BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Riemer & Braunstein LLP, a law firm specializing in representing financial institutions, life insurance companies and debt funds in real estate and commercial transactions, announced that Kamao Shaw and Katherine Ells have joined the firm in its office in Newport Beach. Kamao is an experienced real estate finance attorney and will join Mark Appelbaum, Greg Carpenter, Carol Su and Nicole Wideman as partners in the California office. Katherine joins the firm as an associate in the real estate finance practice. Kamao and Katherine were colleagues from their former firm in Orange County and were joined at the firm by two other former colleagues, paralegals Dana Secura and Lorna Miller, who between them have over forty years of experience. in the closing of commercial real estate transactions. .
“We are thrilled with the addition of this team to our Newport Beach office,” said Greg Carpenter. Greg added, “Kamao and Katherine have extensive experience in the real estate finance practice. Along with the firm’s entire real estate finance team, this additional capability and expertise here in California further strengthens the firm’s position as a national leader in real estate finance legal services.
“Since joining Riemer & Braunstein just over a year ago, our goal has been to grow the office into the fastest growing real estate finance office on the West Coast,” said Mark Appelbaum. “With the addition of this new group, we have achieved this goal. We believe our ability to serve our clients by sharing our knowledge of market trends and best practices is truly unmatched.
“In deciding to leave my former firm and join Riemer & Braunstein, the primary factors were the leadership team of the Orange County office and the firm, and the breadth and depth of the firm’s national practice which has grown in my area of practice,” said Kamao Shaw. Kamao added: “I am very happy that my previous colleagues, Katherine, Dana and Lorna, have decided to join me at Riemer & Braunstein. There is no doubt that this platform will allow us to offer more varied and broader services to our institutional clients and to have the support we will need to continue to provide excellent legal services.
Kamao’s practice has focused on representing financial institutions and funds in bilateral and multi-lender secured and mezzanine financings. Kamao regularly advises balance sheet lenders and secondary market lenders on the origination and leverage of term loans, bridge loans and construction loans.
Kamao graduated from University of Michigan Law School in 2007. Katherine graduated from University of California Irvine Law School in 2017. Kamao and Katherine practiced their entire legal careers at Bryan Cave in Orange County.
About Riemer & Braunstein LLP
Riemer & Braunstein LLP was established in Boston in 1933. It expanded to New York in 2004, Chicago in 2006, Miami in 2019, and Newport Beach in 2021. The firm is best known for its commercial finance practice , including real estate financing, commercial loans and loan restructuring.