The lawyers in our Real Estate Practice advise clients on a wide range of real estate matters in the U.S., Israel, and Greater China. Our clients include property developers, real estate investors and investment managers, private equity funds, REITs, operators, joint ventures, and individual buyers and sellers. Our team works with clients on acquisition and investment, development, management and leasing, financing, restructuring, and disposition of real assets.
We apply our skills to the full cycle of a real estate deal, providing a holistic approach for our clients. We handle property acquisition and investment, development, management and leasing, financing, restructuring, and disposition of all asset classes of real estate. We advise on a broad spectrum of commercial, recreational, and residential real estate, including structured equity, structured debt, and hybrid structures. Our lawyers bring experience in related fields such as corporate, tax, immigration, securities, cross-border, and technology laws to provide comprehensive legal advice. We have skilled hospitality and PropTech legal teams, including attorneys who have pioneered major developments within these industries.
We are proud to have our partner Alexandra Levin on the Board of the non-profit Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise (FIBREE.org), the leading international network for exchanging knowledge between the real estate industry, the IT sector, and blockchain technology.
Real Estate Finance
We have represented developers and other clients in a multitude of acquisitions and financings of commercial and residential real estate. We have represented lenders in commercial and residential loans. We have prepared and filed offering plans and amendments for submission to the New York State Attorney General.
Real Estate Leasing; Landlord/Tenant Disputes
Lawyers in our Real Estate Practice advise clients on various leases, including office and retail leases. We have the experience and expertise to work with either the landlord or the tenant to ensure that their commercial objectives and/or risk management needs are met in the leases that we prepare and negotiate. Landlord and tenant issues are also the most common type of dispute that our real estate lawyers are asked to advise on. Together with our litigators, the lawyers in our Real Estate Practice work with our clients on disputes arising under such leases.
Real Estate Litigation
We apply our litigation skills and in-depth knowledge of real estate and banking laws to successfully represent many homeowners in foreclosure at the State Court and Appellate court levels. Our team has written many articles on the topic and a number of our successful cases have been written up in the media.
Our Work with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
In 2003, one of our real estate lawyers was awarded Certification as a Section 8(a) contractor by the US Small Business Administration. As an 8(a) contractor she was awarded a federal government contract to be the exclusive closing agent for the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (“HUD”) covering the five boroughs of NYC and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For the following eight years our lawyer represented HUD in thousands of residential and multi-unit HPD building real estate transactions.
Real Estate Management and Operations
We have represented cooperatives and condominiums in connection with their corporation matters including those related to shareholders, unit owners, managing agents and contractors. We have presided over annual cooperative and condominium annual meetings.
A Partner with HSBC Mortgage Corporation USA
In 2006 one of our team members was selected out of hundreds of New York applicants by HSBC Mortgage Corporation (USA) to handle the electronic conversion of over 5000 UCC cooperative apartment liens in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. She set up systems to handle volume work in an efficient and professional manner and has been recognized for such ability by the prestigious contracts she has been awarded throughout her career.
PropTech, Space Property and Real Estate Tokenization
Although the real estate industry has been traditionally slow to adopt new technologies, that has changed with the development of Real Estate FinTech, Shared Economy and Smart Real Estate. This includes artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, and blockchain technology which is being used for recording real estate transactions and to crowdfund via tokenization of real estate interests. Additionally, our lawyers, who often have a technical background themselves, help startups and investors in PropTech navigate the evolving regulatory environment.