NYSE-listed Howard Hughes Holdings has recruited Joseph Valane to become its general counsel and corporate secretary, effective March 18.
Valane will join Howard Hughes from Revantage and Shopcore Properties, both Blackstone portfolio companies, where has been general counsel. According to his LinkedIn profile, he has been with Revantage for six years, initially as assistant general counsel for corporate and business matters and later as associate general counsel, before becoming general counsel.
At Revantage and Shopcore Properties, Valane has overseen teams providing legal support across Blackstone’s US real estate portfolio, including retail, multifamily, office, logistics and hospitality asset classes.
Before moving in-house, he was a partner with law firm Kleinbard, where his practice included equity finance and investment structuring, M&A, business formation and growth issues, commercial contracts and general corporate counseling. He was previously an attorney with Morgan Lewis & Bockius and earlier Schulte Roth & Zabel.
Howard Hughes owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate across the US. David O’Reilly, the company’s CEO, says in a statement: ‘We are excited to welcome Joe to the Howard Hughes management team as general counsel during this time of exciting growth and opportunity for the company. Joe’s extensive experience and his strategic approach will be valued resources as [the company] continues to outperform and reinforce our reputation as the nation’s leading community builder.’