Alexandra Lehson

Area of Focus: Real Estate, Hospitality
GET TO KNOW Alexandra
Alexandra, never content with an off-the-shelf approach, is known to seek out creative solutions to meet her clients' objectives.

Alexandra focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including complex commercial financing on behalf of borrowers and lenders, acquisitions, dispositions, and leasing. She has significant experience in the REIT and hospitality industries and is active with the servicing, workout, and documentation of loans on a nationwide basis.  Alexandra's practice also includes structuring transactions for optimum documentary stamp and intangible tax treatment.
Q & A
What do clients value about your work?
My practical business approach and ability to find creative solutions. I approach every transaction with the mindset that I should "dig a little deeper" to find the best way to set up a transaction that aligns with my clients' interests. For example, a client might come to me and say they want to sell a property outright, but it might be more cost-effective to sell through an entity transaction. There is never just one way to structure a deal.
What did you learn from the last downturn?
I worked on matters stemming from the wind-down of Lehman Brothers and spent several years picking apart deals that failed. It gave me great insight into what can go wrong and how I can better protect my clients. 
Representation of Florida East Coast Industries in closing a $600 million refinancing on behalf of ten of its affiliates, comprised of three related loans: (1) $400 million mortgage loan from Wells Fargo secured by 36 office, retail and industrial parks; (2) $150 million mortgage loan from Wells Far...
Representation of the joint venture between Tate/Rok Group, RCI Marine and Rialto Capital Management in the acquisition of the company that held a long-term lease of the iconic Bahia Mar Resort and Marina, a 39-acre waterfront property in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a Doubletree hotel, a 245-slip ...
Representation of public real estate investment trust (REIT) in $146 million acquisition of the Courvoisier Center office complex on Brickell Key in Miami's financial district.
Representation of special servicer of loan secured by leasehold interest in a Times Square hotel, in connection with the sale of the hotel operations to a Sharia-compliant investment group and the related assumption of and necessary modifications to the existing loan structure to comply with Islamic...
Representation of lender in foreclosure of loan secured by the Cavalier Hotel after obtaining stay relief in the Borrower's bankruptcy proceeding.
Representation of real estate company in connection with a $75 million mortgage and mezzanine loan facility secured by a rail yard. The transaction provided a way to monetize a specialty asset and involved numerous issues concerning the rail yard and related ground leases.

An active member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Alexandra serves as the Campaign Chair of the young professionals division.

  • University of Florida, J.D., Levin College of Law, magna cum laude, 2007
    University of Central Florida, B.A., summa cum laude, 2004
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation
    Network Co-Chair, 2017 - Present
    Network Campaign Chair, 2016 - 2017
    Network Executive Board Member, 2015 - Present
    Jewish Volunteer Center Committee Member, 2011 - Present
    National Young Leadership Cabinet Member, 2015 - Present
  • Florida
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Sandra C. Goldstein Young Leadership Award, 2017

    South Florida Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2018

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