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Adrian Diaz de Villegas

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Area of Focus: Real Estate Finance, CMBS
Adrian Diaz de Villegas

Adrian Diaz de Villegas works at the intersection of real estate finance and real estate-related corporate matters, covering joint venture set-ups and other corporate formations, acquisition financing, and mezzanine financing. He advises clients on optimal financing structures for numerous real estate asset types and developments, in addition to the most appropriate holding and governance structures for their investments. He also handles the origination of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) for B-piece investors.

Q & A
What do you think makes Bilzin Sumberg unique compared to other commercial law firms?
What makes Bilzin Sumberg stand out is that it balances two roles exceptionally well: on the one hand it is a lean and compact firm where attorneys work handily across practices to support clients in a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary manner. The firm does not exhibit the "silo mentality" of some large firms, where attorneys with different practices just share a corporate brand name; on the other hand it has a national and global reach that rivals larger firms. Prior to joining the firm, I used to encounter Bilzin Sumberg's high-quality work on a regular basis on deals its attorneys had worked on. That I could be part of a firm that offered such high caliber work in an environment of robust collaboration across practices was a huge draw for me.
What makes practicing law in South Florida's real estate sector interesting?
The dynamism of South Florida's real estate market makes it a fascinating space to practice in. By counseling clients on real estate finance and corporate matters, I get a big picture view of the area's development landscape, which is becoming increasingly varied and innovative. For example, there's been a proliferation of mixed-use developments in so many parts of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties in recent years that it's clear there's been a widespread shift towards the "work, play, live" lifestyle preference among locals. There's also been a marked rise in demand for office space in the urban cores of South Florida, a wholly novel demand reflecting corporate migrations to the region and systemic changes to its economy.
  • Georgetown University, J.D., 2019
    The George Washington University, B.B.A., 2016
  • District of Columbia
  • Spanish