MAURICIO J. RAULD, ESQ., SYNDICATION ATTORNEY

FOUNDER/CHAIRMAN

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Mauricio J. Rauld, Esq., Syndication Attorney

When Mauricio J. Rauld, Esq. founded his practice, Premier Law Group, in 2006, it was with a resolute devotion to what he calls, “client obsession.” Over the past 16 years, without ever wavering from that commitment, his firm has helped over 1,000 clients achieve nearly $1 billion towards their real estate syndication objectives. This is not an unforeseen stroke of luck, but the inevitable result of stewardship by one of the premier syndication attorneys in the country.

Mauricio is a nationally recognized expert on private placements, and in complement of over two decades of experience in securities, he’s a seasoned investor. While he is a highly sought-after speaker, and a No. 1 Amazon bestselling author, Mauricio, along with the firm’s managing partner and principal, Bethany LaFlam, remains thoroughly engaged and committed to his roles as chairman and active legal practitioner for Premier Law Group.

Premier Law Group is a boutique securities law firm that specializes in real estate syndication, the term used when a group of investors pool their capital to jointly purchase a large property. While Premier Law Group does not raise capital itself, they ensure their clients do so in full compliance with all federal and state securities laws. On average, they handle about 250 offerings annually, all while maintaining their client-centric pledge. “We offer a world-class customer experience for real estate syndicators by being customer obsessed, creating life-long client relationships, educating, and providing exceptional value to our clients throughout the process,” Mauricio explains. “Our clients have direct access to the legal team, so they can focus on raising capital, not worry about deliverables or wait days to get a response to urgent questions.”

We spoke with Mauricio to learn more about Premier Law Group, who they serve, and why they operate in this legal niche.

Mauricio, in what ways does your firm differ from those others who also offer real estate syndication?

In addition to focusing 100% of our practice on real estate syndications, which is rare, we have one of the fastest turnaround speeds of any law firm—one week. We have put together a unique team to serve our clients. Bethany LaFlam, managing partner, is a securities expert and winner of Connects Media’s Lawyers in Real Estate Award. Our CEO, Jeffrey Wright, MBA, has extensive experience in integrating people, processes, systems, priorities, and strategy. We also hired a director of customer obsession, whose sole job is to ensure our clients have absolute access to our attorneys and ensure they have the best experience out there.  There is nothing more frustrating than having to chase down your legal team to get time-sensitive answers.

Given the competition in the real estate market, how does having the fastest turnaround benefit your clients?

 

The longer it takes for the attorney to put together disclosure documents, the more our client’s investors are waiting, and the more likely it is that those investors will go elsewhere and invest in someone else’s real estate project.  Investors have myriad options of funds and investment vehicles for their money, so when a syndicator has someone ready to write a check, they want to move as quickly as possible. We allow them to do that because of our quick turnaround.
 

That leads me to the next question, how does your experience as a real estate syndication expert and investor come into play?

 

As an investor, I’m intimately familiar with the challenges of syndication—the market research, due diligence, acquisitions, capital raising, investor relations, financial modeling, etcetera. I’ve seen thousands of business plans and countless structures and pro formas, so there’s nothing a client could present that I haven’t already handled.

What are the benefits of a fund, and have they become more common since COVID?

 

Over the past five years, we’ve been in a syndication boom. Since COVID, there’s been an explosion in people wanting to create funds and we’re doing more than ever before—it’s a third of our business now, whereas it used to be only a small portion. The rationale is this—it’s easier to acquire properties if you already have the money available. You’re in a much stronger position and you’ve got more leverage in the marketplace. It’s common to have 20-30 offers on a property that you’re competing against, so if you can make a cash offer, or show that you don’t have to raise the capital, you’re increasing the odds in your favor.

Tell us a little about your live real estate syndicator weekly event.

 

Bethany and I started doing this in March 2022. It’s called The Real Estate Syndicator Live, and it’s available via Zoom for those who want to attend live and ask questions, or via our podcast. Every Wednesday, we do a live 15–20-minute discussion on a particular real estate syndication topic, then open up to Q&A. We are starting to bring on expert guests who explore topics such as market analysis, due diligence, underwriting, marketing, tax, mindset, asset protection, asset management, capital raising, and branding. Currently, we have about 75-100 live attendees every week.

 

I know there have been many, but what are a few of your greatest professional accomplishments?  

 

Other than building our exceptional and talented team of attorneys, paralegals, and staff, and instilling our firm culture, it was being named a Southern California Rising Star by the Super Lawyers Magazine for being one of the top 2.5% up-and-coming lawyers in that region. I’m also the number one bestselling author of three books: 5 Things Every Syndicator Must Know to Stay out of Jail, Success Habits of Super Achievers (co-authored with Darren Hardy, Brian Tracy, Mark Victor Hansen, Kyle Wilson and others), and Don't Quit, Stories of Persistence, Courage and Faith. I also travel around the country for speaking engagements, was recently named KenMcElroy.com’s legal advisor, and am a regularly contributor to The Real Estate Guys™ radio show.

 

Mauricio is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, where he was a member of the prestigious Scott Moot Court Honors Board and a Best Oral Argument finalist.

 

Mauricio J. Rauld, Esq., Syndication Attorney

Founder/Chairman

Premier Law Group

Website: www.PremierLawGroup.net

LinkedIn: mauriciorauld.com/LinkedIn

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YouTube: mauriciorauld.com/YouTube

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