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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, Julian Wise, New York, USA

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Julian Wise

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Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP

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Real Estate, Distressed Investing, Real Estate Litigation, Securities & Capital Markets


Julian M. Wise has a wide breadth of experience representing institutional and non-institutional investors in complex commercial real estate transactions, including asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, structuring and negotiation of joint venture and preferred equity agreements, senior and mezzanine financings, intercreditor agreements, co-lender and participation agreements, loan portfolio acquisitions and dispositions and restructurings. His clients include private equity firms, major financial and commercial lending institutions, and developers and owners of commercial, industrial, retail, office, hotel and large-scale residential properties. Julian has represented clients in some of the most high-profile real estate transactions, including, among others, the developer/owner of the Hudson Yards project; a major national retail grocery chain in connection with its $2-billion financing of approximately 400 grocery stores and distribution centers in 14 states; a major private equity firm in the acquisition, financing and disposition of the Innkeepers hotel portfolio; a major private equity firm in connection with its multibillion-dollar acquisition of retail properties across the United States; a major private equity firm in over $1 billion in senior and mezzanine financings across the United States; a private equity firm in connection with its acquisition of AT&T’s Yellow Pages (a transaction that was secured by real estate and other assets located across the United States); and a real estate fund in the acquisition and subsequent disposition of the Gucci Building located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. He also represented the owner/manager of 230 Park Avenue (the Helmsley Building) in its acquisition, recapitalization and financing of the property, and the building’s subsequent $1.2-billion sale, which was recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s “2015 Deals of the Year” and for which Julian was named to the publication’s list of “2015 Dealmakers.” Julian has a reputation among his peers and clients as a terrific negotiator and one of the best strategic lawyers. In addition to The Legal 500 United States, he is consistently recognized as one of the country’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers USA and New York Super Lawyers. Julian is a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles in the New York Law Journal and a variety of other publications. He is also a sought-after and active speaker at industry conferences on a wide array of topics including real estate private equity, restructurings, financings, distressed debt and industry trends. He recently moderated a discussion on “Capital Market Activities Impacting the Real Estate Market” at the iGlobal Forum 14th Real Estate Private Equity Summit and presented “Interlender Arrangements: Current Structures and Risks” at the SRZ 4th Annual Distressed Investing Conference.


Partner, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.


American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association.


Fordham University School of Law, J.D.; Emory University, B.A. (Honor Council).

United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is doing an increasing amount of debt finance work following the move of its strong investment fund client base into traditional areas of bank lending. Bruce Cybul advised Column Financial on its funding of $370m in mortgage and mezzanine loans with respect to two hotels in Santa Monica owned by the Edward Thomas Companies; Julian Wise, who is ‘incredibly sharp and commercial for loan negotiations’, was also active in the debt space for clients such as Blackstone Real Estate Advisors and Fortress Investment Group. On the equity side, practice head Jeffrey Lenobel represented a joint venture that includes the Georgetown Company and Pershing Square Capital Management in its $255m purchase of a former Ford Motor dealership at 787 11th Avenue in New York. Lenobel also continued to represent Oxford Properties Group in relation to Hudson Yards and most recently advised on the financing of the office tower at 30 Hudson Yards. Other names to note in the group are leasing specialist Robert Nash, and Seth Henslovitz, who was promoted to the partnership in January 2017. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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