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Brian S. Lichter

Co-head of Real Estate practice. Represents owners, developers, funds, REITs and other financial institutions in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions.

Brian is co-head of our Real Estate practice. He represents property owners, developers, funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other financial institutions in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions. He concentrates on the acquisition, disposition and development of office, retail, hotel and multifamily properties; joint ventures; commercial mortgage, mezzanine and construction financings; preferred equity investments; and debt restructurings.

Brian’s work is recognized by publications including Chambers USA and Law360.

He serves as a member of the boards of directors of Habitat for Humanity New York City and UJA-Federation of New York (UJA). Brian is also a member of UJA’s Real Estate Executive Committee, a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and an associate trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.


Experience highlights

  • RXR Realty and SL Green acquisition of a 48.7% controlling interest in One Worldwide Plaza in Manhattan from an affiliate of New York REIT
  • RXR Realty acquisition of a 49% controlling interest of the leasehold estate in 5 Times Square in Manhattan from David Werner and partners
  • Andra AP-fonden (AP2) and Bouwinvest in their acquisitions of interests in a joint venture managed by Tishman Speyer to develop the Spiral trophy office tower in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards
  • SL Green sale of commercial condominium units in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to an affiliate of Ethika Capital
  • Cadre sale of the 400-unit Avida Apartments in Murray, UT
  • Slate Property Group and Vanke US sale of 45 Rivington Street in Manhattan
Joint Ventures
  • Related Companies joint venture with Atria Real Property Investors to acquire, develop, redevelop, operate and manage luxury senior assisted living and related projects in major cities worldwide
  • Meadow Partners joint venture with affiliates of Tribeca Investment Group and that venture’s entry into a joint venture with affiliates of PGIM to acquire a ground leasehold interest in 295 Fifth Avenue (the Textile Building) in Manhattan
  • Midwood Investment & Development joint venture for the multi-use development of 200-204 South 12th Street in Philadelphia
Borrower Representations
  • Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group $1.5 billion construction financing from a bank syndicate led by Deutsche Bank for the development of the one-million-square-foot Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards
  • RXR Realty, David Werner and partners’ $1.345 billion mortgage and mezzanine refinancing of 5 Times Square in Manhattan
  • Moinian Group $100 million CMBS refinancing of 60 Madison Avenue in Manhattan from Deutsche Bank
Lender Representations
  • Citibank workout of a portfolio of commercial real estate mortgage loans to an affiliate of the business enterprise of a high-net-worth individual and, alternatively, a sale of the underlying promissory notes
  • Acadia Realty Trust preferred investment in a joint venture with affiliates of Madison Capital and Meadow Partners to acquire a 49% interest in Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Brooklyn
  • Mesa West Capital $155 million mortgage financing of an office park in Warren, NJ, owned by a joint venture of Rubenstein Partners and Vision Real Estate Partners
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Law360 – "Real Estate MVP of the Year," 2016
Law360 – “Rising Star: Real Estate,” 2012
Chambers USA – Real Estate: Mainly Dirt, New York
UJA-Federation of New York – Larry A. Silverstein REX Award, 2017
J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Emory University
Professional history
  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2013-present
  • Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, 2011-2013
  • Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, 2002-2011
Qualifications and admissions
  • State of California
  • State of New York
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