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Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2021


Speaker(s): Anthony E. Davis, Chris M. Smith, David C. Drewes, Doug Harmon, Ellen M. Goodwin, Janis M. Meyer, Jonathan L. Mechanic, Martin D. Polevoy, Nicole Levin Mesard, Richard S. Fries, Ronald D. Sernau, Scott M. Kobak, Suzanne deVries Decker, Suzzanne Uhland, Y. David Scharf
Recorded on: Jun. 8, 2021
PLI Program #: 305439

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 an internationally recognized real estate attorney experienced in every major type of real estate product and transaction.  Mr. Smith has handled developments, financings, investment funds, acquisitions, dispositions and corporate style mergers and spin offs involving residential developments, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels and distribution centers, both nationally and internationally. A significant portion of his practice also includes the representation of individuals and 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, SL Green, 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 (2020) ranks David among the leading individuals practicing in the area of Real Estate.


David Scharf is one of the country’s leading trial and appellate lawyers and serves as a senior counselor to CEOs and multi-national companies. He has more than 25 years of experience representing and advising clients in securities, M&A, complex commercial and real estate transactions, corporate restructurings and other high-stakes business matters. David leads a vibrant litigation and counseling practice that services some of the country’s foremost companies, financial institutions, entrepreneurs and family offices.

In the financial arena, he has broad national experience representing private equity funds, hedge funds, public companies, financial institutions and other stakeholders in all facets of financial and business litigation. During the financial crisis, he focused on significant restructuring, counseling, advisory work and related litigation matters, representing investors, lenders and borrowers across the country. He has successfully litigated multi-million-dollar corporate takeovers, shareholder disputes and securities-related matters.

In the real estate sector, David’s experience encompasses all aspects of real estate and business litigation. He has represented sponsors, developers, hospitality companies, lenders, purchasers, brokers and other stakeholders. Mr. Scharf has obtained successful outcomes for parties linked to iconic properties in New York, Chicago, Miami and San Francisco.

A native of New York, David organizes and heads various pro-bono projects. Among his philanthropic activities, he serves as treasurer and member of the board of directors of the U.S. Tennis Association Foundation, and as a trustee and board member of the Lifetime Care Foundation for the Disabled, Inc. Professional Activities


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 advises lawyers, law firms and corporate legal departments on professional responsibility, risk management and lawyer regulation. Having served as the general counsel of a global law firm, she is familiar with a broad spectrum of issues arising in law firms and assists clients on a variety of matters relating to law firm organization, management, policies, mergers and structure as well as the rules governing lawyer conduct. Janis was a partner and General Counsel of Dewey & LeBoeuf and its predecessor, Dewey Ballantine, and served as a member of the two-person wind-down committee that oversaw Dewey & LeBoeuf's bankruptcy filing and the subsequent wind-down of the firm.   She is a prolific speaker on ethics and risk management issues at conferences throughout the country, as well as the UK.  She has recently focused on the effect of the pandemic on the future of law practice. 

Janis is a Special Professor of Law at The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she teaches "Legal Ethics" and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law, where she teaches "Professional Responsibility." 

 


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 represents 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 (aka 701 Seventh Avenue); 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 recent 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 global headquarters at 388-390 Greenwich Street and the exercise of its option to purchase the building; Coach in the sale-leaseback of its global 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 at 390 Madison Avenue for its US headquarters; and JP Morgan in its 437,000-square-foot-lease 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. Over the years, Mr. Mechanic has been honored for his numerous philanthropic activities. In 2019, Mr. Mechanic was honored at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 24th Annual Real Estate Council Benefit.

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 American Bar Association.

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 430,000 headquarters lease at the Hudson Yards project in Manhattan; General Motors’s relocation of their New York headquarters and their Cadillac Division relocation 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; the US 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 and the Anglo-American Real Estate Institute. He has also written extensively on various aspects of real estate law.


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, including office, hospitality, shopping centers, ground-up construction and apartment complexes.  He has developed a noteworthy practice at the crossroads of real estate finance, workouts 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 September 2020, he was recognized by Super Lawyers as one of its Top Ten Lawyers in New York.  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 structures and the Real Property Law Section’s Journal (most recently Fall 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 and trends 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.

Ms. Decker is recognized by Chambers and Partners in Real Estate: Finance (New York) and recommended by Legal 500. She recently authored an article titled Mezzanine Financing, published by Lexis Practice Advisor. In addition, she regularly speaks for the Practising Law Institute, including recently on a panel titled “Recent Trends in Real Estate Lending: 2019 Edition” at their Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2019.

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.


Suzzanne Uhland, consistently recognized as a leading restructuring lawyer in the United States, represents companies, creditors, and investors in chapter 11 reorganizations and out-of-court restructurings.

Ms. Uhland’s established track record also includes advising parties to Bankruptcy Code Section 363(b) sales and other types of distressed transactions.

Ms. Uhland has a wide range of experience in real estate, energy, technology, and municipal financings and restructurings. Her practice also includes international insolvencies and debt restructurings.

Respected industry publications consistently recognize Ms. Uhland’s skill and experience. Chambers USA ranks her among the country’s best restructuring practitioners, and quotes sources who describe her as “extremely accomplished” with “excellent industry knowledge” and “exceptionally talented and smart.”

Her peers have selected Ms. Uhland for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and the Global M&A Network has honored her with the Top USA Woman Dealmakers Award.

Ms. Uhland’s regularly represents:

  • Debtors-in-possession, creditors, and DIP lenders in chapter 11 cases of public and private companies
  • Businesses in connection with out-of-court restructurings and debt renegotiations
  • Private equity and hedge fund clients in distressed investments and portfolio company restructurings
  • Financial institutions and public and private companies in connection with credit financing transactions

In addition, she has also represented licensors and licensees of intellectual property in connection with preserving or acquiring intellectual property rights in distressed situations.


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.