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Joshua Mermelstein

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Real estate, acquisitions, dispositions and related financings, restructuring and financing


Joshua Mermelstein is a partner in Fried Frank’s Real Estate Department, resident in New York. His practice includes the representation of financial institutions, owners, developers, family offices and offshore investors in connection with financings, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions, development and fund formations. Mr. Mermelstein’s clients include Brookfield Office Properties, Brookfield Asset Management, RXR Realty, China Investment Corporation, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Firmdale Hotels and Atria Assisted Living.


He joined the Firm in 1980 and became partner in 1986.


Mr. Mermelstein is a member of the Board of Directors, Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.; Board of Trustees, Beth Israel Center; Executive Committee of the Lawyer's Division of the UJA-Federation of New York; New York City Bar Association, Real Property Law Section; New York State Bar Association; and Association of the Bar of the City of New York.


Mr. Mermelstein received his JD from Columbia Law School in 1980, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and his AB from Columbia College in 1977.

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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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