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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP - Real Estate Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly praised for its representation of institutional lenders in a range of real estate financings, with significant experience in mortgage, mezzanine and equity originations. Additional capabilities in a broad spectrum of high-value real estate transactions.

Strengths A source comments: "The team is creative and has the ability to handle all areas," and adds: "They are very commercial and focus on client service."

" They're fantastic. We get a very confident and experienced team," one client reports.

Work highlights Represented LoanCore Capital in refinancing the Chocolate Factory in Brooklyn, for $60 million.

Assisted Deutsche Bank with its $140 million refinancing of Starbucks' world headquarters.

Notable practitioners

Warren Bernstein is "an excellent lawyer," say sources, who explain: "He is smart, takes a business approach and is very responsive." He handles complex financing matters for an array of clients including investors, lenders and financial institutions.

Stephen Gliatta is "very commercial and focuses on client service," reports a source, with another praising his "tremendous amount of expertise and experience." He has considerable experience advising a broad array of financial institutional clients on complex transactions.

Louis Hait is "exceptionally bright," according to sources, who also laud his "sage counsel." He represents a broad array of commercial real estate clients on financing transactions including mortgage, mezzanine and restructuring matters.

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Earns strong commendations for its deep expertise in real estate finance matters. Handles a diverse array of transactions for institutional investors, including a variety of loans, acquisitions and joint ventures. Particularly noted for its experience in securitization and other capital markets matters, including a range of finance origination issues.

Strengths Clients say: “They can get things done on any timeline and do an excellent job.”

One peer reports: “Cadwalader is technically very proficient, and they know the issues very well,” adding: “They'll be responsive and get transactions done.”

Work highlights Advised numerous co-lender banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Natixis Real Estate, Société Générale, Deutsche Bank and Barclays, on a $1.7 billion mortgage and mezzanine financing. This related to HNA Group's $2.2 billion acquisition of an office and retail property.

Notable practitioners

Fredric Altschuler is well known for his extensive experience advising on complex financing transactions. He frequently acts on behalf of investment banks and institutional lender clients. One market commentator reports: "He is an expert in his field, a zealous but client-friendly advocate and incredibly commercial."

William McInerney is praised for his "deep industry knowledge" by sources, with others adding: "He is very smart and really well regarded." He is experienced handling a range of financing matters, often acting for lenders and investors.

About the Team (content provided by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP)

Cadwalader's Real Estate team applies its expertise to the complete spectrum of real estate transactions, including financings, acquisitions, sales and exchanges, development, construction, joint ventures, loan syndications and participations, management, and leasing. As members of a premier real estate finance team, our lawyers offer superior depth of expertise to clients developing, acquiring, investing in, or lending with respect to significant projects or providing financing to real estate investment trusts (REITs) and related entities. The group provides advice to many of the world's largest investment banks, commercial banks, insurance companies, and mortgage banks, as well as pension funds, separate accounts and savings and loan associations, in their varied roles as issuers, sponsors, underwriters, investors and lenders to buyers and sellers of real estate assets and companies.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Acts for major lenders and borrowers in sophisticated real estate financings and joint ventures. Extensive experience in mortgage and mezzanine loan originations, as well as a range of acquisitions and dispositions. Additionally demonstrates significant knowledge relating to development and public-private partnership matters.

Strengths Sources comment: "They are a top-notch law firm," adding that "their counsel is very business-savvy and pragmatic."

Clients report: “Their turnaround time is fantastic, and their client communication as a team is spot-on.”

Work highlights Advised Banco Inbursa in purchasing the 730-acre corporate campus of IBM in Somers, New York. The campus was then leased back to IBM while it moved to other facilities.

Counseled Genting Group and affiliates in the financing of New York City's Resorts World Casino. The financing included a successful bid to the New York State Division of the Lottery for development.

Notable practitioners

Michael Weinberger has impressive experience acting for a diverse client base, including borrowers, lenders and issuers, on complex and high-value real estate financing transactions. One client reports: “He is very knowledgeable and smart. He explains complicated things clearly and has a knack for solving problems in a way that leaves everyone satisfied."

Steven Horowitz is well versed across a wide range of real estate finance and investment transactions, with notable expertise in both domestic and international matters. He offers skill acting for a diverse client base of financial institutions, investors and property owners.

Steven Wilner "is solution oriented, commercial and has the ability to think through complicated issues," reports one source, with another adding: "He has lots of experience, is very practical and is able to help us reach the ultimate goal in transactions."

About the Team (content provided by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP)

For more information about Cleary Gottlieb's Real Estate practice, please visit https://www.clearygottlieb.com/practice-landing/real-estate

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Debevoise & Plimpton LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Demonstrates substantial expertise in arranging financings for sophisticated real estate transactions. Particular experience negotiating complex leases, acquisitions and dispositions. Experienced counsel on matters involving shopping centers, office buildings and multifamily residential assets.

Strengths One client comments: "They're exceptionally responsive and creative when coming up with solutions and alternatives."

Another source says: "They offer great client service and are very commercial. They are able to advise and coordinate on large transactions. They can also compile expert advice from others in the firm."

Work highlights Acted for J.P. Morgan Asset Management, in its joint venture with The John Buck Company, in relation to the development of 311 West Illinois Street, a 25-story residential tower in Chicago known as 3Eleven.

Notable practitioners

Peter Irwin advises across a wide array of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures. One source comments: "He is quite constructive in approaching a transaction in a commercial manner and getting through it with no undue risk to us," with another adding: "I always feel that he's looking out for us and our interests."

Nicole Levin Mesard's real estate practice encompasses experience across a wide range of real estate transactions. An impressed client comments: "I love her combination of practical commercial instinct and ability to dive in and come up with solutions to complex matters."

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Dechert LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Notable reputation for advising private and public investors on the origination, purchase and sale of significant real estate loan portfolios. Possesses renowned strength in complex mortgage loan securitizations and restructurings. Also offers expertise advising clients on complex regulatory concerns in the market.

Strengths Sources observe: "They're incredibly knowledgeable, not just on legal constructs but on understanding the market and business terms. It's a very business-friendly skill set that helps to get deals done."

Interviewees report: "They are a deep team that provides excellent market guidance."

Work highlights Acted for Freddie Mac, as mortgage loan seller, in the securitization of multiple mortgage loans which were secured by multifamily properties. The cumulative issuance was approximately $50 billion.

Notable practitioners

Laura Ciabarra is "tremendously experienced in the matters she works on and she has a great understanding of the market," clients report. She focuses her real estate practice on complex debt securities matters, including mezzanine loans, and restructuring issues.

Head of the firm's real estate practice Richard Jones is well regarded for his experience advising on a wide range of mortgage finance and capital markets issues. One source reports: "He is an extremely experienced CMBS securitization lawyer who provides top advice. He has an ability to work through problems while still protecting us from major risks."

About the Team (content provided by Dechert LLP)

Dechert provides our clients access to a responsive, interdisciplinary, multi-jurisdictional team to address the complexities of modern finance transactions across categories and geographies. With more than 130 lawyers in the world’s major financial centers, Dechert’s internationally recognized global finance practice provides our clients with innovative deal structuring, creative financing strategies and efficient execution.​
Dechert lawyers understand the marketplace, as well as the rapidly evolving commercial and regulatory challenges, making us a preeminent advisor across geographies.

Commercial Real Estate Finance
Dechert is a leading firm in the area of commercial real estate finance. We handle the purchase and sale of commercial real estate debt products, and the origination of the commercial real estate loans, as well as the full life cycle of commercial real estate loans after origination. Dechert’s commercial real estate finance group includes many of the industry’s leading lawyers who play a central role in high-visibility real estate transactions.

Dechert is recognized as one of the few firms—if not the only firm—that maintains a premier commercial real estate capital markets practice concentrating in loan origination, loan acquisition and disposition, securitization, rating agency, representation, servicing, workouts/restructuring and bankruptcy 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.

About the Team (content provided by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP)

Real Estate: 
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."

About the Team (content provided by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP)

To learn more about our practice, please visit gibsondunn.com.

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Goodwin - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Assists national and international investors in structuring a range of real estate financings, as well as advising on large-scale transactions. Possesses complementary strengths in REIT offerings and real estate fund formation. Serves a variety of clients both within the US and internationally, ranging across developers, owners and investment managers.

Strengths “Goodwin can cut through to the business aspects of a transaction,” sources explain, adding: “Their documents are amazing and they are very efficient.”

Observers state: “Goodwin's approach is positive and supportive of the client."

Work highlights Assisted ElmTree Funds in recapitalizing an existing net lease portfolio, together with a China Life Insurance Group subsidiary. The $950 million portfolio comprised 48 properties across 20 states.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Price chairs the firm's real estate practice and is a key contact.

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Haynes and Boone, LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Represents leading lenders, REITs and developers in high-value mortgage, subordinated debt and financing transactions. Possesses a notable specialty in representing landlords and tenants in leasing matters. Additionally well versed in real estate-related workouts and restructuring matters.

Strengths Clients report: “They are practical in their negotiations and have a very good sense for the business points.”

One source attests: “The team as a whole is very client oriented, friendly and reliable."

Work highlights Advised the Real Estate Equities Corporation regarding its $175 million ground lease of a development located at 118 Tenth Avenue in New York City.

Notable practitioners

Steven Koch is "incredibly experienced, thoughtful and hard-working," say clients. He has experience handling an array of financing matters, including sale-leaseback transactions, loan workouts and multistate lending.

About the Team (content provided by Haynes and Boone, LLP)

We represent clients in a variety of real estate financings, including refinancings, permanent loans, mezzanine loans, construction loans and preferred equity investments in virtually every type of property use: multi-family, condominium, hotel, office and retail space.

In New York, our team’s experience spans multiple asset classes — such as office, retail, hospitality, industrial and multi-family — and includes sales and acquisitions, real estate joint ventures, space leases, ground-up development, borrower-side financing, long-term ground leases, and restructuring of distressed investments. Our clients include publicly traded REITs, opportunity funds, “club” joint ventures, closely-held real estate companies and nonprofit institutions.

Our commercial leasing lawyers exclusively represent tenant and landlord clients in complex office and retail leasing transactions, including advising institutional clients on all aspects of their corporate facilities needs. The New York leasing team regularly represents their clients on some of the largest, most complex and high-profile leasing and ground leasing transactions throughout New York City and across the country.

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Advises institutional investors and sponsors on joint venture negotiations, mortgage and mezzanine loan originations, as well as the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets. Complementary strengths include the formation of REITs and private equity funds.

Strengths Sources comment: "The team are easy to communicate with, extremely responsive at any hour of the day and efficient in their work product," going on to add: "They are high-quality and provide excellent service."

One commentator highlights: "They have a good balance of being skilled on the legal side and understanding how to get things done on the commercial side."

Work highlights Acted for Starwood Capital Group in the roll-up sale of its $3.2 billion nationwide portfolio of select service hotels previously held by several Starwood Capital funds.

Assisted Equity One, a retail sector developer and manager, with its $15.6 billion stock-for-stock merger with Regency Centers. This formed the shopping center index's largest REIT.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Schechter "has a brilliant legal mind. He is very creative, very thoughtful and analytical," reports an impressed client. He has considerable experience handling joint venture and M&A matters in the real estate market, often acting for both US and foreign clients.

Scott Berger is an "excellent lawyer," according to sources, who also highlight that "he thinks outside the box and contemplates everything." He offers significant private equity experience in complex real estate transactional work, often acting for investor, owner and developer clients.

About the Team (content provided by Kirkland & Ellis LLP)

Modern real estate practice requires lawyers experienced in the application of real estate, corporate, securities, partnership and tax law to complex business transactions involving the acquisition, ownership, financing and operation of commercial real estate. The members of the Real Estate Practice Group at Kirkland pursue an inter-disciplinary approach to sophisticated real estate transactions to offer our clients flexible and creative solutions to difficult problems across a broad range of transactions in the commercial real estate industry. Through extensive interaction between members of the Real Estate Practice Group and lawyers in other areas of the Firm's practice, we offer focused, multi-disciplinary counsel on a cost-effective basis. Kirkland regularly advises real estate clients on a variety of matters including the following:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions of single assets, portfolios, majority and minority equity positions, and performing and non-performing loans;

  • Joint ventures (both one-off partnerships and platforms) involving all asset classes;

  • Complex debt restructurings and workouts and equity recapitalizations, including loan to own transactions;

  • Real estate private equity fund formations and investments including institutional and principal lead funds with particular experience in cross-border structuring;

  • First mortgage and mezzanine financing transactions; and

  • REIT formation, qualification and transaction structuring.



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Latham & Watkins LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for A popular choice for a variety of real estate transactions involving complex financing arrangements. Well equipped to handle matters involving all real estate classes, with particular experience in the hospitality and retail industries. Acts for an impressive client roster of foreign investors, private equity funds and institutional lenders.

Strengths One client remarks: "I'm delighted to work with them because they bring real expertise to the table," continuing: "They have wonderful expertise in understanding contracts and transactions, and they're proactive and thoughtful on what we need to consider."

Work highlights Acted for Toys R Us in refinancing $512 million of mortgage loans, secured by mortgages on 123 stores nationwide. The firm also assisted with an additional $88 million mezzanine loan financing.

Advised H/2 Financial Funding throughout the process of a mortgage loan refinancing, which was secured by the Los Angeles property Two California Plaza. The deal was valued at $244.5 million.

Notable practitioners

James Hisiger is well regarded in the market for his considerable experience handling a broad range of real estate financing and transactional matters. Clients comment: "He has an amazing ability to understand the issues, he gets into the weeds and understands the nuances."

Michael Haas recently joined Latham & Watkins LLP's New York office, having been previously based in the Cleveland office of Jones Day. He is a transactional real estate lawyer who advises clients in connection with purchases, sales, joint ventures and financings. Clients say: "He has a firm understanding of not only the underlying legal issues, but also the applicable market issues impacting the sector."

Michelle Kelban is "pleasant to work with, always super efficient and handles complex work well," comments a pleased client. She offers skill across a range of real estate financing transactions, with particular expertise in advising foreign investor clients.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded practitioners offering expertise in all aspects of real estate finance. Extensive experience advising clients in connection with the origination, workout and acquisition of real estate-backed debt and equity structures. Also offers expertise advising on mezzanine originations, construction financings, and the structuring of CMBS risk-retention acquisitions.

Strengths "They do a great job of keeping a transaction running smoothly," one client comments, adding: "They give excellent advice and are very reactive to what the client's needs are."

Another pleased client reports: "The entire team is bright, capable and industrious. They work well together and are a tight-knit group," summing up by saying: "Our experience has been excellent."

Work highlights Assisted AB Global in drafting and negotiating a joint venture agreement with Orion Residential Advisors. The joint venture's purpose was to acquire the Lake Village and Windermere Park apartment properties in Ann Arbor.

Acted on behalf of Alpha Investment in a joint venture with Macklowe Properties. The venture concerned senior construction and mezzanine loans for the construction of luxury condominiums at 200 East 59th Street, New York.

Notable practitioners

Kevin O'Shea is "the best in his class and highly sophisticated," say sources, with another highlighting: "He is experienced, attentive to our needs and well regarded in the industry." He heads the firm's real estate practice and handles a wide range of financing issues for clients, including real estate workouts, restructuring and secured finance transactions.

Erwin Dweck is "very immersed in the market and very commercially savvy," say sources, who continue: "He is efficient and cuts to the chase." He demonstrates strength in the representation of investors across a variety of domestic and cross-border real estate transactions.

Yaakov Sheinfeld handles a range of financing transactions for a broad client base composed of institutional lenders, private equity firms and investment banks. One client reports: "He has a really insightful legal mind. He's been at the center of a lot of complex deals, handling the details and the minutiae."

About the Team (content provided by Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP)

Our Real Estate practice advances deal-critical guidance on complex transactions in regional and national markets across the US. The world’s leading real estate investors and lenders trust us to understand the markets and their business objectives.

We’re known for our work on complicated transactions, handling many of the largest deals in the market over the last several years. Our team advises leading financial institutions, investment banks, private equity funds, hedge funds, pension funds, REITS and sovereign wealth funds. Our extensive experience includes structuring, negotiating and closing all varieties of equity and debt transactions.

Our team is headed by three Chambers-ranked partners who are well-known for their creative, proactive approach. No matter how complicated the project or how tight the deadline, our Real Estate attorneys thrive on bringing commercial awareness and technical excellence to their deals, in an efficient and cost-effective manner. 



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Morrison & Foerster LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Provides comprehensive support to lenders and borrowers on a broad spectrum of real estate mandates. Burgeoning reputation for a wide variety of finance matters, with noted specialties in EB-5 financing, construction lending and mezzanine debt investments. Highly adept handling transactional matters within the real estate field, including joint venture formation as well as the acquisition and disposition of assets.

Strengths One client lauds: "The Morrison & Foerster partners provide phenomenal responsiveness and thoroughly professional client service. They have an extensive knowledge of the market and provide tremendous help in overcoming difficult issues."

Another client reports: "They have a deep bench of knowledgeable attorneys who represent both lenders and developers. They also stay current on new issues that arise in commercial real estate," adding: "Morrison & Foerster provides excellent client service."

Work highlights Advised a bank syndicate led by Wells Fargo on its $690 million construction loan to The Related Companies. The loan financed the construction of 30 Hudson Yards, a mixed-use and office project.

Acted for JPMorgan Chase and another institutional lender, as joint lead arrangers of a $1.5 billion construction loan. The loan related to 1 Vanderbilt, SL Green's new office tower near Grand Central Terminal.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Delson is "an extremely knowledgeable and professional attorney who is dedicated, thorough and responsive to clients' requirements," commentators report. He handles real estate transactional and financing matters for a broad client base, including lenders, investors, property owners and developers.

Mark Edelstein is "very knowledgeable, has a depth of experience and is solution oriented," comment sources, who add: "He's always available, engaging with clients, and highly regarded in the real estate industry." He is adept in financing operations, as well as debt restructurings and bankruptcy issues.

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Morrison & Foerster has one of the leading real estate practices in the United States and Asia. Our clients tell us that they appreciate our consistently thoughtful and thorough work and our responsiveness. We provide innovative and practical legal advice to a broad range of real estate industry participants, in all types of real estate transactions.

We are one of a select group of firms with recognized expertise across a broad spectrum of real estate activities that includes development deals, acquisitions and dispositions, leases, market standard and complex financings, and restructurings. Our clients include lenders (commercial banks, investment banks, specialty finance companies, and mortgage REITs), developers, equity investors (funds and fund advisors), and REITs. We represent clients in all of the major real estate product areas, including office, commercial, industrial, multi-family, hospitality, and specialized uses, such as energy.

Our expertise encompasses: finance, restructuring, remedies, asset acquisitions and dispositions, and joint ventures; REITs, hotels and hospitality, development, land use, and construction; and leasing and asset management.

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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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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded attorneys able to handle all types of real estate transactions, including joint ventures and lending agreements, as well as acquisitions and dispositions. Clients include preeminent private equity funds, REITs and other real estate investors. Also demonstrates skill handling complex leasing matters, with the capacity to act for landlord and commercial tenant clients.

Strengths "They have a deep understanding of how we approach things and it allows us to focus on other things knowing that they have our best interests at heart," one client comments, adding: "They are always responsive and have a great team."

Sources say: "Their client services were very high quality, primarily due to the attention they give clients and the priority they gave to responding promptly and thoroughly."

Work highlights Advised Oxford Properties Group regarding its joint venture with The Related Companies to lease and develop the Hudson Yards project.

Counseled Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies in lending $305 million to The Lightstone Group, to finance luxury condominiums at 130 William Street.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Lenobel is "very experienced, great at seeing the big picture and handling big, important concepts," sources report. He acts for a broad client base featuring developers, lenders, borrowers and real estate funds. His experience includes handling acquisition, joint venture and restructuring matters.

Julian Wise is "incredibly sharp, detail oriented and a repository of what's commercial and reasonable," report market commentators. He has notable experience across a variety of commercial real estate matters, including mezzanine financings, portfolio acquisitions and preferred equity agreements.

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SRZ advises on all aspects of the real estate business including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, development, construction lending, financing, mezzanine lending, workouts, restructurings, REITs and commercial lending. As a leading adviser to the investment fund and real estate industries, the firm represents a significant number of participants in the real estate sector.




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Shearman & Sterling LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Strong capabilities across all aspects of real estate, including financings, leasings, acquisitions and sales. Clients include premier national and international real estate investors, as well as developers and financial institutions.

Strengths Commentators attest: "Shearman provided seamless service. They deliver really strongly on all points."

Clients report: “The team as a whole demonstrates excellent execution capabilities. They have a strong appreciation for our larger corporate goals and how they are impacted by individual transactions.

Work highlights Represented KeyBank National Association, regarding a $300 million unsecured credit loan to affiliates of Independence Realty Trust. The loan was used to refinance a formerly secured credit facility.

Notable practitioners

Chris Smith is highly regarded by sources as "a terrific business lawyer," and they go on to say that "he is very well versed and very well integrated" in the real estate transactional space. He has significant experience advising a broad client base on complex deals.

The "very practical" Malcolm Montgomery is "really deal oriented and makes a big difference in terms of making the deal go smoothly," peers attest. His real estate practice encompasses expertise in range of financing transactions including leveraged lending and investment matters.

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Sidley Austin LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Represents lenders and owners in structuring a broad range of complex financings, including mezzanine loans, CMBS transactions and credit facilities. Also experienced in real estate loan workouts, assisting an array of institutional lenders. Offers additional experience advising on community development finance matters.

Strengths Sources attest: "The team are extremely responsive and knowledgeable. They have strong depth of experience across everything commercial real estate and are very technically proficient."

One client reports: "Their quality is outstanding, and they make sure to mind the customer service without sacrificing our position in any way."

Work highlights Provided counsel to M&T Bank on a large number of real estate loan originations. The loans were made to investors, developers and joint ventures, and were worth over $2 billion in aggregate.

Assisted Starwood Property Trust in the origination of a $350 million construction loan. The loan related to a number of multifamily developments in Williamsburg, implemented by former governor Elliott Spitzer.

Notable practitioners

Richard Fries is "very knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate law," comment clients, adding: "He's a pleasure to deal with." His practice spans a spectrum of real estate finance transactions, including acquisition, mezzanine and construction loans in relation to a range of asset classes.

Alan Weil "has an unbelievable manner about him when it comes to negotiating," clients comment, adding: "He is very practical and knows where an issue should land." He has significant experience in the market and is noted for his knowledge across a range of real estate transactional matters.

Steven Koppel's practice spans across a broad range of real estate finance, development and restructuring transactions. He frequently advises a range of domestic and foreign equity investors.

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Distinguished real estate group that advises on the full range of complex property transactions and financings across a wide variety of asset classes. Regularly works with private equity houses and funds in high-value deals.

Strengths "Everyone we deal with is equally talented and hard-working," one client lauds, adding: "We are extremely pleased with their quality."

One client enthuses: "Their customer service and creativity as advisers are as good as it gets," going on to highlight that "the depth of talent from partner through to associate is unmatched."

Work highlights Advised Blackstone in selling Strategic Hotels & Resorts, owner of a portfolio of 15 luxury hotels, to Angbang Insurance Group. The value of the deal was approximately $5.2 billion.

Represented Northwood Investors in the acquisition of a majority of Ballantyne Corporate Park in North Carolina, which included class A offices, a golf course and two hotels. The purchase was financed by five separate loans from various lenders.

Notable practitioners

Scott Kobak's commercial real estate practice is focused on handling complex development, acquisition and financing matters, often acting for domestic and foreign institutional investors. One pleased client comments: "He is very responsive and knowledgeable, and I can rely on him to get back to me quickly with complete and accurate information."

Head of the firm's real estate practice Gregory Ressa handles an array of complex real estate transactions, including financing and M&A matters. One impressed client says: "He is highly commercial and his customer service is as good as it gets."

Sasan Mehrara has experience handling an array of cross-border and domestic real estate transactions, frequently acting on behalf of private equity firms. One client lauds: "He is a phenomenal lawyer. He's commercially reasonable and he has a great sense of the market."

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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.

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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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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Excels in advising on a wide variety of transactional and joint venture agreements relating to the purchase and sale of significant real estate assets. Also provides high-end advice on financing and development arrangements for large real estate projects. Additionally well versed across recapitalization and restructuring matters.

Strengths One source notes: "This is a group of intellectually gifted and very hard-working attorneys," continuing: "The team as a whole is unrivaled in both the quality of their work and their client service."

Clients say: "They have a very strong team which is also very commercial. They can get to the bottom of things very quickly because they have so much volume."

Work highlights Represented Alexander's in a $500 million CMBS refinancing for an office condominium on Lexington Avenue. This included lease negotiations with Bloomberg as the primary tenant.

Advised Broad Street Principal Investments in its acquisition, with joint venture partner William Macklowe, of the ground lease of 110 University Place. The firm also handled the related construction financing aspects.

Notable practitioners

Chair of the firm Joseph Shenker is "extremely practical, intelligent and hard-working" sources observe, adding: "That is a great combination." He has considerable experience handling investment and M&A transactions in the real estate market.

Arthur Adler advises a range of client on real estate transactional and financing matters. One impressed source comments: "Arthur is great. He’s always steady, thoroughly versed in all the nuances and pragmatic."

Anthony Colletta is "a subject matter expert and commercially oriented," sources comment. He is well regarded in the market for handling a broad range of complex commercial real estate transactions as well as financing issues.

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for A popular choice for clients navigating complicated joint venture agreements and financing arrangements in relation to real estate transactions. Complementary expertise in the formation of real estate funds.

Strengths Commentators laud: “Weil has always stood out in its ability to deliver top-quality results in a timely and efficient manner,” going on to add: “They are a large firm with tremendous resources that provides the client with the attention of a boutique firm.”

Work highlights Assisted Brookfield Asset Management with its $2.8 billion acquisition of all outstanding common shares of Rouse Properties that the client did not previously own.

Represented Pace Holdings, an SPAC sponsored by a TPG Global affiliate, in its business combination with Playa Hotels & Resorts in a deal valued at around $1.75 billion.

Notable practitioners

Co-head of the firm's real estate practice Michael Bond has significant experience handling a broad range of real estate market transactions. He demonstrates particular expertise in joint venture and financing matters.

Philip Rosen "cut to the issue immediately, and was completely knowledgeable about how to resolve it and achieve all of my requests," one client enthuses. He has experience across a range of commercial real estate matters, including M&A issues, property debt transactions and restructuring concerns.

David Herman demonstrates expertise handling a broad array of real estate transactions. He offers considerable skills across joint venture and financings as well as acquisitions and dispositions.

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Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP - Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Diverse capabilities across all types of real estate matters, including financings, restructurings and joint ventures. Supplementary strength in REIT agreements and capital markets transactions.

Strengths Clients praise: “Willkie is exceptional. They have fantastic client management skills, contacts and the bandwidth so that no matter what the issue, they're able to address our needs within the firm.”

One source comments: “They work around the clock, they draft great documents and they turn them around extremely quickly,” adding: “They have a deep bench of people and they're very strong in servicing the client.”

Work highlights Acted for Colony Capital in its $17 billion three-way merger with NorthStar Asset Management Group and NorthStar Realty Finance. The combined entity had $58 billion of assets under management.

Assisted Paramount Group, and its joint venture partner Blackstone, with refinancing San Francisco's One Market Plaza office and retail project for $975 million.

Notable practitioners

David Drewes is "very intelligent and responsive," say clients, who go on to highlight that "he has a very client-first mentality." His practice encompasses experience handling complex real estate transactions for an array of clients.

Thomas Henry is "not only extremely smart, but extremely calm and practical. He always figures out how to get things done," report clients. He offers ability handling transactional real estate matters for domestic and international clients.

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Operating at the intersection of Wall Street and Main Street, Willkie’s Real Estate Department leverages its industry experience and multi-disciplinary approach to advise clients on every deal aspect, regardless of structure, size, location or property type. We represent a diverse group of clients — public and private, foreign and domestic, real estate investment and hedge funds — in real estate transactions throughout the United States and beyond.

The team regularly advises large institutional clients on multibillion-dollar transactions, organizes public and private REITs, and advises on opco-propco transactions, REIT mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and securitized financings, as well as other transactions involving public and private capital markets. We also work on complex single-asset and multi-property portfolio acquisitions and sales, formations and recapitalizations of joint ventures, and leasing and development transactions.

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