Robert Ivanhoe, partner and chair of the global real estate practice at Greenberg Traurig, has overseen the division for the past 20 years. The Long Island native, who works out of the global law firm’s New York office in the MetLife Building, oversees a team of more than 200 lawyers specializing in real estate acquisitions, finance, restructuring and investment trusts, among other things. Mr. Ivanhoe represented Israeli investor Miki Naftali in his 2004 acquisition of The Plaza Hotel for $675 million, which Mr. Naftali converted from 805 hotel rooms into 282 guest rooms and 152 private condominium hotel units. Last year, he served as co-counsel for China’sAnbang Insurance Group in its whopping purchase of the Waldorf-Astoria New York for $1.95 billion—the largest hotel acquisition in the world.
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