Laurie, an accomplished deal maker, takes a client-focused approach to her real estate practice, often acting as in-house counsel for her clients and becoming a trusted member of their businesses.

Laurie has a long list of clients who have been with her since the beginning of her practice and appreciate her ability to adeptly and efficiently handle any type of real estate deal.

Laurie represents real estate private equity funds, companies, institutional REITs, investors and other property owners in structuring and closing real estate transactions such as acquisitions and dispositions, developments, financings, portfolio transactions, preferred equity investments, leasing and real estate joint ventures. Her work touches all asset classes, including office, multifamily, mixed-use, hospitality, retail and condominium. She also maintains an active capital markets and fund practice, representing investors in joint venture transactions and sophisticated fund structures.

Laurie is a frequent speaker and is sought after by industry publications for her professional insights. While at her former firm, she distinguished herself by becoming one of the youngest partners in the firm’s history at age 33.

Relevant Experience

  • Represented Savanna in its $126 million purchase of a 12-story office building, with ground-floor retail, located in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan. Savanna plans to transform the property by undertaking strategic renovations and repositioning the ground-floor retail.
  • Represented Cove Property Group in the acquisition and development of 441 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan for $330 million.
  • Represented L+M and Savanna in the $315 million sale of Savoy Park Apartments to Fairstead Capital.
  • Represented World Wide Group in the $70 million acquisition and related financing of 42-15 Crescent Street, Long Island City, Queens, New York. During the contract period, the 124-unit rental property near Queens Plaza South was under redevelopment by the seller, being converted from an office building.
  • Represented Pebblebrook Hotel Trust in its $118 million sale of the Dumont NYC, a 252-room hotel, adjoined by a residential rental building with ground floor commercial space, located in the Murray Hill neighborhood of New York City. 
  • Represented Savanna in connection with securing $45 million in financing for the commercial building located at 1825 Park Avenue in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. The office and retail building is 12 stories with 135,000 square feet of space and is located in Harlem’s 125th Street corridor.
  • Represented World Wide Group in the acquisition of SkyHouse Raleigh, an ultra-luxury residential tower in Raleigh, North Carolina for $103 million, setting a new Triangle market record for multifamily properties.
  • Represented World Wide Group in the $103.5 million acquisition of 110 Green Street, Brooklyn, New York, a 130-unit rental property located in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. The transaction represents the first residential sale in excess of $100 million in the neighborhood. Hunton also represented World Wide Group on the $50 million acquisition loan for this project.
  • Represented World Wide Group in the $165 million permanent refinancing of QLIC, a 421-unit residential rental property in Long Island City, with a CMBS loan from Natixis Real Estate Capital.
  • Represented Vanbarton Group in the $133 million acquisition of Riverdale Crossing, a 159,037-square-foot shopping center in the Bronx.
  • Represented Chatham Lodging Trust in a joint venture to acquire a 52-hotel, 6,976-room portfolio for approximately $1.1 billion, including the acquisition of four premier hotels in Massachusetts and Texas for approximately $106 million.
  • Represented Savanna in the sale of a Class A office building located at 100 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan to Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors for $275 million. Savanna was able to make significant capital improvements to the 29-story building since it acquired the property in 2011.
  • Represented Vanbarton Group, LLC in the $76 million acquisition and financing of 33 Caton Place in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. The property, an eight-story luxury rental building known as The Kestrel, is just steps from Prospect Park.
  • Represented Downtown Holdings in the $500 million redevelopment of 70 Pine Street, the former AIG building.
  • Represented Chatham Lodging Trust in the acquisition of a 51-hotel, 6,848-room portfolio from a joint venture in two separate transactions for a combined total purchase price of $1.3 billion.
  • Represented Savanna in the acquisition and financing of 95 Evergreen Avenue, a 170,000-square-foot warehouse building in Bushwick, Brooklyn that was originally constructed as the historic Schlitz Brewery and is currently being redeveloped for retail and office use.
  • Represented Savanna in the $86 million acquisition of 461 West 14th Street, a 25,000-square-foot corner retail property located underneath the High Line in Manhattan.
  • Represented Chatham Lodging Trust in connection with the $55.7 million mortgage loan refinancing of three hotels located in Texas, Massachusetts and California.
  • Represented the World Wide Group on a $700-million, mixed-use project on East 57th Street in Manhattan. Also, handled the $450 million construction loan facility from Starwood to finance a 59-story residential tower.
  • Represented Savanna, in a joint venture with KBS Capital Advisors, in the acquisition of 110 William Street. The 32-story office tower, sold for $261 million, is located in Manhattan’s Financial District.
  • Represented Aria Development Group in a note acquisition and deed-in-lieu transaction at 321 Ocean Drive, Miami. Also, handled the construction loan and the development of the high-end condominium project in South Beach.
  • Represented Savanna in the sale of 415 Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, a development site uniquely located across from Penn Station, the newly renovated Madison Square Garden, and the Farley Post Office/future Moynihan Station.
  • Represented a commercial real estate developer in a joint venture with a Saudi investor to purchase a development site in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan. The site, currently a parking garage, will be redeveloped as a luxury condominium.
  • Represented affiliates of RBH Group LLC in the redevelopment of 212 Rome Street, Newark, New Jersey, as an indoor aeroponic farm. The project, to be known as Makers Village, is a 69,000-square-foot building in the Ironbound District of Newark that will be completely renovated and enlarged specifically for its new tenant, AeroFarms.
  • Represented Savanna in the acquisition of a 20,676-square-foot retail condominium at 1107 Broadway/10 Madison Square West. The retail space, part of a 16-story building with 125 luxury residential condominiums, includes approximately 12,000-square-feet of prime corner ground floor space and 4,800-square-feet of basement selling space.
  • Represented a foreign family office in the investment of equity into two hotels in Brooklyn.
  • Representation of an all-girls private school, in connection with obtaining a bridge loan and its purchase of 115 East 97th Street in New York, where it will later construct a school. This representation also includes a bond financing.
  • Represented a commercial real estate developer, as a co-sponsor and investor, with the acquisition of a site in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn. The sale marked the highest price per-buildable-square-foot ever paid for a development site of this size in Brooklyn.
  • Represented Aria Development Group in the acquisition of a development site in downtown Miami. Assisted them with the hotel management agreement and operating agreement, with a foreign investor for the development of a hotel and residential complex.
  • Represented RBH Group in connection with the $150 million Teachers Village project, a mixed-use development that Mayor Cory Booker says will “transform downtown Newark.”
  • Represented a large holdings company in a complex leasehold financing.
  • Represented a real estate development group in various joint ventures for the acquisition of underdeveloped sites in Miami, Florida for redevelopment into residential condominiums.
  • Represented a national hospitality REIT in a $50 million financing for the acquisition of a hotel property in Seattle, Washington.
  • Represented a national hospitality REIT in extending and adding collateral to a $225 million corporate credit facility.
  • Represented a real estate development group in a joint venture for the $550 million development of a mixed-use building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, on land that is ground leased from the NYC Educational Construction Fund.
  • Represented Savanna Partners in the sale of a 26-story office building located at 2 Rector Street in Lower Manhattan for $140 million.

Memberships

  • Co-founder, Real Women of Real Estate

Awards & Recognition

  • Named among Women of Influence, Real Estate Forum, 2016
  • Named a NYC Power Woman in Real Estate, Bisnow, 2015
  • Named among Women in Real Estate, New York Real Estate Journal, 2016
  • Recognized as a Leader in Real Estate, New York, Chambers USA, 2016
  • Named among Top 15 Women in Real Estate, Sokol Media, 2015
  • Selected as a Top 50 Female Attorney for Real Estate Law, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2015 – 2016. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage.
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer for Real Estate Law, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2014 – 2015. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage.
  • Selected as a Rising Star for Real Estate Law, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2012 – 2013. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage.
  • Three-time recipient of Most Ingenious Deal of the Year award, REBNY Named among Women of Influence, Real Estate New York, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Named among Women of Influence, Real Estate Forum, 2011
  • Listed for Real Estate, Legal 500 United States, 2008, 2012, 2016
  • Named among 35 under 35, Real Estate Forum, 2007

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