May 5th FIBI Panel
Matthew Harrigan – Managing Director, PACE Equity
Matthew Harrigan is the Southern California Market Leader for PACE Equity. Matt has more than 11 years of experience in the energy and real estate finance sectors, including acquisitions, investment banking, equity research, commercial lending, and real estate brokerage.
Matt’s enthusiasm for clean energy began at Jefferies & Company in New York City, where he spent two years as an equity research analyst covering electric utilities. At Jefferies, Matt was on a team that covered a universe of 30 stocks, including Duke Energy, PG&E, Edison International, Sempra Energy and FuelCell Energy. Matt also contributed to a special research piece on the California Electricity Crisis, which included a summary of the deregulation of the California energy market.
Prior to joining PACE Equity, Matt focused on acquisitions and capital raising at Mayfield Investment Company, a real estate investment and management company based in Palo Alto, CA. Matt also spent nearly three years in Banc of America Securities’ Real Estate Investment Banking Division in San Francisco, where he worked on a diverse group of equity, debt and M&A deals for a large universe of public REITs. Some transactions included Douglas Emmett’s $1.6 billion IPO, a $1.0 billion convertible bond offering for Vornado Realty Trust and the internalization of DCT Industrial Trust’s external advisor in preparation for the company’s $200 million IPO.
Matt’s first taste of real estate was in commercial lending, where he focused primarily on real estate and gaming loans at the Bank of Nova Scotia. As a licensed California real estate salesperson, Matt has also held positions at Jones Lang LaSalle, the Staubach Company and Colliers.
Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University with a major in History and a minor in Computer Science. Matt also swam competitively at Princeton where he won two Ivy League titles, is a former University record holder, and competed in the U.S. Olympic Team trials.
Mr. Robert Sonnenblick, Principal of Sonnenblick, LLC, is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance of the University of Pennsylvania with more than 30 years of experience in various aspects of real estate and real estate finance. From 1981 to 1991 Mr. Sonnenblick was the driving force and power behind Sonnenblick-Goldman Corporation of California. Mr. Sonnenblick completed over $1.5 Billion of commercial real estate transactions on the West Coast and as a result is regarded as one of the West Coast’s leaders in the field of commercial real estate. Among the more notable projects for which Mr. Sonnenblick personally structured the financing for are The Beaudry Center, Los Angeles, California ($197 million), the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Pasadena, California ($97 million), One Waterfront Plaza, Honolulu, Hawaii ($100 million), and the Los Angeles World Trade Center, Los Angeles, California ($55 million).
In 1991 Mr. Sonnenblick was appointed Director of Development for the New Jersey and L.A. MetroMalls, with the responsibility for oversight and direction of the design, financing and leasing programs for two proposed $250 million enclosed regional malls totaling 1.2 million Sq. Ft. each. Mr. Sonnenblick personally oversaw more than 1 million Sq. Ft. of leases in connection with this position as well as arranging the necessary debt and equity financing. The New Jersey project opened to one of the strongest starts in the history of the United States mall industry. In addition, Mr. Sonnenblick was an original development partner of the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. This 360-room, $90 million hotel was recently sold for $125 million.
Prior to forming Sonnenblick Development, LLC, Mr. Sonnenblick was the senior partner in a Los Angeles-based real estate development firm (Sonnenblick Del Rio Development) which specialized in public-private partnerships, specifically the development of four major government-leased office buildings throughout the Los Angeles basin. During this tenure, Mr. Sonnenblick successfully developed nearly 1 million square feet of government leased buildings, occupied by such tenants as U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services and Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Mr. Sonnenblick is a frequent speaker at various real estate-related functions, such as those hosted by Deloitte Touche, ICSC, Value Retail News, Crittenden, USC, UCLA Real Estate Program, IMN Real Estate Conferences and the Institute for International Research, The Opal Group, iGlobal Forum Group, Globe Street/Realshare Conferences and Bloomberg Conferences.
Mr. Sonnenblick is a member of the Advisory Board of the Golf Development Institute, a member of the Board of Real Estate Council of the Century City Chamber of Commerce and is a published author on subjects ranging from architecture to general real estate market conditions. In addition to Mr. Sonnenblick’s expertise in development, finance, joint ventures and equity structuring, Mr. Sonnenblick has also been certified as an expert in the area of real estate bankruptcy/foreclosure. Mr. Sonnenblick is a qualified expert witness in the area of Commercial Real Estate Finance and Interest Rates for the United States Federal Court System in numerous jurisdictions.
Michael Homeier, Esq., Founder Homeier & Law, P.C.
Michael Homeier practices in the area of general business, securities, corporate, transactional, and business financing law (including EB-5 and Equity Crowdfunding). With over 30 years’ experience in the corporate and business transactional fields, both as in-house corporate counsel and with private law firms, Michael brings a deep level of legal knowledge and expertise to the Crowdfunding and EB-5 industries. His firm has worked on over 250 EB-5 projects in the past 7 years, raising from $500,000 to $400 Million for real estate development, manufacturing, oil & gas, agriculture, even film production projects. Michael represents a number of EB-5 regional centers and development funding companies, and assists them with the structuring of their projects as well as the negotiation and drafting of business and securities documents needed for EB-5 offering projects, including private placement memoranda (PPMs), investor procurement agreements, limited liability agreements, loan agreements, subscription agreements, investor questionnaires, regional center sponsorship contracts, plus transactional and corporate documents. In addition to numerous engagements as a university law professor, Michael also actively participates in public speaking engagements, both in the Crowdfunding and EB-5, business financing, and business law arenas, and as an inspirational speaker to teenaged and young adult cancer survivors (as one himself) on finding post-treatment life success. Michael earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California, and his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, IIUSA (the Association to Invest in the USA, the EB-5 industry trade organization), the EB-5 Securities Roundtable, the United States Naval Institute, and the Screen Actors Guild.
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