Real Estate

The Meltzer Lippe Real Estate Practice Group is a national commercial transactional practice advising prominent developers, financial institutions, real estate investment firms, real estate investment trusts and private clients in the completion of sophisticated real estate transactions, as well as commercial lending and borrowing.

The practice includes all aspects of commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions; 1031 exchanges, loan assumptions and defeasances; partnership and operating agreements; creating complex organizational structures; and representing lenders and borrowers in all facets of real estate lending and borrowing. Types of transactions include, but are not limited to, multi-state portfolio financings on the lending and borrowing sides; originating CMBS, life insurance company, mezzanine and bank loans; drafting and negotiating participation and inter-creditor agreements between lenders; debt restructurings; and drafting and negotiating forbearance agreements between lenders and borrowers.

We have experience representing both landlords and tenants in office building, shopping center, big box, triple net and industrial park lease drafting and negotiations as well as mortgage and mezzanine financing for similar properties.

We are involved in the conversion of residential and office properties to condominium ownership.

The real estate group represents buyers and sellers of all types of property – commercial, retail, shopping centers, multi-family complexes and apartment buildings, residential communities, golf courses, industrial/warehouse developments, hotels and free standing triple net credit tenant-properties located throughout the United States. We prepare and negotiate all types of leases representing landlords and tenants – office, commercial, retail leases including big box, shopping center leases, publicly traded company headquarter leases, free standing retail and restaurant leases, parking garages, ground leases, triple net leases and sale leasebacks.

Meltzer Lippe also represents sellers and purchasers of real estate loans including performing due diligence, drafting and negotiating sale-purchase agreements and handling all aspects of closing loan sale and / or purchase transactions.

Snapshot

  • Meltzer Lippe, Holland & Knight Steer $109 million NYC deal on Broadway
  • Major Sale closed – 82 Properties, 17 States
  • The sale of the iconic Transamerica Tower in Baltimore, MD for $121 million
  • Represented seller in the $83 million sale of a preferred membership interest in a real estate joint venture owning 28 properties
  • A 232,000 square foot build to suit Lease representing Dealertrack at 3400 New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park, New York
  • A $150 million sale of 529 Broadway in Manhattan
  • The acquisition of 1225 Second Avenue – the entire retail block on the west side of Second Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets in Manhattan;
  • The $56 million acquisition of Clock-tower Shopping Center in Queens
  • A 12 property financing surrounding the Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn
  • The $14.5 million acquisition of a 34-unit multifamily building located in Park Slope, on the cusp of Downtown Brooklyn
  • Advising the lender in local law, zoning and IDA issues relating to The Ritz Carlton Residences – North Hills
  • Representing the purchaser/new owner of 666 Old Country Road, Garden City, 114 Old Country Road, Mineola and 100 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre
  • Representing a national proprietary trade school for all of its leasing needs in the Northeast
  • Represented the Purchaser in the acquisition and financing of a Walmart Distribution Center in Charleston, South Carolina, containing 560,000 square feet.
    The purchase price was $21,400,000.00 and the mortgage financing was $15,500,000.00.
  • Represented the Purchaser in the acquisition and financing of a Walmart Distribution Center in Statesboro, Georgia, containing 303,000 square feet.
    The purchase price was $10,400,000.00 and the mortgage financing was $7,000,000.00.

Department Chair(s)
Gary M. Meltzer / gmeltzer@meltzerlippe.com



ATTORNEYS 

Gary M. Meltzer
Gary M. Meltzer

Partner

 Practice Groups:

Real Estate

Areas of Focus: Commercial real estate, finance and corporate law.

Overview: Gary’s practice is a national commercial transactional practice with an emphasis on selling, buying, leasing and finance. Gary’s practice includes all aspects of commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions including 1031 exchanges, loan assumptions and defeasances.

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William W. Post
William W. Post

Partner

Practice Group: Real Estate, Corporate / Business

Areas of Focus: Real Estate & Corporate Law 

Overview: Bill has over twenty-five years of experience in representing private and public companies, including several real estate investment trusts, in all aspects of commercial real estate, including acquisitions, financings, leasing and dispositions of office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, warehouse buildings and residential apartment complexes located through-out the United States.

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Esta Algava-Czik
Esta Algava-Czik

Partner

 Practice Group: Real Estate  Overview: Esta represents lenders and borrowers in all aspects of real estate loan transactions. She represents sellers, buyers, landlords and tenants in all aspects of commercial  and residential real estate. She also represents owners in development of property, including construction agreements. 

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Stephen M. Breitstone
Stephen M. Breitstone

Partner

Practice Groups: Tax Law, Business Law, Real Estate, International Law, Estate Planning, Trust & Estates, Tax-Exempt Organizations

Areas of Focus: Private Wealth & Taxation

Overview: Steve is counsel to many of the firm’s wealthiest and most prominent clients, providing sophisticated tax and estate planning advice for several large New York real estate families, private equity funds, Wall Street investment bankers, fund managers, corporate executives, large estates and others. He has pioneered many novel tax planning techniques – some combining his broad knowledge of partnership taxation and estate planning. Steve’s style of practice is personal, not institutional; and his client’s goals and objectives are his priority. 

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David Heymann
David Heymann

Managing Partner

Practice Groups:Corporate / Business, Real Estate

Areas of Focus: Securities with an emphasis on representing real estate companies, including REITs and structuring multi-party transactions

Overview: David represents lenders and borrowers in all facets of real estate lending as well as drafting and negotiating participation and inter-creditor agreements between lenders and drafting and negotiating forbearance agreements between lenders and borrowers.

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David S. Koffler
David S. Koffler

Partner

Practice Group: Real Estate

Areas of Focus: Construction agreements, commercial mortgages and loan agreements, condemnation, tax deferred exchanges and use and occupancy agreements. 

Overview: David’s practice encompasses all areas of real estate transactions. The scope of his work includes purchases and sales, commercial leasing, architect and construction agreements, commercial mortgages and loan agreements, condemnation, tax deferred exchanges and use and occupancy agreements.

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Lew Meltzer
Lew Meltzer

Chairman

    Practice Groups: Government Strategies, Real Estate, Corporate / Business/ Tax & Tax Controversy, Trust & Estates, Wealth Preservation and High Net worth Planning Areas of Focus:Tax, Corporate  and real Estate 

Overview: Lew is Chairman of the firm. He seeks out, structures and acquires real estate investments for clients. Lew is active in public service, community organizations, and national and international politics. He is the Founder, Chairman and President of Long Island Foreign Affairs Forum; a developer of residential country club featuring a Gary Player signature golf course, marina and tennis complex. 

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Seong-Mi Oh
Seong-Mi Oh

Associate

   Seong-Mi Oh is an Associate in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. She specializes in real estate financing, leasing, acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate properties. Seong-Mi has represented institutional lenders as well as borrowers in the origination of mortgage, mezzanine and construction loans. She also has experience representing both landlords and tenants in negotiating leases and subleases for retail and commercial properties. 

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David I. Schaffer
David I. Schaffer

Partner

Practice Groups:Corporate / Business, Real Estate

Areas of Focus: Corporate Law: venture capital; franchising; public and private offerings; and representing commercial landlords.

Overview: David represents public and private companies; negotiates, drafts and reviews corporate documents for the firm’s corporate clients, both public and private, start-up and established; and handles various public and private offerings, acquisitions and franchising matters.

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Sigmund S. Semon
Sigmund S. Semon

Counsel

Practice Groups: Real Estate, Litigation

Areas of Focus: Corporate Law, Construction Industry Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Banking, Real Estate 

Overview: For over thirty years Sig Semon’s practice has been concentrated in the areas of Construction Industry Law where he has represented major construction companies and contractors involved in the areas of general construction, road building, mechanical contractors, excavation, asphalt and concrete, manufacturing and all phases of heavy construction.

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