Marc L. Benezra

Partner

Los Angeles
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F +1.310.820.8859

Overview

Marc Benezra represents public and private entities in commercial matters. Classically trained as a real estate transactional lawyer, he emphasizes real estate and real estate financing, including workouts and restructurings. Marc has become an authority in defending solvent guarantors in connection with distressed assets/loans, and has most recently pursued overly aggressive special servicers, supervising and developing strategies in these areas. He is committed and sensitive to his clients' unique situations and needs.

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  • Successfully represented approximately 30 commercial real estate loan guarantors in resolving numerous matters involving eight-figure exposures. In one case, resolved a more than $20 million guaranty litigation for a walk-away.
  • Represented a commercial real estate owner against a conduit lender and overly aggressive special servicer in connection with a more than $20 million loan. Among other things, sought a TRO in connection with attempted foreclosure and filed bankruptcy involving a proposed "cramdown."
  • Represented a seller in a $400 million roll-up of medical supply distributors to a private equity group.
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Experience

  • Successfully represented approximately 30 commercial real estate loan guarantors in resolving numerous matters involving eight-figure exposures. In one case, resolved a more than $20 million guaranty litigation for a walk-away.
  • Represented a commercial real estate owner against a conduit lender and overly aggressive special servicer in connection with a more than $20 million loan. Among other things, sought a TRO in connection with attempted foreclosure and filed bankruptcy involving a proposed "cramdown."
  • Represented a seller in a $400 million roll-up of medical supply distributors to a private equity group.
  • Represented a limited liability company member in litigation with other limited liability company members, including an investor member against sponsor members. Obtained a TRO and preliminary injunction removing sponsor members. Obtained an arbitration award for all requested damages; obtained a significant attorneys' fees award.
  • Represented a national retail tenant in general real estate matters, including a lease buy-out by a landlord and an arbitration in connection with fair market value determination as to the extension option.
  • Represented an owner of a veterinary hospital in dispute with a general contractor.
  • Represented the founder in the implementation of a health-related registry website.
  • Negotiated the debt and equity investment of a master-planned community, including hotel, retail, residential, golf course and membership club.
  • Represented a developer in connection with the acquisition, syndication and redevelopment of condominium conversions.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Southern California "Super Lawyer" (2004 and 2006)
  • National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals 
  • Madison's Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals

Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • International Real Estate Trade Organization (IRETO): Past Advisory Board Member

Community

  • Ziman Center at UCLA Anderson School of Business: Sustaining Board Member
  • New West Charter High School: Founder (2012 to 2013)
  • Los Angeles Jewish Community Relations Committee: Past Executive Board Member (2000 to 2006)
  • Israel & World Jewry Commission: Chair (2002 to 2006)
  • National Board of the UJC/JCPA Israel Advocacy Committee (2005 to 2006)
  • Exceptional Children's Foundation: Board Member (2003 to 2005)

Admissions

  • California, 1985

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law, 1985
  • M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1985
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1981