Alain M. R'bibo is a partner in our Century City office where his practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. Alain’s practice covers a wide variety of real estate matters, with an emphasis on advising clients in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and day-to-day management and operation of commercial real estate across the country, including office, retail, industrial and multifamily properties. Alain has represented a diverse group of clients, ranging from private individuals and closely-held entities, to REITs, pension funds and institutional owners and investors, including:
- Kilroy Realty
- Sumitomo Life Realty
- First Beverage Capital
- Tishman Speyer
- Maguire Properties
- CB Richard Ellis
- Beacon Capital
- MGA Entertainment
- Duesenberg Investment Company
In acquisitions and dispositions, Alain navigates clients through each stage of the transaction, including structuring the economic and non-economic terms, drafting and negotiating the letter of intent, purchase agreement and other ancillary agreements, all aspects of the due diligence process, including in-depth review and analysis of title, survey, CC&Rs and leases at the property, and the close of escrow. In recent years, Alain has successfully negotiated and closed approximately $1 billion in acquisitions and dispositions.
Alain’s leasing experience is equally extensive. In recent years, he has successfully represented landlords and tenants in structuring and negotiating office, retail and industrial leases totaling several million square feet for properties across the country. His representation in leasing matters has included straight leases, ground leases, sale-leasebacks, complex build-to-suits and retail franchise leases.
Alain also advises clients regarding day-to-day operational matters, including landlord-tenant disputes and property management matters. Alain serves as the go-to attorney for leasing and day-to-day operational matters on several institutional portfolios representing several million square feet of rentable space.
Beyond legal matters, Alain understands the business of real estate and is regularly called upon by clients to advise on market trends and other economic factors affecting real estate transactions.
Alain is a former martial arts competitor (American Kenpo) and enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle including hiking, basketball and snowboarding. He is fluent in French and conversant in Hebrew and Spanish. Alain also serves on the board and volunteers for several not-for-profit community organizations. Alain resides in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and four children.
- California State Bar, Real Estate and Commercial Law Sections
- Urban Land Institute, Young Leaders Group
- Jewish Federation Real Estate and Construction, Young Leaders Division
- LEED Green Associate
- UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group
- Selected for inclusion in Southern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers (2012 - 2013)
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Alain enrolled at UCLA in 1995 and proceeded to earn dual degrees in Philosophy and Jewish Studies. During his time at UCLA, Alain was an active member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and volunteered at several pro bono organizations including the Santa Monica Boys Club and Para Los Niños. Alain also spent time studying abroad in Paris, France.
In 2000, Alain commenced his legal training at Loyola Law School Los Angeles where he excelled in studies pertaining to secured transactions in real property, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and restructurings, international business transactions, and federal income taxation. Alain’s academic accomplishments were recognized when he secured multi-year placement on the Dean’s Honor List. While at Loyola, Alain served on the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, first as a Staff Writer, and later as an Articles Editor. He also served as President of the Jewish Law Student Association, volunteered at the Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center (advising low income individuals on family law matters), worked as a research assistant to Professor Larry Lawrence in drafting and editing his commercial law treatise, and served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Lawrence W. Crispo.
After law school, Alain joined the firm of Danning Gill Diamond & Kollitz where he gained commercial litigation and restructuring experience and represented trustees and creditors in insolvency matters, including reorganizations and other complex commercial litigation. Alain's responsibilities in such cases included preserving personal and real property of the estate and coordinating the auctioning and sale of such property through bankruptcy. Alain was also extensively involved in the airline bankruptcy cases of the early and mid 2000's, in particular, cases involving the recharacterization of airport facility subleases as disguised financing vehicles.
Alain has engaged in extensive continuing education on matters affecting the business of his clients, including real estate investment analysis and related financial modeling (including ARGUS), and green building practices and principles. In 2010, Alain earned his accreditation as a LEED® Green Associate. Alain is the author of the real estate blog Front Lines in Real Estate.