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Sasan S. Mehrara
Partner
 
425 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-2783
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
Sas Mehrara focuses chiefly on representing private equity firms, real estate opportunity funds and publicly-listed companies in a broad mix of domestic and international real estate transactions. Described by Chambers as “superb” and “a very trusted adviser on bet-the-company transactions,” he has represented the real estate funds of Blackstone, Lindsay Goldberg, Carlyle and Northwood Investors, along with such companies as Glimcher Realty Trust, Hilton Worldwide, La Quinta, Extended Stay America, MeriStar Hospitality, Boca Raton Resorts, IndCor Properties, Equity Office Properties, BioMed Realty, CorePoint Lodging, Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust and Gramercy Property Trust in many significant commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings. Sas has worked on more than $100 billion of public-to-private real estate transactions along with numerous private acquisitions and dispositions including the sale by affiliates of Blackstone of its U.S. industrial platform to affiliates of GIC for $8.1 billion. He has had extensive experience in securitized, syndicated, balance sheet and mezzanine financings, including representing affiliates of Equity Office Properties on the financing of 3 Bryant Park in New York City and numerous multi-asset portfolio financings. Sas was recognized as a Law360 Real Estate MVP in 2015 and 2018.

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Work Highlights
  • Blackstone in its public to private acquisitions of Extended Stay America, Prime Hospitality, La Quinta, MeriStar Hospitality, Trizec Properties, Equity Office Properties, Hilton Worldwide, BioMed Realty, Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust and Gramercy Property Trust and in numerous commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and financings for such companies
  • Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust in its acquisition of a 22-million-square-foot industrial portfolio from Cabot Properties for $1.8 billion 
  • La Quinta in a financing and spin-off of its real estate business into CorePoint Lodging, a new independent publicly traded REIT, and its sale of La Quinta’s franchise and hotel management businesses to Wyndham for $1.95 billion
  • Blackstone in its joint venture with Hilton Grand Vacations to acquire Elara, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club
  • BioMed Realty in the sale of substantially all of the life science and medical real estate assets of Wexford Science & Technology to Ventas for $1.5 billion
  • Blackstone and IndCor Properties in the $8.1 billion sale of their U.S. industrial platform to affiliates of GIC
  • Lindsay Goldberg in the acquisition of 64 skilled nursing facilities in a joint venture with Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. from Welltower
  • Glimcher Realty Trust in its merger with Washington Prime Group, Inc.
  • Blackstone in its investment in a joint venture with Kimco Realty Corp relating to a portfolio of 39 shopping centers for approximately $1.1 billion and the subsequent sale of this interest to Kimco
Accolades
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • "Dealmaker of the Week," The American Lawyer (December 2014)
  • Law360 Real Estate MVP (2015 and 2018)
Education
  • George Washington University Law School, 1997 J.D.
    With Honors; George Washington Law Review, Prod. Editor, 1996–1997
  • University of Pennsylvania, 1994 B.A.
    cum laude; With Distinction in History
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • New York Bar Association
  • Member, NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate Industry Advisory Board
Admissions
  • New York 1998

Sas Mehrara is a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Department, where he focuses primarily on representing private equity firms, real estate opportunity funds and publicly listed companies in a wide variety of domestic and international real estate transactions. Sas has represented the real estate funds of The Blackstone Group, Lindsay Goldberg, The Carlyle Group and Northwood Investors along with companies such as Glimcher Realty Trust, Hilton Worldwide, La Quinta, Extended Stay America, MeriStar Hospitality, Boca Raton Resorts, IndCor Properties, Equity Office Properties, BioMed Realty, CorePoint Lodging, Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust and Gramercy Property Trust in numerous commercial real estate acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures and financings.

Sas has worked on more than $100 billion of public-private real estate transactions, which have included the acquisition by affiliates of The Blackstone Group of Extended Stay America, Prime Hospitality, La Quinta, MeriStar, Trizec Properties, Equity Office Properties, Hilton Hotels, Biomed Realty, Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust and Gramercy Property Trust along with numerous private acquisitions and dispositions including the recent sale by affiliates of Blackstone of its U.S. industrial platform to affiliates of GIC for $8.1 billion. Sas also has had extensive experience in securitized, syndicated, balance sheet and mezzanine financings, including representing affiliates of Equity Office Properties on the financing of 3 Bryant Park in New York City and the refinancing of a portfolio of more than 650 hotels owned by affiliates of Blackstone, which at the time was the largest commercial mortgage securitization ever, along with numerous other complex single asset and portfolio real estate financings and restructurings. 

Sas has been named one of the leading real estate lawyers in the United States in the publication Chambers USA, which has called him “superb” and “a very trusted adviser on bet-the-company transactions.” He has also been recognized as a Law360 Real Estate MVP in 2015 and 2018.

Sas is also on the Advisory Board of NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Sas joined Simpson Thacher in 2000 and became a Partner in 2007.  Sas received his B.A., cum laude, with distinction in history, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and his J.D. with honors from The George Washington University Law School in 1997, where he was the production editor of The George Washington University Law Review.

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