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USA

New York

Real Estate


Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Real Estate - New York

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What the team is known for Handles real estate finance work including expertise in loan originations, loan acquisitions and distressed debt. Has a notable cross-border practice including advising on Chinese investment in the US market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They uncover everything we need to discuss and then prioritize and resolve those issues."

"We don't go anywhere else on complex deals." 

Work highlights Advised China Vanke on its joint venture with RFR Holding concerning a $180 land purchase at 610 Lexington Avenue, New York, and the subsequent development of a 61-story luxury condominium scheme. 

Represented Primark in connection with its $100 million, 45-year lease of premises in Boston for its first US store. 

Notable practitioners  

The "very knowledgeable" and "commercial" Kevin O'Shea leads the firm's US real estate practice. "I have not met a better business lawyer in my career," says one client interviewee.

Erwin Dweck "is very detail-oriented and good at prioritizing issues to most effectively resolve points with the other side," clients say. He acted for PIMCO Bravo Funds on its purchase with a joint venture partner of a portfolio of 16 office buildings in Palo Alto. 

The "very strong" Yaakov Sheinfeld impresses clients with his "good understanding of the market." He has a broad real estate finance practice including the representation of financial institutions and private equity clients.

Significant clients AllianceBernstein, SL Green, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, Deutsche Bank, Dune Real Estate Partners. 

What the team is known for Well-established practice protecting the interests of owners, developers and investors on the full range of transactions. Continues to impress for its land use expertise. 

Work highlights Acted for Casco Development on its joint venture acquisition and development of 540-548 West 21st Street.

Represented AIMCO in a range of matters involving the acquisition and disposition of multifamily apartment properties across the United States. 

Notable practitioners  

Judith Gallent is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Arbor Realty Trust, Dune Real Estate Partners, Metropolitan Transport Authority, Silverstein Properties, Och-Ziff Real Estate.

What the team is known for Represents international financial institutions on a wide range of mortgage loans including convertible loans, shared appreciation loans and loans backed by credit leases. Has experience with a broad range of collateral including malls, hotels and hospitals.

Work highlights Represented a consortium of banks including JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank as lenders in a $3.5 billion CMBS mortgage loan to Hilton Worldwide secured by 23 Hilton properties.

Advised co-lenders UBS and Wells Fargo on a $450 million single-asset mortgage loan secured on 11 Penn Plaza.

Notable practitioners  

Fredric Altschuler "is a smart and practical deal-oriented lawyer," impressed sources say. He is a seasoned real estate finance practitioner who continues to advise and represent major banks and other real estate investors.  

William McInerney is "a great lawyer and a really smart guy," market sources say. He is respected for his work advising real estate investors on a variety of finance matters.

Christopher White is chairman of the firm. He is well known for his extensive expertise advising clients on commercial real estate debt and equity financings.

Significant clients Bank of America, HSBC, Westbrook Partners, Morgan Stanley, FirstKey Lending.

What the team is known for Exceptional expertise in representing major national and international clients across a wide range of real estate finance matters, including those relating to the leisure and gaming sector. Maintains a strong profile for its work on distressed investments and restructurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The good thing about working with them is that they have expertise in a variety of areas and issues that would come up in a real estate transaction."

"I have a lot of respect for them; they do a good job, are all very well trained and well versed."

Work highlights Advised Goldman Sachs on a variety of origination loan transactions, including $275 million in loans to a joint venture involving SL Green Realty and Wharton Properties secured on 724 Fifth Avenue. 

Acted as lender's counsel to Banco Inbursa on construction, mortgage and bridge loans with a combined value of more than $250 million. 

Notable practitioners  

Steven Horowitz is "smart," "well respected" and "easy to work with," market sources say. He advised Kindred Healthcare on real estate issues arising during its refinancing of existing credit facilities. 

Clients describe Michael Weinberger as an "extremely bright lawyer" who is "very good at coming up with solutions to complex situations." He works on a range of commercial real estate finance matters, including mortgage securitizations and workouts. 

The "excellent" Steven Wilner is commended by clients for his practical and commercially astute approach. He acted as lender's counsel to H/2 Capital Partners on a number of transactions, including its $100 million mortgage loan to a joint venture involving Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co and RED Legacy for Legends Outlets Kansas City. 

Kimberly Blacklow is "very knowledgeable and great to work with," clients report. She advises borrowers and lenders on a range of loan transactions.

Significant clients Brookfield, Empire Resorts, Genting Group, IFA Hotels & Resorts, Meraas.

What the team is known for Respected leasing practice frequently working with clients active in the financial services, legal and retail sectors. Also represents property owners in lease negotiations relating to office properties. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"People are excited to learn we use Davis & Gilbert because of the no-nonsense, expeditious way they deal with matters."

"They are extremely accessible and knowledgeable about market conditions." 

Work highlights Represented GroupM Worldwide in its lease of commercial office space at 3 World Trade Center.

Advised Mayer Brown with regard to its new office lease of 187,000 square feet at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.

Notable practitioners  

Gerald Uram is "hard-working" and "creative," and "gets the deal done quickly," impressed clients say. He brings a vast amount of experience to leasing transactions, including those concerning corporate headquarters.

Significant clients Bank of America, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, The Carlyle Group, Tishman Speyer Properties.

What the team is known for Highly regarded for sales, acquisitions, financings and workout transactions. Advises an array of clients including private equity funds, hedge funds, entrepreneurs and corporations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Debevoise's real estate team is extremely knowledgeable and understands the business objectives of its clients."

Work highlights Represented Westfield in its mortgage transaction with UBS concerning a $525 million loan secured against Westfield Garden State Plaza, New Jersey.

Represented JP Morgan Investment Management in the joint venture financing and acquisition of 195 Broadway.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Irwin "is particularly impressive in his overall business judgment" and "communicates his advice clearly and understandably," clients enthuse. He is chair of the real estate group at the firm.

Nicole Levin Mesard recently advised Westfield in relation to its $1.4 billion acquisition of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey's 50% stake in the retail premises at the World Trade Center.

Significant clients AXA Real Estate, Beacon Capital, The Rockefeller Group, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Oaktree Capital Management.

What the team is known for Respected presence in the real estate finance market for its commercial real estate loan origination, investment fund formation and CMBS work. Further areas of expertise includes distressed real estate transactions. 

Work highlights 

Advised TIAA on its loan to JPM Strategic Fund for approximately $800 million secured by properties located in several states.

Represented Commonwealth Annuity & Life Assurance Company in relation to a mezzanine loan contribution to the $265 million financing of the Shops at SkyView shopping center in New York. 

Notable practitioners  

The "fabulous" Laura Ciabarra "is a terrific lawyer," say peers. She is an expert on transactions involving subordinate lending, especially in the form of mezzanine loans, B-notes and a range of other facilities.

Richard Jones chairs the firm's finance and real estate group. He handles significant mortgage finance and capital markets matters.

Significant clients Starwood, Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, Standard & Poor's, Credit Suisse, Ares Commercial Real Estate.

What the team is known for Offers domestic and international clients a wide range of real estate services relating to matters across the USA. Has a strong reputation for substantial leasing transactions and maintains its established profile in the corporate and finance sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"DLA’s team is excellent, always providing us with informed, practical guidance based on its business acumen and extensive industry knowledge."

"The team is also focused on client service, responding to our requests and questions with prompt, on-point advice."

Work highlights Advised Fosun Group on its $725 million acquisition from JP Morgan of One Chase Manhattan Plaza.

Represented UBS Real Estate Securities as the originator of a $113.5 million CMBS loan secured by the Sullivan Center office and retail project in Chicago.

Advised InterContinental Hotels Group Resources on its sale of an 80% interest in the InterContinental Barclay Hotel to joint venture partner Constellation Hotels. 

Notable practitioners  

Martin Polevoy "is extremely experienced and has a reputation as one of the best," market commentators reportHe leads the firm's real estate group in New York.

Andrew Levy "sees the problems and how to resolve them" and "has a very rich network of contacts," clients sayHis broad practice includes real estate matters in the hospitality sector.

Joseph Philip Forte is a renowned real estate finance expert who is especially adept at advising clients on commercial mortgage loans. A market source says: "He is someone who everyone truly respects."

Significant clients Blackstone Real Estate, Greenland US Holding, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers, L'Oréal USA, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance.

What the team is known for A leading firm in the New York real estate market offering clients a broad range of expertise on high-profile and complex matters. Areas of expertise include developments, acquisitions and dispositions, and leasing. Has a burgeoning finance practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Preeminent real estate group in New York City." 

"They are pretty much the industry standard." 

Work highlights Represented TimeWarner on the $1.3 billion disposition of its office condominium unit and the development and acquisition of a new headquarters at Hudson Yards.

Advised Blackstone on its loan to Extell Development Company as financing for the site acquisition and pre-development of a new Nordstrom department store in Manhattan. 

Represented Citigroup in its relocation to and lease of 388-390 Greenwich Street. 

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Mechanic "is the preeminent real estate lawyer in New York City," who has "all the legal skills you want," and "fabulous political skills," market sources enthuse. He recently advised Tishman Speyer on its $438 million acquisition of undeveloped land at Hudson Yards.

Stephen Lefkowitz "is really one of the deans of land use and development law in New York City," sources say. He is recommended for complicated transactions.

Melanie Meyers "is extremely knowledgeable in the most nuanced areas of land use," clients say. She recently advised Tower Park Group on its development at Greenpoint Landing, Brooklyn. 

Joshua Mermelstein is "a real business lawyer; very practical and has a lot of transactional experience." Recent work highlights include representing RXR Realty in its $330 million acquisition of 61 Broadway from Broad Street Development.

Robert Sorin advised Google on the expansion of its space at Chelsea Market, New York City. Peers identify him as "an excellent practitioner and a very good real estate lawyer."

Ross Silver is "familiar with every possible issue that might arise in a transaction," according to a client interviewee. He recently advised Hiro Real Estate on the sale of its ground lease for 150 East 42nd Street.

Significant clients Brookfield Office Properties, SL Green Realty, JP Morgan Chase, Fortress Investment Group, Vornado.

What the team is known for Advises lenders, investment firms and operators on a broad array of corporate and finance transactions. Also has expertise on high-value sales, purchases and development projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a well-oiled machine and truly delivers a high quality of client service that would be tough to match."  

"From a capability point of view they have a breadth and depth at senior levels which is extremely impressive."

What's new? Harry Silvera has joined the team from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

Work highlights Advised Coach on the $750 million relocation of its world headquarters to Hudson Yards.

Represented Investcorp International Realty in its acquisition of a portfolio of multifamily residential real estate comprising property in Austin, Chicago and Las Vegas. 

Acted for AECOM Capital and affiliates on a joint venture project with Mack Urban for a mixed-use development in Los Angeles. 

Notable practitioners  

Steven Klein has a "very strong business mind" and is an "excellent negotiator," market sources say. He represented LV Marblehead in its sale of the Marblehead Coastal Project.

Andrew Lance is "extremely calm," "very efficient" and "a consummate professional and a problem solver," clients say. He is co-lead of the hotel and hospitality practice in the firm's real estate group. 

Andrew Dady "is just one of the sharpest lawyers I have been in contact with," one client reports. He works with a diverse group of clients including landlords, tenants, developers and institutional investors.

Eric Feuerstein is commended for his ability to "distill complicated business issues" and "bring business people together to make a deal," satisfied clients say. He cochairs the real estate practice group at the firm. 

Harry Silvera "is very diligent and has a great sense of the market" and "gives us great counsel in respect of risks," clients say. His varied practice includes joint ventures, financings and acquisitions and dispositions.

David Furman is hailed by sources as "very experienced" and "extremely knowledgeable." He leads the firm's real estate private equity practice group in New York and regularly represents major financial institutions in capital markets, financing, and debt restructuring and workout matters. 

Sources say that Matthew Kidd is "a very good technical lawyer" who "would walk through a wall for you; he'll just do what needs to be done." He handles a variety of international and domestic real estate transactions, including joint venture formations, developments, acquisitions and dispositions.

Significant clients Related Companies, Tishman Speyer, Deutsche Bank, Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs.

What the team is known for Has particular expertise in advising on real estate investments, REITs and private equity matters. Respected advisers on joint venture and fund formations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It is a one-stop shop for institutions with sophisticated needs."

"The advice is expert and the service is responsive."  

Work highlights 

Advised Brookfield Asset Management in its formation of the new Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners fund, with capital commitments of $4.4 billion.

Represented Five Mile Capital in its $62.4 million acquisition from Duke Realty of a five-office building portfolio in Cleveland. 

Notable practitioners  

Christopher Price "represents us in the way we want to be represented; he is pragmatic and deal-making," clients say. He cochairs the real estate investment management and finance practice at the firm.

Significant clients ARES Management, AEW Capital Management, H.I.G. Realty, L+M Development, Pacific Coast Capital Partners.

What the team is known for Held in high esteem for its expertise on a comprehensive range of real estate transactions. Areas of particular prowess include acquisitions and dispositions, significant commercial leasing, land use and development matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are very responsive and have a keen understanding of the legal and business sides. That understanding facilitates getting deals done."

"They are very capable and hard-working and they take ownership of everything they do and they deliver."

Work highlights Represented Starwood Capital in its $191 million purchase from CWCapital Asset Management of a retail and office portfolio of properties in Arizona, California, Kansas, Tennessee and Virginia. 

Advised Stonehenge partners on its $386 million sale of New York's The Olivia apartment building to SL Green.

Notable practitioners  

Jay Segal is a "very practical" and "creative zoning lawyer," market sources report. He is a well-established and respected presence in the New York land use market.

Robert Ivanhoe is "an excellent lawyer" who has "tremendous knowledge and wisdom," sources say. He handles an array of complex transactions.

The "fantastic" and "fabulous" Stephen Rabinowitz represented Meadow Partners on its purchase of 866 UN Plaza. Market sources say he is "responsive and knows how to do gigantic deals."

Gary Kleinman is a "terrific lawyer" with a broad practice. He is a respected choice for residential, industrial and commercial acquisitions, dispositions, developments and leasing. 

Peter Miller represents developers and owners on a broad range of transactions. He recently advised Ironstate Development on a $150 million redevelopment project at a former naval base in Stapleton on Staten Island.

Significant clients The Related Companies, Square Mile Capital Management, The Chetrit Group, Stellar Management, Peak Hotels & Resorts Group.

What the team is known for Advises on a range of financing transactions including mezzanine loans, refinancings and construction loans. Clients include developers, funds and lending institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"It is an incredibly good team." 

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Stuart Mass is a noted authority on commercial leasing transactions. He has particular expertise in matters concerning office and retail properties.

Steven Koch "is commercial and practical and he knows what to do and when," according to market sources. He concentrates on real estate finance transactions involving subordinate debt facilities, including B-notes and mezzanine loans.

Aaron Beim works with significant real estate investors. He handles a broad range of structured finance transactions, including originations, workouts and restructurings. 

Significant clients Natixis Real Estate Capital, TerraCap Partners, The Related Companies, Prudential Real Estate Investors, Rockwood Capital.

What the team is known for Provides a comprehensive real estate service to clients including a respected land use and zoning service. Other notable specialties include expertise on government relations matters and advising clients active in the leisure and hospitality sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their breadth of understanding provides the ability to get things done."

Work highlights Represented Rechler Equity Partners on its 40-year renewable ground lease for the redevelopment of the site of the former Gabreski Airport, Suffolk County.

Advised affiliates of David Reis and Deer Crest Janna in all matters arising from the development of St. Regis Deer Valley Resort condo-hotel.

Notable practitioners  

Mitchell Korbey is praised by sources for the high quality of his work. He leads the land use and zoning practice at the firm. 

Significant clients Emmes Asset Management, The Republic of Turkey, Sherwood Equities, Wells Fargo, Community Preservation Corporation.

What the team is known for A wide range of skills and expertise in areas including loan originations, workouts, restructurings, acquisitions and joint ventures. Notable clients include financial institutions, private equity funds and institutional investors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are technically very competent lawyers but also very goal-oriented with a great appreciation for my business objectives."

"They are very experienced in New York City real estate and provide very creative solutions."

Work highlights Represented Deutsche Bank in connection with its $520 million mortgage and mezzanine loan financing of Google and Amazon office facilities at Sunnyvale, California.

Advised Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board concerning a $250 million mezzanine loan relating to the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel. 

Notable practitioners  

The "knowledgeable and accomplished" Warren Bernstein is experienced in handling direct and syndicated loan transactions and is cochair of the firm's real estate department. Sources say he "knows the real estate market very well and he is well known in the industry."

Stephen Gliatta is singled out for praise by clients for the "breadth of his experience and the knowledge he has because of his clientele." He is cochair of the real estate department at the firm and he concentrates his practice on representing financial institutions in the origination of first mortgage debt and mezzanine loans.

The "terrific" Louis Hait "is an excellent transactional lawyer for complicated deals," says a client interviewee. His clients include banks, hedge funds and pension funds.

Significant clients RBS, Jefferies LoanCore, Prime Finance Partners, Wells Fargo, Union Bank.

What the team is known for Provides major private equity, pension and sovereign wealth fund clients with a broad range of services relating to US and international real estate matters. Areas of focus include fund formations, equity recapitalizations, and workouts and restructurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are smart, creative and fantastic problem solvers." 

"They are detail-oriented but also understand the larger picture and have a great market perspective."

Work highlights Represented Starwood Capital in its $1.4 billion acquisition through an affiliate of seven shopping malls from Taubman Centers.

Advised General Motors Investment Management in its $2.45 billion sale of an office complex in Los Angeles. 

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Schechter is "extremely diligent and meticulous" and "helps his clients to be successful and achieve their goals."  He has a well-developed practice advising private equity clients involved in real estate investments.

Scott Berger "really takes care of his clients," says a source. He advised Starwood Capital Group on fundraising for its Starwood Global Opportunity Fund X.

Significant clients Dune Real Estate Partners, GID Investment Advisors, Kerzner International Holdings, Lionstone Investments, Morgan Stanley Investment Management. 

What the team is known for Especially well regarded for its prowess in land use and zoning matters, and for its involvement in condominium developments. Also has significant expertise in leasing transactions of office, retail and industrial buildings. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are incredibly intelligent, very quick and they are able to adapt very quickly when a deal changes."

"I have great confidence in their judgment and their decision-making."

Work highlights Advised Extell Development Company on land use, development rights and historic preservation issues arising from its one million square foot mixed-use development at 217 West 57th Street.

Represented 43rd Street Realty and Tomislava Grgas in relation to the condemnation of properties in Long Island City as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's East Side Access Project. 

Notable practitioners  

Paul Selver is "an extremely high-quality land use lawyer," sources say. His recent work includes advising South Street Seaport on land use matters arising from the development of a new building at Pier 17.

Jay Neveloff is described by sources as "a consummate real estate attorney" and "the dean of high-end, mixed-use condominium developments." His clients include developers involved in substantial residential, commercial and retail schemes.

James Godman is "very sharp, understands the business issues and knows how to find solutions." He works with a wide range of clients on matters including acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and development.

Significant clients Peebles Corporation, Archdiocese of New York, Brookfield Properties, The Chetrit Group, Madison Square Garden.

What the team is known for Widely respected for its expertise in a range of commercial real estate types including industrial, office, retail, leisure and hospitality. Regularly advises clients on hybrid financing and workouts, in addition to mortgage and mezzanine loan transactions

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I appreciate the depth of their understanding of complex structural issues."

"They are very responsive." 

Work highlights Represented Constellation Barclay Holding US in its purchase agreement concerning an 80% joint venture interest in the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel, including acquisition and construction financing for subsequent renovations.

Acted for Atlas Residential Holdings on its acquisition of 11 multi-family apartment buildings in Texas, including mezzanine debt and joint venture negotiations.

Notable practitioners  

The "very smart" and "incredibly responsive" James Hisiger is cochair of the firm's global real estate practice. He represented Bank of America and JP Morgan as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners on a $1.25 billion financing for Penn National Gaming.

The "great" and "smart" Michelle Kelban is described by clients as "very knowledgeable and good at getting to consensus." She is a noted real estate finance expert, representing lenders in a range of contexts and transactions.

Significant clients Apollo Global Management, Barclays Real Estate Finance, DZ Bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, GE Capital.

What the team is known for Advises clients on complex financings and distressed real estate matters. Advises developers, funds, REITs and lenders.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a sharp, practical team providing good legal advice and sound practical judgment which helps you to understand the risks, assess them and close deals.

"Outstanding client service at all levels from partners to administrative staff members."

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Mark Edelstein heads the real estate finance and distressed real estate practices at the firm. He is described by clients as "smart, thoughtful and trustworthy," and "an outstanding manager of the team" who "has excellent leadership skills."

What the team is known for Well regarded for its expertise in representing well-known landlords and tenants on major leasing matters. Frequently advises law firms and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a great group." 

Work highlights Advised Mount Sinai Medical Center in its lease of 450,000 square feet of office space in 150 East 42nd Street with a value of more than $750 million. 

Represented Tiger Management in relation to its $100 million lease of 85,000 square feet at 101 Park Avenue.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" and "very capable" Andrew Herz is a seasoned real estate practitioner with a significant leasing practice. He recently advised Gensler on the extension of its premises at 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York.

"Deal maker" Robert Safron is "very effective in getting to workable solutions without wasting time," clients say. He advises lenders, developers, owners and investors in a range of commercial real estate matters.

Significant clients The Durst Organization, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Dow Jones, Grace Church School, The Winter Organization.

What the team is known for Represents a wide range of clients, including notable developers and companies in the leisure and hospitality sector. Regularly handles complex, high-value acquisitions, dispositions and joint venture deals, as well as substantial leasing transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The ability to understand our expectations is incredibly useful in structuring the deal and keeping us commercial."

"The Paul Hastings team always puts the client first - they protect us legally and point out any pitfalls in the process. They are smart, nimble and guide us throughout the transaction."

Work highlights Represented Jynwel Capital on the formation of a joint venture to acquire the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel for $660 million.

Advised Nordstrom on its acquisition of a substantial development site for its first New York City store. 

Notable practitioners  

Clients like the "extremely intelligent and insightful" Robert Wertheimer because "he makes sure everyone stays focused." His clients include Fisher Brothers who he has recently represented on a number of development projects.

Eric Landau advised Lightstone Group in relation to two New York development projects in the Garment and Financial Districts. He is described by sources as "very hard-working" and "excellent."

Peter Olsen "stands out because of his practical approach to being a real estate lawyer. He doesn't lose sight of the objective in getting the deal done," an impressed client says. He acted for Harry Macklowe on a $600 million acquisition and development deal concerning One Wall Street. 

Martin Edelman "is a deal guy. He recognizes where there is a deal and tries to get you there." He is a seasoned real estate practitioner who enjoys a strong reputation for his involvement in major cross-border matters. 

Significant clients Brack Capital Real Estate, Etsy, L&L, Nobu Hospitality, Xin Yuan International.

What the team is known for Advises investors, lenders, developers, governmental agencies and entrepreneurs on a comprehensive set of real estate services. Areas of expertise include financing, acquisitions and dispositions, leasings, restructurings and workouts, and developments.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I view them as a partner in trying to get the deals done in the best way and that strengthens the relationship."

"It is a very talented group." 

Work highlights Advised Douglaston Development on its mixed-use residential and retail development in Williamsburg.

Represented HCP in its mortgage loan made to Emeritus and secured on nine senior housing communities.

Acted for Rose Associates on its joint venture with Benenson Capital Partners to develop a 360-unit multi-family rental building at 210 Livingston Street, Brooklyn. 

Notable practitioners  

The "very, very knowledgeable" Steven Simkin is noted by sources as being a "deal-maker" and "very good on ground leases." He advised Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and City University of New York on an agreement to develop science and medical facilities on East 73rd Street. 

Meredith Kane is "terrific" and a "problem solver," clients say. Recent highlights include advising Rockefeller Group Development Corporation on the financing and development of the Flushing Commons Project.

Harris Freidus "is smart, creative, efficient and responsive,"  clients say. He advises clients on a wide range of transactions with a focus on transactions relating to the hospitality and gaming sectors.

Peter Fisch is lauded by sources for his practical approach to transactions. He advised Rose Associates on its $560 million project to redevelop the former headquarters of AIG at 70 Pine Street, New York. 

Significant clients Allied Partners, CIM Group, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, SL Green, National Bulk Carriers.  

What the team is known for Regularly represents REITs, banks, funds, owners and developers on a comprehensive range of real estate matters including financings, acquisitions, dispositions and development projects. Also has formidable tax and leasing expertise. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We ask for a very high-end product and they deliver it." 

"I think they are absolutely excellent." 

Work highlights Acted for American Realty Capital Properties during its $11.2 billion merger with Cole Real Estate Investments. 

Advised Extell Development Company on its development agreement with Nordstrom for a new flagship store in New York City.

Assisted Harbour Group International in the $157 million acquisition from Broad Street Development of 55 Broadway. 

Notable practitioners  

Ronald Sernau is a high-profile and well-respected real estate attorney. He recently assisted Hines Interests in a $1.16 billion financing for the construction of a new tower adjacent to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 

Steven Lichtenfeld is "highly analytical and highly strategic," and "encyclopedic in terms of his knowledge," market sources say. His recent work includes advising American Realty Healthcare Trust on its $2.6 billion merger with Ventas REIT.

David Weinberger advises a variety of clients including private equity and hedge funds on lending transactions. He frequently acts on the origination and securitization of mezzanine and mortgage loans. 

The "excellent" Peter Fass represented American Realty Capital Properties in its all-cash $807 million acquisition of some 470 triple-net-lease restaurants from GE Capital Franchise Finance Corporation. He is co-head of the firm's real estate capital markets group.

Significant clients Avalon Bay Communities, CBRE, Hermes of Paris, Fortress Investment, Giorgio Armani.

What the team is known for Noted for its ability to advise clients on a comprehensive range of complex real estate financing matters. Regularly handles transactions involving significant private equity funds, investors, borrowers and lenders. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are responsive and the turnaround time is exceptional."

"All the people I deal with are fantastic." 

Work highlights Advised joint venture partners Cerberus Institutional Partners and Chatham Lodging Trust on the $1.3 billion sale of the 51-hotel Innkeeper portfolio to a new joint venture involving Chatham and NorthStar Realty Finance.

Represented Albertsons in a $2 billion debt financing from Citibank and Bank of America secured by 375 grocery store locations across the USA.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Lenobel "has a good feel for the balance of business and legal issues," a client remarks. He is chair of the firm's real estate group.

According to clients, Julian Wise "is creative and thoughtful and appreciates the business aspects." Recent work includes representing Blackstone Real Estate Advisors in a $152 million bridge loan made to a joint venture by GreenOak Real Estate and L&L Holding Company and secured on a long-term ground lease at 425 Park Avenue.  

Significant clients The Museum of Modern Art, Mount Kellett Capital Management, Oxford Properties Group, Credit Suisse Group, Monday Properties Services.

What the team is known for Represents US and international banks on structured finance and lending transactions. Offers expertise in restructurings, and the financing of REITs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are detail-oriented and client-focused. Overall it is a great team to work with."

"When we need responsive service to tight timelines they always produce."

Work highlights Advised joint venture partners SL Green Realty and Wharton Properties in relation to the $275 million refinancing of 724 Fifth Avenue.

Represented Solow Realty & Development in the origination of a $90 million bridge loan from JP Morgan Chase.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Smith is a "well-rounded real estate lawyer" who is "smart, measured and calm," clients say. He leads the real estate practice at the firm.

The "terrific" Malcolm Montgomery "understands the market" and "takes a very rational approach," clients say approvingly. He recently advised Deutsche Bank and Brookfield Asset Management as lenders to a joint venture involving Rising Property Partners and Mount Kellett for the acquisition of ten office buildings in Los Angeles.

Significant clients Citibank, Royal Bank of Canada, Shorenstein Properties, Banamex, HSBC. 

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with a focus on real estate finance matters. Advises lenders, developers, investors and owners with significant US and international real estate interests. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is very responsive, knowledgeable and experienced. They have provided us with sound legal and business advice on numerous issues."

"Everybody is technically excellent." 

What's new? Richard Fries and Scott Stern joined as partners from Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Work highlights Advised Starwood Property Trust on the origination of a construction loan to a joint venture for the development of a mixed-use project at 57th Street and Second Avenue.

Advised Starwood Waypoint Residential Trust as borrower of a loan from Deutsche Bank for the purchase of REO and distressed residential whole mortgage loans.

Notable practitioners  

The "tremendous" Alan Weil is praised by sources for his "wealth of experience" and "does a really fine job," sources say. He works right across the real estate practice area, with recent highlights including substantial construction, mezzanine and mortgage loan transactions.

Peers describe the "outstanding" Richard Fries as "a super-knowledgeable, reasonable guy." His well-established practice concentrates on workouts and restructurings, in addition to the origination of loans and a wide range of other real estate finance work.

Scott Stern is characterized as an "outstanding attorney" by market sources. He maintains a strong real estate finance practice providing counsel to institutional lenders and involving a broad range of assets and debt facilities.

Significant clients Wells Fargo Bank, Hudson Realty Capital, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, B2R Finance, Blackstone.

What the team is known for An enviable reputation for the high quality of its representation of private equity funds on major transactions. Receives particular acclaim for its work on M&A, joint venture, finance and portfolio transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The real estate practice of Simpson Thacher here in New York City is one of the best transactional teams in the real estate industry."

 "A good choice for corporate transactions." 

Work highlights Represented Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII in its $1.975 billion acquisition with joint venture partner DDR of 76 shopping centers from American Realty Capital Properties.

Advised Hilton Worldwide Holdings on its $3.5 billion mortgage refinancing secured by a portfolio of 23 hotels in 13 US states.

Notable practitioners  

Gregory Ressa is commended by sources for his expert representation of private equity clients on a range of transactions. He heads the firm's real estate practice.

Scott Kobak is "very smart, always gives you the right advice and is a good draftsman," says one impressed clientHe is experienced in handling major national and international real estate transactions for private equity funds.  

Sasan Mehrara is praised by clients for his commitment to client service. His areas of expertise include joint ventures, financings and acquisitions and dispositions. 

Significant clients CarrAmerica Realty Operating Partnership, La Quinta Holdings, Brixmor Property Group, Carlyle Real Estate Fund.

What the team is known for Excels at advising clients on acquisitions and dispositions, development projects and a wide range of real estate finance transactions in the domestic and cross-border contexts. Maintains a strong profile for its work on real estate securities offerings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team is professional, responsive to our needs, highly motivated and extremely knowledgeable."

"They are high-end service providers for important matters."

Work highlights Advised Deutsche Bank on its sale of The Cosmopolitan casino and resort in Las Vegas to Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII for $1.73 billion.

Acted for Credit Suisse on its office lease of 1.1 million square feet at 11 Madison Avenue.

Represented SL Green on a $1.45 billion mortgage financing for the purchase of Ivanhoe Cambridge's interest in 388-390 Greenwich Street.

Notable practitioners  

Neil Rock is "very smart, very knowledgeable and very commercial," according to a client. He leads the firm's New York real estate group.

Benjamin Needell is "an outstanding counselor and adviser," says a peer. He maintains a broad real estate practice, including substantial lease transactions, purchases and sales, development and finance matters.

The "very smart" Harvey Uris heads the global real estate practice at the firm. Recent highlights include advising Column Financial on a $655 million CMBS mortgage loan secured by 41 cold storage facilities used by Lineage Logistics to purchase Millard Refrigeration Services.

The "terrific" Evan Levy advised Colony Capital on its pre-development land loan for the Dream Times Square Hotel project. He is "extremely knowledgeable about what is commercially of the moment" and "tireless in his approach to defending his clients' rights," sources say.

David Nagler "understands our business and our complex transactions" and "has an amazing memory for detail." He represented Silverstein Properties in the financing and development of the Four Seasons Downtown Hotel and condominium project.

Marco Caffuzzi is lauded by clients as "a truly great thinker" who "can negotiate a deal in your favor while winning the trust of your partner." He advised Wharton Realty Group on its joint venture acquisition of a retail condominium at 650 Fifth Avenue.

Significant clients Formation Capital, Sony Corporation of America, Penn National Gaming, Boston Properties, The Prudential Assurance Company. 

What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its advice to major clients on developments and acquisitions. Offers expertise in financings, recapitalizations and joint ventures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"We have been very impressed with the team at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan for their great client service and ability to handle large, complex transactions expertly."

"They have years and years of industry knowledge and experience to draw on and are extremely client-oriented."

Work highlights Advised JP Morgan Investment Management on its $2.5 billion recapitalization of Century Plaza Towers, Los Angeles.

Represented a joint venture involving the New York Mets Baseball Club in its $1 billion mixed-use development of Willets Point, Queens.

Assisted Young Woo & Associates in relation to its projected $100 million redevelopment of Pier 57, Manhattan.

Notable practitioners  

The "really, really excellent" Ross Moskowitz is "very knowledgeable and very practical" and an "excellent adviser." He counsels clients on issues arising during development projects, and is especially well known for his expertise in zoning and land use law.

Steven Moskowitz is an experienced real estate practitioner who maintains a broad practice, with clients including sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors. He acted for JP Morgan Investment Management in its $500 million acquisition of a 50-property portfolio in Texas.

Karen Scanna works with clients on real estate finance deals, as well as on acquisitions and development matters. She recently acted for Silverstein Properties in connection with the implementation of a development plan for the World Trade Center site.

Market sources identify Leonard Boxer as "the dean of the real estate industry in New York." He is cochair of the real estate practice at the firm.

William Campbell advised Turnberry Associates on its $1.2 billion refinancing of the Aventura Mall with funds from a group of lenders, including Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo. He has extensive real estate finance expertise.

Brian Diamond has expertise advising clients on a broad range of financings, acquisitions and dispositions. His clients include pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and institutional investors.

Significant clients AIG Global Real Estate, Oaktree Capital Management, Extell Development, The Related Companies, Bank of America.

What the team is known for Earns strong market endorsement for its prowess in representing clients on financings, issuances on capital markets, and acquisitions and dispositions. Notable strength advising private equity funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are there for me 24/7 with the best of talent in quantity when necessary."

"The team is expert in every area." 

Work highlights Advised Toys R Us on a $725 million lease-backed loan syndication concerning some 175 properties.

Represented Vornado Realty Trust in a $300 million CMBS loan and standalone securitization secured on a shopping mall in New Jersey. 

Notable practitioners  

"First-rate lawyer" Arthur Adler is respected by sources for his expertise on a broad range of real estate transactions. His recent work includes advising Vornado Realty Trust on a mortgage loan refinancing in the sum of $350 million secured on a ground leased interest in 909 Third Avenue. 

The "fabulous" Anthony Colletta is described as "very practical and very smart" by peers. He advised Broad Street Real Estate Credit Partners on a variety of mortgage and mezzanine loans with a total value in excess of $500 million.

Joseph Shenker is chairman of the firm. Clients say he is "an incredible lawyer" who is valued for his "great business acumen in the most difficult business situations."

Significant clients Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, AT&T, Cole Holdings Corporation, General Growth Properties. 

What the team is known for Recognized experience advising clients on a range of real estate finance and M&A transactions. Maintains a good reputation for its work on joint venture and funds work.

Work highlights Advised Verde Realty on its $1.1 billion purchase of distribution facility owner Industrial Developments International from Kajima. 

Represented Lehman Brothers Holdings in relation to a settlement concerning $400 million of defaulted loans for the Fontainebleau resort project in Las Vegas.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Bond is "fantastic," "impressive" and "knowledgeable," market sources say. He co-heads the firm's real estate practice. 

Philip Rosen is well known for his expertise on real estate debt matters. Clients praise the high quality of his advice on complex transactions.

Significant clients Brookfield Asset Management, Fortress Investment Group, AIG, Jumeirah Hospitality, GE Capital, Tishman Speyer.

What the team is known for Handles acquisitions, financings and securities issuances for domestic and foreign clients. Particularly active on transactions relating to casinos, hotels and shopping centers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They make the complex simple and find solutions." 

"The team is very comprehensive, forward-thinking, always knowledgeable and works with business acumen."

Work highlights Advised Paramount Group in preferred equity investments totaling $60 million in 2 Herald Square and in 470 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn.

Represented DiamondRock Hospitality in its disposition of the Oak Brook Hills Resort, Illinois, and the Torrance Marriott South Bay Hotel, California, for a total of $100 million. 

Assisted The Men's Wearhouse with real estate issues arising from its $1.8 billion acquisition of Jos. A. Bank. 

Notable practitioners  

Department cochair Eugene Pinover "understands the issues quickly" and "provided a great service," says a client. His practice includes handling acquisitions, dispositions and finance transactions for both foreign and domestic real estate companies and institutional clients.

The "terrific" David Drewes is "oriented toward getting the deal done," sources say approvingly. He advises funds, developers and investors on various matters including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, financings and development projects.

Significant clients Lehman Brothers Holdings, Sunrise Senior Living, Colony Capital, Centerbridge Partners, Ventas.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Adam Leitman Bailey of Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. has an excellent reputation for his expertise in real estate litigation. One client says: "I'm extremely satisfied with the results."

The "exceptional" Martin Luskin of Blank Rome LLP is a "creative problem-solver who gets deals done," clients say. He represented George Comfort & Sons, DRA Advisors and RCG Longview in the sale of approximately half of their interest in Worldwide Plaza.

Brian Lichter of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP maintains a varied real estate practice, including commercial property acquisitions and dispositions, financings and joint ventures. His clients include owners, developers, financial institutions and REITs.

The "excellent" Michael Rishty of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP "is tuned in to what the company wants to achieve, and to our business goals," according to clients. His transactional practice sees him regularly advise on matters such as financing, joint ventures and development of commercial properties.

Jesse Masyr of Fox Rothschild LLP "knows the zoning code backwards and forwards," sources report. He advised The Related Companies on land use issues relating to its Willits Point redevelopment project in Queens.

Howard Goldman of GoldmanHarris LLC is praised by market sources for his skill on a broad range of zoning and land use matters.

Robert Bressman of Goulston & Storrs is commended by sources for his reasonable approach and the high quality of his advice. He focuses his practice on real estate finance and leasing matters, and is also active advising clients on development issues.

The "insightful, creative and thorough" Kenneth Lowenstein of Holland & Knight LLP "has a rare gift for summarizing zoning laws in language easily understandable by non-practitioners," clients say. He advised Extell Development on approval matters for the construction of four buildings.

Stuart Saft of Holland & Knight LLP "is incredible at having great ideas to get deals done," sources say. He is respected for his expertise on condominiums.

The "very capable" Carl Schwartz of Hunton & Williams LLP " is very business-oriented, understands client aims very well and is good at seeking solutions to issues," clients report.  He represented Sumaida + Khurana in its $21 million acquisition of 152 Elizabeth Street with plans to develop a luxury condominium development. 

The "amazing" Steven Koppel of Jones Day is highly regarded for his expertise on all areas of real estate finance and private equity. He advised H.I.G. Capital on its joint venture with O'Connor Capital for the financing and acquisition of The Wellington,  a residential building on Manhattan's Upper East Side. 

A market source says Joshua Stein of Joshua Stein PLLC "understands the business side of real estate, the economic realities of it," and "is very good at suggesting business solutions to legal impasses," clients say. His broad practice includes commercial real estate acquisitions, leases and financing.

Wallace Schwartz of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP is "a pleasure to deal with" and "a high-quality lawyer," sources say. He represented The Witkoff Group on its acquisition of Helmsley Park Lane Hotel for $660 million.

Jennifer Morgan is "commercially minded," "effective in dealing with the other side" and "gives good advice about what can and cannot be achieved," clients say. She recently moved to King & Spalding LLP from Kirkland & Ellis, where her work included serving as outside counsel to Brookfield Asset Management during its fundraising for Brookfield Timberlands Fund V.

Raymond Sanseverino of Loeb & Loeb LLP is an acknowledged expert on leasing transactions. His "accessibility is absolutely fantastic" and "he makes me feel my matter is the most important thing he is doing," clients say.

The "excellent" Kenneth Sold of Loeb & Loeb LLP has notable expertise in handling commercial leasing transactions, as well as sales and purchases. He is praised by sources for his "uncanny ability to manage a significant workload and provide first-rate quality and efficiency."

Keith Pattiz of McDermott Will & Emery LLP recently advised Chelsea Hotels on its acquisition and redevelopment of a number of hotels. He is well known for his expertise in hotel matters, in addition to his experience in general commercial acquisitions and dispositions, leases and financings.  

The "terrific" Jeffrey Moerdler of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC is "very efficient," "has an encyclopedic memory" and provides "sage counsel." Recent highlights include representing the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty on the financing, acquisition and pre-development phases of a 15-acre site in Staten Island.

Samuel Ross of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP "is totally accessible and realistic; a deal-maker." He advised BRK Garage Co. in its ground lease of a garage building at 430 West 15th Street to Atlas Capital Group and Rockpoint Group for the development of an office building. 

David Djaha heads Ropes & Gray LLP's global real estate investments and transactions group. Clients say he is "attentive and responsive" and has "a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience."

Stuart Beckerman of Slater & Beckerman, P.C. is a respected expert on New York City zoning and land use expert issues. His areas of expertise include rezoning issues.

Robin Panovka of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is co-head of the real estate and REIT M&A practices at the firm. His work includes cross-border transactions, especially those concerning emerging markets.

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