Related Professionals: Sahra Dalfen Dusty Elias Kirk Douglas J. Wood

April 29, 2015 – Reed Smith LLP today announced that Sahra Dalfen has joined the firm’s Corporate Transactional Advisory Group (CTAG) and Jody Saltzman has joined its Real Estate Group. The two have worked together for many years and are joining Reed Smith from Crowell & Moring in New York.

“Sahra brings to Reed Smith strong experience representing companies in complex domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as strategic joint ventures,” said John Martini, Practice Group Leader of CTAG. “We expect that Sahra’s practice will be a welcome complement to our already substantial flow of transactional work to and from Europe and Asia.”

Dalfen has broad experience across a range of industries, with a focus on fashion, retail and apparel. She also advises domestic and foreign clients on U.S. corporate and regulatory compliance. Dalfen is a 1998 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

“The firm’s focus on fostering client relationships and producing high-quality legal product, coupled with its global footprint, broad range of practice areas and innovative approach to providing value, will allow me to meet the needs of my clients, who operate globally and are increasingly seeking global solutions to the challenges they face,” said Dalfen.

Saltzman’s real estate practice includes negotiating commercial leases across the United States for diverse tenants, particularly retail leases, warehouses, showrooms, galleries, and office spaces for clients in the luxury, fashion, retail, health care, banking, and other industries.

“Jody’s experience with multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions and with a depth of experience in New York City commercial leasing will expand our current New York office real estate capabilities,” said Dusty Elias Kirk, Reed Smith’s Global Real Estate Practice Group Leader. “She has a knack for making even the most complex transaction look easy, when it is anything but.”

A 2004 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, Saltzman also represents private and institutional clients in property acquisitions and transfers, financing transactions, and title-related matters. Additionally, she handles commercial finance matters dealing with trade finance, including factoring, receivables financing, and other lending arrangements.

“This is an exciting time to be joining Reed Smith’s New York office,” said Saltzman. “The firm’s presence here is growing and it will be a great advantage to my practice to be backed by Reed Smith’s resources and commitment to quality.”

Dalfen and Saltzman are the second and third partners added to Reed Smith’s New York office this month. George Pavlenishvili joined the Corporate Transactional Advisory Group from Stoel Rives’ D.C. office in early April.

“Jody and Sahra’s focus on the fashion and retail and apparel sectors has significant synergy with the Entertainment & Media Industry Group, one of the firm’s five core industry focus areas,” said Doug Wood, Reed Smith’s New York Office Managing Partner. “We’re delighted to welcome them to Reed Smith and are looking forward to working with them.”

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