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Zachary Bernstein

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Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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Real Estate; Land Use, Construction and Development; Environmental

Position

Zachary Bernstein is a partner in Fried Frank's Real Estate Department, resident in the New York office. Mr. Bernstein specializes in real estate development, with a focus on land use. He represents a range of clients including private developers, not-for-profits and religious organizations. His experience includes transactions for the purchase and sale of development rights, analysis of development potential and applications with governmental agencies including the New York City Planning Commission, the Board of Standards and Appeals, the Department of Buildings and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. His clients include SL Green Realty Corp., Boston Properties, Hines, Trinity Church, The Archdiocese of New York, Rockefeller Group, Rockrose, Google, and Oxford Properties Group.

Career

Zachary Bernstein joined the Firm in 2008 and became partner in 2016.

Member

Mr. Bernstein currently serves on the Board of NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and is a member of ULI NEXT New York and REBNY’s Zoning and Design Committee.

Education

Mr. Bernstein received his JD from Fordham University School of Law in 2005 and his BS from Cornell University in 2001.


United States: Real estate

Land use/zoning

Within: Next Generation Partners

Zachary Bernstein - Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Within: Land use/zoning

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is considered the ‘gold standard’ for land use and zoning work in New York City. The 12-strong team works on high-profile mandates, which have included assisting Google with the zoning due diligence in relation to its $2.4bn acquisition of Chelsea Market from Jamestown Properties, and also advising on ongoing land use with regard to the potential expansion of the property. The team also advised JPMorgan Chase on various aspects of the planned redevelopment of its headquarters on Park Avenue - the first major project to be carried out under the Greater East Midtown Rezoning Plan, passed in 2017. In addition, the team continues to act as counsel to Related Companies in relation to numerous zoning aspects concerning the development of Hudson Yards; with the firm's assistance, the client was able to create a complex underlying legal architecture allowing for the establishment of multiple business sites with separate financings. Melanie Meyers is a key figure in the practice group, as is Carol Rosenthal, who ‘intimately understands the complexities of zoning in a way that is grounded in both historical context and palatable ways to set new precedent’. ‘True starZachary Bernstein stands out for his ‘willingness to be clear that there aren't always simple clear answers and that some goals require a more subjective path’; he co-led the JPMorgan Chase mandate with David Karnovsky, another key practitioner. Special counsel Wesley O’Brien and associate Nicholas Williams are also recommended.

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