Our real estate lawyers represent tenants and landlords, as well as buyers and sellers of all sizes, at every stage in the real estate life cycle. Long dominant in the fast-paced New York City real estate market, we have become a key player in national markets as our clients’ interests have expanded. Our reputation for toughness and fairness has earned repeat business from sophisticated clients that value a win-win deal where all parties get what they need.
The rapidly changing space needs of companies drive our commercial leasing practice — one of the most active in the nation. Whether leasing office, retail or industrial/commercial space, clients look to us for cost-effective transactions tailored to their business plans, which we deliver with speed and efficiency. Our retail clients include national chains, malls and anchor stores. We lease office space for major financial institutions, marketing companies, law firms, private equity funds and much more. We represent landlords in negotiating office, residential, industrial, warehouse and retail leases throughout the United States.
Purchases and Sales
From initial planning through closing, buyers and sellers of high-value commercial real estate properties rely on us to facilitate their transactions, including the formation of entities to acquire those properties. We regularly handle the purchase and sale of office buildings, retail outlets, residential buildings, industrial facilities and shopping centers. In connection with some of these deals, we negotiate air rights and financing arrangements, in addition to representing partnership interests. Clients also turn to us to acquire or sell real estate assets out of bankruptcy.
Hotels and Hospitality
We are instrumental in the design and execution of agreements governing the hospitality industry and the intersecting relationships between hotels and restaurants. This includes management and operating agreements for restaurant operators and celebrity chefs, fitness centers, food courts, and all manner of retail spaces within hotels. We also draw up licensing agreements, joint venture agreements and development plans for all categories of properties, including mixed-use buildings that combine retail, office and residential in the same space.
When real estate disputes arise — as they inevitably do — our clients trust us to steer them to the right outcome, especially at the high end of the New York City real estate market. We have vast experience guiding clients through all types of litigations and arbitrations relating to leases, subleases and property ownership partnership disputes, as well as disputes arising over building operations and repairs, tax escalations, operating expenses, brokerage commissions, and nonpayment and holdover proceedings.
Financing and Restructuring
Clients turn to us to help secure financing for a wide variety of real estate transactions. We negotiate commercial and residential mortgages, construction loans, and financing for government-subsidized housing. We also design and negotiate sale and leaseback transactions, ground leases and joint ventures.