By Joshua Burd
Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla P.C. has added to its real estate practice with one of its most recent hires.
The Red Bank-based firm announced recently that Mark D. Mako, who has extensive experience representing developers and lenders, has joined as a shareholder. He began as a member of the firm’s real estate, redevelopment and planned real estate development department on May 29.
In his practice, Mako guides clients through commercial real estate financings, including construction, project and mezzanine matters, along with acquisitions and sales and office, retail and warehouse leasing transactions. His work also encompasses loan structurings and workouts, loan portfolio sales and purchases, land use matters and litigation.
“Mark brings deep knowledge of real estate and banking, having spent decades as a trusted adviser to clients in a wide range of matters,” said Paul T. Colella, co-managing shareholder at GH&C. “We are delighted to announce that he has joined the firm.”
Mako’s work includes representation of a retail mall owner in connection with a $600 million revolving loan facility and a $1.9 billion term loan facility, the firm said. He has also represented a commercial lender in modifications of a $100 million mortgage secured by a mortgage on a Manhattan commercial office building.
Before joining GH&C, Mako was a partner at a national law firm, where he represented developers and institutional and non-conventional lenders in real estate matters. He also represented financial institutions in financial services-related regulatory and transactional matters.
Previously, he was a managing attorney and senior commercial real estate counsel at a New York law firm, where he represented lenders in commercial real estate loan transactions and managed the firm’s Manhattan office.
Mako earned a J.D. from New York Law School and a bachelor’s from Cornell University, according to a news release. The Lake Como resident is admitted to the New Jersey and New York bars.