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Steve Bassin has substantial experience in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions in the United States and abroad. His experience spans various asset classes, including, hotels, condominiums, multi-family, retail, entertainment, office and other commercial properties. Steve frequently represents developers throughout the entire lifecycle of their projects, starting with the acquisition, through pre-development, construction, leasing, financings, joint ventures and the ultimate disposition or other capital events.


  • Real estate finance, including, construction, mezzanine, preferred equity and equity financings
  • Joint ventures
  • Private equity
  • Real estate acquisitions and dispositions
  • Development
  • Hospitality
  • Foreign inbound investment
  • Leasing



  • Represented various developers in all aspects of several high-rise luxury condominium projects in various states, including, acquisitions, joint ventures, branding and financings.
  • Represented client in the acquisition, joint venture and construction financing for Aman Miami Beach.
  • Represented client in the acquisition, financing and development of the Ritz Carlton Nomad.
  • Represented client in a public-private partnership for the financing of the redevelopment of the Pimlico Race Course.
  • Represented client in a repositioning of the Gulfstream Park Race Course.
  • Represented various developers in acquisitions and financings of several high profile land assemblages.
  • Represented developer in several acquisitions, financings and development of retail and entertainment projects on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Represented client in the joint venture and financing for a redevelopment of a prominent shopping center in Los Angeles.
  • Represented clients in the acquisition of loan portfolios with a total value of approximately $2 billion secured by hospitality, industrial and office properties.
  • Represented private equity fund in acquisition and financing of approximately $1 billion of multi-family and student housing properties.
  • Represented a REIT in approximately $500 million of construction and term financings of medical office and senior living properties.
  • Represented developers in negotiations with several anchor tenants, including, several Walgreens, Publix, Starbucks and CVS locations.
  • Represented developer in all aspects of acquiring, financing and repositioning of the Shelborne Hotel on Miami Beach, Florida, including all hotel related agreements.
  • Represented developer in all aspects of repositioning an existing 40 acre hotel site in Orlando, Florida, including, acquisition, financing, retail leasing and hotel agreements.
  • Represented private equity firm in acquiring, financing and ultimate disposition of the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
  • Represented developer in construction financing for first-of-a-kind Virgin-branded hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Represented developer in evaluating the acquisition of the Setai Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.
  • Represented a public hospitality operator in the acquisition of a luxury hotel portfolio in Jamaica.
  • Represented developer in the acquisition of land in Turks and Caicos for the development of an ultra-luxury hotel and residences.
  • Represented Baltimore Orioles in the leasing and development of a training facility in the Dominican Republic.
  • Represented developer in the negotiation of hotel agreements for the development of an ultra-luxury resort and residences in West Caicos.
  • Represented developer in acquisition and development of luxury Caribbean resort in Anguilla including negotiation of leases and concessions with Government of Anguilla, and hotel operating agreements with a luxury international brand.
  • Represented various prospective developers in evaluating viability of projects and legislation in jurisdictions of Barbuda, Anguilla and Bahamas.
  • Represented developer in the acquisition and financing of a repositioning of a hotel in Harbour Island, Bahamas.
  • Represented cruise line in negotiation of a port lease in Haiti.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2023-2024
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2017-2018, 2022
  • Listed, Florida Trend, "Legal Elite," 2019
  • Selected, Daily Business Review, "Top Dealmakers of the Year - Real Estate Finance Category," 2013
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Team Member, Chambers USA Award for Excellence, Real Estate, 2010 and 2013


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 2006
    • Order of the Coif
    • Member, University of Miami Law Review
    • Dean's Merit Scholarship Recipient
    • Dean's List
  • B.S., Computer Science, magna cum laude, St. John's University, 1999
    • Dean's List
  • Florida
  • Russian