OUR MISSION

We formed Fragner Seifert Pace & Mintz, LLP to fulfill a simple goal: to provide the highest quality legal services while maximizing the value we add to our clients' business affairs. We strive to be as efficient as possible, using common sense approaches that benefit our clients on an immediate, short term and long term basis. FSPM has attorneys licensed in California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

 

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE PRACTICE, INCLUDING:
 
Acquisitions and Dispositions
 
Leasing, Ground Leasing, and
Subleasing
 
Financing
 
Entity Formation and Structuring
 
Capital Markets Transactions
               

BUSINESS PRACTICE AREAS INCLUDING:

 

Business Organizations, Transactions, Planning and Counseling

Choice of Entity

Operational Issues

Mergers, Acquisitions and Dispositions

Capital Formation

Commercial Finance

Commercial Real Estate Practice Transactions Handled by Our Firm’s Attorneys

  • Acquisitions and dispositions of real estate since 2016 totaling in excess of $6,000,000,000 (including single transactions in excess of $500,000,000) for properties located in among other locations, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Illinois, Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Arizona, Oregon, Connecticut, Tennessee and the District of Columbia. 
     

  • Corporate transactions, including asset and ownership interest sales and acquisitions, convertible note, asset based and preferred share financings, for clients who are selling, buying, borrowing or lending. Transaction sizes range up to $100,000,000 and as small as $100,000. Clients include investment funds and companies in the digital marketing, battery technology, biotechnology, health club, restaurant, retail, and medical equipment tracking businesses.
     

  • Negotiation, documentation and closing of a private real estate fund’s purchase of a portfolio of nine light industrial properties located in three Western states for $190,000,000, including documenting $150,000,000 in related simultaneous mortgage financing.
     

  • Documentation for the establishment of a $140,000,000 separate investment account for real estate assets.
     

  • Negotiation, documentation and closing of a $75,000,000 construction loan to a private real estate fund secured by a major regional shopping center.
     

  • Negotiation and documentation of co-investment joint venture with sovereign wealth fund for ownership of multi-use project in Los Angeles, California having a value in excess of $300,000,000.
     

  • Negotiation of multiple joint venture arrangements for projects in California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ontario. Canada and Monterrey, Mexico, representing financial and operating participants.
     

  •  Acquisition and subsequent sale of hotels in California and Florida, with individual prices as high as $180,000,000, as well as representation of sovereign wealth fund in investment in owner of iconic hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
     

  • Negotiation of numerous retail, industrial, warehouse, and office leases in California, New York, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Georgia and Texas.
     

  • Negotiation of all loan documents and California enforceability opinions for, and closing, structured limited recourse loans (mortgage loan and multiple mezzanine loan tiers, all closing simultaneously) of over $1.5 billion secured by a portfolio of operating California commercial real estate.
     

  • Negotiation and documentation of numerous financeable ground leases (including ground leases of land owned in fee by Native American allottees) and of loans secured by ground leasehold estates.
     

  • Representation of extremely high net worth individuals in residential property acquisitions ($45,000,000+). 
     

  • Negotiation, documentation and closing of multiple real estate secured permanent and construction loans on apartment, office and retail projects in among other locations, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, and New York City.
     

  • Acquisition of retail mall and separate air rights parcel for residential development in Chicago, Illinois for large redevelopment project.
     

  • Preparation of a portfolio acquisition agreement for loans and REO assets in multiple states having a value in excess of $500,000,000.
     

  • Representation of companies, lenders and investors in corporate financing transactions, including preferred stock and convertible notes.
     

  • Advice on California aspects of, and providing California legal opinions for, the purchase and mortgage financing of a 60+ story office tower in Los Angeles.
     

  • Numerous reciprocal easement agreements and CCRs for retail and mixed-use projects including retail, office and residential condominiums.
     

  • Drafting of construction documents with architects and contractors.
     

  • Advice regarding operations and leasing of complex mixed-use projects in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Charlotte, Austin, San Diego, Oakland and Chicago.
     

  • Negotiation of retail and office leases for landlords and tenants, from 100 square feet to 300,000 square feet, throughout the United States. Successful negotiation of retail leases with major tenants having a national footprint, including consumer technology, apparel, electric vehicle, restaurant, general merchandise, cosmetics, health club, and entertainment tenants. 
     

  • Formation and representation of nonprofit enterprises in corporate and transactional matters, including acquisition and disposition of real estate.

     

Business Practice Matters Handled by Our Firm's Attorneys

  •    Business Organizations, Transactions, Planning and Counseling

Our business lawyers assist clients to organize entities, raise capital (equity, debt and hybrid), operate businesses, buy and sell companies, grow market shares, and achieve and protect their financial, business, and strategic objectives. Joint venture formation and negotiation are a particular strength of our firm’s attorneys.

We provide perspective and guidance across a broad range of operational, personnel, and financial reporting issues, including compliance with a variety of state and federal rules and regulations, finance, real estate, succession planning, and resolution of certain disputes. We draft contracts and agreements with distributors, employees, and independent contractors, among others, and we negotiate licensing, joint venture and various other agreements.

Clients rely on the insight of our lawyers, some of whom have served as our clients’ general counsel, to identify and implement solutions to challenges, risks and obstacles that arise in business transactions and also in the course of ongoing operations. For example, we recently helped a newly acquired company create employee incentives and benefits while simultaneously implementing fair employee restrictive covenants.
 

  • ​   Choice of Entity  

 

Clients rely on our advice when choosing the business structure that will best align with the nature of their business, their short- and long-term business plans and financial objectives, their tolerance for risk, and a wide range of other factors. Each type of entity – partnerships, joint ventures, sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, corporations (including S, C, and benefit corporations), non-profit and charitable organizations, and others – comes with its own set of benefits and burdens, and our attorneys have significant experience helping clients choose the structure that is best suited for their business plan and goals.
 

  • ​   Operational Issues


Our business lawyers work closely with our clients on operational matters to protect the clients’ legal rights, enable them to meet their obligations, and provide sound business and legal perspective to avoid costly legal mistakes. Our lawyers have particular strength in helping companies experiencing rapid growth to keep sight of critical legal priorities, such as contracts, agreements, and other arrangements with suppliers, distributors, retailers and others that could have lasting effects on the financial and business performance of those companies.
 

  •    Mergers, Acquisitions and Dispositions


We advise a broad range of companies, investors, lenders, and others on mergers, both friendly and contested acquisitions, divestitures, and other entity transactions. Clients benefit from our expertise and thorough analysis to guide their decisions, identify objectives and risks, and set strategies that lead to successful transactions.

The firm’s business lawyers help clients execute successful deals that align with their growth plans and exit strategies including:

  • Obtain seed capital to finance an emerging business,

  • Mergers, reorganizations and capitalizations of entities

  • Formation of joint ventures and other strategic alliances

  • Debt and equity financing for M&A and other business activities

 

​​We help clients identify, prepare, and execute M&A deals of all sizes, ranging from the purchase and sale of middle-market, family-owned businesses to multi-million dollar acquisitions involving large international companies. Our lawyers structure transactions, negotiate terms, and prepare and review deal documentation with a single goal in mind: maximize the value of the deal – financial, strategic, competitive – and help our clients achieve their objectives.

 

We work closely with our client’s staff and other professionals as appropriate in light of the needs and resources of our client’s business, the nature of the deal, and other relevant factors. Our clients appreciate our commitment to develop multiple financing alternatives for any given transaction, ranging from debt to equity to ‘hybrid’ convertible securities. We have negotiated terms of and documented earnouts, delayed payouts, escrows, cash-stock elections, warrants and many other variations, both taxable and tax-free, for our clients, and guided virtually every stakeholder – including management, stockholders, lenders and financial intermediaries.
 

  •    Capital Formation

 

Our attorneys regularly help businesses – startups, growth companies, privately held and public companies – raise capital through private placements, Reg A+ crowdfunding, mezzanine financing, and other vehicles. In addition, we work with a variety of sponsors and investors to structure and manage hedge funds, venture capital funds, real estate funds and other funds.

We work with a broad spectrum of businesses to identify, structure, and meet their capital needs. Examples include:

  • Obtain seed capital to finance an emerging business.

  • Structure, negotiate, document, and consummate investments, including various equity investor rights and subordination and intercreditor arrangements.

  • Finance growth and acquisitions, through private placements, venture capital debt, and equity offerings, as well as conventional and mezzanine financing.

  • Debt and equity financing for M&A and other business activities

  • Formation of joint ventures and other strategic alliances

  • Mergers, reorganizations and recapitalizations of entities

  • Commercial Finance


The lawyers in FSPM’s commercial finance practice advise borrowers of all sizes – from family-run companies to large conglomerates – financing expansions, acquisitions, real estate acquisitions and projects, ongoing operations, and more. We also provide banks and other financial institutions with innovative solutions that protect their interests and investments across a wide range of products and lending activities, including loans to purchase and develop real estate, acquisition financing, loans to distressed businesses, asset-based lending, and mezzanine loans.

The firm's business and financial institution clients benefit from our representation of both borrowers and lenders. We translate our knowledge of the motivations, concerns, and pressures faced by loan officers, underwriters, and closing staff into insightful context that helps corporate clients navigate bank rules and requirements and frame their stories into convincing narratives that lead to approval. For example, we recently worked with a national transportation and logistics company to rewrite its business plan, financial projections, business objectives, and overall vision and aspirations to better position the company when seeking commercial finance.

 

FSPM NEWS

  • FSPM Relocates Downtown L.A. Office: In September 2022 we relocated our Downtown Los Angeles office to 800 S. Figueroa St., Suite 680, Los Angeles, CA 90017.  Our phone numbers and e-mail addresses remain the same.
     

  • New Partner Robert M. Mintz Joins FSPM: In Q1 2022 our firm welcomed seasoned corporate lawyer Robert M. Mintz as a new partner, we opened a new office near Austin, Texas, and we changed our firm’s name to Fragner Seifert Pace & Mintz, LLP. Rob advises clients on creations of new businesses, private equity and debt venture capital offers, business acquisitions, dispositions and liquidations, and a variety of other matters.  Rob’s bio and other information can be found here.
     

  • FSPM Represents Seller of Multistate Data Center Portfolio: In 2021, we represented a large real estate private equity fund in its sale of a portfolio of four data centers containing over 560,000sf. The portfolio included a 60,000sf, 5MW data center in Chicago, IL, a 230,000 sf, 26MW data center campus in Chicago, IL, a 232,000sf, 24MW data center located in Orangeburg, NY, and a 38,000sf, 5MW single-tenant data center in Cheyenne, WY.

  • FSPM Represents Lessor of Industrial Property:  In 2021, we represented an institutional landlord in negotiating and documenting a new long-term lease for a +/-185,000sf Fort Worth, TX warehouse facility.

  • FSPM Represents A Large Multistate Warehouse Tenant:  We represented a client in negotiating and documenting the terms of (i) a new lease for a 150,000+sf warehouse in Texas (and related tax abatement agreement with the local municipality), and a 2021 amendment that expanded its premises to 260,000+sf, (ii) a modification of its warehouse lease in New Jersey to increase its premises by 75,000+sf, (iii) an extension of the term of its lease for approximately 200,000+sf of warehouse premises in Illinois, with the lessor providing a variety of negotiated  concessions, and (iv) a new lease for 210,000+sf of warehouse premises in California with the lessor providing various negotiated concessions.

  • FSPM Presents on Regulation of Real Estate Investment Advisors. Our partner Eric Rubenfeld recently made a presentation to the California Alternative Investments Association (CalALTS) on Federal and California laws that apply to real estate investment advisors.  He discussed, among other topics, circumstances that would require registration (or that would exempt someone from having to register) as an investment advisor, some of the consequences that would flow from that registration, and consequences of failure to register when registration is required.  A link to the written materials accompanying Eric’s presentation is here.
     

  • FSPM Represents Purchaser of Portfolio of Industrial Properties.  We represented a private equity fund in its 2020 purchase of a portfolio of nine light industrial properties located in three Western states for $190 million, including documenting and closing $150 million in related simultaneous mortgage financing.

  • FSPM Represents Purchaser of Central California Farmland:  We represented a client, a major producer, bottler and distributor of olive and other oils, in connection with its purchases, through affiliated LLCs, of approximately 2,000 acres of farmland in Kern, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.  Our client is and will be using that land as olive tree orchards, for the harvesting of olives from those orchards, and for the production, bottling and distribution of premier quality extra virgin olive oil.

  • FSPM Represents a Borrower Constructing a Self-Storage Facility.  We helped a client document and close a $21.7 million limited recourse construction-to-perm loan for a multi-building, climate controlled, flagged Class-A self-storage facility.   Challenges included that construction already was in progress before the loan closed and that all the parties involved were working from home because of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
     

  • FSPM Represents Purchaser of Portfolio of Car Wash Facilities:  We represented a purchaser acquiring and financing, in 2019 and 2020, a portfolio of automatic car wash facilities located in three Eastern states.

  • FSPM Promotes Alex Flumenbaum: Our firm has promoted Alex Flumenbaum, and he now is a partner in our firm.  Alex specializes in handling the legal aspects of sophisticated commercial real estate transactions, representing both institutional and non-institutional clients in a wide variety of transactional matters.  Alex’s bio and other information can be found here.

 
 

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OUR ADDRESSES
Mail Addresses:

Downtown Los Angeles

800 South Figueroa Street

Suite 680

Los Angeles, CA  90071

 

Attorneys:

Flumenbaum, Alex

Fragner, Matthew C.

Pace, Terrence

Prickett, Pamela

Shafran, Jay

West Los Angeles

10990 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1000

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Attorney:

Seifert, Norbert

Westlake Village

1860 Bridgegate Street

Westlake Village, CA 91361

Attorney:

Rubenfeld, Eric

Pennsylvania

301 South State Street., Suite N104

Newtown Borough, PA 18940

Attorneys:

Fragner, Jaron

Konyves III, Lawrence 

Texas

1806 Cordillera Trace

Boerne, TX 78006

Attorney:

Mintz, Robert M.

Georgia

22 Airline St., NE, #403

Atlanta, GA 30312

Attorney:

Stanic, Luka

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MATTHEW C. FRAGNER
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