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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10017-3954
United States

Work Department

Corporate/Real Estate


Greg Ressa is Head of the firm’s Real Estate Department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. His practice involves all aspects of the real estate industry with emphasis on representation of real estate opportunity funds, real estate mergers and acquisitions and real estate finance. He has handled transactions involving The Blackstone Group, Northwood Investors, Centerbridge Partners, Hilton Worldwide, Great Wolf Resorts and Invitation Homes  on a wide variety of both domestic and international transactions.


Joined firm, 1987; Elected Partner, 1995.


Tufts University (B.A., 1984); Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1987).

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Gregory RessaSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, which has ‘unparalleled experience in working on complex transactions’, advises public and private real estate companies on M&A, sales, development, leasing, structured financing, joint ventures and partnerships. Gregory Ressa heads the team, which is ‘always available, incredibly thoughtful and diligent with a focus on representing the client well and also being incredibly commercial’. Ressa recently advised the special committee of the board of GGP on the mall owner’s $27.7bn sale to Brookfield Property Partners. Sasan Mehrara represented Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII on its acquisition of Gramercy Property Trust for $7.6bn. Krista Miniutti advised BioMed Realty and affiliates on the $3.7bn refinancing of various portfolios of office and research facilities, while Scott Kobak acted for KKR on its $401.9m acquisition of 22 senior housing facilities from Cascade Living Group. Newly promoted partner Davis Coen advised Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust on its $1.8bn acquisition of an industrial portfolio from Cabot Industrial Properties. Another highlight included representing Northwood Investors on its acquisition of two office buildings in New York and San Francisco for a combined total of $595m. Other clients include The Carlyle Group, Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Centerbridge, Invitation Homes and KSL Capital Partners. Whitney Salinas was promoted to partner. All named partners are based in New York.

United States > Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs)

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP‘s practice covers M&A, investment and joint venture transactions, capital markets and other financings, REIT compliance, fund formation, and corporate governance. The client list includes Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust and KKR Real Estate Finance Trust; in large REIT buyouts, the team acted for global real estate investor Blackstone in the high-value acquisition, by affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII, of Gramercy Property Trust. Other highlights included advising JP Morgan Securities, as financial adviser to diversified net-lease REIT WP Carey, which merged with Corporate Property Associates 17 – Global, a publicly held, non-traded REIT. New York-based Brian StadlerGregory Ressa and Edgar Lewandowski are the names to note.