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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 is co-chair of the Real Estate Group. He 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 multi-tranched 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, 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 connection with its multibillion-dollar acquisition of retail properties across the United States; several major private equity firms in over $5 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 trophy buildings across the United States, including the Gucci Building located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California; and a major private equity firm in the acquisition, financing and disposition of the Innkeepers hotel portfolio. He also represented the previous 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 “Deals of the Year” and for which Julian was named to the publication’s list of “Dealmakers.”

Julian has a reputation among his peers and clients as a terrific negotiator and an excellent strategist. He is consistently recognized as one of the country’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US (listings of the top lawyers in the United States) and New York Super Lawyers. 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.” 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.” 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 Reuters, 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 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 practice provides advice on issues such as development, finance, sales, acquisitions, joint ventures and real estate restructurings. Team head Jeffrey Lenobel has been advising Oxford Properties Group on its joint venture with The Related Companies to lease and develop the $15bn Hudson Yards project in New York, which opens in March 2019, while Julian Wise has been leading the firm's team advising Cerberus Capital Management on its affiliate’s acquisition of assets of Club Exploria Resorts. The firm advised Albertsons and an investor group led by Cerberus on Albertsons' $9.2bn merger with Safeway in 2015 and has since continued to act for the supermarket chain in connection with credit facilities aggregating billions of dollars. Bruce Cybul focuses on advising major financial institutions and private equity, hedge and opportunity funds in their real estate transactional, capital markets and securitization matters. All named attorneys are based in New York.

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