Tara Shabahang is a partner in the Real Estate Transactions and Finance group. She represents real estate developers, investors, property owners and operators in all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, joint ventures and leasing. Her project coverage is national and spans a variety of asset classes, including office, multifamily, retail, industrial, hotel and mixed-use.
Tara leads the firm’s borrower-side finance practice, with expertise in mortgage and mezzanine debt, construction financing, secured and unsecured lines of credit, and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loan servicing. She also represents borrowers of distressed assets in connection with loan workouts and modifications, special servicing, and foreclosures.
With a particular focus on commercial real estate development, Tara routinely navigates complex large-scale development projects, from the evaluation and acquisition of a development site through project entitlement and construction until assets are operational and stabilized. Leading developers and investors trust Tara to ensure that every step in a real estate project achieves their goals with the “next step” in mind—whether it’s financing, equity investment, construction, leasing or asset operation.
Tara earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Amherst College and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis. During law school, she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable John T. Noonan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Tara is an active member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Manatt’s DEI and Women’s Initiative committees.