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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Jonathan Mechanic

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Real Estate; Acquisitions, Dispositions and Related Financings; Restructuring and Financing; Leasing; Pro Bono

Position

Mr. Mechanic routinely counsels developers, owners, investors, REITs, and lenders in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition and development of office, retail, hotel and mixed-use properties; commercial mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing; acquisition and sale of distressed debt; and joint ventures and restructurings.  Mr. Mechanic’s clients Citigroup, Capital One, Paramount, 21st Century Fox, Coach, Blackstone, Related, Fortress, Resnick, Rubens, RFR, Feil, SL Green, Tishman Hotels, and Tishman Speyer.

Career

Mr. Mechanic first joined the Firm in 1978.  He became a partner in 1987, when he rejoined the Firm after having acted for five years as general counsel and a managing director of HRO International Ltd., a real estate development organization responsible for the development of more than 2.5 million square feet of office space in Manhattan. Mr. Mechanic regularly teaches the real estate transactions course at Harvard Law School. He also lectures regularly for NYU Law School, the Real Estate Board of New York and the Practising Law Institute, and is a co-author of The Commercial Office Lease Handbook published by the American Bar Association.

Member

Mr. Mechanic is a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Governors for the Real Estate Board of New York and the Board of Trustees of NYU Law School. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a member of the Advisory Board of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, and a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate. He is a board member of The Eldridge Street Synagogue, The Jeffrey Modell Foundation, and The Realty Foundation of New York. In addition, he is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; the American Bar Association; the New York City Bar Association, Real Property Law Section; the National Realty Committee, and the Real Estate Roundtable, YMWREA.

Education

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.


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Jonathan Mechanic - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Within: Real estate

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP’s ‘dominant’ New York offering is led by industry standout Jonathan Mechanic, who has a ‘powerful practice’ representing clients such as Citigroup and Coach. Mechanic, along with Tal Golomb, Melanie Meyers and Robert Sorin, continued to advise the Related Companies on many aspects of the development at Hudson Yards; the team also represented tenants in relation to the major redevelopment project and, in one example, counsel Stephen Lefkowitz acted for Time Warner in the $1.5bn development and purchase of a new headquarters at 30 Hudson Yards. Another name to note on the dirt side is Joshua Mermelstein, whose impressive caseload included acting for Brookfield Asset Management on the $1.03bn purchase of over 120 self-storage facilities in 16 states as well as Puerto Rico. The ‘incredibly strong’ debt finance group includes the ‘energetic and creativeMichael Barker, who handled a range of construction loan and mortgage loan financings for various investment fund lenders, including Children’s Investment Fund and Blackstone Group. In addition to the New York office, where all attorneys named thus far are based, the practice has a ‘small but strong’ office in Washington DC led by Franz Rassman. Rassman, along with Sorin and Golomb, assisted Tishman Speyer with the $270m redevelopment of Macy’s Downtown Brooklyn store.

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