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Morrison Cohen LLP Announces Arrival of Yariv Ben-Ari as Senior Counsel
[February 14, 2013]

Morrison Cohen LLP Announces Arrival of Yariv Ben-Ari as Senior Counsel

NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--

Morrison Cohen LLP today announced the arrival of Yariv Ben-Ari, a Senior Counsel in the Firm's Real Estate Department, as well as its interdepartmental Real Estate Finance & Restructuring Group. Prior to joining Morrison Cohen, Yariv was an associate at Herrick Feinstein LLP where he concentrated in the areas of commercial real estate and finance.

Yariv Ben-Ari's practice is focused on all areas of commercial real estate. Yariv has represented investment banks, commercial banks, and other lending institutions in real estate finance transactions, including multi-property and multi-state acquisitions and financings, international development projects, and refinancings pertaining to office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, and mixed-use properties. His practice includes a full range of commercial real estate transactions, such as mortgage, mezzanine and other financing transactions, workouts, dispositions, and commercial leasing. Yariv's recent work has involved hotel and resort properties, spas, time-shares, shopping centers and other retail facilities, and residential and condominium developments. Yariv has also worked with agent lenders and syndicate members and has experience with agency and syndication documents. Yariv uses his knowledge of American and Israeli business cultures and legal systems to assist Israeli businesses and enterprises in the United States and Israel.

David Scherl, Chairman of Morrison Cohen, stated that "We are very excited about having Yariv join our Firm. He has built out a very nice following of clients, and his skill sets match up very well with our hotel and hospitality practice, and our real estate finance and development clients. When you combine Yariv's skill sets with our shop's middle market-focused model (senior level practitioners providing legal services at rational billing rates), we are very confident that he will be able to use our platform to significantly expand his business."

About Morrison Cohen LLP

Morrison Cohen LLP has grown to become one of New York's leading full service mid-size commercial law firms. Given its moderate size and client-favorable partner-to-associate ratio, Morrison Cohen clients work principally with senior, seasoned attorneys at cost effective and sensitive pricing.

Morrison Cohen principally services the following three markets:

Middle Market Businesses and Transactions: Morrison Cohen regularly represents public and private mid-cap companies (generally companies with annual revenues of up to $1 billion) in connection with their corporate and securities, commercial litigation, real estate, tax/ERISA, intellectual property, and other legal needs. The Firm also serves large-cap companies in connection with their middle market corporate and securities, real estate, and other transactions, as well as their commercial litigation and intellectual property needs.

Financial Institutions and Sponsors: Morrison Cohen regularly represents a large number of financial institutions and other financing sources, ranging from stand-alone venture capital funds of relatively modest size and individual angel investors at one end of the spectrum, and bulge bracket investment banks and underwriters, private equity, distressed debt/restructuring and buyout sponsors, mezzanine debt providers, and senior banking institutions at the other end of the same spectrum. Morrison Cohen represents these institutions and other financing sources principally in middle market transactions and investments. Its commercial litigation attorneys regularly represent these institutions and other financing sources in a variety of matters, ranging from securities related litigation to sophisticated commercial and contract litigation.

High Net Worth Individuals: Morrison Cohen's individual client services group, which includes attorneys in its family law, trusts & estates, tax, compensation and benefits/ERISA, and real estate departments, principally serves high net worth individuals in connection with their varied financial, family and other personal affairs. Many of the users of these services are executive officers and employees of the Firm's many operating business clients, or principals, partners or employees of the many financial institutions that it represents.

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