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Maura O’Connor is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  Her practice focuses on real estate financing, acquisitions, development and leasing.  Maura has extensive experience in complex real estate financing transactions, workouts and foreclosures since the late 1980s.  She has also handled many purchases and sales of environmentally contaminated properties.   She has served as lead counsel for myriad senior and mezzanine loans, lease financings, securitized transactions, ground leases and equity investments for a wide variety of investors, banks, insurance companies and others.Maura has particular expertise in designing and implementing large-scale systematized and scalable programs to deliver legal services in real estate matters, most recently creating and leading such a program for a company that resulted in the successful acquisition of more than 150 sites totaling in value over $1.2 Billion over an 18 month period. Maura has also successfully led the acquisition, entitlement, and development of major industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, warehouse and distribution facilities. S he has significant experience in handling foreign direct investment transactions by new entrants into the US and California markets. Her clients have included retailers, manufacturers, pharmacies, grocery chains, lenders, borrowers, hotel chains, shopping center owners, pharmaceutical companies, medical office complexes and ports. Maura was recognized as one of the top 10 real estate lawyers in Southern California by Real Estate Southern California in 2005, and is a prominent and frequent speaker to industry groups and author on real estate topics. Maura is also Chairman of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation.   She has also been honored as one of the Distinguished Alumni of the University of Minnesota Law School.

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