Mayer Brown announced today that M. Scott Cooper and Daniel Liffmann have joined the firm’s global Real Estate practice as partners in Los Angeles. Previously, they were with Sidley Austin LLP in Los Angeles.

“With 50 years of combined experience, Scott and Dan are highly regarded for their exceptional track record of representing institutional investors and other participants in complex real estate finance transactions,” said Jeffrey Usow, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Real Estate practice. “Their longstanding client relationships and in-depth knowledge of the industry significantly strengthen Mayer Brown’s real estate offerings in Los Angeles, in California, and around the world.”

“Mayer Brown is an emerging force in commercial real estate in California, one of the world’s largest economies and most active markets for real estate investment,” said Mr. Cooper. “The firm’s global reach and deep bench in key complementary areas—such as its world-class Banking & Finance practice and impressive land use entitlement offerings—were among the many factors that drew us to the firm.”

Mr. Cooper advises capital markets institutions, traditional financial institutions and other investors in the full range of transactions involving real property. He has represented capital markets institutions, banks and life insurance companies in origination of mortgage-secured loans involving commercial properties; advised lenders in restructuring of financing transactions and portfolio relationships involving office buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential developments; counseled financial institutions in foreclosures; represented financial institutions in acquisitions and dispositions of mortgage loan portfolios and other real estate assets; advised landlords and tenants in leasing of over one million square feet of office and retail space; and represented developers in all phases of hotel, shopping center and office building development.

Mr. Cooper has lectured and written extensively on real estate topics, and has taught real estate finance as an adjunct professor of law at Whittier College Law School. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. Mr. Cooper has served in various roles in civic, charitable and professional organizations, including: member of the board of advisors of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center; vice chairman of the Central City Association; trustee of the Neighborhood Youth Association; and member of the executive committee of the Urban Land Institute Los Angeles District Council. He earned JD and BA degrees from the UCLA.

Mr. Liffmann regularly represents institutional lenders in the origination of industrial, multi-family, retail and office construction loans (mortgage and mezzanine); refinancing and acquisition loans secured by all types of real estate; and the servicing, workout and restructuring of such loans. He advises landlords, tenants, purchasers, sellers and joint ventures in connection with sale-leaseback, purchase and sale, joint venture and preferred equity transactions. Mr. Liffmann has served on the planning committee for the USC Gould School of Law Real Estate Law and Business Forum and taught as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at USC Gould School of Law. He earned a JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a BA from Brown University.

Mr. Liffmann said, “We are eager to leverage our experience to better serve client needs while contributing to the continued growth of Mayer Brown’s terrific real estate finance capabilities.”

“Scott and Dan’s arrival demonstrates the firm’s commitment to expanding the depth and breadth of the Los Angeles office and the service offerings we provide our clients around the world,” said Phil Recht, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s Los Angeles office.