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Yelena Chan

Yelena A. Chan

Phone: 404.495.8486
Fax: 404.495.8486
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Yelena (“Lena") Chan represents owners, developers, and investors in a variety of commercial real estate transactions, with an emphasis on the purchase and sale of both improved and unimproved property, financing, development, and leasing matters. Lena has represented clients in the development of industrial, multi-family, mixed-use, and self-storage projects, as well as hotels. In addition, she has experience negotiating leases with prospective tenants of industrial, office and retail properties. Through her broad commercial real estate experience, Lena is also adept at navigating clients through complex issues arising from distressed properties, including loan workouts, forbearances, and modifications.

Lena has a deep understanding of financing issues through her experience representing banks, non-bank lenders and servicers in the portfolio, balance sheet, construction, and securitization industries. Her experience includes closing complex commercial loans of all types, including bridge, construction, acquisition, development, permanent, and mezzanine loans for multifamily, hotel, health care, assisted living, office, and retail projects.

Beyond her legal practice, Lena also shares her knowledge as part-time faculty at Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business where she teaches an undergraduate business law class titled "Legal and Ethical Analysis of Business Environments."

Representative Experience

  • Represented industrial developer in the acquisition of raw land, development and sale of an industrial business park in Georgia consisting of over 800,000 square feet.
  • Represented multifamily developer in negotiating over $200,000,000 in financing for the development of apartment complexes throughout Florida, California and Tennessee.
  • Represented self-storage developer in acquiring and financing properties throughout Alabama, Georgia, California, and Tennessee for the development of self-storage facilities.
  • Represented owner/operator in connection with the sale of a shopping center located in Dallas, Texas.
  • Represented medical office owner/operator in sale of a medical office park located in Georgia.
  • Represented national lender with the refinance of a large portfolio secured by assisted living facilities located throughout the country.
  • Represented hotel operator in loan workouts for three distressed hotels during 2020 COVID pandemic. 


  • Selected, Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Real Estate Law, 2021, 2023 - 2024