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Real Estate

With one of the most sophisticated and diversified real estate practices among major law firms, Simpson Thacher provides clients with premier service on real estate matters. Our practice spans all areas of the real estate industry, including mergers and acquisitions of both public and private real estate companies, sales and acquisitions of portfolios and individual assets, finance, real estate development, leasing, structured financing, joint ventures and partnerships. The practice is international in scope, with approximately 40 real estate lawyers across the Firm’s New York, London and Hong Kong offices.

Our synthesis of real estate experience with our leading corporate practices—M&A, capital markets, banking and restructuring—allows us to offer institutional real estate investors a single source of advice for their most complex real estate matters. Representing the world’s leading private equity real estate fund managers, such as Blackstone Real Estate Partners, The Carlyle Group, KKR, Northwood Investors and Centerbridge, we have worked on many of the most significant real estate matters in the market.

Band 1
Band 1 Ranking in New York Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance, Chambers USA 2008–2015

Iconic Real Estate Transactions

Value and Recent Transaction
$39 billion acquisition of Equity Office Properties
$26 billion acquisition of Hilton Hotels and Hilton's IPO
$23 billion acquisition of assets of GE Capital Real Estate
$8.9 billion acquisition of Trizec Properties 
$8.1 billion sale of IndCor Properties
$8 billion acquisition of BioMed Realty
$6 billion acquisition of Strategic Hotels & Resorts
$5.3 billion acquisition of New York's Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village
$4.3 billion acquisition of Glimcher Realty Trust by Washington Prime Group (REIT)
$2.2 billion sale of Three Bryant Park
$1.95 billion sale of the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York
$1.73 billion acquisition of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
$1.3 billion acquisition of the Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower)
$992 million acquisition of more than 7 million square feet of office and industrial properties throughout the U.K.

Other highlights include the $500 million settlement and repayment of the first mortgage financing secured by 7 World Trade Center following its destruction on 9/11.

Practice of the Year
A Real Estate Practice Group of the Year – Law360 (2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011)

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