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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 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); a real estate fund in the acquisition and subsequent disposition of the Gucci Building located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif; and two lenders in connection with the financing of the purchase of the iconic Watchtower building in Brooklyn's Dumbo district. 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. He is consistently recognized as one of the country’s leading real estate lawyers by The Legal 500 US, Chambers USA, and New York Super Lawyers. The Legal 500 US includes the following words of praise from a major investment banking client: “An awesome attorney — my first choice on all deals.” Chambers USA describes Julian as offering “a wealth of expertise across the real estate spectrum,” “creative,” “solution-oriented,” “very practical, very thoughtful and very thorough” and as being “highly commended” for his “extensive lending experience.” Julian is a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles in the New York Law Journal and a variety of other publications, including the “Commercial Real Estate” chapter of Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts (Thomson West, Fourth Edition). 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. 


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’s ‘competent real estate team’ provides ‘an excellent service on all fronts’ and is ‘a go-to practice for complex matters’. Key areas of expertise include acquisitions, joint ventures, lending transactions and restructurings, and the firm also regularly acts for landlords of New York properties along with office and retail tenants, advising on lease negotiations and investment management. Recent work included representing Oxford Property Group in all aspects of its joint venture with The Related Companies to lease and develop Hudson Yards, a matter involving $5bn in financing for a flagship office tower, and advising Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies on a $305m loan to The Lightstone Group for the construction of a luxury condominium in Manhattan. The team also acts for the Museum of Modern Art on an ongoing basis, advising on its expansion of an existing museum facility on the former American Folk Art Museum site. Jeffrey Lenobel heads the New York-based team, which also includes Bruce Cybul, Julian Wise and transactional lawyer Seth Henslovitz.

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