Mr. Lasee offers over 25 years of legal practice affording a vast array of experience in business and real estate matters in Arizona. An AV Preeminent rated lawyer and a real estate specialist certified by the Arizona State Bar, Mr. Lasee's practice focuses on significant commercial real estate and business transactions.
He is a member of Kutak Rock's National Pension Practice Group, which represents plans in several states, his current focus being on private equity and hedge funds investments. He is a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and has represented pension plans in placing well over $1 billion of their assets in domestic and offshore deals.
His real estate experience includes negotiating and documenting scores of deals relating to the acquisition, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate. He also has guided mid-market clients through the purchase and sale of companies in most major industries, with an emphasis in construction-oriented businesses.
Mr. Lasee is also a member of the firm's Alternative and Renewable Energy Group and is involved in the representation of lenders and developers in solar and wind energy projects located in the Western United States.
Mark and I worked together on a couple of real estate and development projects for a common client. Mark's command of the issues and process were outstanding and his turn-around times were excellent. It was a pleasure working with him and I look forward to working with him again.
Michael V. Clements, Vice President, Key Bank
Mark's personable demeanor is key to his brilliance in relating to clients. His integrity, coupled with his vast and varied experiences in the legal profession have served him well in honing his craft and developing his keen eye for detail. Mark is a true professional, open to expanding horizons in his field of practice.
Lisa E. Holder, CEO, Fair Skies Development, LLC
Mark has assisted both me and my clients on many occasions with real estate transactions large and small since 2005. He is particularly adept at quantifying risk, whether it be on an acquisition or sale. I find his advice and thoroughness to be critical in all my transactions. Most highly recommended!
Erik Swanson, President, Hague Creek Companies
•Bridgewater Pure Alpha Fund II, Ltd.$200 Million investment in a hedge fund trading in international futures, commodities, equity, fixed income, currency, options and other markets.
•FrontPoint Offshore Multi-Strategy Fund Series A, L.P.$75 million investment in a hedge fund established as a Cayman Islands limited partnership, seeking risk-adjusted absolute returns with low correlation to the broad equity and fixed-income markets utilizing multiple investment strategies.
•Global Ascent.$200 million investment in a hedge fund established as a Cayman Islands exempted company, seeking absolute returns by employing a long/short leveraged strategy in various global markets.
•Blackstone Capital Partners V-AC L.P.$30 million investment in a $12 billion Delaware limited partnership, in large cap companies in the United States and Western Europe.
•Goldman Sachs Credit Opportunities Institutional 2008 Fund, L.P.A $125 million investment in a Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership, in a portfolio of investments in publicly traded and privately held securities, derivatives and other instruments, primarily in the mortgage, asset-backed, commercial mortgage-backed and other mortgage-backed securities.
•Blackstone Real Estate Partners VI.TE2 L.P.$70 million investment in a $10.2 billion Delaware limited partnership managed by affiliates of the Blackstone Group in the commercial office and hotel properties, and publicly traded REITs.
Case of Interest:
Main I Limited Partnership v. Venture Capital Construction and Development Corporation,154 Ariz. 256, 741 P.2d 1234 (App. 1987). The Arizona Court of Appeals found that a technical violation of notice requirements under Arizona's statutory scheme for foreclosure by a private trustee under a power of sale was insufficient to overturn the trustee's sale.
Various Continuing Legal Education and client presentations:
•Arizona Real Estate Transactions from Listing to Closing
•Commercial Real Estate Transactions
•Arizona Operating Agreements for Real Estate Transactions
•Arizona Mechanics' Liens in a Nutshell
Mr. Lasee's representation concerning alternative investments consists primarily of the negotiation of private equity and hedge fund transactions with fund counsel for international and domestic funds targeted by public pension plan investment consultants. Such activities include the negotiation of side letter terms, including Most Favored Nations clauses, addressing regulatory and investment policy compliance and ensuring investment staff's business deal terms are fully realized.
In conjunction with such negotiations, Mr. Lasee reviews the offering documents, including limited partnership and limited liability company agreements, articles of association, private placement memoranda, subscription agreements, investment advisory agreements and management agreements. Based on such review, he reports to pension plan investment staff on deal structure, material legal and deal terms, and identifies potential pitfalls. He is further involved in recommending elections under the side letter's Most Favored Nations clause, overseeing due diligence investigations concerning fund general partners, investment managers and key personnel, addressing public records requests concerning such investments and undertaking a review of applicable formation, tax and securities legal opinions.
April 29, 2014Lasee and Lieberman Published in Pensions and Investments Magazine
Mark Lasee and Marc Lieberman, partners in the Scottsdale office of Kutak Rock LLP, recently published an editorial inPensions and Investmentsonline magazine about the impact of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board's (GASB's) new pension rules on government bond ratings.
April 14, 2014Fears of New Pension Rules' Impact on Credit Ratings May Be Overblown
Kutak Rock is one of few law firms in the nation with a practice group devoted toPublic Pension and Alternative Investments. The firm has earned widespread recognition for finding creative solutions to problems and unique needs of public pension plans. Attorneys Marc Lieberman and Mark Lasee have co-authored an editorial appearing in the April 2014 issue ofPensions and Investments Magazine, Impact of GASB's New Pension Rules on Government Bond Ratings, which discusses the fears and realities of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board's new pension reporting rules becoming effective June 15, 2014.
August 20, 2013Kutak Rock Attorneys Bolster Efforts of Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Kutak Rock, a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), has contributed articles to GPEC's international guide to doing business in greater Phoenix.
March 1, 2012Does Your Business Comply With the UK Bribery Act?
Marc Lieberman and Mark Lasee of the firm's Scottsdale office recently authored American Companies Abroad: Complying With the U.K. Bribery Act, which was published in the March 2012 edition ofArizona Attorney.
July 1, 2014Debt Piling Up In Argentina
Kutak Rock attorney Mark Lasee has authored an article, Debt Piling Up In Argentina (Arizona'sRecord Reporternewspaper, July 2014) which discusses a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling involving Argentina-and that country's effect on the world market. The article unfolds the Argentina's continuing efforts to avoid paying nearly $2 billion in debt issued to bondholders over the last decade. A significant retaliatory backlash may begin to surface that could affect Argentina's standing in the U.S. and global financial markets. Article
April 23, 2014Impact of GASB's New Pension Rules on Government Bond Ratings
Marc Lieberman and Mark Lasee co-author Impact of GASB's New Pension Rules on Government Bond Ratings, which was published in the April 14, 2014 edition ofPension & Investmentsonline newspaper. Article
April 10, 2013LLCs Taxed as S Corporations: Drilling Down Into the Tax Code Reveals Pitfalls
Kutak Rock attorney Mark E. Lasee has penned an article titled LLCs Taxed as S Corporations: Drilling Down Into the Tax Code Reveals Pitfalls for the April 2013 issue ofArizona Attorneymagazine. Article
November 30, 2012Commercial Finance Update
March 1, 2012American Companies Abroad: Complying With the New U.K. Bribery Act
Lieberman and Lasee author American Companies Abroad: Complying With the U.K. Bribery Act, which was published in the March 2012 edition ofArizona Attorney. Article
AV Preeminent rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell; Selected as one ofArizona's Finest Lawyers
Mr. Lasee has held leadership roles in several community organizations, forming the Arizona Sailing Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to teaching sailing to underprivileged children.