Our Advisory Board:
Tony Natsis is a name partner of Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP, Tony Natsis is the chairman of the firm’s 125-attorney Real Estate Department, and is one of the top real estate attorneys in the United States. He specializes in development, leasing, purchase and sale, and portfolio investment sales transactions, involving office, retail, and industrial projects. He also has extensive experience arbitrating fair market value disputes, and CAM disputes. Mr. Natsis is continually sought out by some of the largest national land owners, such as J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Blackstone Real Estate, Brookfield Properties, CarrAmerica Realty, Boston Properties, Equity Office Properties, Kilroy Realty, Inc., Beacon Capital Partners, Maguire Properties, Commonfund Realty, Broadway Partners, TIAA, Kamehameha Schools (The Bishop Estate), and Westfield Corporation. He also represents many governmental entities such as the LAUSD, State of California, and The City of Anaheim. He is also frequently retained as counsel for major national office tenants, such as AT&T, Citicorp, the FDIC, AIG, The Walt Disney Company, and Los Angeles Times. A frequent lecturer and author, Mr. Natsis is the chief consultant of the California Continuing Education of the Bar Commercial Leasing Series, the legal education reference book on leasing for California attorneys, is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School for a course covering commercial real state transactions, and has spoken before such national real estate groups as ULI and BOMA. Mr. Natsis is a Founding Board Member of The Ziman Real Estate Center, which is governed under the joint auspices of the UCLA Anderson School of Business and the UCLA Law School. In the past 12 months, Mr. Natsis has closed commercial office leases exceeding 5,000,000 square feet, has worked on real estate purchase contracts with a total consideration of over $3 billion, and has worked on development transactions with a total consideration in excess of $3 billion. Since 2006, Mr. Natsis has worked on office building portfolio investment sales transactions involving over $60 billion of consideration. Mr. Natsis is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, was recently selected as one of the 100 top “Super Lawyers” in Los Angeles County by Los Angeles Magazine, has been selected as a Member of the LawDragon 500 Top national Dealmakers, and is listed in the “Best Lawyers in America” publication.
Mr. Natsis graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan in 1983. Tony, his wife Demetra, sons Niko and George, and daughter Marialexa, reside in Los Angeles, California.
Jeff Friedman co-founded Mesa West Capital and is involved in all areas of the company including originations, asset management, investor relations and operations. With offices in Los Angeles and New York, Mesa West is a real estate finance company with over $2 billion in lending capacity. Mesa West primarily provides non-recourse first mortgage loans for value added or transitional properties throughout the United States. The portfolio includes all major property types with loan sizes from $10 million to $100 million.
Mesa West is actively making non-recourse loans up to 75% loan-to-value and will consider assets that lack current income. As an institutionally funded portfolio lender, Mesa West has great structuring flexibility and can provide certainty of execution for its borrowers. The investment and due diligence process is extremely streamlined allowing Mesa West to perform under very tight time constraints.
Prior to co-founding Mesa West, Jeff was a principal at Maguire Partners and worked directly with the founder, Rob Maguire, to engineer a recapitalization of the company’s properties and eventual $800 million IPO of the company. Jeff began his real estate finance career in New York at Nomura Securities in 1994 and later moved to Credit Suisse First Boston in 1996 where he was a director and led one of the largest origination teams. Jeff began his career as a corporate lawyer in Tokyo, Japan at an affiliate of Sidley & Austin and later in New York at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
Jeff is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Michigan Law School and Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
Ken Kahan is founder and President of California Landmark (or “CLG”), a real estate development and investment company. Since its inception in 1988, California Landmark has invested in or developed all types of real estate from residential (including single family as well as low and high rise multi-family) to commercial (including hospitality, office and industrial). The company has developed in excess of 3,000,000 million square feet of various products.
California Landmark has distinguished itself in Southern California as an innovative problem solver in both the design and development of over 100 in fill multi-family communities. The firm is currently one of the largest private multi-family developers in Los Angeles with over 400 units in various stages of construction or development and 300 units recently completed. Current projects include three high profile mixed use projects including the bw (Wilshire at Barrington), the hw (Hollywood near Crescent Heights) and the LC (Larchmont at Melrose). Past projects include modern townhomes and industrial “hard” lofts (Marina Arts District), high rise condominiums (Wilshire Boulevard), California courtyard buildings (Westwood, Brentwood) art deco apartments (West Hollywood) and Mediterranean style villas (Century City).
In the past ten years CLG has expanded its footprint of residential acquisitions by purchasing existing apartment communities throughout Southern California. Projects include townhouse condominium projects converted to rentals, middle income apartments in San Diego, renovations of 1950’s apartment buildings in the San Fernando Valley and most recently, low income housing in the San Gabriel Valley. At the same time, the firm has expanded its portfolio to include industrial, office and flex space projects totaling several hundred thousand square feet.
California Landmark was instrumental in the execution of the City’s SB1818 Ordinance and has delivered mixed income housing projects throughout the City (including the Marina). Ken is a frequent speaker on matters pertaining to entitlements, zoning, and multi family and urban development.
A native of Los Angeles, Ken obtained both his bachelor of arts and juris doctor degrees from UCLA. Ken currently resides in West Los Angeles with his family.
Marc Perrin is a Managing Director supervising the Firm’s investments on the West Coast and overseeing its Asia operations. He is a member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Perrin is responsible for originating, structuring, underwriting and closing investments in all property types.
Prior to joining Starwood in 1997, Mr. Perrin was with Salomon Brothers Inc., where he worked on debt, equity and strategic advisory assignments for real estate industry clients. Previously, Mr. Perrin was with Bramalea Limited, working in its Southern California land development and residential housing business. Mr. Perrin’s responsibilities included land acquisitions and divestitures as well as entitlements.
Mr. Perrin received a BA degree in international political economy from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA.