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WHF/WHFF Partner Series: Rent - Let's hope it's not 525,600 minutes until resumption of Normal in the Commercial Real Estate
Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
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WHF/WHFF Partner Series: Rent - Let's hope it's not 525,600 minutes until resumption of Normal in the Commercial Real Estate

Program Description:

WHF’s General Counsel will moderate this panel with two commercial real estate experts.  Among other topics, they will discuss the implications for recent missed rent payments and forbearance for commercial real estate landlords and what to expect in the coming months for retail and office in prime and other locations.


Julia Lane Mooney, Venable 
Ben Lee, Stroock
Mike Flood, Mortgage Bankers Association 
Kara Ward, Holland & Knight (Moderator)

About the Speakers:

Julia focuses her commercial real estate practice on the acquisition, disposition, development, and leasing of retail, office, and industrial property. Julia assists clients in resolving legal issues, and drafting and negotiating leases, loan documents, joint venture agreements, and purchase and sale agreements. She has experience representing lenders, investors, developers, landlords, and tenants in all aspects of real estate, including acquisition, development, construction, and financing. Prior to joining the firm, Julia served as in-house counsel to a retail developer in Chicago.

Ben represents clients in commercial real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis on commercial leasing (office and retail) on behalf of landlords and tenants.  Mr. Lee also has extensive experience in the development, acquisition, and disposition of office, hotel, retail, multifamily, and mixed-use commercial properties, including the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, the review of due diligence, and the structuring of joint ventures and 1031 like-kind exchanges.  Mr. Lee has also negotiated and closed numerous commercial real estate financing transactions for borrowers using equity financing and conventional loan financing.


Mike Flood is the Senior Vice President of Commercial/Multifamily Policy and Member Engagement at the Mortgage Bankers Association. In this role, he is responsible for leading public policy and member engagement across all commercial real estate finance sectors including mortgage banking companies, bank portfolio lenders, life insurance companies, multifamily-focused lending institutions, affordable housing lenders, commercial mortgage-backed securities issuers, and investment management firms.

Prior to joining MBA, Flood worked at the CRE Finance Council (CREFC), where he was Deputy Executive Director and head of the Washington, D.C., office. Prior to that, he served as the organization's Vice President, Head of Government Relations and Vice President of Policy and Economic Research. He has also held senior roles at the Structured Finance Industry Group, Association for Advanced Life Underwriting, Fannie Mae, and KPMG.

Flood holds a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and finance from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Illinois.


Kara focuses her practice on financial services and the housing finance market. She has experience with issues related to housing finance reform, servicing, insurance, consumer financial services, blockchain and community economic development.

From cryptocurrency, initial coin offerings and the theory of utility tokens, Ms. Ward is active in the public policy space relating to the future regulatory structures related to this asset class. Ms. Ward has worked extensively on efforts to reform the single-family residential housing system. She also has broad experience with consumer financial issues and helps clients provide input into rule-making by the CFPB. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Ward was an attorney with the Treasury Department during the economic crisis. She focused on, among other topics, community development financial institutions, tax credit programs, the creation of the Federal Insurance Office (FIO), FSOC, funding for small business development, and other federal grant programs.


Date: Tuesday,  June 30, 2020   

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Webinar, Zoom access information will be provided in your confirmation email 
Cost: Members: $5 suggested donation (no charge registration is available); Nonmembers: $10 donation



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