account. Recognized for its ability to solve complex legal and tax challenges creatively and successfully and driven by the ambition to consistently seek proactive ways to add value to our legal and tax services, AKD prides itself on professional excellence and dedication to its clients. AKD has an open, no-nonsense culture and seeks to create a transparent and inclusive environment.


AKD is a place where people of all backgrounds, races and cultures work together and thrive. In order to meet the needs of the variety of clients we serve from different backgrounds, our legal team consists of people who speak the same language as our clients and are sensitive to cultural differences in outlook or work processes. AKD for example has an Asia desk, a Turkish desk, Israeli dek, a German desk and an US desk.


AKD has an international outlook. To meet the needs of our clients, AKD relies on its network of highly reputable partner law firms in order to form fully integrated, experienced and multidisciplinary teams assisting our clients in doing business around the globe.


Juan Pablo García-Padilla

Academic Background:

Attorney at Law with a Degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO). Postgraduate studies in Corporate law and Real Estate Law.

Professional Experience:

Associate and attorney in chief of various Notary Public offices in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Member of Marrón, Martínez & Gallardo, S.C. in Guadalajara, Jalisco. Founding partner of MMR&G Abogados, S.C.

Major areas of practice:

Real Estate law, Major projects, Real estate due diligence and title search, Urban Law, Corporate and Commercial Law (fideicomisos –Mexican trusts–).

Publications and conferences:

– Guest speaker at local association of real estate professionals and appraisals on: “Common Agreements to transfer ownership”.

– Organizer and speaker with the National Association of Business Attorneys College in Jalisco on “Validity due to certain time, of the Local Real Estate tax on change of ownership”.

– Organizer with the National Association of Business Attorneys College in Jalisco of the Seminar “In Urban Code in Jalisco”.


Active member and chairman of the Real Estate studies commission of the CANADEJAL (National Association of Business Attorneys College in Jalisco).


Spanish and English.


Michael Siwek

Siwek Law Office in Warsaw, Poland, a law firm established in 2010 by legal advisor Michał Siwek,  provides comprehensive legal services in the field of real estate and company law.

Michał Siwek for number of years was a partner of real estate departments and head of the German desk at the leading international law firms. His professional experience covers a broad spectrum of real estate law, including planning, construction and corporate law, as well as real estate finance matters.

He has advised on the construction, acquisition, sale and lease of commercial properties of various types, including offices, warehouses, commercial centers, hotels and other types of real estate.

Siwek Law Office experience includes advising international real estate funds, private equity firms, developers, real estate consultants, brokers and title insurers. The law firm satisfies client’s needs for legal services during the whole life cycle of a real estate: from planning, construction and development issues,  through leasing and asset management matters, up to acquisition, joint venture agreements and other legal structures aiming at the  exit from the project.

Siwek Law Office advised on numerous processes of merging, dividing, liquidating and transforming companies. The team has advised recently Polish Government in connection with initial public offering (IPO) of a large state-owned  company.

By working with a network of tried and trusted fellow lawyers,  law firm of legal advisor Michał Siwek provides and co-ordinates advice also in the field of  litigation, banking, bankruptcy, insurance and labor law matters.