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 area.
"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 Department.
"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.