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USA Guide

Real Estate: Finance — New York

Senior Statesmen

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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

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Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Band 1

Fredric L Altschuler

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Sidley Austin LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 1

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 1

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Michael Weinberger

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Band 2

Warren J Bernstein

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 2

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 2

Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Band 2

William P McInerney

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 2

Malcolm K Montgomery

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 3

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 3

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 3

Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Christopher S. Delson

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 3

Morrison & Foerster LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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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Joseph Philip Forte

Sullivan & Worcester LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Joseph Philip Forte of Sullivan & Worcester LLP "has a very good perspective and information on the industry," commentators note, adding: "He can deliver that information in the right context to help the client make a good decision." He handles an array of commercial financing transactions including securitization, origination and restructuring matters.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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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Steven G Horowitz

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Latham & Watkins LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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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Haynes and Boone, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

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.

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Band 3

Audrey L Sokoloff

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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Band 3

David J Weinberger

Proskauer Rose LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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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Up and Coming

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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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Up and Coming

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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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Up and Coming

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

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."

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