NEW YORK CITY—The law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley &Scarborough has joined the legal community here with theopening of an office at 415 Madison Ave. staffed with formercorporate attorneys from financial services. JPMorgan ChaseBank executive director Steve Hantz comesonboard as a partner in Nelson Mullins' real estate capital marketsgroup and will assist the 20-plus member team from his base here.Joining him is associate Gillian Deutch, who hasprevious real estate and corporate finance experience from otherNew York law firms.

“For the last several years, Nelson Mullins has evaluatedpotential candidates and groups of lawyers in New York City withthe goal to open an office to support our corporate group's capitalmarkets, private equity, public securities, real estate, mergersand acquisitions, and general corporate practices,” saysJames Lehman, managing partner. “We look forwardto growing our 15th office and enhancing our services toclients.”

Hantz has spent the past seven years in the commercialmortgage-backed securities loan-closing group on structuring andclosing CMBS loans for multi-borrower securitizations and largeloans for single borrower securitizations. He works with loanoriginators to structure loans and draft loan term sheets, workingdirectly with borrowers and their counsel to negotiate and draftthe term sheets. He currently manages loan closings and works onthe securitization and sale of the loans. Before joining JPMorgan,he worked in a similar role at Bear Stearns.

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.