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


What the team is known for Expertise in advising a range of clients on finance, foreclosure and distressed debt, and cross-border matters. Experienced advisers to clients on transactions in the hotel industry. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They can cut to the heart of the matter and help the business people focus on what really matters and get to a deal. It's that commercial aspect that sets them apart."

"They are the type of lawyers you want on your side for big, complicated deals."

Work highlights Represented major developer China Vanke in a joint venture with Tishman Speyer on a $620 million transaction to acquire land in San Francisco and develop a luxury residential condominium project.

Advised NorthStar Realty Finance on a series of transactions including a $73 million mortgage loan secured on a shopping center at Buena Park, California to an affiliate of Coventry Real Estate Advisors.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Kevin O'Shea has "a great ability to bridge the gap between lawyers and businesspeople," say clients. He recently advised Bank of China on financing for The Plaza Hotel and The Dream Downtown Hotel worth in excess of $460 million.

Erwin Dweck is "incredibly hard-working" and "looks at things from an investment perspective, not just a legal perspective," according to clients. He advised SL Green Realty on financing for the acquisition of the Sony Building at 550 Madison Avenue.

Associate Yaakov Sheinfeld is praised by market commentators for his "keen understanding" and strong work product. He was part of a team advising Bank of Scotland on the marketing and sale of loans secured by US real estate.

Significant clients AllianceBernstein, Dune Real Estate Partners, Fortress Investment, Normandy Real Estate, PIMCO.

What the team is known for Well regarded for its advice on the full spectrum of real estate transactions and related work, with particular expertise in PPP and tax-exempt bond financing. Clients include developers, tenants, contractors and investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are highly professional and smart."

Work highlights Represented Acadia Realty Trust on the development of a 1.5 million sq ft mixed-use project in Brooklyn.

Represented Fannie Mae on the restructuring of $7 billion of financing related to the sale of Archstone to Equity Residential.  

Notable practitioners  

David Dubrow is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Diesel USA, George Washington Bridge Bus Station Development Venture, PepsiCo, HCC Indemnity Guaranty Agency.

What the team is known for Advises clients on a comprehensive range of real estate matters related to ownership, development and financing. Additional expertise in zoning and land use issues on behalf of a series of development companies and public entities.

Work highlights Represented Och-Ziff Real Estate in numerous transactions including the sale of 17 Marriott hotels in the Midwest and the acquisition of five golf courses.

Advised major REIT AIMCO on the acquisitions and disposals of multifamily residential apartment complexes across the USA.

Notable practitioners  

Judith Gallent is a key contact.

Significant clients Dune Real Estate Partners, NorthStar Realty Finance, Arbor Realty Trust, TF Cornerstone, Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its advice to clients on a range of real estate finance matters. Handles complex transactions on behalf of major banking clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It is an excellent finance practice."  

"A very good lending shop." 

Notable practitioners  

William McInerney receives strong market endorsement for his expertise in advising clients on a range of real estate finance transactions. He cochairs the firm's corporate finance practice.

The "fantastic" Fredric Altschuler is involved in the representation of institutional lenders, investment banks and other market participants on an array of real estate transactions. "He is a great financing lawyer," say sources.

Christopher White represents clients on debt and equity transactions related to commercial real estate. He is chairman of the firm and cochair of the corporate department.

What the team is known for Outstanding reputation for its expertise in advising clients on the full range of commercial real estate finance transactions. Particularly highly recommended for its expertise on finance matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are task-focused, businesslike and responsive to clients."

Work highlights Advised Goldman Sachs in relation to a $500 million mortgage loan to Macerich for the financing of the Kings Plaza Shopping Center in Brooklyn.

Acted for American Tower on simultaneous loan origination and securitizations of mortgages on interests in over 5,000 cell phone tower sites with a value of $1.8 billion.  

Notable practitioners  

Steven Horowitz is highly commended by sources for his technical skills in real estate finance and has recently advised on several notable high-value transactions.

Michael Weinberger is "supremely talented" and "will get difficult deals done," market sources say. He represented Goldman Sachs on loans to subsidiaries of General Growth Properties, including a loan secured by Ala Moana Center worth $1.4 billion.

According to commentators, Steven Wilner is "very attentive," "understands the business and economics of transactions," and is "good to have on your side." He advised YOTEL and IFA Hotels & Resorts on the refinancing of the YOTEL hotel in New York City.

Kimberly Blacklow advised H/2 Capital on the restructuring of its securitized loan portfolios. She represents both lenders and borrowers.

Significant clients Meraas Capital, Banco Inbursa, Empire Resorts, Kindred Healthcare, Montparnasse 56.

What the team is known for Representing corporations on branch and headquarters leasing matters, including companies in the retail and banking sectors, among others. Frequently handles leasing matters for owners of complexes and office buildings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A firm that goes the extra mile. Excellent service always."  

Work highlights Advised Simpson Thacher & Bartlett on a lease renewal and restructuring at its 425 Lexington Avenue offices.

Represented the landlord, Tishman Speyer Properties, on the renewal, expansion and restructuring of 520 Madison Avenue related to the offices of investment bank Jefferies & Company.

Notable practitioners  

Gerald Uram is commended by clients for being "a straight shooter to both sides of the transaction." He focuses on advising corporations on leasing matters.

Significant clients SL Green Realty, Monday Properties, Bank of America, Polo Ralph Lauren, WPP Group.

What the team is known for Respected option for joint venture investments, workouts and restructurings, and real estate financings. Clients include hedge funds, corporations and private equity funds all over the country.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Debevoise provides excellent legal service. Their documentation is of the highest quality and they bring a strong business judgment to bear on the issues."

"A very good law firm and the quality of work is high." 

Work highlights Represented J.P. Morgan Investment Management on its high-value acquisition of 425 Lexington Avenue.

Advised Oaktree Capital Management on a joint venture with Kushner for the acquisition and financing of the Northern Liberties mixed-use development in Philadelphia.

 Notable practitioners  

Peter Irwin is "very practical, very commercial and technically excellent," say sources. He recently advised J.P. Morgan Investment Management on an office building purchase at 125 West 55th Street.

"Fine lawyer" Nicole Levin Mesard recently represented Westfield Group in the sale of seven of its shopping centers to a Starwood-led consortium for over $1 billion.

Significant clients AXA Real Estate, Beacon Capital, Mitsui, Rockefeller Group International, Talcott Realty.

What the team is known for Earns strong market endorsement for its representation of clients on a range of finance transactions including loan origination, mezzanine and syndicated lending. Also offers fund formation and investment expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their national footprint is extraordinary and the service is good value for money."  

Work highlights Represented Commonwealth Annuity & Life Insurance in the acquisition of subordinated debt arising from the $775 million financing of Blackstone's acquisition of 61 hotels.

Advised Pacific Life Insurance on a $246 million construction loan to finance housing projects on six Air Force bases.

Notable practitioners  

Laura Ciabarra advises clients on subordinate lending matters. She recently advised H/2 Capital on the restructuring and sale of subordinate financing relating to the Kona Coast Four Seasons Hotel in Hawaii. 

Richard Jones represented Berkadia on a joint venture to form a new lending unit with AllianceBernstein. He has a particular focus on mortgage finance and capital markets matters.

Significant clients A10 Capital, Blackrock, Credit Suisse, UBS, Standard & Poor's.

What the team is known for Recognized for the nationwide footprint of its New York team on the full spectrum of real estate transactions. Offers expertise in the full range of corporate and finance matters as well as leasing issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Excellent - the team I worked with was very responsive."  

What's new? Joseph Forte joined in January 2013 from Alston & Bird, bringing significant expertise in real estate finance.

Work highlights Represented L'Oréal on negotiating a $900 million lease for its new North American headquarters to be located at South Tower in Hudson Yards.

Advised Dutch developer Kroonenberg Groep on the $100 million conversion of 404 Park Avenue South in Manhattan into a luxury condominium project.

Notable practitioners  

Joseph Philip Forte is a highly experienced and respected real estate finance specialist. He has notable expertise on the structuring, origination and workout of commercial mortgage loans.

Martin Polevoy is "very practical and knowledgeable," according to clients. He recently advised China Construction America on the acquisition of an office building for $71 million in Morristown, New Jersey.

Andrew Levy advises clients on a wide range of real estate transactions. His areas of expertise include handling significant deals in the hospitality sector.

Significant clients Blackstone Real Estate, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors, MassMutual, Ladder Capital Finance, Bank of China.

What the team is known for Maintains its position as a favored choice of developers to advise on an array of complex and substantial transactions. Advises clients such as financial institutions and funds on finance matters including sale and leaseback transactions, first mortgage loans and credit facilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 "They were incredibly attentive and responsive and they were also extremely helpful and added value."

"Jon Mechanic and his entire team are spectacular."  

Work highlights Represented Coach on the construction and development of a Hudson Yards condominium unit.

Acted for Legends Hospitality in relation to a lease agreement with the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the operation of One World Trade Center’s observation deck.

Advised Cantor Commercial Real Estate on the acquisition and the development financing of Beekman Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Mechanic is "incredibly smart and knowledgeable," and is known to have "tremendous reach in the New York business community," sources report. He recently advised Legends Hospitality on its 15-year lease agreement for One World Trade Center's observation deck.

Land use and zoning expert Stephen Lefkowitz represented The Related Companies in relation to a significant project in Hudson Yards. Sources say he is "highly skilled" and "one of the deans of the bar." 

Joshua Mermelstein is "hugely proactive and creative," and has "an incredible ability to communicate," say commentators. He advised Brookfield Office Properties on the renovation of retail and public space at the World Financial Center.

Robert Sorin is a "terrific negotiator" who is further commended by clients for his highly intelligent approach to transactions. He represented Boston Properties on the sale of New York City's 125 West 55th Street for $470 million.

Melanie Meyers is "very knowledgeable and a tough advocate for her clients," market sources say. She advised Park Tower on the land use matters relating to the development of Greenpoint Landing in Brooklyn.

Ross Silver represented Lehman Brothers on the sale of 816 Congress Avenue and 701 Brazos Street both in Austin, Texas and 237 Park Avenue in New York City. His areas of expertise include financings and leasings, sales and acquisitions and debt restructurings.

Significant clients SL Green Realty, Tishman Speyer, UBS, The Children's Investment Fund Management, The Royal Bank of Canada.

What the team is known for Represents banking institutions and private equity firms on high-value and complex transactions. Offers clients the experience of having handled a series of high-profile deals involving developments across New York.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality of advice and work is outstanding."

"A great, deep bench of incredibly thoughtful and creative lawyers."

What's new? Steven Klein has recently joined the team from Willkie Farr & Gallagher.

Work highlights Represented Tishman Speyer on the acquisition of an Australian REIT for $1.5 billion.

Advised KKR on a joint venture with Hines to purchase 1,000 acres of land for a $900 million business park development.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Lance "boils the issues down to things I can understand," says an impressed client. He represented Rockpoint in the sale and financing of the Alex and Flatotel hotels in New York City.

Eric Feuerstein advised RXR Realty on a lease purchase for 75 Rockefeller Plaza worth $470 million. He is acclaimed by clients for both his legal skills and his understanding of the business aspects of transactions.

Andrew Dady is praised by clients for his ability to "come up with practical solutions." He represented Blackstone in the acquisition of a portfolio of US commercial property loans from Eurohypo for $225 million.

David Furman is "meticulous and thoughtful in his review of all matters," and "understands the business practicalities of concluding deals," clients say. He advised Investcorp International Realty on the formation of a new real estate credit fund.

Steven Klein recently joined the firm from Willkie Farr & Gallagher and is "highly practical and responsive," according to clients. Market sources also praise the high quality of his practice.

Harry Silvera recently joined the firm from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. He is "fabulously smart and effective" and "extremely thoughtful and practical," enthusiastic clients say. While at his prior firm he advised RXR Realty on its acquisition of 450 Lexington Avenue from Istithmar World.

Significant clients Related Companies, Goldman Sachs, Marriott International, Och-Ziff, Junius Real Estate.  

What the team is known for Growing presence in the New York market for its expertise advising clients on the formation of joint ventures, raising and deploying capital, and structuring debt. Clients include real estate investment managers, developers and REITs.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service is very high-quality, very responsive and intelligent, and they have a good sense of business knowledge."

"The lawyers are dedicated, hard-working and capable." 

Work highlights Advised Brookfield Office Properties affiliates on the structuring and formation of a fund to acquire MPG Office Trust for $550 million.

Represented Savanna Capital Partners in the sale of office buildings at 386 Park Avenue South and 104 West 40th for $111.5 million and $103 million, respectively.

Notable practitioners  

"Terrific lawyer" Christopher Price is chair of the firm's real estate finance practice and its New York real estate capital markets practice. He advised Five Mile Capital Partners and its joint venture partner in the securing of a $200 million construction loan from Helaba and New York Life.  

Significant clients Acadia Realty Trust, Citi, Brookfield Asset Management, The Seavest Group, Wells Fargo.

What the team is known for Maintains a formidable reputation for its representation of clients on all areas of real estate law. Key areas of expertise include disposals and acquisitions, commercial leasing and workout matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service was excellent. They were always available and consistently provided us with the information we needed."

"Greenberg Traurig makes us feel as if we are its most important client."

Work highlights Represented Chetrit in the $1.1 billion purchase of the Sony Building including $925 million of financing provided by an SL Green Realty-led lending group.

Advised The Related Companies on the sale of Manhattan apartment building The Monterey to Rubin Schron for more than $250 million.

Notable practitioners  

The "excellent" Robert Ivanhoe is held in high regard by market commentators. He led the firm's representation of Chetrit in its purchase of the Sony Building in a transaction worth in excess of $1 billion.

Stephen Rabinowitz has recently been involved in significant sales of office properties and bank branches. According to clients, "he is one of the best transactional lawyers in New York City."  

Gary Kleinman "understands the nuances of each deal" and is "very thorough and attentive," according to clients. His recent highlights include representing SL Green Realty in relation to the purchase of 619 West 54th Street by Taconic Investment Partners for $110 million.

Peter Miller advises owners and developers on an array of transactions. He maintains a healthy reputation for his representation of private equity funds.

Jay Segal is "thoroughly professional, clear-headed and concise," satisfied clients say. He is an experienced and well-regarded land use expert.

Significant clients Starwood Capital, Stellar Management, Square Mile Capital.

What the team is known for Advises substantial institutional lenders on a range of real estate financing transactions including mezzanine loans, construction loans, refinancings and permanent financings. Particular experience in assisting opportunistic funds with acquiring distressed debt as a means of acquiring real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very much solution-oriented and work in a diplomatic and cooperative manner with the opposing side while still achieving superior results for the clients."

"They know our hot-button issues and what matters to us."

Work highlights Represented Natixis Real Estate Capital on acquisition, building and project loans related to West 25th Street, Manhattan.

Notable practitioners  

Stuart Mass is praised for his "smart, thorough and responsive" approach. He is well known for his expertise on commercial real estate leasing matters.

Steven Koch has a client list which includes private developers, substantial financial institutions and venture funds. Clients find him to be "very reasonable and knowledgeable of the market."

Aaron Beim is praised by sources for his practical and business-minded approach to negotiations. He recently advised Natixis Real Estate Capital on the closed origination of a floating-rate mortgage loan worth $250 million secured by the Lord & Taylor store on Fifth Avenue.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Prudential Real Estate Investors, The Related Companies, Terra Capital Partners, Rockwood Capital.

What the team is known for Established New York practice regarded for its expertise on the full range of real estate transactions. Prominent zoning and land use team known to offer clients the benefit of its useful governmental connections.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are a one-stop shop for us. We call them and they take care of it."

Work highlights Represented the Republic of Turkey on the development of a new, expanded consulate at 46th Street and 1st Avenue.

Advised Toll Brothers on a joint venture with Starwood Capital to develop a building with a 170-room hotel and a 150-unit residential condominium at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Notable practitioners  

Mitchell Korbey recently advised Steiner NYC on the land use and zoning issues of the development of a site in Brooklyn into a 52-story residential tower.

Significant clients Community Preservation, JPMorgan Chase, Mall Properties, Rechler Equity Partners, Wells Fargo.

What the team is known for Represents both US and overseas financial institutions and investors on a diverse array of matters. Key areas of expertise include loan originations, complex financings and acquisitions, and workouts and restructurings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have good leadership, strong market knowledge, and a deep bench both at the partner and associate levels."

"Kaye Scholer is service-oriented. The attorneys are extremely hard-working and will work long hours over nights, weekends and holidays to meet deadlines."

Work highlights Represented Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board on the $250 million mezzanine loan financing of a six-hotel portfolio in Hawaii and San Francisco.

Advised Jefferies LoanCore on $74 million of mortgage and mezzanine financing for Christown Spectrum Mall in Phoenix, Arizona.

Notable practitioners  

Warren Bernstein is "savvy and knowledgeable about the real estate market," and "understands the business and legal issues," say clients. He recently advised New York Life as agent for a syndicate of lenders on a loan transaction secured by 31 Southern California office properties.

Commentators praise Stephen Gliatta for being "very focused on trying to find solutions." He is a frequent choice for institutional lenders to represent them on the origination and securitization of first mortgage debt and mezzanine loans.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Prime Finance, RBS, Wells Fargo, Jefferies LoanCore, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

What the team is known for Represents private equity fund sponsors on fund-raising, structuring, deployment of capital and disposition. Offers expertise in debt restructuring and workouts, and equity recapitalization expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  
"It is a good-quality service and we are happy with the product. They are extremely knowledgeable and service-oriented."

"They have very broad experience which provides us with insights beyond just knowledge of the law."

Work highlights Represented Dune Real Estate Partners in the recapitalization and construction financing of 56 Leonard Street, including a $350 million construction loan and $120 million in mezzanine financing.

Advised GID Investment Advisers on its acquisition of two luxury rental properties in Riverside South Park.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Schechter is "very capable, smart, resourceful and hard-working," say clients. He recently advised Lubert-Adler Partners on a joint venture with L&L Holding to acquire a leasehold interest in 114 Fifth Avenue.

Scott Berger represented Starwood Capital on raising Starwood Distressed Opportunity Fund IX, a $4.2 billion fund. Market sources praise his expertise on private equity-related real estate transactions.

Jennifer Morgan is "very practical, business-minded" and "very good at navigating through tense or complicated situations," according to her clients. She advised Pantzer Properties on the formation of a co-investment vehicle to acquire The Georgian, a high-rise apartment complex in Maryland.

Significant clients Brookfield Asset Management, Kerzner International, The Lionstone Group, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Teays River Investments.

What the team is known for Offers expertise on a range of real estate transactions including leasing of retail, industrial and office properties, and structured finance sale and leasebacks. Also maintains a healthy reputation for zoning and land use work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I am very impressed and pleased with their work."

"They have some very good lawyers." 

Work highlights Represented a joint venture of Toll Brothers and Starwood Capital on the negotiation of a ground lease to develop a new hotel and residential complex.

Advised CIM in a number of transactions including the purchase with Kushner of 200 Lafayette Street, and its purchase of retail unit 225 Fifth Avenue.

Notable practitioners  

Jay Neveloff is praised by clients for his ability to "eliminate problems." He is a frequent choice to advise developers of commercial, residential and retail projects.

James Godman is "very commercial, very user-friendly, and has a lot of local New York knowledge," say commentators. His clients include developers, lenders and borrowers.

Land use expert Paul Selver has "fantastic knowledge" and is "smart, thoughtful and a good advocate," according to interviewees. He recently advised Brookfield Properties on land use matters related to construction, renovation and repositioning at the World Financial Center.  

Significant clients The Related Companies, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, Peebles, Archdiocese of New York.  

What the team is known for Strong profile in the representation of institutional lenders, sovereign wealth funds, investors and global companies on various loans, hybrid financing structures and distressed debt transactions. Notable expertise in the hospitality, gaming and leisure, office and retail areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are highly entrepreneurial and really smart in dealing with out-of-the-box legal issues." 

"They are enormously technically knowledgeable and very responsive."

Work highlights Represented GE Capital on the $400 million restructuring of four separate loans secured by a portfolio of family homes.

Represented Yahoo! on an office space lease in Midtown Manhattan worth $140 million.

Notable practitioners  

"Terrific negotiator" James Hisiger has an "excellent mastery of the law," and is "very creative in finding practical solutions," according to interviewees. He recently represented BJ's Wholesale Club on the sale and leaseback of 15 retail warehouse premises with an approximate value of $400 million.

Michelle Kelban is acclaimed by clients for "understanding the give and take dynamics of a deal." She advised Citigroup Global Realty Markets on a $54 million loan-on-loan transaction secured by a four-hotel portfolio loan.

Significant clients AIG Global Real Estate, Barclays, The Carlyle Group, Hyatt Hotels, TimeWarner.

What the team is known for Offers expertise on distressed real estate transactions and new financing deals. Held in healthy regard for its expertise in handling portfolio acquisitions and sales. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very creative and it is easy for us to document deals with them because the first drafts are so good. They are very user-friendly and we trust them."

Notable practitioners  

Mark Edelstein "knows what is going on in the market," and "is very well connected and creative," clients say. He chairs the firm's real estate finance and distressed real estate groups.

What the team is known for Strong commercial leasing practice representing clients on high-profile and substantial transactions. Expertise includes representing law firms as well as acting for a series of significant landlords and tenants.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are extremely well versed in commercial real estate."

"They bring a business sense to the process."  

Work highlights Co-represented WTC Tower 1 LLC on two leases at One World Trade Center with values of approximately $500 million and $300 million.

Represented an affiliate of Western Heritable on the lease of five floors of 589 Fifth Avenue to H & M Hennes and on a first mortgage financing of $175 million with JPMorgan Chase.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Safron is "extremely knowledgeable and very easy to work with," according to market commentators. He counts major real estate player The Benenson Family among his clients.

Andrew Herz is respected by clients for his deep experience in transactions. He recently advised Grace Church School on revising and restating a lease for a new school building.

Significant clients The Durst Organization, Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Morrison & Foerster, Dow Jones & Company, Mount Sinai Medical Center.

What the team is known for Respected for its adept handling of the purchase, development and sale of real estate. Offers expertise in the full range of lease and sale-leaseback matters on behalf of various clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality and depth of the team has been very positive from our perspective."

"A fantastic firm with very smart lawyers." 

Work highlights Represented Fisher Brothers in the $87.5 million purchase of 22 Thames Street, and advised on joint venture and purchase agreements for the $223 million acquisition of 101 Murray Street.

Advised Brack Capital Real Estate on several matters related to The James Hotel in Manhattan, including its disposition.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Wertheimer is an "excellent lawyer" who is held in high regard by sources for his "terrific transactional experience." His highlights include advising Midwood Investment & Development on a joint venture project to develop a $30 million residential apartment building in Brooklyn.

Peter Olsen counts a number of financial institutions, private equity funds, developers and real estate owners among his clients. He represented L&L Holding on the ground lease and redevelopment of 114 Fifth Avenue.

Eric Landau advised Xin Yuan International on the acquisition of a Brooklyn development site. He advises clients on an array of real estate transactions.

Martin Edelman is "a force of nature" who "quietly brokers some of the top real estate deals in New York," according to impressed commentators. He remains highly respected for advice on cross-border transactions.

Significant clients Investcorp International, New World Realty Advisors, Nobu Hospitality, The Treeline Companies, Talisker.

What the team is known for Expertise on a wide range of transactions including sales and acquisitions, financings, workouts and joint ventures. Advises a diverse array of clients including government entities, entrepreneurs, lenders and developers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"If I need something by tomorrow morning they will get it done in a highly competent way."

"They are very good and very smart people who are very good at keeping people on the straight and narrow."

Work highlights Represented Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and City University of New York on plans to build medical and science facilities on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Advised the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the sale and lease to a joint venture of airspace over Hudson Yards. 

Represented National Bulk Carriers on the sale of stock of a private REIT.

Notable practitioners  

Steven Simkin is "not just a lawyer but a business partner with really strong negotiation skills," say clients. He recently advised SL Green Realty on the sale of its interest in 292 Madison Avenue.  

Meredith Kane is a "fantastic lawyer," who is "immensely valuable when we enter negotiations," market sources report. Her highlights include advising the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on the lease and sale of the airspace over Hudson yards.

Harris Freidus advised Sahara India Pariwar on the acquisitions of Plaza Hotel and Dream Downtown Hotel. Clients praise his "very meticulous and thoughtful" approach.

Peter Fisch represented CIM on the development of 432 Park Avenue into a residential tower with ground floor retail space. Clients note him to be "a go-to guy for high-value or complex real estate matters."

Significant clients Douglaston Development, Oaktree Capital Management Funds, Las Vegas Sands, Lightstone.

What the team is known for Advises clients on a diverse array of real estate transactions including acquisitions and disposals, fund formation, financings and development matters. Additional expertise in leasing and taxation issues on behalf of clients including REITs, investment banks and real estate funds. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service is very good. They are very responsive and very knowledgeable about the industry."

"They are obviously highly competent and responsive." 

Work highlights Advised American Realty Capital Trust on its stock for stock merger into Realty Income, worth approximately $3 billion.

Acted for New York REIT Vornado Realty Trust in relation to a leasing and redevelopment agreement for the New York Marriott Marquis hotel's retail area.

Represented Accor in the sale of its United States Economy Hotels Division to a Blackstone affiliate for $1.9 billion.

Notable practitioners  

The "thorough and conscientious" Steven Lichtenfeld "knows the market well and is very responsive," according to clients. He was recently involved in the firm's representation of American Realty Capital Properties in its $2.2 billion merger with CapLease.

Practice cochair Ronald Sernau earns praise from sources for his "business-focused mind" and "great practical judgment." Clients describe him as a "very technically astute" real estate leasing practitioner.

"Great lawyer" David Weinberger is a frequent choice to advise institutional clients, private equity funds and hedge funds on the origination of mortgage and mezzanine loans.

Peter Fass advised American Realty Capital Properties and American Realty Properties Trust III on their merger in a transaction valued at $2.95 billion. He is well known and highly respected for his representation of REITs on a variety of transactions.

Significant clients AIG Global Investment, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CBRE, Hines Interests, Fortress Investment.

What the team is known for Acts for financial institutions, private equity funds and joint ventures on a multitude of complex real estate deals. Known for its ability to structure sophisticated financing transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are innovative, creative and commercial."

"They are very sensitive to my business needs and give good advice on structuring."

Work highlights Represented the joint venture between The Related Companies and Oxford Properties on approximately $1.4 billion in construction financing and equity investment for the Hudson Yards' first building project.

Advised affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management and Chatham Lodging Trust's joint venture on the $1.02 billion Chapter 11 acquisition of 64 hotel properties from Innkeepers USA Trust.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Lenobel recently represented Kyo-ya Company and its subsidiary Kyo-ya Hotels & Resorts in the $1.85 billion refinancing of new first-mortgage and mezzanine loans. Clients appreciate that he is "very smart and gets straight to the point."

The "solution-oriented" Julian Wise is praised by sources for his creative and practical approach to transactions. His recent highlights include advising Albertson's on a $2 billion credit facility secured on the company's stores in 15 states.

Significant clients Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, GE Asset Management, UBS Realty Investors, The Museum of Modern Art, The Praedium Group.

What the team is known for Recognized for its expertise in corporate credit facilities, lending and structured finance matters. Handles multiproperty transactions, often in multiple jurisdictions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We have received excellent service from Shearman. They respond promptly and are available 24/7." 

"They understand our business and what we are trying to accomplish." 

Work highlights Represented US Bank and RBC Capital Markets in arranging a term loan worth $1.5 billion to refinance mortgage debt on 16 General Growth Properties shopping malls.

Advised MetLife on a $130 million loan secured by the Fred French Building on Fifth Avenue.

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Chris Smith heads the team. He has recently been involved in significant property sale transactions on behalf of developer clients.

Malcolm Montgomery is "practical, personable" and "very familiar with where the market is," according to interviewees. He recently advised HSBC on a construction loan for the Brookfield Office Properties Manhattan West worth $340 million.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, LBBW, Shorenstein Properties, Banamex, Royal Bank of Canada.

What the team is known for Recommended for representing owners, developers, investors and lenders on a broad spectrum of transactions with a focus on complex finance matters. Advises clients on workouts, restructuring and other distressed deals. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They try to find creative solutions to problems and tend to be highly commercial."

"They are hyper-focused on trying to protect their client."

Notable practitioners  

The "terrific" Alan Weil is "very well respected in the real estate Bar," according to market commentators. He has recently been involved in loan transactions involving joint venture companies.

"True master negotiator" Richard Fries is a "superstar" who "keeps his eyes on the prize," market sources approvingly report. He represents an enviable list of institutional lenders on the origination of commercial real estate loans, distressed loans and workouts. Fries recently joined Sidley from Bingham McCutchen.

The "very dedicated" Scott Stern recently joined the firm from Bingham McCutchen LLP. Stern is appreciated by clients for being "responsive at any time of the day." While at his prior firm he was involved in advising M&T Bank on the $94 million acquisition finance loan for the purchase of the Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn.

What the team is known for Recognized for its outstanding skill in representing substantial and sophisticated private equity clients on a variety of real estate transactions. Particularly known for its expertise on complex real estate finance transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They demonstrate really good business judgment and understand what we care about."

"They have a highly enviable stable of fund clients."

Work highlights Represented Blackstone on the creation of Invitation Homes, worth over $2 billion, which has purchased more than 39,000 distressed family homes.  

Represented Carlyle Real Estate Fund on the $1.3 billion sale of 650 Madison Avenue.

Notable practitioners  

"Great lawyer" Gregory Ressa heads the team and is held in high regard for real estate finance work on behalf of major real estate funds. According to commentators, he is "always available, commercial and really creative."

The "smart and practical" Scott Kobak is praised by commentators for his "good judgment" in real estate transactions. He focuses on advising financial institutions on a range of domestic and international deals.

Sasan Mehrara is "very practical and user-friendly," market sources report. He has a good and growing reputation for his representation of private equity firms on substantial transactions.

Significant clients Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund, Northwood Investors, CarrAmerica Realty Operating Partnership.

What the team is known for Highly respected and recommended for its work representing clients on sale, purchase, development and investment matters related to both cross-border and domestic projects. Maintains a formidable reputation for its prowess in sophisticated finance transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are exceedingly competent, responsive, and most importantly they have very good judgment in terms of what is important and worth fighting for."

"The quality of service and expertise of the partners is excellent."

Work highlights Represented Queensland Investment on its $2 billion strategic investment in Forrest City Enterprises' portfolio of eight regional shopping malls.

Represented Emeritus in the $1.7 billion sale and leaseback of 133 senior housing communities to real estate development trust HCP.

Advised Deutsche Bank in relation to its role as lead arranger and administrative agent in the financing of Two and Four World Financial Center for $1 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Harvey Uris is "very smart and comes up with some unique and creative ideas," say clients. His recent highlights include advising SL Green Realty on a $900 million mortgage refinancing of 1515 Broadway.

Evan Levy is "extremely diligent" and "really understands the business side," according to clients. He represented new client Goodman on the formation of a logistics and industrial property development business and a real estate private equity fund. 

Neil Rock heads the New York real estate team. He recently represented Genesis HealthCare on its simultaneous acquisition of Sun Healthcare and disposition of SolAmor.

David Nagler is a "terrific real estate lawyer" who is "highly effective" in handling transactional real estate. He advised Deutsche Bank on the $1 billion financing of Two and Four World Financial Center.

Benjamin Needell "has a vast knowledge of the law and terrific business sense," impressed clients report. He represented Sony in the $1.1 billion sale of its former 550 Madison Avenue headquarters.

Significant clients Sungate Properties, Silverstein Properties, Colony Capital, Sentinel Data Centers, TPG Capital.

What the team is known for Recommended for its representation of clients on matters such as development projects, leasing and joint ventures. Receives particular praise from sources for its expertise on complex financing transactions.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were excellent on our transactions." 

"They were available for all of our calls." 

Work highlights Represented a co-mingled pension trust fund advised by J.P. Morgan Investment Management  on a joint venture with Carr Properties for rental property investment in Washington, DC.

Advised 163 Washington Avenue, LLC on the sale and recapitalization of 163 Washington Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Notable practitioners  

William Campbell is a frequent choice to advise clients on a range of commercial real estate transactions. His clients include a number of national banks, securitization lenders and pension funds.

Brian Diamond advised J.P. Morgan Investment Management on the formation of a bespoke mezzanine loan product. He co-chairs the firm's real estate practice.

Steven Moskowitz is "highly pragmatic," and "really understands what is important," clients approvingly report. He advised Cedar Realty Trust on the termination of a joint venture with RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.

Karen Scanna is highly regarded for her expertise on development, acquisition and financing matters. She recently advised 393 West End Avenue Holdings, a joint venture which includes affiliates of A&E Real Estate and Alliance Bernstein, on the sale of 393 West End Avenue, NYC.

Leonard Boxer maintains an excellent reputation for his expertise on the full array of residential and commercial real estate transactions.

Ross F Moskowitz is "highly intelligent" and "highly skilled in recognizing development opportunities," market sources say. He recently advised Pace University on the acquisition of a long term ground lease in a new dormitory to be constructed at 33 Beekman Street.

Significant clients AIG Global Real Estate, Bank of America, C-III Capital Partners, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, KeyBank.

What the team is known for High-quality advice to real estate fund clients on a range of sophisticated and substantial transactions. Offers expertise in significant deals on a local, national and international level.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are always at the top in terms of their level of knowledge. They are very collaborative and very responsive."

"There is a very high level of quality and very consistent service."

Work highlights Represented Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds in the mortgage and mezzanine refinancing of its portfolio companies for $1.335 billion.

Advised Outback Steakhouse/Bain Capital on a $600 million mortgage and mezzanine loan borrowing and securitization in 35 states.

Notable practitioners  

Arthur Adler is praised by commentators for his ability to "think two steps ahead." His highlights include representing Vornado Realty Trust in the mortgage loan refinancing of Manhattan Mall for $325 million.

Anthony Colletta is "very effective at getting issues resolved in a way which makes the deal move forward," say clients. He advised Goldman Sachs in partnership with Greystar and institutional investors on the $1.5 billion purchase of 27 multifamily homes.  

Joseph Shenker is "very strategic, smart," and "a problem solver who gives really good advice," according to clients. He advised Vornado Realty Trust and Alexander’s on the $1.5 billion sale to Macerich of the Kings Plaza Mall in Brooklyn and the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream.

Significant clients Istithmar World, U.S. Real Estate Opportunities Fund, Morgans Hotel Group, General Growth Properties, Mall Properties.

What the team is known for Experienced in handling substantial corporate real estate transactions. Offers representation of private investment fund sponsors on fund formation and raising matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their corporate real estate practice is highly sophisticated."

Work highlights Represented GE subsidiary 30RC Trust in the sale of the NBCUniversal property at 30 Rockefeller Center to NBCUniversal Media for $1.3 billion.

Advised American Realty Capital Properties in its unsolicited offer of $9.7 billion for the purchase of Cole Credit Property Trust III.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Bond has "great business sense and a very good way of handling transactions," say sources. He recently represented Lehman Brothers on the $16 billion sale of its stake in Archstone.

Philip Rosen maintains a healthy profile for his expertise on real estate debt matters. He represented Brookfield Asset Management in the acquisition of Verde Realty by Brookfield fund BSREP Industrial for $866 million.

Significant clients AIG, Jumeirah Hospitality, Centro Retail Trust, GE Capital, Tishman Speyer.

What the team is known for Recognized for advising clients on a diverse array of real estate securities issuances, acquisitions and financings. Expertise includes transactions related to shopping malls, hotels and casinos.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The service is great - highly responsive, always available at short notice and gets us good outcomes."

Work highlights Represented Sunrise Senior Living in its $3.2 billion merger with Health Care REIT.

Advised DiamondRock Hospitality on the purchase of a four-hotel portfolio for $495 million from affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners.

Acted on behalf of Paramount Group in relation to its sale of Candler Tower to Epic for $261 million. 

Notable practitioners 

The "very talented" Eugene Pinover is praised by clients for his calm demeanor and practical approach. He cochairs the department and counts a number of foreign and domestic real estate companies among his clients.

Significant clients Citi, NBCUniversal, Goldman Sachs, Centerbridge Partners, Colony Capital.

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Litigator Adam Leitman Bailey of Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. is highly praised by clients for his pragmatic and effective case preparation. He successfully represented Maiden Lane Properties in a case relating to liability for loss of electricity suffered by its tenant as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

Martin Luskin of Blank Rome LLP is "very congenial, smart," and "his advice is invaluable," impressed clients say. He recently represented DRA Advisors in the $382.4 million acquisition of an industrial portfolio owned by Weingarten Realty Investors.

Brian Lichter of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is "very responsive" and "gets right to the solution," say commentators. He advises developers, financial institutions and owners on a range of transactions.

Jesse Masyr of Fox Rothschild LLP is a "very effective land use lawyer." His expertise in the field spans residential, commercial and industrial real estate.

Howard Goldman of GoldmanHarris LLC is roundly praised for his expertise on a range of land use and zoning matters. Sources say he is "very good in front of public bodies."

Robert Bressman has moved to Goulston & Storrs from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. He is highly regarded for his representation of investment banks on a range of transactions. 

The "smart and capable" Kenneth Lowenstein of Holland & Knight LLP is a "superb zoning lawyer," market sources report. He advised The Dermot Company in relation to gaining approvals from the City of New York for the development of a 616-unit residential building.

Stuart Saft of Holland & Knight LLP represented the shareholders of Southbridge Tower, a Mitchell-Lama cooperative, in privatizing the complex. He is respected for his expertise in condominium development, affordable housing matters and transactions in the hospitality sector.

Carl Schwartz of Hunton & Williams LLP is commended by clients for his problem-solving abilities. He represented Downtown Holdings on a series of transactions related to 70 Pine Street, including a $300 million construction loan to transform the property to a rental apartment building.

Steven Koppel of Jones Day recently advised Goldman Sachs on an $83 million loan and equity investment for the redevelopment of a building at Brooklyn Navy Yard into an office and research and development facility. Clients say he is "very commercial and resourceful."

Sole practitioner Joshua Stein is recommended for his advice to clients on commercial real estate financing, leases, acquisitions and workouts. He also frequently works on hotel transactions.

"Excellent lawyer" Wallace Schwartz of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP represented New Valley and The Witkoff Group on the financing and acquisition of the Times Square Gateway Center at 701 Seventh Avenue. He advises clients on a wide array of real estate transactions.

Raymond Sanseverino heads the real estate practice at Loeb & Loeb LLP. He recently represented The Bank of New York Mellon on a recast and extension of its lease for 200 Park Avenue. Clients say: "He possesses a balance of timely market knowledge and historical market acumen."

Kenneth Sold of Loeb & Loeb LLP is an experienced real estate attorney. His recent highlights include advising Bank Leumi USA on a lease of office space at 579 Fifth Avenue.

Elias Eliopoulos of McDermott Will & Emery LLP acted for RFR Holding on a mortgage and mezzanine loan of more than $1 billion secured by 375 Park Avenue. He counts a number of investors, investment banks and developers among his clients.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP practice chair Keith Pattiz recently advised on a joint venture aimed at acquiring a hotel development site for $50 million. His areas of expertise include leasing, workouts and financings.

Jeffrey Moerdler of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC advises clients on a wide range of real estate transactions. Clients praise his "thoughtful and thorough" approach.

Samuel Ross of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP is "smart, precise and effective," say clients. He frequently handles sales and purchases of apartment, office, retail and hotel buildings.

David Djaha of Ropes & Gray LLP is commended by sources for his negotiation skills. He represented Blackstone Mortgage Trust on four separate repurchase facilities totaling more than $1.25 billion with Citibank, Bank of America, JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank.

The "very knowledgeable" Peter Korda of Seyfarth Shaw LLP focuses on representing lenders on finance transactions. Sources praise his expertise on complex matters involving conduit financing and securitizations.

Stuart Beckerman of Slater & Beckerman, P.C. is a prominent land use attorney. He enjoys a healthy and growing reputation in the market.

Robin Panovka of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz earns strong market endorsement for his expertise on M&A and real estate transactions. He is a frequent choice for REIT clients.

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