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Gregory J. Ressa
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-7430
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
The Head of our Real Estate Practice, Greg Ressa provides advice on all aspects of the real estate industry, with particular emphasis on representation of real estate opportunity funds, real estate mergers and acquisitions, and real estate finance. Praised by Chambers as “very smart,” “outstanding,” and “one of the best private equity guys in the market,” he has handled transactions involving Blackstone, AIG, Northwood Investors, Centerbridge, Barclays Capital, Hilton Worldwide, Invitation Homes, Och-Ziff Real Estate and Dune Real Estate Fund on an array of both domestic and international transactions. Two prominent recent transactions include the $1.95 billion sale of Waldorf Astoria in New York by Hilton Worldwide to Anbang Insurance and $1.3 billion acquisition of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) by Blackstone.

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Work Highlights
  • $39 billion acquisition of Equity Office Properties Trust by Blackstone
  • $26 billion acquisition of Hilton Hotels by Blackstone
  • $23 billion acquisition of real estate assets from GE Capital by Blackstone
  • $6 billion acquisition of Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc. by Blackstone
  • $1.95 billion sale of Waldorf Astoria New York by Hilton Worldwide to Anbang Insurance
  • $1.73 billion acquisition of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Blackstone
  • $1.3 billion acquisition of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) by Blackstone
  • $805 million sale of New York Palace Hotel to LOTTE Hotels by Northwood Investors
  • $5 + billion  series of single-family rental securitizations by Invitation Homes
  • Acquisition of Great Wolf Resorts by Centerbridge Partners from affiliates of Apollo Global Management

 

Accolades
  • Chambers USA: America Leading Lawyers for Business (Band 1 Ranking for Real Estate – Nationwide and Real Estate: Corporate – New York)
  • The Legal 500 United States (Leading Lawyer - Real Estate)
Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, 1987 J.D.
    Fordham University Law Review, Associate Editor
  • Tufts University, 1984 B.A.

Greg Ressa is Head of the Real Estate Department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Greg has an active practice involving all aspects of the real estate industry with particular emphasis on representation of real estate opportunity funds, real estate mergers and acquisitions, and real estate finance. He has handled transactions involving The Blackstone Group, AIG, Northwood Investors, Centerbridge, Barclays Capital, Hilton Worldwide, Invitation Homes, Och-Ziff Real Estate and Dune Real Estate Fund on a wide variety of both domestic and international transactions.

Transactions on which Greg has advised include:

  • $39 billion acquisition of Equity Office Properties Trust (NYSE: EOP) by Blackstone
  • $26 billion acquisition of Hilton Hotels Corporation by Blackstone
  • $23 billion acquisition of real estate assets from GE Capital by Blackstone
  • $8.9 billion acquisition of Trizec Properties, Inc. (NYSE: TRZ) by Blackstone
  • $8 billion sale of Extended Stay Hotels by Blackstone to The Lightstone Group 
  • $6.8 billion sale of eight New York City office properties by Blackstone to Macklowe Properties
  • $6 billion acquisition of Strategic Hotels and Resorts Inc. by Blackstone
  • $5.6 billion acquisition of CarrAmerican Realty Corporation (NYSE:  CRE) by Blackstone  
  • $3.4 billion acquisition of La Quinta Corporation (NYSE: LQI) by Blackstone
  • $3.2 billion acquisition of Wyndham International Inc. (AMEX: WBR) by Blackstone
  • $2.6 billion acquisition of Meristar Hospitality Corporation (NYSE:  MHX) by Blackstone 
  • $1.95 billion sale of Waldorf Astoria New York by Hilton Worldwide to Anbang Insurance 
  • $1.9 billion acquisition from Accor SA of its United States Economy Hotels Division, which includes Motel 6, by Blackstone
  • $1.73 billion acquisition of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas by Blackstone
  • $1.4 billion sale of The Savoy Group, owner of four of London’s most famous hotels; Claridges, The Berkeley, The Connaught and The Savoy 
  • $1.3 billion acquisition of Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) by Blackstone
  • $1.25 billion acquisition of Boca Resorts Inc. (NYSE: RST) by Blackstone
  • $805 million sale of New York Palace Hotel to LOTTE Hotels by Northwood Investors
  • $500 million settlement and repayment of first mortgage financing secured by 7 World Trade Center following its destruction on 9/11
  • $5 + billion series of single family rental securitizations by Invitation Homes, including the first such securitization transaction ever completed
  • Acquisition of Great Wolf Resorts by Centerbridge Partners from affiliates of Apollo Global Management

Greg has been ranked Band 1 by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the categories of Real Estate (Nationwide) and Real Estate: Corporate (New York). He has also been ranked as a “Leading Lawyer” by The Legal 500 United States.

Greg joined Simpson Thacher in 1987 and was elected to become a member of the Firm in November 1995. He received his B.A. from Tufts University in 1984 and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1987, where he was associate editor of the Fordham University Law Review.

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