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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

Jonathan L. Mechanic is chairman of Fried Frank's Real Estate Department. 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

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‘Best in class’ Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is adept at handling acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, joint ventures, REIT matters, litigation, and land use and development issues, as well as mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing for borrowers and lenders. A recent highlight saw Robert Sorin advise Google on its $2.4bn acquisition of the Chelsea Market building in New York City. Practice chair Jonathan Mechanic, who is ‘a great intermediary when negotiating complex transactions’, advised JP Morgan on its headquarters redevelopment at 270 Park Avenue in New York, while Tal Golomb and Sorin advised Related Companies and Vornado Realty Trust on the $1.6bn redevelopment of the James A Farley post office building as part of the redevelopment of New York's Penn Station. Joshua Mermelstein led in representing Trinity Church Wall Street on Disney's $650m purchase of a 99-year lease at 4 Hudson Square, where the company will build its new New York headquarters. The firm continues to represent Related Companies and Oxford Properties on the $20bn development project at Hudson Yards, and this year it secured the sale of leases to Third Point, Arosa Capital Management and HealthCor Management, Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners and Mount Sinai. Of counsel Stephen Lefkowitz and Washington DC-based Valerie Kelly are also recommended, as is associate Alex Sutherland and Nathaniel Lifschitz, who was promoted to partner in March 2018. Other clients include Maefield Development, Brookfield, The Children’s Investment Fund Management and Blackstone. All named attorneys are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

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