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Because of Simpson Thacher’s range and depth, we can offer real estate clients our experience across the spectrum of corporate matters. Clients worldwide rely on us to handle every phase of an asset’s lifecycle, whether in the mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, private funds or banking and restructuring contexts.

Our work covers hotels, commercial and retail properties, residential properties, homebuilders, construction and property developers and similar asset classes. Clients appreciate our nuanced understanding of the industry, gained through advising on hundreds of real estate matters over decades. 

Iconic Real Estate Transactions

Value and Recent Transaction
$39 billion acquisition of Equity Office Properties
$26 billion sale of GGP to Brookfield (Special Committee of the Board of GGP)
$26 billion acquisition of Hilton Hotels, and Hilton’s IPO and spin-off of its real estate and timeshare business
$23 billion acquisition of the global real estate assets of GE Capital Real Estate
$20 billion announced merger-of-equals between Invitation Homes and Starwood Waypoint Homes  
€12.25 billion sale of Logicor, Blackstone’s pan-European logistics company, to China Investment Corporation
$8 billion acquisition of BioMed Realty
$5.3 billion acquisition of New York’s Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village
C$3.8 billion acquisition of Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust
$1.95 billion sale of La Quinta’s hotel franchise and hotel management businesses to Wyndham as well as La Quinta’s spin-off of its real estate business 
$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)

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.

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Real Estate Practice Group of the Year – Law360 (2013-2017)
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Band 1 Ranking in New York Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance – Chambers USA 2008–2018

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