Franz Rassman Joins Fried Frank's Real Estate Practice in Washington, DC

    Preeminent NY Real Estate Practice Cements Footprint in DC

    NEW YORK, Feb. 19 /CNW/ -- Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
announced today that Franz R. Rassman has joined the Firm as a partner in the
Real Estate Department, resident in Washington, DC.  Mr. Rassman joins from
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was a partner in the Real Estate
and Finance practice in Washington, DC.
    Mr. Rassman represents private and public commercial real estate
investors and developers, investment funds, pension funds, banks and other
financial institutions.  He focuses his practice on the acquisition and
dispositions of office buildings, shopping centers and hotels; office and
retail leasing; joint ventures; real estate lending; workouts; and creditors'
rights.  Mr. Rassman has been recognized by various real estate industry
organizations for his role as owner's or developer's counsel in several
complex transactions, including his representation of Tishman Speyer
Properties in connection with the relocation of Volkswagen of America's
headquarter from Michigan to Herndon, Virginia, a transaction that won the
2007 NAIOP award for Best Lease Transaction in the Washington, DC metropolitan
    "Washington, DC continues to be an active real estate market, with
commercial real estate, development and foreign investment key financial
drivers in the region.  Franz's arrival and his multi-faceted practice will
help us build a stronger presence, and deliver greater client service, in the
greater Washington market.  We are delighted to have him as part of the real
estate team," said Jonathan Mechanic, chair of Fried Frank's Real Estate
    "We are pleased to welcome Franz to the Firm and to the preeminent real
estate practice in the US," said Fried Frank's Chairperson Valerie Ford Jacob
and Managing Partner Justin Spendlove.
    "Few firms can match the breadth and depth of Fried Frank's real estate
department.  Franz's substantial experience, spanning more than two decades,
and his extensive knowledge of the Washington real estate marketplace will
enable us to enhance and expand our relationships with existing clients with a
significant Washington presence," added Alan S. Kaden, co-Managing Partner of
Fried Frank's Washington, DC office.
    Mr. Rassman has written and lectured extensively on a variety of topics
including construction lending, title insurance, loan restructurings,
commercial leasing, and landlord and tenant bankruptcies for the American Bar
Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers and at the
University of Maryland School of Law, among others.
    He received his JD in 1982 from The Washington College of Law at The
American University and his BS in 1979 from the University of Delaware, where
he was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society).  He is a
member of the Bars of the District of Columbia and Maryland.
    Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is a leading international
law firm with more than 650 attorneys in offices in New York, Washington, DC,
London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Shanghai.  Fried Frank lawyers
regularly represent major investment banking firms, private equity houses and
hedge funds, as well as many of the largest companies in the world.  The Firm
offers legal counsel on M&A, private equity, asset management, capital markets
and corporate finance matters, white-collar criminal defense and civil
litigation, securities regulation, compliance and enforcement, government
contracts, environmental law and litigation, real estate, tax, bankruptcy,
antitrust, benefits and compensation, intellectual property and technology,
international trade, and trusts and estates.  The Firm has an association with
Huen Wong & Co. in Hong Kong.  More information on Fried Frank can be found at

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