The M&A market is showing signs of revitalization in 2013, and real estate is the sector to watch, according to international law firm Bryan Cave LLP's most recent hire Sonia Bain. Over the years, she has held various leadership positions at several firms, including Troutman Sanders LLP, Parker Chapin LLP (which merged with Troutman Sanders in 2005) and Fischbein Badillo Wagner in 2000. During that time, she has worked on deals for Donald Trump, developer Leonard Litwin and others. Most recently, Bain headed the legal team representing a national retailer on its investments in New York. A 20-year law veteran focusing on commercial real estate, including the negotiation of leases and joint venture agreements, Bain also handles acquisitions, dispositions, financing and building conversions including residential, commercial and mixed-use properties. Mergers & Acquisitions caught up with Bain shortly after her arrival at Bryan Cave.

What dynamics have changed in the real estate sector in 2013?

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