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Neisen Kasdin Profiled as Real Estate MVP of the Year by Law360
December 11, 2012
Neisen Kasdin, Office Managing Shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt's Miami office has been selected as one of Law360's MVPs of the Year for his distinction in Real Estate law. He was profiled in the article, "Real Estate MVP: Akerman's Neisen Kasdin." Kasdin was most recognized for breaking new ground through his innovative and expert handling of Miami's new land use laws, such as Miami 21, helping to get the city's largest projects underway with New York finances, while also securing vital property deals for multinational and international clients seeking valuable acres of land.

Kasdin has been a major player in Miami's real estate and land use market since his years as mayor of South Beach. He has stood at the forefront wrestling the city's extensive set of new zoning codes passed in 2010, known as Miami 21. He and his real estate team have been distinguished as the first to secure and work with Miami 21's special area plans code in bringing expansive urban projects that are at the core of the new code's objectives.

"We've been in a way writing the book on Miami 21… the projects we’re working on are defining how the SAP process actually works and the specific issues behind it," said Kasdin.

Kasdin led the first and second projects in Miami to earn SAP distinction. The first being Swire's Brickell CitiCentre project, which will bring 2.8 million-square-foot complex with retail, office, hotel and residential space to four parcels of land. The second, a $312 million retail have in the Miami Design District by Dacra Development and luxury retailer LVMH Group.

"If you have a major project or have a project that is going to need approvals, we have the go-to guy in Neisen Kasdin," said Steve Polivy, managing shareholder of Akerman's New York office.

As Kasdin explained to the Daily Business Review earlier this month, many projects in South Florida are financed by New York investors. As a result, Kasdin has played a significant role in strengthening relations between the firm's Miami and New York offices.

Kasdin was also noted for his involvement in several major property deals with foreign investors, including the $220 million purchase of 5.5 acres of prime Bal Harbour property by Argentinian firm Consultatio SA –possibly the largest land purchase that the state of Florida saw this past year.

Among his projects in progress, Kasdin is assisting a Fortress Investment affiliate to execute a proposed $1 billion passenger rail service that links Orlando to Miami, with a nine-acre station in downtown Miami. Kasdin hopes that the project will become his third to successfully earn the SAP distinction.

A team of Law360 editors reviewed close to 500 nominations. Kasdin was one of 113 lawyers honored as an MVP; one of six individuals named in the Real Estate category. The MVPs cross 22 practice areas and represent 52 national law firms.

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