Kevin R. Hackett Joins Proskauer to Enhance Private Equity Real Estate Platform

  Kevin R. Hackett Joins Proskauer to Enhance Private Equity Real Estate

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NEW YORK -- July 1, 2013

Proskauer announced today that Kevin R. Hackett has joined the firm as a
member of the Private Equity Real Estate practice, resident in the New York
office. Mr. Hackett’s extensive real estate experience will be a tremendous
complement to Proskauer’s robust private equity real estate platform and
seasoned team.

Mr. Hackett recently completed a successful four-year term as President and
Chief Executive Officer of The Rockefeller Group. He joined The Rockefeller
Group in 2004 as Chief Operating Officer of the subsidiary Rockefeller Group
Development Corporation, becoming Chief Executive Officer of that company in
2007 and assuming his most recent position in 2009. Among his accomplishments
as President and CEO, he helped diversify the company’s development pipeline,
and oversaw the establishment of an investment management platform in the U.S.
as well as Europe.

“We are very pleased that Kevin will join Proskauer as the next step in his
impressive career. His real estate expertise on both the business and
investment side is at the highest level and will be a tremendous asset to our
clients,” said Proskauer Chairman Joseph M. Leccese.

Mr. Hackett will add to Proskauer's existing depth in real estate development,
domestic and international real estate funds, REITs, securitizations,
acquisitions and dispositions, secured lending, telecommunications,
restructurings and public/private partnerships.

“The Rockefeller Group broadened its platform by service and geography during
Kevin’s tenure,” said Atsushi Nakajima, Acting President and Chief Executive
Officer of The Rockefeller Group. “We thank him for his many contributions and
congratulate him on this next phase of his career.”

Jeffrey Horwitz, Partner and Head of Proskauer’s Private Equity Real Estate
Group, stated “Proskauer has a well-established private equity real estate
practice and we are at the forefront of real estate investment strategies,
advising clients on novel structures. In a climate of continued regulatory
change impacting virtually every segment of the market, Kevin’s keen insight
into regional and international real estate issues will enhance our already
strong service offering.”

Ronald Sernau, Co-Chair of Proskauer’s Real Estate Department, added “Private
equity investment in the real estate sector is gaining traction. Our recent
handling of over $8 billion in corporate real estate transactions, coupled
with the large volume of foreign and institutional capital chasing real estate
opportunities, suggest that this activity level will continue. Kevin’s
established track record, industry recognition and relationships will help us
continue our momentum, while broadening our footprint and enhancing our
delivery of services to the sector.”

Before joining The Rockefeller Group, Mr. Hackett was a senior real estate
partner at several major law firms. He holds a BA degree from Boston College
and a JD from Harvard University. He is a Governor of the Real Estate Board of
New York and of the ULI Foundation, a Participating Member of the Partnership
for New York City and a member of the Real Estate Roundtable.

Proskauer’s Private Equity Real Estate Group handles complex and important
assignments for a wide range of clients engaged in real estate and real
estate-related businesses and investments. The team comprises practitioners
from Proskauer’s corporate, real estate, mergers & acquisitions, private
equity, fund formation, capital markets, finance, litigation, tax, labor and
environmental practices.

About Proskauer

Founded in 1875, Proskauer is a global law firm serving clients’ critical
legal needs from offices in Beijing, Boca Raton, Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong,
London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Newark, Paris, São Paulo and
Washington, DC. Additional information about the firm can be found at


Wendy Bernero
Chief of Strategic Initiatives
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