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Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2020


Speaker(s): Adam M. Endick, Anthony E. Davis, Chris M. Smith, David C. Drewes, Doug Harmon, Ellen M. Goodwin, Janis M. Meyer, Jonathan L. Mechanic, Martin D. Polevoy, Nichole D. Cortese, Nicole Levin Mesard, Richard S. Fries, Ronald D. Sernau, Scott M. Kobak, Suzanne deVries Decker
Recorded on: Oct. 30, 2020
PLI Program #: 278589

Adam Endick has significant experience in a wide range of real estate matters with a particular focus on commercial leasing. Adam represents various institutional and non-institutional clients in the leasing and subleasing and acquisitions and dispositions of real property throughout the United States, including WeWork Companies Inc., Oxford Property Group, Extell Development Company, Boston Properties, Equity Office Properties, Joy Construction, and Deerfield Management Company.

Adam also has experience in joint ventures, fund formation, financings, acquisitions, dispositions, loan workouts and developments. He has represented major lending institutions, including Fortress Investment Group, Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch and JPMorgan Chase, in securitized real estate loans, mezzanine loans, construction loans and unsecured revolving credit facilities.

Adam is recognized for his real estate practice in Chambers USA, where he is described as a “very business-minded” lawyer who is “smart, fast on the documents, and what’s market and what’s achievable.” Adam is also recognized in The Legal 500, where he is described as a “great leasing lawyer” with an “incredible attention to detail.” He is also regularly listed in The Best Lawyers in America and New York Metro Super Lawyers.


Anthony Davis is a lawyer’s lawyer. He advises lawyers and law firms in the United States and internationally in the areas of professional responsibility, risk management and every aspect of the law governing lawyers. He frequently presents on a variety of professional responsibility and law firm risk management topics for law firms and other organizations, including ABA sections, the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the New York State and New York City Bar Associations.  Mr. Davis is a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University School of Law, teaching “Professional Responsibility Issues in Business Practice.” He is a past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and a Member of the American Law Institute (ALI).  He writes a bi-monthly "Professional Responsibility" column in the New York Law Journal and is often interviewed and quoted on issues involving legal ethics and law firm risk management.

Publications: "Risk Management: Survival Tools for Law Firms, American Bar Association," co-published by the Law Practice Management Section and the Center for Professional Responsibility, 1995, 2nd ed. 2007, 3rd ed. 2015; Co-author, "The Essential Formbook; Comprehensive Management Tools for Lawyers", ABA Law Practice Management Section, 2001; Co-author, "Reforming Lawyer Mobility—Protecting Turf or Serving Clients?," The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, vol. 30, 2017; "Legal Ethics and Risk Management; Complimentary Visions of Lawyer Regulation," The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, 2008; Co-author, "Indemnity Provisions in Outside Counsel Guidelines: A Tale of Unintended Consequences," ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, The Professional Lawyer, vol. 23, 2016; Co-author, "The New Battle Over Conflicts of Interest: Should Professional Regulators—or Clients—Decide What Is a Conflict?," ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, The Professional Lawyer, 2017; Co-author, "Increasing Profitability by Improving Client Intake," The Mechanics of Law Firm Profitability: People, Process, and Technology, Ark Group, 2016; Co-author, "Regulation of the Legal Profession in the United States: Overview," Thomson Reuters Practical Law, 2017; Co-author, "Due Diligence When Bringing Laterals and Their Cases into Your Firm," DRI, The Voice of the Defense Bar, 2018.

Education: M.A., Cambridge University, 1974; LL.M., (Criminal Justice), NYU School of Law, 1971: B.A., (Hons., Law), Cambridge University, 1970. Admissions: NY; Colorado; England & Wales, Solicitor and Barrister (non-practicing); SDNY; EDNY; D. Colo.; Second, Fourth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals.


Chris Smith is a globally recognized real estate attorney experienced in every major type of real estate product and transaction.  Mr. Smith has handled developments, financings, investment funds, acquisitions and dispositions involving residential developments to office buildings, shopping centers and hotels, both nationally and internationally. His practice also includes the representation of individuals and institutional clients in leasing, renovation and condominium development of commercial office space and mixed-use products, as well as real estate foreclosures and bankruptcies.

Clients consistently affirm that he is the best of the best.  These clients range from individuals to international corporate developers, private equity providers, corporate entities, family offices and financial institutions. Illustrative of his clients are AIG, Shorenstein Properties, Credit Suisse, Fosterlane Realty and Solow Realty and Development Corporation.

Chris is an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law and has presented as an industry expert at seminars and conferences on various real estate topics, including ground leasing, joint ventures, public/private partnerships, acquisitions and direct investment in real estate.


David C. Drewes is a partner and Co-Chair of the Real Estate Department. David focuses on all types of real estate transactions, including complex acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures, restructurings, development transactions, REIT matters, ground and space leases, and construction agreements. He represents a broad variety of clients, including private developers, private equity and hedge funds, public real estate companies, lenders, preferred equity investors and other real estate investors in transactions involving all real estate asset classes, ranging from hospitality to senior housing, office buildings to residential/multifamily projects, and the acquisition, development and repositioning of retail assets.

Chambers USA (2019) ranks David among the leading individuals practicing in the area of Real Estate. In 2015, David was named a Law360 "MVP" in Real Estate. He was also named one of Law360's "Rising Stars" in Real Estate in both 2015 and 2014. David is also recognized in the 2012 edition of The Legal 500 United States.


Ellen Goodwin is a partner in the New York office of Alston & Bird’s Real Estate Finance & Investment Group and the former co-chair of the group. Ellen concentrates her practice on commercial real estate finance and has represented investment banks, commercial banks, funds, and insurance companies on a variety of loan transactions for both securitizations and portfolios, including construction loan financings, loan syndications and participations, co-lending and senior/subordinate arrangements, and mezzanine finance. She acts as form and program counsel for a number of active CMBS, balance sheet, and bridge lenders. Ellen’s experience extends to the workout, restructuring, and foreclosure of both securitized and portfolio mortgage loans, and she has extensive experience working with special servicers. She represents both sellers and purchasers of whole loans, subordinate debt, and mezzanine loans.

Ellen is a frequent lecturer on topics concerning real estate finance and workouts and restructurings of mortgage and mezzanine loans. She speaks regularly for the Practising Law Institute, New York State Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, ACREL, and International Council of Shopping Centers.

Ellen has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the Real Estate New York category since 2012 and in The Best Lawyers® Business Edition 2017 – Women in the Law. In 2020, she was recognized as a “Woman of Influence” in commercial real estate by GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum.


Janis Meyer is a partner at Clyde and Co. LLP where she focuses her practice on professional responsibility, risk management and professional liability law, with particular emphasis on attorneys and law firms. Having served as the general counsel of a global firm, Ms. Meyer is familiar with a broad spectrum of professional liability, human resource, and other risk management issues arising in law firms. During her career, Ms. Meyer has also represented and advised clients in a variety of industries, including banking, financial products and insurance.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Clyde & Co, Ms. Meyer was a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson. Ms. Meyer was a partner and the General Counsel of Dewey & LeBoeuf and its predecessor, Dewey Ballantine. She was also a member of the two-person wind-down committee that oversaw Dewey & LeBoeuf's bankruptcy filing in 2012 and the subsequent wind-down of the firm.

Ms. Meyer is a Special Professor of Law at The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University where she teaches "The Nuts & Bolts of Lawyering" and Legal Ethics. Ms. Meyer clerked for the Honorable George C. Pratt in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Professional Affiliations

  • Law360, Legal Ethics Editorial Advisory Board, 2016, 2017
  • New York City Bar Association, Professional Ethics Committee (2014-present)
  • New York City Bar Association, Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers (1993-2011), Chair (2007-2011)

Ms. Meyer has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at bar association and industry conferences on issues of professional responsibility, law firm risk management, diversity, women in the law, and the role of law firm general counsel.


Jonathan L. Mechanic is chairman of Fried Frank's Real Estate Department. Prior to joining Fried Frank as a partner, he was general counsel and a managing director of HRO International, a real estate development organization.

Mr. Mechanic routinely counsels developers, owners, investors, REITs, and lenders in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Notably, he represented JP Morgan in connection with its redevelopment of 270 Park Avenue into a new 2.5-million-square-foot headquarters building, Maefield Development in its approximately US$1.6 billion acquisition of 20 Times Square, and CWCapital Asset Management in its sale of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village to Blackstone Group and Ivanhoé Cambridge. He also represents landlords and tenants in commercial leasing and ground lease transactions, including his representations of 21st Century Fox and News Corp. on their headquarters leases at 1211 Avenue of Americas; Citigroup in its long-term lease of its headquarters at 388-390 Greenwich Street and the exercise of its option to purchase the building; Coach in the sale-leaseback of its headquarters at 10 Hudson Yards; Ernst & Young in its more than 600,000-square-foot lease for its new headquarters at One Manhattan West; Shiseido in its 225,000-square foot lease for its US headquarters and JP Morgan in its 437,000-square-foot-lease, both at 390 Madison Avenue.

Mr. Mechanic was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from NYU and the 2016 Chambers USA Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award. For a decade, Mr. Mechanic has been recognized by Chambers USA as a “Star Individual” in real estate. He is consistently included on Commercial Observer’s “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in NY real estate and was the only practicing attorney to make the list in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 and is now, together with his land use partner Melanie Meyers, one of the only two practicing attorneys on the list. Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department is consistently recognized as Law360’s Real Estate Group of the Year and was awarded the Chambers USA 2018 Real Estate Client Service Award.

Mr. Mechanic has taught the real estate transactions course at Harvard Law School for more than ten years. He also lectures regularly for NYU Law School, REBNY and PLI, and is a co-author of The Commercial Office Lease Handbook published by the ABA.

He is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors for REBNY and the Board of Trustees of NYU Law School. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a member of the Advisory Board of NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate, and a member of ACREL.

Mr. Mechanic received his JD from New York University School of Law in 1977, where he served as an editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif, and his BA, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1974.


Martin Polevoy is regarded as one of the best real estate practitioners in the world.   His practice includes all areas of real estate, including acquisitions and dispositions, development, leasing, financing, joint ventures, construction contracts, restructuring, and workouts.

He represents national and international owners, developers, investors, and financial institutions, as well as European and Asian investors in debt and equity transactions in the United States. Representative deals and clients include the developers of the 1.7 million-square foot headquarters building for The New York Times Company in Manhattan; Greenland Group (Shanghai)’s purchase of a 70% interest in the 4.9 billion dollar Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, New York; L'Oreal USA, Inc.’s headquarters lease in 400,000 square foot at the Hudson Yards development project in Manhattan; General Motors’s relocation of their New York headquarters and their Cadillac Division from Detroit to New York City, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s redevelopment of the World Trade Center; a major investment bank’s 2 million square feet of leasing transactions and the acquisition of its Manhattan headquarters building; a prominent German open-end real estate fund’s acquisition of over 4 million square feet of first-class office buildings; developers of mixed use condominium projects in New York City;  and Asian investors and developers and institutional lenders in the US, including Greenland Holding Group (Shanghai), China Construction Bank, China Construction America, Inc., Phoenix Property Investors (Hong Kong), Reignwood Group (Beijing/London) and UCF Capital Ltd. (Hong Kong). He also serves as national real estate counsel for one of the largest real estate funds in the United States.

Polevoy was named one of the 12 leading real estate lawyers in the world by the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. UK research publication Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business summarized characterizations of Polevoy by peers and clients as "a highly experienced lawyer whose distinguished career and expertise continue to attract high-profile clients. While described as 'a big name in leasing,' Polevoy provides an all-around service that is highly respected by his peers."  He has also been named among the Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers in America, and as well in Real Estate Weekly’s “All Stars in Real Estate”.  

Further, Martin is a frequent legal education lecturer, contributor, and program chair for American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Practicing Law Institute, Georgetown University Law Center, and the Anglo-American Real Estate Institute. He has also written extensively on various aspects of real estate law.


Nichole Cortese practices in the area of commercial real estate law, concentrating on the representation of both landlords and tenants in office and retail leasing.  In addition, she has a wide range of experience in related matters, including commercial real estate sales and acquisitions and real estate brokerage and agency agreements.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Ivanhoé Cambridge, as landlord, in two separate leases to 21st Century Fox and News Corp totaling over 1.2 million square feet of office space at 1211 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan.
  • Represented Willis Group, as tenant, in its lease of approximately 140,000 square feet at 233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois, which is now known as Willis Tower.As part of the negotiations, Willis was granted the right to re-name building, formerly known as the Sears Tower, which was then the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Represented Global Holdings, as landlord, in leases at 120 Park Avenue, New York, New York, including the lease of more than 473,000 square feet of office space to financial information and technology company Bloomberg L.P.
  • Represented SL Green Realty, as landlord, in a lease amendment and extension to BMW of Manhattan, covering more than 225,000 square feet at 555 W. 57th Street, New York, New York.
  • Represented Normandy Real Estate Partners, as landlord, in leases at 888 Broadway, New York, New York, including the lease of approximately 100,000 square feet of office space to Netflix for its New York City headquarters.
  • Represented Brookfield Properties, as landlord, in the lease of 170,000 square feet of office space at 200 Liberty Street, New York, New York to the Associated Press for its global headquarters.
  • Represented Brookfield Properties, as landlord, in a lease of approximately 227,000 square feet of office space at 5 Manhattan West, 450 West 33rd Street, to R/GA Media Group, Inc.

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2004
  • New York University, B.A., 2001, magna cum laude


Nicole Levin Mesard is Deputy Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  She is experienced in all aspects of real estate law, including acquisitions and sales of retail and commercial properties, sophisticated financings and joint ventures.

Ms. Mesard is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches a course on real estate debt and equity fundamentals. She is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA (2019), which describes her as “extraordinary,” with clients noting that she “is really forging a great reputation.” Clients note that she is “incredibly hard-working and a tough negotiator,” who “understands the commercial issues and finds solutions to get deals done.” Clients have praised her “combination of practical commercial instinct and ability to dive in and come up with solutions to complex matters” and have described her as “thoughtful and easy to work with,” and “a very good technical player but also practical in terms of understanding and giving advice on the commercial and business side of matters.” The Legal 500 US (2019) also lauds her as “incredibly bright” and a “tough negotiator.”

Ms. Mesard joined Debevoise in 2001 and became a partner in 2008. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany magna cum laude in 1994, and her J.D. from Tulane University magna cum laude in 1997.


Richard Fries practices law in New York City and is a co-leader of the real estate group at Sidley Austin.  He is well-known throughout the New York and national legal, real estate and finance communities.  Richard focuses his practice on a wide array of complex real estate financing transactions, in which he represents leading national and global institutional lenders, investment banks and private equity firms.  Mr. Fries is particularly well-known for his work in high-profile distressed commercial loan workouts spanning all real estate asset classes.  He has developed a noteworthy practice at the crossroads of real estate finance and remedies, using litigation tools to restructure real estate loans and projects. 

In January 2018, Mr. Fries was awarded the New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section’s Professionalism Award, its most significant honor, which recognizes lawyers who evidence the highest attributes of legal ability, achievement, civility and professionalism in the practice of law.

Mr. Fries has been recognized by Chambers USA in Band 1 each year from 2009 through 2020 in New York and in Band 1 nationally in 2013 (the year such rankings began) through 2017 (and in Band 2 in 2018 through 2020) and named by Best Lawyers as its Real Estate Litigation Lawyer of the Year in New York City for 2019.  He is recommended in The Legal 500 United States for Real Estate, The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers, The Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America which also named Richard as its Litigation - Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” in New York City in 2013.  In 2016, Mr. Fries was named to the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders 2017 as one of their top 10 best performing real estate lawyers worldwide.  In 2015, for the second consecutive year, Who’s Who Legal acknowledged Richard as one of the ten “Most Highly Regarded” real estate lawyers in North America.  He is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Attorneys and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.

Richard is a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  He is co-chair of the Section’s Real Estate Finance Sub-Committee; he has co-chaired the Workouts and Bankruptcy Committee, the Legislation Committee and the Membership Committee.  Richard has lectured on a variety of important and timely topics for Practising Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association and industry group programs on real estate finance, real estate workouts and remedies.

Richard has written extensively; his articles have been published regularly in the New York Law Journal (most recently in June 2020) on the latest distressed loan workout strategies and the Real Property Law Section’s Journal (most recently spring 2020).  He has provided primers and road maps on loan workouts and enforcement remedies; he has analyzed New York’s “Rocket Docket” accelerated adjudication techniques; he has commented on controversial appellate decisions.  Over the past several years, he co-authored several articles on changes in real estate finance.

 


Ron Sernau is part of New York’s real estate industry inner circle and has more than 30 years of experience in real estate law. His clients, some of which have relied on his advice for decades, routinely involve him in their strategic decision making. Ron offers clients the insight he has gained by representing opposing interests in similar transactions. He has advised landlords and tenants, lenders and borrowers, purchasers and sellers, equity investors and developers, managers and owners, and brokers and principals.

Ron represents prominent New York City real estate developers in their investments in, and development of, premier properties. Various businesses, from large publicly traded companies to boutique investment firms, engage him to address their real estate concerns. He also provides general legal advice to luxury retailers, with a focus on real estate issues.

At Proskauer, Ron serves as the co-head of the Real Estate Department and co-chair of the Private Equity Real Estate practice. Ron is also part of the Firm’s cross-disciplinary, cross-jurisdictional Coronavirus Response Team helping to shape the guidance and next steps for clients impacted by the pandemic.

An avid speaker on real estate topics, Ron has appeared before groups sponsored by the Association of the Bar of The City of New York, the New York Hospitality Council, Inc., the New York State Bar Association, the Georgetown Commercial Leasing Institute, CB Richard Ellis, Inc., the Association of Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate, Practising Law Institute, The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc. and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.


Scott M. Kobak is a Partner in the Real Estate Department of the Firm. His main area of concentration has been in representing institutional investors in complex domestic and international commercial real estate acquisitions and developments, joint ventures and financings including active involvement with many of the most prominent real estate private equity funds. He acts as a primary transaction counsel to the real estate fund business of Carlyle, KKR and Morgan Stanley (MSREF). He has also represented Blackstone’s real estate funds on numerous transactions as well.  Scott has led some of the largest real estate transactions done over the past several years for some of the most recognized real estate fund operators in the United States.

Recent high-profile transactions include:

  • Blackstone Real Estate’s $5.3 Billion acquisition of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village from CW Capital and Blackstone’s $1.25 Billion acquisition of a portfolio of hotels including the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott in Grande Lakes, Florida and the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ
  • The $1.3 billion sale by Carlyle Realty of 650 Madison Avenue, NYC to an investor group that included Vornado, Oxford Realty and others. This transaction was reported as the largest office building sale of 2013
  • Carlyle’s investment and multiple divestitures totaling approximately $1 billion of the 666 Fifth Avenue retail condominium in New York City
  • Blackstone’s acquisition and financing of Extended Stay America, a publicly traded hotel company (including representing Blackstone on the then-largest CMBS loan executed to date and multiple layers of mezzanine financing) Scott has focused over the past number of years on significant real estate private equity fund joint venture arrangements and financings with prominent developers and operators throughout the country.

Some of the more noteworthy recent development joint ventures include:

  • Representation of The Carlyle Group in multiple development joint ventures with Extell Development, including One Riverside Park, The Rushmore, Avery, Orion, Aldyn and the Ariel East and West luxury condominium projects
  • Representation of MSREF in a development joint venture with The Witkoff Group to acquire and develop 10 Madison Square West in NYC and in the subsequent sale of the retail condominium unit
  • Representation of KKR Real Estate in a development joint venture with Continuum Partners to acquire and develop land in Williston, North Dakota

Scott joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 1993 after receiving his J.D. from Boston University Law School, magna cum laude, where he was an Associate Editor of the Boston University Law Review. He was elected to become a member of the Firm in November 2000.


Suzanne deVries Decker is a partner resident in Fried Frank’s New York office and a member of the Firm’s Real Estate Department. She joined the Firm in 2014.

Ms. Decker represents real estate developers, private equity firms, investment banks and REITs in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, financings and joint ventures. She has significant experience representing both borrowers and lenders in mortgage, mezzanine, and preferred equity financings of office, hotel and multifamily properties and portfolios. She has particular expertise in financing the construction and development of hotel, condominiums and mixed use properties, and negotiation of complex co-lender and intercreditor arrangements.

Ms. Decker has significantly contributed to the Firm’s growing real estate finance practice, especially with respect to lender-side financings. She regularly advises Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, The Children’s Investment Fund, JP Morgan Chase, Starwood Property Trust, Taconic, Apollo, Axonic, Goldman Sachs, MCR, RBC, SL Green Realty Corp., Metroloft, and Jack Resnick and Sons, among others.

She received her JD from Columbia Law School in 2006, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and her BA, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 2001. She is admitted to practice in New York.


Since the beginning of his real estate career in 1985, Douglas Harmon has been a prominent leader in New York City and a trusted advisor on the international real estate scene. Mr. Harmon has handled most of the world’s largest, highest-profile and record-setting transactions over the last three decades. Douglas Harmon has sold both the largest office and residential transactions in history. Mr. Harmon is also the current record holder for several of the highest dollar per square foot achieved sales across multiple asset classes. Headquartered in New York City, Mr. Harmon is Chairman of Capital Markets at Cushman & Wakefield. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield in late 2016, Mr. Harmon was a Senior Managing Director and member of the Management Committee at Eastdil Secured, where he worked since 1993. In his first three years at Cushman & Wakefield, he led the charge on $40 billion of sales and recapitalizations. Mr. Harmon has executed over $200 billion in total transactions since 1996.

Mr. Harmon’s real estate transaction experience is broad and extensive, with a resume that includes well-known office properties like the Sears /Willis Tower, the Bank of America Center in San Francisco and the GM Building; to major residential assets such as Peter Cooper Stuyvesant Town, Starrett City, Parkmerced, and The Apthorp; to iconic hotels such as theWaldorf Astoria and the Chelsea Hotel. Furthermore, Mr. Harmon has been a pioneer in transacting in what are now Manhattan’s most exclusive submarkets. Just a few examples include the Chelsea Market, Google’s NYC Headquarters (111 Eighth Avenue), the Starrett-Leigh Building, TimeWarner Center, The Toy Buildings, 10 and 30 Hudson Yards, 1515 Broadway and 1 Liberty Plaza.

Mr. Harmon holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and a BA from Brown University. He is a longtime Board Member of the New York Stage and Film Company, a not-for-profit dedicated to the development and production of new works of emerging and established artists for theater and film. He also serves on the advisory board of Caravel Management, LLC a New York-based emerging and frontier markets investment firm.  He also serves on the World Resource Institute’s Global Advisory Council.  The World Resource Institute (WRI) is the world’s leading research based, not for profit, environmental think tank.

Mr. Harmon currently serves on the board of directors for a number of real estate projects in Manhattan and was named the Institutional Investment Broker of the Year in 2003 and 2004 (the last two years Institutional Investors Inc. awarded this particular country-wide distinction). Mr. Harmon has accumulated numerous other real estate awards and accolades.