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Aaftab Esmail is a founding partner in Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP and has over 25 years of experience as a transactional real estate attorney. His practice focuses on the acquisition, financing, syndication, development, construction, leasing and disposition of a wide variety of real estate projects, with a particular emphasis on multi-family residential properties. He has extensive experience in the structuring and negotiation of complex joint venture, partnership and other entity arrangements and also represents both landlords and tenants in the leasing of retail and mixed use projects.
Mr. Esmail has extensive experience in the acquisition, financing, development and leasing of multi-family properties, mixed use projects, student housing, industrial parks, shopping centers, office buildings and tax-credit projects throughout the United States. He has also represented landlords and national tenants in the leasing of shopping centers, office buildings, industrial parks and telecommunication buildings. Mr. Esmail has also represented clients in the acquisition, financing and disposition of sport franchises and national and regional chains of supermarkets, convenience stores, gas stations and auto parts stores.
Mr. Esmail has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” and one of the “Best Lawyers in the Los Angeles Area” based on confidential peer review surveys. Clients and adverse parties alike commend his practical and deal making approach to transactions.
Mr. Esmail received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1983 and his Juris Doctorate degree in 1986 from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the California Bar Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.