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Davis & Gilbert LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Extensive experience negotiating and renegotiating leases for retail and office space. Also adept at real estate transactional matters, including acquisitions, dispositions and financings.

Strengths One client reports: "I find that Davis & Gilbert will put service first. Everyone we have worked with has been amazing; the words 'responsive,' 'courteous' and 'diligent' come to mind in each instance."

One source enthuses: “They are extremely responsive, they always come through, and can handle a large volume of work,” adding: “They're very smooth on their billing and they work within our system.”

Work highlights Acted for Spotify USA in leasing 370,000 sq ft of office premises at 4 World Trade Center. The space was intended to serve as Spotify's US headquarters.

Advised Estiatorio Milos in leasing restaurant space within the Hudson Yards project. The client intends to use the premises to establish one of the project's two signature restaurants.

Notable practitioners

Gerald Uram has significant experience across an array of complex leasing transactions and is often sought out for his expertise by market-leading corporations and major landlords. Clients attest: "You sleep better knowing that he's working on your matters."

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DLA Piper LLP (US) - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for A strong choice for real estate transactions involving national and cross-border assets. Extensive experience advising real estate clients on a variety of matters, including joint venture negotiations, financings and investment opportunities.

Strengths Commentators say: "The firm takes a proactive, pragmatic approach, and has an excellent understanding of clients' commercial needs and regulatory constraints," going on to add: "They offer outstanding client service, availability and full support for any issue."

A source reports: "The team as a whole demonstrates highly efficient teamwork that responds to our needs and timings."

Work highlights Acted for Cantor Fitzgerald in its $285.3 million purchase and financing of a portfolio of 53 leased-back Walgreens stores. The deal involved both an upstream joint venture and a DST syndication.

Advised The New York Times Company in the leasing of approximately 250,000 sq ft of space at its 8th Avenue headquarters. The client also subleased 151,000 sq ft in another New York property.

Notable practitioners

Eugene Pinover "has an ability to see the big picture very quickly," commentators report, adding that "he understands the business ramifications of transaction and is a skilled negotiator." He has extensive experience handling complex real estate transactions for domestic and international clients.

Martin Polevoy "has outstanding expertise and knowledge," say market sources, who also highlight "his excellent understanding of the client's interests and needs." He has experience handling a wide range of complex real estate transactions, often acting for developer and investor clients.

Andrew Levy has notable experience acting for a wide range of clients on complex real estate transactions. His areas of expertise include joint venture, restructuring and leasing matters. He also demonstrates expertise in cross-border deals.

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Frequently sought for guidance on some of New York City's largest and highest-value developments. Stellar service provided in a wide variety of real estate transactions, from joint venture formations to acquisitions and dispositions. Increasingly noted for its quality land use and zoning practice. Offers additional expertise assisting clients on a spectrum of real estate project issues.

Strengths One client comments: “They have deep land use experience and strong industry connections,” adding: “The firm has tremendous resources to execute on time and with precision.”

Commentators report: "We have been thoroughly impressed with Fried Frank. It's a very commercial firm that is quick to respond and it has a good overall understanding of the clients' needs."

Work highlights Served as US counsel to The Children's Investment Fund, a London-based hedge fund management firm, in numerous lending engagements. This included the $1.25 billion financing of luxury mixed-use project 'The Eleventh' on 76 11th Avenue, New York.

Advised Brookfield Asset Management in acquiring Colony NorthStar's outstanding equity interests in a manufactured housing portfolio spanning 13 states. The transaction was valued at $2.1 billion.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Lefkowitz is described as "a legend in the business" by market sources. He is held in high regard for his significant experience advising on zoning, land use and project structuring matters.

Jonathan Mechanic is renowned for his expertise handling a wide range of complex and market-leading real estate transactions. One impressed client comments: "He possesses great knowledge of legal matters while also bringing a brilliant business mind to the negotiating table," adding: "His insight and expertise are critical to our success."

Joshua Mermelstein is a "sophisticated, highly qualified and experienced lawyer," according to sources, who continue: "He is pretty academic and he finds solutions." He has extensive experience across a broad array of transactional matters, including fund formation, restructuring and construction-related issues.

Melanie Meyers is "incredibly experienced, knowledgeable and realistic in her business sense," says a client, with another highlighting: "She is a top-notch attorney in every respect." She is widely recognized for her expertise handling an array of land use and zoning matters.

One client attests that Robert Sorin demonstrates "excellent negotiating skills, excellent judgment and a thorough understanding of the market and our business." His work ranges broadly across the hotel, residential, retail, office and mixed-use asset classes.

David Karnovsky draws upon his extensive public sector experience to advise on high-profile zoning issues. He is well regarded in the market, with one peer commenting: "He is terrific and has the respect of the industry," and a client adding: "He's an invaluable resource to us."

Ross Silver is experienced handling an array of transactional matters, including acquisitions, leasing and joint venture issues. He is adept in both portfolio and single-asset deals. Sources report: "Ross has an exceptionally strong eye for detail, has extensive experience, is always practical and cuts to the chase."

Zachary Bernstein is "an outstanding land use attorney," say sources, as others highlight: "Zach provides quick and efficient business-friendly advice. He has shown a penchant for both creativity and practicality in crafting solutions." He is well versed in a range of land use and zoning matters, particularly in relation to development issues.

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The practice counsels clients on the acquisition and disposition of single assets and portfolios, distressed real estate and workouts, mortgage and mezzanine financing and restructuring, development and construction, leasing, joint ventures, real estate investment trusts, and real estate litigation. 

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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Provides expertise across the full spectrum of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, sales and joint ventures, as well as a broad spectrum of project financing arrangements. Attracts an enviable client base consisting of high-end lenders, operators and investors.

Strengths Sources attest: “They strike a balance between a very commercial posture and domain expertise very well.”

Clients note: They're fantastic. They know the law and they're practical in their approach."

Work highlights Acted for Deutsche Bank in the origination of a bridge loan of $220 million for the acquire and pre-development of a Ninth Avenue office building.

Advised The Related Companies in financing a 1,000 foot tall mixed-use tower in Manhattan's Hudson Yards project. The $1.2 billion financing comprised a mortgage and a mezzanine loan.

Notable practitioners

The "outstanding" Eric Feuerstein "not only excels in his job but has the ability to build an extremely strong team around him," sources enthuse. He possesses significant expertise across a wide range of real estate matters, including financings, debt restructuring and joint venture transactions.

The "knowledgeable and experienced" Steven Klein is experienced handling a diverse spectrum of transactional real estate functions. His areas of expertise include acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures.

Andrew Lance is well regarded in the market for his considerable ability advising a wide range of clients on complex real estate transactions and financing matters. Sources report: "He has very strong and relevant real estate experience," with another adding: "He has strong technical skills."

Aaron Beim is "very responsive, very thoughtful in his approach and very business minded," say market sources. He possesses notable experience advising investor clients on a range of structured financing transactions.

Andrew Dady is "at the top of his game in terms of expertise in the marketplace and he's very good at dealing with problems proactively," according to one impressed client. His real estate practice focuses on handling a broad range of financing and corporate transactional matters.

Harry Silvera is noted for his experience in the real estate market, skilled across a range of commercial transactions including financing, acquisition and disposition matters across a spectrum of asset classes.

The "incredibly smart and talented" Noam Haberman is highly regarded for his expertise in a range of real estate financings matters, often acting for both lenders and borrowers. Sources report: "He's extremely dedicated and hard-working," with another praising his "great understanding of the market."

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Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded group providing a comprehensive service to a range of real estate clients, including investors, developers and owners. Renowned strength in all areas of real estate financings and transactions. The New York practice is bolstered by a broad geographical reach across the USA and internationally.

Strengths Sources comment: “Greenberg Traurig has a great presence, the quality of their younger partners is indicative of a good, deep bench there.”

"They are an incredible resource; we rely on them tremendously, and we think very highly of their work,” reports one client.

Work highlights Assisted a joint venture of Kushner Companies and RFR Realty to buy out and finance a portfolio of four Brooklyn properties from their partner Invesco. The buyout was valued at a total of $600 million.

Notable practitioners

Robert Ivanhoe is highly regarded for his significant experience advising on complex real estate transactions. Sources report: "Rob Ivanhoe is an outstanding lawyer and great deal-maker. He can cut through nonsense and get right to the point, and has very good business sense."

Stephen Rabinowitz handles a broad range of commercial real estate matters for a client base of asset managers, private equity funds, investors and developers. One client comments: "He has provided exceptional service. He is a deal-maker and able to assist on the business side."

Jay Segal has significant experience advising on complex real estate matters across the land use and development space. Market sources report he is "terrific, very smart and well known," also highlighting him as "practical and knowledgeable."

Gary Kleinman is recognized by his peers as "very affable and effective," as well as "very smart and very commercial." His wide-ranging work in the real estate arena encompasses advising clients on complex financing, debt restructuring and M&A transactional matters.

Peter Miller advises commercial clients across an array of real estate transactions including financing, joint ventures and acquisition matters. Clients comment: "He is excellent and a pleasure to work with."

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Herrick, Feinstein LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Established real estate group, assisting clients with the financing and execution of complex acquisitions and developments. Adept at securing land use and zoning permits for real estate owners and developers. Offers a strong network of governmental and agency contacts as well as public sector experience.

Strengths Peers comment: "They have a great breadth of knowledge and have a bunch of excellent lawyers,” adding: “Their communication is excellent.”

“They have a deep litigation bench, an excellent zoning group, and they feel like our partners,” comments one client, highlighting that “they're the kind of firm you look for to support your business as it grows.”

Work highlights Advised Extell Development Company in purchasing, flipping and financing a number of properties from a portfolio owned by the Duell Family. The portfolio was acquired for $360 million.

Assisted Property Markets Group in relation to the city's rezoning study focusing on Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal area. The land represents one of that neighborhood's last large undeveloped areas.

Notable practitioners

Mitchell Korbey is described as an "exceptional transactional lawyer" by markets sources, with others praising his "reasonable and common-sense perspective on issues." He draws on considerable experience handling an array of land use and zoning matters, including development and permitting issues.

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Herrick has called New York home since 1928, when the firm was founded as a real estate law boutique and continues to maintain one of the region’s preeminent and expansive real estate practices. From our offices in New York City and Newark, New Jersey, we represent some of the nation's most prominent real estate market participants in connection with some of the region’s highest profile properties. Real estate owners, developers, public entities, not-for-profits, lenders and investors rely on us for sophisticated acquisitions and dispositions, financings, land use and zoning concerns, development and construction, industrial development, cooperative and condominium matters, leasing, tax, litigation and government relations assistance. Herrick has extensive experience and deep connections both in the private and public sectors that is critical to solving the various challenges that invariably arise on real estate projects. We also pride ourselves on delivering exceptional market intelligence, which can provide an edge in the highly competitive real estate market.

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Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Offers clients sound transactional and development financing advice with a particular strength as joint venture counsel. Also active on leasings and restructurings. Possesses skill across a range of asset classes including office, retail and residential properties as well as mixed-use projects.

Strengths Sources observe: “They're very talented, easy people to work with, and top notch intellectually,” adding: “They try to get deals done in a way that's fair for everyone.”

Another interviewee comments: "I think the whole team is great. They are smart and attentive."

Work highlights Acted for a joint venture of New Valley and The Witkoff Group in the acquisition, financing and development of the Times Square Gateway Center. The mixed-use project includes signage, retail and hotel space.

Assisted ERY Developer, a joint venture of Oxford Properties and The Related Companies, in securing high-profile retail and restaurant leases for its Hudson Yards project. Leaseholders have included Cartier, Shake Shack and Kimball Hospitality.

Notable practitioners

Wallace Schwartz has a broad transactional real estate practice encompassing experience across a range of matters, including joint venture, restructuring and development transactions. An impressed client says: "He is very practical, very calm, and able to take the tension out of a room and align interests between parties," and another lauds: "He is amazing. I value his opinions and insight."

Adam Endick is "always willing to help and make himself available," comment clients, who report that "he immerses himself in his client's business and advocates to the utmost." He has experience in a range of real estate transactions, with notable expertise across leasing matters.

Douglas Heitner is "an extremely strong energetic deal lawyer," according to market sources, who also believe that "he's the next generation of great NYC real estate lawyers." He is well versed across a range of real estate transactions, including developments, investment acquisitions and financing matters.

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Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Houses considerable expertise in land use, with experience securing zoning, landmark and planning approvals for large development projects. Undertakes transactional mandates on behalf of sophisticated owners, developers, tenants and other participants in the real estate industry. Also adept in negotiating ground lease transactions relating to development sites.

Strengths One client comments: "The team was fantastic to work with. We could not have completed this difficult transaction without this team."

Another impressed client says: "They're extremely talented so they're in demand but we always feel that we get their full attention."

Work highlights Advised Related Companies and Oxford Properties in registering and bringing to market $1.7 billion of luxury condominiums. The properties were part of the Hudson Yards project.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Jay Neveloff has extensive experience handling complex real estate transactions and is highlighted for his significant knowledge of condominium matters. One client comments: "He's one of our most trusted advisers and is highly effective in deploying his resources for us."

Paul Selver is highly regarded for his expertise in the land use and zoning space, frequently advising on development and environment issues. One source says: "He has very strong technical knowledge and can use it for his clients' benefit," adding: "He's a first-class lawyer."

Michael Sillerman demonstrates considerable experience advising a range of clients on zoning and land use matters. Sources report: "He is strategic and has great relationships in the sector."

Gary Tarnoff is "very knowledgeable and well respected," according to market sources. He is experienced advising a wide range of clients on development matters, particularly land use and zoning issues.

Jonathan Canter "has a good transactional approach, represents his client well and is very practical," sources report. He is experienced handling a range of transactional real estate matters, and is highlighted for his particular expertise across condominium matters.

James Godman is "very smart, dedicated, knowledgeable and quick on his feet, but also calm and collected," commentators report. He acts for a broad spectrum of clients in complex real estate transactions, including financing, development and leasing matters.

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For the past 40 years, Kramer Levin has advised on many of the most significant real estate developments and other projects in New York City and throughout the United States, helping transform city skylines and reshape the landscape. We were actively engaged on all the supertall buildings in and around Manhattan’s 57th Street corridor and advised on development and redevelopment projects, including the Waldorf Astoria, Time Warner Center and Moynihan Train Hall, as well as Hudson Yards, the largest real estate development project in New York since Rockefeller Center.


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Loeb & Loeb LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Experienced across a range of commercial real estate matters. Acts for an array of financial institutions, owners and developers. Particularly well regarded for work in the leasing space.

Strengths Commentators say: "The team has extensive experience and is able to bring its experience and knowledge of current transactions to negotiations.”

One client reports: “The team has enough depth to get the deal done in a timely fashion, and their client service has generally been top notch.”

Work highlights Acted for landlords Ivanhoé Cambridge and Callahan Capital Properties in leasing separate office spaces at 1211 Avenue of the Americas to News Corporation and 21st Century Fox. These leaseholders occupy 60% of the property in total.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm's real estate practice Raymond Sanseverino is "tremendously responsive and knowledgeable," say sources, with others adding: "He prides himself on his experience and he brings all that to bear." He has extensive experience handling an array of leasing matters, acting for both landlords and tenants.

Kenneth Sold is "extremely responsive to my needs," comments one client, who also lauds: "His expertise and knowledge within his field is stellar." He offers skill handling a range of commercial real estate matters, including sales, acquisitions and commercial leasing.

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Highly regarded leasing practice, regularly engaged by major tenants and landlords for complex transactions. Also proficient in the financing, acquisition and disposition of high-value real estate assets.

Strengths Sources say: "They are extremely knowledgeable, practically minded and solution oriented."

Work highlights Acted for landlord The Durst Organization in overseeing SS&C's 15-year lease of space at 4 Times Square property.

Assisted the Beth Israel Medical Center with the sale of a number of properties, comprising apartments for medical residents and an MRI facility. The transactions were valued at approximately $87 million.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Herz "brings a lot of practical experience to the table," note clients, who report that "his practice is driven by sound advice." He has experience acting for a broad spectrum of clients on complex transactions, with notable expertise in leasing matters.

Robert Safron is described as "smart and levelheaded" by a commentator who highlights that "his advice, both legal and business, is faultless." He possesses extensive experience across a wide range of real estate transactions.

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Paul Hastings LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Provides comprehensive support to national and international clients involved in real estate acquisitions, dispositions, financings and joint ventures. Advises a diverse range of clients, including market-leading investors and developers. Possesses a notable specialty in high-end leasings.

Strengths Sources remark: "Paul Hastings has significant depth in all aspects of real estate transactions," adding: "They are willing to serve their clients' needs for complex as well as simple matters."

One client highlights: "They work together brilliantly, with detail, depth of knowledge and a passion for their clients."

Work highlights Acted for the developers, Fisher Brothers and the Witkoff Group, on two mixed-use projects in Tribeca and West Hollywood. The projects comprised residential condominiums with retail, restaurant and fitness spaces.

Assisted The Lightstone Group in its redevelopment of a historic Garment District property. The project will convert the class C office building into a hotel with retail, restaurant, parking and amenity spaces.

Notable practitioners

Martin Edelman is described by market sources as "the most well-connected counselor who has ever practiced real estate law in New York," and also praised for "his great work ethic." He is vastly experienced advising on a wide range of real estate transactions, including complex, cross-border deals.

Clients report that Robert Wertheimer "takes all our interests to heart," while another comments: "He's been not only a great lawyer but also a really good adviser and sounding board." He has significant experience handling a range of commercial real estate matters, including development and acquisition transactions.

The "terrific" Eric Landau is "very business minded, smart, thoughtful and a pleasure to deal with," sources observe. He has experience handling a range of complex transactions, including acquisition, disposition and mixed-use development matters. He often acts for leading institutional investors and developers.

Peter Olsen "knows how to get a deal done. He is practical and has the gravitas to negotiate," say sources. He is well regarded for his experience advising a diverse client base on complex real estate transactional matters.

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for High-quality representation across the full range of real estate matters, including lending, acquisition, development and joint venture deals. Frequently advises on the financing and development of high-profile projects in New York City and across the country. Acts for a wide range of market clients, including developers, investors and fund managers.

Strengths One client reports: "They are excellent lawyers. Their commerciality is good, they are efficient and they know how to cut to the important issues."

Peers comment: "It is a sophisticated, high-end practice involved in complex, esoteric transactions," adding: "They're very good at it."

Work highlights Advised NorthStar Realty Finance in selling around $1 billion of joint venture interest in its healthcare real estate portfolio. The buyer was the Chinese Taikang Insurance Group.

Assisted HNA Group with a $1.76 billion financing transaction related to the $2.21 billion acquisition of the 245 Park Avenue office tower. The financing comprised mortgage and mezzanine loans from several banks.

Notable practitioners

Steven Simkin "has impressed us with his ability to strategize in difficult, unexpected situations, with regards to real estate transactions," one client asserts. He possesses significant experience across a range of real estate transactions, including leasing, acquisitions, financings and development projects.

Harris Freidus has "a wealth of real estate experience, is completely dialed in with the market and is able to provide strategic guidance," comment clients. He has a broad-based real estate practice with experience across acquisition, financing and development transactions.

Meredith Kane is "a top-notch lawyer. She has excellent knowledge and is very easy to work with," clients say. She has significant experience handling complex matters in the New York real estate arena, and frequently acts for a number of high-profile clients.

Clients "think tremendously" of Peter Fisch, observing that "he is incredibly efficient and has a great practice." He advises a broad client base on an array of real estate transactional matters including M&A, development and financing issues.

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Proskauer Rose LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Regularly handles a broad array of complex real estate matters, including acquisitions and sales, as well as leasing transactions and financings. Assists a combination of lenders, REITs and leading developers. Also displays an affinity for foreign and domestic distressed debt portfolio financing.

Strengths One client reports: "The team as a whole is excellent; they are commercial and relationship oriented."

Work highlights Represented Accor in its $2.9 billion acquisition of FRHI Hotels and Resorts.

Acted for Inland Real Estate on its $2.3 billion acquisition by funds managed by DRA Advisors. The transaction included the assumption of existing debt.

Notable practitioners

Peter Fass has vast experience across a wide range of complex real estate transactions, with notable expertise in advising on syndication and securities deals.

Ronald Sernau is praised for his "deep experience in all manner of real estate matters" by sources, with others adding: "He'll get it done quickly and easily." He is highly regarded in the market and frequently handles high-profile and complex transactions.

Steven Lichtenfeld is "very knowledgeable from an M&A and corporate securities perspective," say clients. He advises market-leading organizations on a range of high-value real estate transactions.

Co-head of the firm's real estate finance group David Weinberger is particularly knowledgeable across a range of high-value financing transactions. His areas of expertise include originations and securitizations of mezzanine and mortgage loans.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for New York real estate powerhouse, advising lenders, developers, REITs and private equity funds on sophisticated lending transactions. Houses expertise across all real estate matters, including financings, restructurings and joint ventures. Demonstrates additional skill advising on a gamut of commercial leasing issues.

Strengths Commentators report: "They are a phenomenal firm. They can immediately draw in talent to make sure all parts of the transaction are as perfect as they can be," and they also highlight that "they're extremely efficient and disciplined in isolating the issues."

One source comments: "Their real estate work is absolutely top notch; their level of experience across so many different disciplines makes them unique," continuing: "They can always find the right partner to get involved."

Work highlights Represented Anbang Insurance Group in their $6.5 billion acquisition of Strategic Hotels & Resorts from Blackstone affiliates. The purchase also included the assumption of existing debt.

Acted for Empire State Development and its subsidiary Moynihn Station Development in relation to the development of the James A. Farley Post Office Building. The project's aim is to convert the building into a major transport hub, as well as creating mixed-use commercial space.

Notable practitioners

Benjamin Needell is "a super practical lawyer; very deal oriented and exceptional at cutting through to the heart of the issue," sources comment. He has extensive experience handling complex real estate transactions on behalf of a wide range of clients.

Harvey Uris is highlighted for his expertise in complex financing matters in the real estate market. One source lauds: "He is a genius and his work ethic is incredible."

Marco Caffuzzi is described as "an extremely talented, practical problem solver" by market commentators who add: "He is very smart and efficient." He possesses experience across real estate acquisition, disposition and development matters.

Evan Levy is "incredibly thoughtful and attentive," says one client, adding: "He has strong critical reasoning in complex situations and quickly cuts to the business solutions." He is experienced in handling financing transactions across a spectrum of asset classes.

David Nagler is praised for his "incredibly broad knowledge" by sources who also highlight that he is "very smart, nonabrasive and very effective." He has considerable experience advising a variety of clients on complex financing and transactional real estate matters.

Audrey Sokoloff is well regarded for handling a range of complex financing and transactional matters in the real estate market. One source comments: "Audrey Sokoloff is great. She is a pleasure to work with, smart and dynamic."

Head of the firm's New York real estate practice Neil Rock has notable expertise across an array of real estate transactions. One source comments: "He is very creative, has a wealth of experience and can solve problems," with another highlighting: "He is an incredibly strategic thinker."

About the Team (content provided by Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates)

The Real Estate Group of Skadden advises clients on the full array of complex issues throughout the industry. We represent a wide variety of developers, lenders, investment banks, pension funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), private equity funds, U.S. and international investors, and major corporations. Our representations include public and private offerings of various types of real estate securities and REITs; securitized lending transactions; leasing on behalf of landlords and tenants; real estate litigation; real estate workouts and restructurings (in and out of bankruptcy); and the development and acquisition of office buildings, hotels, casinos, resorts and shopping centers.

In 2017, we were named Law Firm of the Year — Overall, as well as Law Firm of the Year — Financing Transactions, at the third annual Real Estate Finance & Investment Awards. We are frequently named as one of the top tier firms in the area of real estate, including by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 and U.S. News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017 in their annual listings of the leading practices. We also were named among Law360’s Real Estate Groups of 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Real Estate Forum named eight matters that our group advised on among their 2015 deals of the year. Additionally, according to Dealogic,
Skadden finished 2015 on top in both global and U.S. real estate deals value.

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Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-integrated real estate and land use practice. Esteemed for handling all aspects of project development, including financing, securing zoning approvals, and the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements. Also demonstrates proficiency handling high-value and market-leading transactions.

Strengths Sources comment: "They are very thorough, responsive, commercial and solution oriented. I have the utmost confidence in the service that Stroock provide."

Commentators report: "They have a very focused real estate practice, with a very strong understanding of what's going on in the commercial real estate market."

Work highlights Provided counsel to Blackstone on land use and governmental aspects of its $620 million acquisition of the Kips Bay Court rental complex.

Acted for the owners of 10 Hudson Yards, a joint venture between private REITs, in recapitalizing the property, a 1.7 million sq ft office building of 47 stories, for $2.15 billion.

Notable practitioners

Leonard Boxer is respected by peers as "a real leader at the real estate Bar." He has extensive experience handling an array of complex commercial real estate transactions.

Sources report that Ross Moskowitz is "extremely responsive, very knowledgeable and has an excellent court presence," going on to add: "He is a top-notch negotiator." He possesses considerable experience representing clients on a range of real estate transactions and is highlighted for his notable expertise in zoning and land use matters.

Steven Moskowitz offers particular strength handling a range of commercial real estate transactions, including financing, M&A and joint venture issues. A source says: "He is sharp, a very quick study and approaches our representation as though he was an extension of our firm," with another reporting: "He is a confident deal-maker with a great skill set."

William Campbell is a "go-to counsel" for clients, who highlight that "he provides us with great insight, hard work and value on our transactions." He has notable expertise advising on a range of secured real estate financing transactions, including construction, syndicated and mezzanine loans.

Brian Diamond is "a great sounding board providing high-quality advice," say sources who add: "He is very practical and business oriented, and has an easy style for all parties to work with." His regularly acts for a broad range of commercial clients including REITs, institutional investors and lenders on complex transactions.

Karen Scanna is "terrific and very thoughtful," reports a client, with another commenting: "The service provided was superb." She offers strength across an array of transactions, including financing, acquisition and development matters.

About the Team (content provided by Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP)

Stroock’s 85-member national real estate group helps clients structure, negotiate and close some of the country’s largest commercial real estate transactions including: the development and recapitalization of 10 Hudson Yards in NYC; the redevelopment of the former Washington Post site in the heart of Washington, D.C.; the sale of 1285 Avenue of the Americas located in Rockefeller Center; the sale of the Southeast Financial Center, an iconic office building in downtown Miami; the recapitalization of the Century Plaza Towers, the most recognizable trophy office complex in the Century City area of Los Angeles; the disposition of Two Independence Square serving as the headquarters for NASA in Washington D.C.; the 1.9 million-square-foot mega-project of Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side of NYC; the acquisition of the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Loma Linda, CA; and the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.

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