Area of Focus: Affordable Housing & Tax Credit, Land Development & Government Relations
GET TO KNOW SEBASTIAN
Sebastian works with developers, lenders, and investors on a broad range of matters related to the provision of affordable and workforce housing throughout the acquisition, development, financing, and close-out phases of projects. As part of his practice, he advises developers and investors on transactions involving tax credit syndication and federal, state and municipal affordable housing financing for affordable and workforce housing projects. Sebastian brings his background in real estate lending, and as in-house counsel at a PERE 50 real estate private equity firm, to bear on his strategic advice to clients as they navigate the business and legal facets of affordable housing development.
Q & A
How has your background in real estate finance informed your current practice?
My experience in banking and at a private equity firm allows me to understand my clients’ deals from a business perspective, which in turn imbues my counsel to them with practicality and efficacy. In working with the different parties to a transaction, I can separate the very real issues that may affect the viability and long-term success of a deal from hypothetical considerations that are unlikely to materialize, which then in turn allows my clients to make functional and informed decisions that move the ball forward. Clients value this solutions-oriented, pragmatic approach to their matters.
Why did you choose Bilzin Sumberg for your affordable housing practice?
Affordable housing is a highly nuanced area of real estate law that requires a deep understanding of facets that do not normally apply to market rate housing development, such as specialized tax credits, public financing, and unique incentives at various levels of government. There are only a handful of law firms in Florida that can effectively handle this niche field, with Bilzin Sumberg leading the pack. The firm’s technical prowess in this field attracted me, as well as the wide breadth of its representation in all of the state’s major housing markets.
EducationFlorida International University, J.D., 2018Florida International University, B.B.A., Marketing, 2013
InvolvementFederal Bar AssociationColombian American Chamber of CommerceBoard Member, 2018-2019
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