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Ms. Alexander

Anne Alexander

Of Counsel Real Estate Department, Pircher, Nichols and Meeks

Anne Alexander joined national real estate law firm, Pircher, Nichols and Meeks, in 2012 and is Of Counsel in the firm's real estate department. Her practice covers a wide spectrum of real estate, finance and land use issues, including representation of banks, CMBS lenders and a variety of other institutional lenders in connection with mortgage and mezzanine financing of office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, healthcare facilities, multi-family apartment projects and industrial properties throughout the United States. Among the highlights of her professional career include the representation of lender in connection with mezzanine financing for pre-development of boutique hotel in West Hollywood, California, and the representation of preferred equity holder in connection with redemption of equity interest and replacement mezzanine loan on an upscale office building in Santa Monica, California. Ms. Alexander also advises institutional and private investors and developers on land use matters in connection with the acquisition, disposition, development and leasing of real property. Her land use practice has involved securing entitlements for commercial and residential developments as well as large industrial facilities in the City of Los Angeles and throughout California. She has experience in the areas of local zoning and rent control laws, development agreements, subdivisions, community facilities districts, historic preservation, the California Coastal Act, condominium conversion and eminent domain. Her professional affiliations include the Los Angeles County Bar Association and State Bar of California, Real Property and Environmental Law Sections. A graduate of University of California, Ms. Alexander holds a J.D. from Los Angeles School of Law, and a bachelor of arts in Linguistics and Italian from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Please visit http://www.pircher.com for more information.

Ms. Alexander can be contacted at 310-201-8927 or aalexander@pircher.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.