Real Estate

Cleary Gottlieb’s real estate practice is diversified and global, spanning the full range of transaction types, regions and asset classes. We have recently advised on some of the largest and most high profile real estate acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings and restructurings. For more than 65 years, Cleary Gottlieb has been a pioneer in real estate law across the globe, providing a wide range of domestic and foreign clients with practical and novel solutions to their business needs.


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Practice Highlights What Others Say About Our Practice

Plan Sponsor in Successful Prepackaged Bankruptcy of GateHouse Media, Inc.

$3 Billion REIT Acquisition

TPG in Acquisition of DTZ

American Tower in $750 Million Notes Offering

U.S. Government in Acquisition of Real Estate Property for New Headquarters of the U.S. Consulate General in Milan

American Realty Capital Properties in Acquisition of American Realty Capital Trust IV

Icade in Inaugural €800 Million Bond Offering

Nationstar Mortgage and Nationstar Capital in Exchange Offers

Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank in $800 Million Financing of 650 Madison Avenue

Autonomy in Acquisition from Empresas

Goldman Sachs in $1.4 Billion Ala Moana Center Financing

Hoteles City Express in $197 Million Initial Public Offering

Colony Capital in Aimbridge Hospitality Joint Venture

Kindred Healthcare in Hospital Master Lease Negotiation

Terrafina in $610 Million Initial Public Offering

Award for Excellence in Real Estate
Chambers USA, 2014
Counsel in the Largest Real Estate Transaction in History
(Blackstones' $36 Billion Equity Office LBO)
Real Estate Practice Group of the Year
Law360, 2013
“Outstanding reputation for its expertise in advising clients on the full range of commercial real estate finance transactions.

‘The firm is exceptional in terms of service to the client; they are extremely responsive to our needs and deliver world class service.’”
Chambers USA, 2014
"One of the hallmarks of Cleary Gottlieb's real estate practice group is its seamless integration with the other groups within the firm…it's just one of the reasons the real estate group ends up representing clients from around the world."
Law360, 2013
“This sophisticated practice focuses on handling complex corporate and finance-related matters for a high-end client base. The team offers particular experience in securitization, leasing and capital markets, and regularly lends this expertise to some of the most prestigious projects in the USA.

‘Their client service is outstanding.’ ‘The response time is immediate and they know how to get deals done and protect the client.’”
Chambers USA, 2013
“This experienced team works seamlessly with the firm’s tax, mergers and acquisitions, finance and bankruptcy groups to represent owners and investors on a range of development, acquisition, disposition, financing, leasing and distressed asset work. … ‘I think they are fantastic. Someone on the team is always available to address our questions 24/7.’”
Chambers USA, 2012

“The New York-based real estate team at Cleary Gottlieb … covers the full range of real estate transactions, and spans the U.S. and beyond. It has seen a surge in development financing instructions, and a steady flow of sale-and-purchase work, private equity transactions and workouts.”
The Legal 500 U.S., 2012