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Alexandra Lehson

Area of Focus: Real Estate, Hospitality
Alexandra Lehson
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 Trump Group in a $558 million construction loan for the Estates at Acqualina, a two-tower, ultra-luxury residential project in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. The transaction was structured to reduce documentary stamp and intangible tax liability by over $2 million.
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 a joint venture between PTM Partners and Estate Investments Group in connection with a $55.4 million mortgage loan from Bank OZK and an $18 million mezzanine loan from Nationwide Life Insurance Company in order to finance the construction of 360 new, attainably priced, first-class ...
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.
Representation of The Collection Properties, LLC, and The Collection, LLC, in obtaining $74 million in financing for 4000 Ponce/The Collection Building, a mixed-use property situated in Coral Gables, Florida. The Class A property is leased to a diverse tenant base, and is home to The Collection, an ...
Representation of lender in foreclosure of loan secured by the Cavalier Hotel after obtaining stay relief in the Borrower's bankruptcy proceeding.
Representation of one of the largest national homebuilders in numerous three-way transactions with owner/borrower and lenders, to acquire non-performing loans and thereafter acquire the underlying collateral via deed-in-lieu of foreclosure or "friendly foreclosure" proceedings.
  • 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
    Jewish Incubator Grant Committee Co-Chair, 2018 - Present
    Network Co-Chair, 2017 - 2018
    Network Campaign Chair, 2016 - 2017
    Jewish Federation of North America
    National Young Leadership Cabinet Member, 2015 - Present
    Social Action for National Young Leadership Cabinet Co-Chair, 2016 - 2018
  • Florida
  • Daily Business Review, On the Rise Honoree, 2019

    South Florida Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2018 

    Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Sandra C. Goldstein Young Leadership Award, 2017