Leasing



We represent both landlords and tenants in connection with complex leases, sale-leasebacks, and brokerage and ancillary agreements in connection with a wide range of retail, office, and industrial properties across the country. In negotiating lease terms, we take a practical approach, striking a balance between achieving our clients' business goals and avoiding a protracted, costly negotiation process.

Representative Matters:

Among our many notable engagements, we have represented:

  • a lender in an $89 million first mortgage loan, the proceeds of which were used to payoff an existing bridge loan and to provide funds for significant tenant improvements for an internationally known shared-office provider.  The loan was secured by a first mortgage lien against the 85,000 sf building located in the Union Square section of Manhattan.  As part of our due diligence, we also reviewed and negotiated multiple aspects of the incoming tenant’s lease with the landlord, as well as drafted the necessary subordination, non-disturbance and attornment document.
  • a federally chartered bank in the management of its domestic commercial real estate operations, including the negotiation of branch office leases throughout the United States, including the negotiation of lease documents, tenant work letters, brokerage agreements, lease surrender agreements, option agreements, estoppel letters, and ancillary documentation;
  • a prominent academic institution in its 18 year, 55,000-square-foot lease at 333 Seventh Avenue in Manhattan, a deal that the March 19, 2014 Commercial Observer named the "Lease of the Week";
  • a luxury retail brand in the negotiation of new and renewal leases nationwide;
  • a prominent pharmaceuticals company in the real estate aspects of the acquisition of a 173,000 square foot immunotherapy manufacturing facility in New Jersey. Working with the client's worldwide oncology group based in Europe and its facilities management group in the U.S., we handled fast-track negotiations to obtain landlord consent to the assignment of the lease, and negotiated key amendments to the lease to permit the use of the facility to support clinical and commercial production of potential new products and personalized cell therapies. In addition, we counseled on ISRA compliance and environmental matters;
  • a major domestic corporation in the sale and leaseback of a 200 acre parcel of land with the client as the seller/tenant and the Empire State Development Corporation as the purchaser/landlord. Since that initial closing, the Firm has continued to represent the client in the ongoing development of the parcel, focusing on matters of zoning, land use subdivision, development rights, and environmental matters;
  • the domestic subsidiary of a global soda and confectionary conglomerate in a build-to-suit lease for a $50 million science and technology center;
  • a prominent automotive manufacturer in its lease of 629-641 West 54th Street (Manhattan), which included a simultaneously negotiated lease extension at another Manhattan property controlled by the client to provide an alternative in the event that the lease for the new site was delayed, as well as advice on zoning and environmental matters;
  • a state sports authority in all aspects of a multi-billion dollar redevelopment of an internationally recognized multi-venue sports complex containing new entertainment/retail, office, hotel, sports stadiums, and public rail access;
  • numerous and varied owner-operators and tenants of office, warehouse and retail properties in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in connection with the preparation and negotiation of leases, subleases, brokerage agreements, tenant work letters, and ancillary agreements;
  • one of New York City's largest private commercial landlords in connection with the preparation of its national forms of retail and office leases;
  • several foreign banking institutions in the negotiation of leases for their New York headquarters in major midtown Manhattan office buildings;
  • a major New Jersey developer in the acquisition and financing of a 500,000 square foot office tower condominium project and related parking facility in Newark, New Jersey;
  • a major New Jersey real estate developer in the acquisition, construction and leasing of a 210,000 square foot build-to-suit headquarters to a Japanese pharmaceutical company;
  • a major New Jersey real estate developer in the negotiation of a 103,000 square foot lease to a major law firm;
  • a Fortune 500 company in connection with the complex leasing and development of a build-to-suit facility in New York City;
  • a financial institution in negotiating and documenting a 140,000 square foot lease that will serve as the client's Cincinnati, OH headquarters, including naming rights on the building, rights to expand, right to contract, and renewal options, among other considerations;
  • closely held real estate companies in connection with the preparation and negotiation of several net lease transactions involving the development of national retailing facilities;
  • a bank in the negotiation and documentation of ground leases nationally in connection with construction of de novo retail branches;
  • a heavy equipment/construction industry company in the negotiation of a lease for a 12,000sf warehouse/showroom building in Hartford, CT, and a similar premises in Danbury, CT; and
  • a prominent restaurant developer in leasing transactions for a number of prominent Manhattan restaurants.




LEASING LAWYERS


Partners

MITCHELL A. GILBERT 
DAVID L. GLANZ 
HOWARD P. LAKIND 
EDWARD P. NOLAN 
KARL PIIRIMAE 
JAY SAMUELS 

Senior Counsel

CHARLES J. HAMILTON, JR. 

Special Counsel

THOMAS A. BANAHAN 
DEBORAH H. BINDLER 
DANIEL POCCHIARI 
THOMAS P. ROHAN 

Associates

WENDY H. LEE