Brian S. Lichter
  1. Partner

Mr. Lichter is a partner in Davis Polk’s Real Estate Group. His practice includes the representation of owners, developers, funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and other financial institutions in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, concentrating in the acquisition, development and disposition of office, hotel, retail and multifamily properties, joint ventures, commercial mortgage, mezzanine and construction financings, preferred equity investments and debt restructurings.

Work 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


  • 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

Of Note

  • Member, Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity New York City
  • Member, Board of Directors, UJA-Federation of New York
  • Member, UJA-Federation of New York’s Real Estate Executive Committee
  • Past Chair, UJA-Federation of New York’s Young Real Estate Executives (REX) Steering Committee
  • Associate Trustee, Washington Institute for Near East Policy
  • Member, Real Estate Board of New York

3 Areas Of Real Estate To Watch In 2021,” Law360, January 3, 2021

Professional History

  • Partner, Davis Polk, 2013-present
  • Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, 2011-2013
  • Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, 2002-2011

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • State of California


  • B.A., Emory University, 1998
  • J.D., New York University School of Law, 2002