Over the years, Mr. Sher has been actively involved in virtually every type of major business, real estate and finance transaction representing various and diverse interests as follows: major lenders, including life insurance companies, banks, finance companies and other asset based lenders, savings and loans and other lenders such as Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITS), Real Estate Mortgage Investment Conduits (REMICS) [conduit lending], and CMBS (Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities) lenders for all categories of loans and lending arrangements including private and public financing, industrial development bond financing, public/private partnerships, New Markets Tax Credits financing, and Urban Development Action Grants); commercial developers, including developers of shopping centers, hotels, office buildings, apartment complexes, free standing retail establishments, industrial properties, condominiums, golf courses, Planned Unit Developments, historic rehabilitations, mixed-use projects, conversions, parking lots and garages, warehouses, and other traditional and nontraditional (facade donations, air rights transactions, etc.) real estate projects; businesses, including representation related to the buying and selling of businesses, structuring transactions, joint ventures and other combinations, general business advice and major contracts; landlords and tenants, which representation includes drafting of form leases and negotiation of lease agreements, construction, operation and reciprocal easement (servitude) agreements and other agreements that affect real property; owners and purchasers, which representation includes drafting and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, construction contracts, development agreements, and acquisition and disposition in bulk of multiple properties. Mr. Sher has also represented major national and international clients in the food service, hospital, title insurance and oil and gas industries.
On behalf of clients of the firm, Mr. Sher regularly practices before and works closely with political entities and public administrative boards and agencies, at the local, parish (county), state and national levels.
Mr. Sher has spoken extensively, both locally and nationally, on many diverse subjects including marine pollution/offshore oil leak disasters, capital markets, real estate finance, government bailouts, disaster recovery, insurance, zoning, land use, eminent domain, environmental law, limited liability companies, workouts, leases, title insurance, asset based lending, lending, lender liability, civil forfeiture, distressed real estate, brokerage agreements and other areas related to his practice. Since Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Sher has spoken extensively all over the country to various business groups, professional organizations, and trade associations on disaster recovery, disaster planning and disaster management.
Mr. Sher is active in the community, currently serving as a board member of both the Arts Council of New Orleans and the New Orleans Opera Association.