Congratulations to MFF Board member Amy Lawrence on her appointment to the Hedge Fund Association’s Board of Directors as the Southeast Regional Co-Director.
MFF In the News
The news media routinely feature the Miami Finance Forum's events and also contacts its board for expert commentary on current issues and trends. Following is a sample of some recent news coverage.
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UPDATED, Feb. 22nd, 11:30 a.m.: Swiss travel retailer Dufry just inked a 200,000-square-foot lease at Prologis’ Beacon Lakes business park in northwest Miami-Dade County, where it’s planning to move its regional headquarters.
The building is breaking ground soon and will rise at the southeast corner of Northwest 137th Avenue and Northwest 14th Street, between Northwest 14th and State Road 836, according to a spokesperson for the commercial brokerage representing the tenant.
The build-to-suit warehouse space will add 40,000 square feet to the retailer’s current footprint in the area. It currently occupies about 160,000 square feet at the nearby International Corporate Park in Doral, and plans to move into its new headquarters by the first quarter of 2019.
Chris Harak and Juan Ruiz of Blanca Commercial Real Estate represented the tenant. JLL represented the landlord, Prologis. Harak declined to comment on the terms of the lease, but said rents in the area range from about $9 per square foot to $10 a square foot, annually.
“The new location made the most sense logistically for the company,” Harak said, adding that most of the employees already live in the area. The new space also offers 6 feet of additional ceiling height, which would allow the company to expand its warehouse space, if needed, Harak said.
Dufry’s office in Doral oversees its operations in Central and South America, as well as in the Caribbean.
The 478-acre Beacon Lakes has signed on tenants such as Amazon, UPS, Ryder System, and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. Over the summer, industrial real estate giant Prologis sold land near the campus to developer Stiles Corp., which plans to add about 495,000 square feet of open-air shopping space.
Correction: A previous story incorrectly identified Doral area rents as $9 per square foot to $10 a foot per month. The area rents are annual.
For Immediate Release
February 5, 2018
Amber Leahy, TD Bank
Web Site: http://www.tdbank.com/
Gregory Santin Joins TD Bank as Senior Lender in Commercial Real Estate for South Florida Region
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, provides customers with a full range of financial products and services at 1,300 convenient locations from Maine to Florida
MIAMI (February 5, 2018) – TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, has named Gregory M. Santin as Senior Lender, Commercial Real Estate, based in Miami. He is responsible for developing new commercial real estate lending relationships with companies and organizations across South Florida.
Santin has 25 years of experience in banking, lending and commercial real estate in South Florida, closing more than $5B in transactions to date in his career. Prior to joining TD Bank, he served at J.P. Morgan Private Bank as Senior Banker and at BankUnited as a Senior Relationship Manager, Commercial Real Estate, focused on deposit and loan origination for a wide range of commercial real estate developers and investors in South Florida. Santin also worked in commercial real estate banking and risk management during a six-year stint at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.
Santin serves as Chairman and Board Member for the Miami Finance Forum (MFF) and is Past President and Board Member of the Southeast Florida Chapter of the Risk Management Association (RMA). He is an Executive Committee Board Member of the Neighborhood Lending Partnership (NLP) of Florida, and an active member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC).
A Miami resident and native, Santin is active in his community, volunteering with the United Way of Miami-Dade, Habitat for Humanity and Babson College. He is a graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. Santin is Chair & President Emeritus of the Babson College Alumni Club of South Florida and a Director and Board Member of the Babson Alumni Association (BAA). He is bilingual (English-Spanish).
About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 9 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDBank_US.
TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol “TD”. To learn more, visit www.td.com.
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MDO PARTNERS’ RICHARD MONTES DE OCA NAMED TO
TOP LATINO LAWYERS 2017
JANUARY 11, 2018 – Latino Leaders magazine recognized MDO Partners’ Founder and Managing Partner Richard Montes de Oca in the publication’s annual Top Latino Lawyers 2017 list in the November/December 2017 issue. Top Latino Lawyers 2017 recognizes 45 of the most successful, talented and effective lawyers impacting their clients and communities nationwide. The accolade was awarded after a review of more than 600 lawyers.
According to the magazine: “the leaders included in the list are not only successful and have made amazing achievements throughout their careers, but they also care, are involved, and give back to the Latino community.”
“I am honored to be selected as a Top Latino Lawyer,” said Montes de Oca. “This list is a compilation of the best Latino lawyers in the country who are committed to honoring their heritage and giving back to their communities. It is a privilege to be recognized among these distinguished peers and to give back to the Latino community through my leadership in the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the Cuban-American Bar Association (CABA).”
For more information on the Top Latino Lawyers 2017, visit http://www.latinoleaders.com/November-December-2017/Top-Latino-Lawyers-2017/.
Miami Finance Forum Chairman Gregory Santin was quoted as an expert source in a story entitled ‘New Legislation, Technology, Population Growth May Aid Banks,” that published January 30, 2018 in Miami Today Newspaper in their Financial Trends special section. The story talked about the effect that an abundance of regulations and consolidations have on banks today.
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Catherine Lackner looks at Miami Finance Forum’s mission and future with our new Executive Director Etain Connor in a recent article in Miami Today:
Miami Finance Forum’s Business of Art in South Florida event featured in the Sun Sentinel.
The Business of Art on December 20 featured in South Florida Business Journal.
MFF Board Member, Richard Montes de Oca of MDO Parnters discusses FCPA Compliance in Cuba and what regulatory hurdles still remain in this article for the Daily Business Review.
Miami Finance Forum Board Member, Julie Neitzel of WE Family Offices offers insights on this year’s Fortune 500 companies and why they were chosen. Pick up the most recent copy of South Florida Business and Wealth Magazine to learn more.