Jeffrey S. Page, an accomplished real estate finance attorney known for representing large lender groups in major transactions, has joined the firm in its New York office, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced.

The addition of Mr. Page adds depth to the firm's New York-based real estate practice, particularly in finance and capital markets transactions. He has practiced in the city for more than 17 years and has significant experience with myriad finance transactions in New York and nationally. Mr. Page is especially well known for his ability to successfully represent large bank groups and for leveraging technology solutions to provide cost-efficient service on transactions, particularly in middle-market lending.

"We are fortunate to add an attorney of Jeff's stature to our real estate practice in a key market," Mr. Stewart said. "Jeff is an outstanding lawyer who brings the kind of forward-thinking, client-focused innovation that clients are demanding in the digital age. His skills and experience make Ballard Spahr even stronger in real estate lending and add to our ability to meet the evolving needs of our clients in New York and across the country."

Mr. Page has experience with a wide range of real estate and commercial finance matters. He serves institutional lenders across the country and internationally, handling transactions involving virtually every type of real estate asset. He is experienced in all facets of real estate lending, including structuring the capital stack, advising on intercreditor and participation issues, drafting and negotiating documents, and navigating distressed loan workouts. His practice also includes loans originated for CMBS and CLO securitization.

Mr. Page uses technology to drive efficiencies for clients and has successfully integrated automation into his practice. He leverages client-focused technology to seamlessly and cost-effectively facilitate the loan-closing process.

"Jeff enhances our presence in New York with his proven ability to handle large, complex lending transactions efficiently and effectively," said Bart I. Mellits, Chair of Ballard Spahr's Real Estate Department. "His focus on adding value through innovation will be a great benefit to our clients."

Mr. Page most recently practiced at Reed Smith in New York, and will be joining Ballard Spahr along with two attorneys from his real estate finance team.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Page served as executive director in the New York office of a major European bank, where he was responsible for the team handling the structuring and closing of loans, servicing of construction loans, and managing loans in workout. At its peak, the bank originated more than $10 billion of loan facilities annually. In addition, Mr. Page was responsible for developing and maintaining the bank's form loan documents, which included documentation for syndicated loans, mezzanine loans, and CMBS loans.

Ballard Spahr's Real Estate Department advises clients in all aspects of finance, investment, and development transactions nationwide. With more than 120 attorneys in 14 offices across the country, it is one of the largest and most highly regarded real estate practices in the nation.

"Ballard Spahr is a great fit for my practice, with the firm's strong New York office, national presence, and commitment to giving clients a competitive edge through technology," Mr. Page said. "I look forward to helping our clients succeed in New York and wherever their business takes them."