Honors Go to “Legal Aces”
NEW YORK — Nov. 17, 2015 — Stephen Rabinowitz, real estate shareholder and co-managing shareholder of global law firm Greenberg Traurig’s New York office, was named by Law360 to its annual “MVP List” of attorneys. Rabinowitz is one of just 10 lawyers in the United States to have received this award in the real estate category, which distinguishes those in the field for their accomplishments in record-breaking deals and complex global matters in 2015.
Rabinowitz was recognized for his client representation and leadership in several notable real estate deals, including: 233 S. Wacker LLC in the $1.3 billion sale to Blackstone of the former Sears Tower in Chicago, which is is reported to be the largest of a U.S. office tower outside of New York; Ceruzzi Properties in a joint venture with Shanghai Municipal Investment USA, a subsidiary of the largest state-owned enterprise in Shanghai, China, in connection with the $325 million acquisition of 520 Fifth Avenue and 60,000 sq. ft. of air rights from Thor Equities; and SL Green in their purchase of the historic New York City office tower at 11 Madison Avenue, which is reported to be the second largest office building transaction ever at more than $2.25 billion.
“We congratulate Stephen on this well-deserved recognition,” said Robert J. Ivanhoe, chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Real Estate Practice. “His leadership and dedication on behalf of clients and within our Real Estate Practice exemplifies the firm’s commitment to excellence in client service.”
Rabinowitz represents private equity funds, financial institutions, developers and other investors and operators in the acquisition, financing, development, sale and leasing of all classes of commercial properties, including office, hotel, multi-family, and condominium properties. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to joint ventures, preferred equity investments and other sophisticated equity and debt structures, including venture formation and debt and equity restructuring.
The Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice spans 40 years of delivering multidisciplinary legal solutions for property investment, development, and management, as well as real estate finance. The team draws upon the knowledge of more than 200 real estate lawyers, and the resources that the firm’s global organization has to offer. The team provides clients with integrated legal services for all phases of a project and most stages of business. Its client base comprises a broad range of property developers, lenders, investment managers, opportunity funds, Real Estate Investment Trusts, and private owners. The firm advises clients on a variety of matters involving diverse forms of commercial, recreational and residential real estate.