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Commercial Real Estate Attorney and Consultant

San Diego, California, United States
November 26, 2018

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Michael Joseph Azakie

*** ******** ******, ***** ***, La Jolla, CA 92037

Mobile: 858-***-**** Email: SUMMARY

Commercial real estate transactional attorney with +5 years of experience in the acquisition, finance, management, leasing, development, and disposition of commercial real estate nationwide. Keen ability to provide business-oriented solutions to real estate related legal issues and transactions. Incredible attention to detail, reliable performance and commitment to excellence. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Founder and Consultant

MAPA Companies, LLC

June 2018 – Present

San Diego, CA

- Founded a boutique real estate company offering commercial real estate transaction consulting services to privately held real estate investment companies, REITs, high net worth individuals, tenants, lenders, etc.

- Active investing in commercial real estate nationwide with a focus on net-leased, single tenant assets in secondary markets. Director of Operations

The Niki Group

June 2016 – June 2018

San Diego, CA

Independently sourced, successfully negotiated, and closed > $160million of commercial real estate transactions across 26 US States. Managed diverse real estate portfolio both at a property and portfolio level. Facilitated lease administration and negotiations with national and regional tenants. Delegated the fulfillment of lease obligations to Operations and Accounting departments. Selected and managed team of professionals for the construction and leasing of single and multi-tenant development projects. Performed due diligence and financial projections of potential acquisitions. Established and maintained relationships with national and regional tenants, lenders, buyers/sellers, brokers, outside counsel, vendors, developers, etc.

• Generated >$12.5million in net profit from opportunistic disposition of select assets.

• Increased annual rental revenues by >$3.8million through the acquisition of key portfolio assets.

• Generated >$2.5million in fees from the acquisition, disposition, financing and management of assets.

• Contributed to $270million growth of portfolio from

$130million (2015) to >$400million (2018).

In-House Counsel

The Niki Group

October 2015 – June 2018

San Diego, CA

• Drafted and negotiated contracts and documents relating to the purchase, finance, development, management, leasing and sale of commercial real estate, including: Purchase and Sale Agreements, Loan Documents, Escrow Agreements, Closing Statements, Conveyance Instruments, and Lease Agreements, Amendments, Assignments, etc.

• Reviewed, analyzed and synthesized property level due diligence and reporting at every level of real estate transactions - acquisition, finance, development and disposition.

- Lease abstracting, review of income & expense statement, CAM reconciliations, Estoppel Certificates, etc.

- Title & Survey – review and abstract chain of title, REA, CC&R, liens, etc., and address title objections and perform curative procedures. Analyze ALTA land surveys against title exceptions, legal description and address any legal concerns.

- Third Party Reports – review and analyze environmental, property condition, appraisal, and other similar reports.

• Created new corporate entities for asset vesting – LLC and LP, including drafting of operating agreements and limited partnership agreements, as well as structuring of joint venture and development agreements.

• Facilitated and coordinated tenant communications by way of lease compliant notices. Director of Investor Relations

The Niki Group

October 2015 – June 2018

San Diego, CA

• Created and launched company’s Investor Relations Department. Directed team in the efficient and systematic production of company presentation materials and individual investment offerings (deal summaries, PPM, etc.).

• Produced and distributed >30 investment offerings delegating to various team members within Operations and Accounting.

• Increased investor pool by >50 high net worth individuals.

• Facilitated and coordinated the creation of an online investor portal with the goal of increasing accuracy in the reporting and documenting of monthly cash flow distributions, as well as providing investor-friendly access to historical investment data.

• Initiated and managed company’s rebranding and marketing efforts, creating a coherent and consistent company identity reflective of historical performance and the company’s ongoing mission. Attorney

Independent Practice

July 2015 – September 2015

Montreal, Canada

• Provided legal counsel on a number of commercial contracts each in excess of $1,000,000, governed by New York Law, with a focus on real estate transactions.

• Prepared and negotiated commercial real estate contracts for the acquisition, disposition and leasing of assets.

• Negotiated commercial leases with national and regional tenants. Legal Aid

Legal Clinics – Project Genesis and McGill


Montreal, Canada

• Offered legal information and individual advocacy on social and economic rights, landlord/tenant disputes and access to resources. Main demographic of clients included the underserved and impoverished, senior citizens, those with little formal education, immigrants/refugees, and other minorities.


B.C.L. and LL.B., J.D.

McGill University, Faculty of Law


Montreal, Canada

• Selected for admission to the bilingual transsystemic legal program at McGill bypassing undergraduate studies and earning a joint Civil Law Degree (B.C.L.) and Common Law Degree (LL.B., JD). CERTIFICATIONS LANGUAGES AFFILIATIONS

Attorney at Law

State of New York

Residential Real Estate Broker

Province of Quebec

Native Proficiency:



Working Proficiency:


Limited Proficiency:


American Sign Language (ASL)


LGBT Commercial Real Estate Investors (SD)


- San Diego Equality Business Association

- New York State Bar Association

- American Bar Association

- International Council of Shopping Centers

- Young Chamber of Commerce

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