Exclusive Interview with Real Estate Partner, Michael Werner and Corporate Partner and Head of Technology Transactions Practice, Amir Ghavi of Fried Frank
Fried Frank advises the world's leading corporations, investment funds and financial institutions on their most critical legal needs and business opportunities. The Firm's approximately 500 lawyers are based in North America and Europe.
CREtech: What does Fried Frank do?
Werner & Ghavi: Fried Frank represents clients in all aspects of commercial real estate and technology transactions. This year, Fried Frank received the “Real Estate Client Services Award” from Chambers USA, a leading law firm directory, in recognition of the team’s commitment to client service and technical excellence. We advise real estate industry powerhouses that are responsible for contributing to the development and reshaping of city skylines around the world. Clients also turn to us for acquiring, commercializing, using, developing, and protecting intellectual property and technology assets. This combination of experience positions Fried Frank as a trusted advisor at the nexus of the real estate and technology spaces.
CREtech: What problems are you solving for commercial real estate professionals?
W&G: We negotiate commercial real estate and technology-based transactions, bringing to bear the impact technology is having on property owners, tenants, investors, and other parties. By leveraging our longstanding network of industry relationships, we are able to act as strategic advisors and connect technology service providers with consumers. As the real estate and technology worlds continue to converge, we partner with our clients to help them leverage the opportunities in their businesses - whether it is an investment, joint-venture, or technology adoption.
CREtech: What is the latest news?
W&G: In recognition of technology’s impact on the commercial real estate industry, the Firm has formalized a subgroup focused on proptech/real estate technology comprised of attorneys focused on real estate, corporate real estate, intellectual property, tax, M&A, private equity, and finance, among others. We are proud to partner with CREtech!
CREtech: What are your views on the current real estate tech sector?
W&G: We are excited to help shepherd the real estate tech evolution and its impact on the future of real estate. The only certainty is that the sector is evolving. We are committed to helping the industry embrace and adopt technologies that will unlock value for owners and investors, improve the experience for consumers, and simplify real estate transactions.
CREtech: What are your future plans?
W&G: We will continue to advise industry leaders in both real estate and technology as they pursue ambitious projects, which increasingly involve novel and complex business arrangements. We are proud to support companies that are facilitating growth in this dynamic industry.