Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — January 17 - 30, 2014 — 27A


F inancial D igest With the addition of two new partners, Blakely & Cisneros Cassin & Cassin LLP opens Washington, DC office


ing note sales and negoti- ated the first sale of multi- family mortgage servicing

ris Doctor, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center and her Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC). Blakely also volunteers on the Board of Trustees for Global Communities, a non-profit specializing in international development and microfi- nance. Alonso Cisneros will serve as partner in Cassin & Cassin’s Real Estate Finance and Real

Estate Transactions groups. Cisneros brings more than 10 years of experience and knowledge in all aspects of commercial real estate, in- cluding significant experience representing lenders in financ- ing multifamily properties through Fannie Mae’s DUS program and Freddie Mac’s Seller/Servicer programs. In addition to his experience in real estate finance, Cisneros has negotiated, analyzed, as- sessed and closed purchase and sale transactions of im- proved and unimproved real estate, and office, retail and

ground leases for both land- lords and tenants. He has also represented lenders and borrowers in acquisition, pre- development, development and construction loans for projects ranging from single- user warehouse facilities to mixed-use phased develop- ments. Cisneros received his Juris Doctor from the George Wash- ington University Law School and his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Uni- versity of Florida. Cisneros speaks fluent Spanish and conversational French. n

ASHINGTON, DC — Cassin&Cassin LLP announced the

rights. Early in her career, Blakely prac- ticed real es- tate, banking and corporate law at firms i n t he DC area, includ- ing a woman-

opening of its new office in Washington, DC with the addition of new partners C a r o l i n e Blakely and Alonso Cis- neros .

Caroline Blakely Alonso Cisneros

owned firm she co-founded that specialized in matters related to the Resolution Trust Corporation. Blakely received her Ju-

Caroline Blakely will be the partner in charge of the DC office and a member of the firm’s executive committee. Blakely brings a record of ex- cellence in corporate finance and commercial real estate to her role at Cassin & Cassin. Most recently, Blakely served as a vice president in Fannie Mae ’s Multifamily business. In this capacity, Blakely de- fined the strategic direction for the company’s growing asset management and coun- terparty responsibilities, while resolving large loan restruc- turing with zero loss to Fannie Mae. In addition, Blakely was responsible for mitigating the financial and operational risk of 24 DUS Lenders, including assessing the counterparty’s capital adequacy to share risk with Fannie Mae’s balance sheet by conducting perform- CronheimMortgage announces nearly $800m in 2013 CHATHAM, NJ — Cron- heimMortgage announced the completion of 47 transactions totaling almost $800 million in 2013, making this its strongest year since 2007. Key transac- tions included the $125 million financing of the Miami Grand Beach Hotel and a $120 million refinance of an 810,000 s/f retail portfolio in Long Island. “Our performance this year demonstrates the strength of our existing franchise and its growth potential,” said Cron- heim CEO Andrew Stewart . “We executed on deals for long- term clients but were also hired by a number of new ones.” Cronheim Principal David Turley noted the firm’s di- verse activities in 2013. “We were successful across many markets, assets classes, and deal types. We did 6 deals in the Philly Metro and 7 deals on Long Island. We closed over $200 million of hotel deals and nearly $300 million of retail transactions.” n

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