Joe's practice focuses on both transactional and litigation of real estate, finance, and creditor rights matters, including the structuring, acquisition and disposition of real estate and other asset-backed loans and investments and other highly structured special situation transactions.
Joe re-joined Reed Smith in 2019 after serving as General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of a New York-based investment adviser where he oversaw all legal, compliance, and operational matters for the company. He was responsible for the acquisition and structuring of all portfolio investments, heading the asset management responsible for portfolio investments, structuring and closing multiple primary investment vehicles based in the United States and the Cayman Islands, as well as dozens of specialty vehicles situated in the US and other jurisdictions. Joe also served as Chief Compliance Officer, where he was responsible for both domestic and non-U.S. jurisdictions regulatory considerations.
During Joe’s prior Reed Smith tenure and his time in-house, his areas of focus included commercial litigation, creditor’s rights litigation, workouts, and risk management for banks and other commercial financial institutions and hedge funds. In this regard, Joe has spent much of his career as an active litigator, appearing in courts throughout the United States on behalf of clients. Joe’s corporate, funds and finance experience has covered numerous industries including commercial real estate, hotels, shipping, energy, and food and beverage. Joe has closed hundreds of investment transactions worth billions of dollars for clients.
Joe particularly enjoys the challenge of working with clients to construct new and innovative structures and approaches to their businesses. With nearly 20 years of law firm, in-house and business experience, Joe brings a creative mind set and unique business perspective to bear on this process.