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Jeffrey Horwitz

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Jeffrey Horwitz is a partner in Proskauer's Corporate Department where he co-heads the Private Equity Real Estate practice and leads the internationally recognized Lodging & Gaming Group. He has also served as co-head of the Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Jeff is a general corporate and securities lawyer with broad-based experience in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, and long-term joint ventures. He advises boards, management teams and investors on strategic matters. He also advises on complex transactions and disputes relating to real estate has handled virtually every type of matter in the lodging and gaming industry.

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

For Proskauer Rose LLP, 2016 proved to be a strong year for corporate transactional mandates; examples included Jeffrey Horwitz and Steven Lichtenfeld advising Accor on its joint venture with the Qatar Investment Authority, Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia and Oxford Properties for the $2.9bn acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts; and Chicago-based Michael Choate representing Inland Real Estate in its $2.3bn acquisition by real estate funds managed by DRA Advisors. The practice’s expertise in REITs was also in evidence, with Lichtenfeld advising New York REIT on its aborted acquisition of JBG Companies. On the dirt side, co-chair Ronald Sernau acts for a number of leading developers, including Hines and Extell Development Company; Sernau represented Vornado Realty Trust in signing PricewaterhouseCoopers to a 17-year lease for 240,000 sq ft at 90 Park Avenue. Other key figures in the practice are David Weinberger, who leads on finance work and advised Société Générale in connection with the $450m mortgage financing of the retail condominium unit of the St Regis Hotel in New York, and Perry Cacace, who co-chairs the practice with Sernau. Named attorneys are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Within: M&A: large deals ($1bn+)

Proskauer Rose LLP now consistently operates in the $1bn-plus bracket, although it maintains an impressive share of middle-market deals. Key industries for the practice are healthcare and life sciences, leisure and hospitality, real estate and sports. In 2016, the firm advised Accor on its $2.9bn acquisition of FRHI Hotels and Resorts. It also advised the senior management team of Multiplan on its acquisition by Hellman & Friedman from Starr Investment Holdings and represented Grifols in its $1.85bn acquisition of Hologic’s blood screening business. Its impressive client list also includes Ares Management, Celgene and Inspired Gaming Group. Los Angeles managing partner Michael Woronoff and Ron Papa co-head the M&A department. Jeffrey Horwitz is noted for real estate and leisure and hospitality deals and was the lead partner on the Accor transaction. Daniel Ganitsky is another key member of the team. All named partners are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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Private equity buyouts

Within: Private equity buyouts

Proskauer Rose LLP has achieved prominence through its impressive sponsor relationships, most famously with Ares Management, but increasingly with big-ticket funds such as KKR and Carlyle. Thanks in part to the firm’s standing in sports, media and entertainment, it was engaged by KKR (alongside Kirkland & Ellis LLP) to advise on the $4bn acquisition, alongside IMG Worldwide and Silver Lake, of a majority stake in UFC. The firm also represented Carlyle in its investment in London-based PA Consulting Group, and advised marquee client Ares Management in connection with Ares Capital Corporation’s $4bn acquisition of American Capital. The private equity buyouts group is supported by one of the leading private equity fund management teams in the market. Los Angeles-based Michael Woronoff and Monica Shilling co-head the private equity group, with the former regarded as a ‘very fine lawyer’ and noted for his connection to Ares. Boston partner Steven Peck is another pivotal member of the team and New York’s Jeffrey Horwitz spearheads the private equity real estate side of the practice.

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