Robin Panovka co-heads Wachtell Lipton’s Real Estate and REIT M&A Groups. He focuses principally on M&A and strategic transactions across the real estate, REIT, hospitality, gaming and retail sectors, and also advises on general cross-border M&A and large-scale projects, including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. He was honored with NYU’s Urban Leadership Award in 2015.
Robin has been named one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in the U.S., and is consistently ranked as one of the leading REIT and real estate M&A lawyers by Chambers, Legal 500, Who's Who Legal and similar publications. He has been featured in a number of publications for his leadership in real estate and M&A, including as an American Lawyer “Dealmaker".
He is the co-author of "REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions," a leading treatise published by Law Journal Press, and has authored many articles and papers on related subjects. He is co-chair of the NYU REIT Center and has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business and Law Schools and in NYU’s Masters in Real Estate Program. He is a founding director of the International Institute for the Study of Cross-Border M&A (XBMA), a joint venture among Peking University, Cambridge and NYU. He speaks frequently on topics in his fields, including chairing annual conferences for the NYU REIT Center, Practising Law Institute and XBMA. He is also active on a number of educational and non-profit boards, including the boards of Duke Law School, Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), and NYU’s Real Estate Institute; is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; and serves on the Cornell University Council.
Robin was heavily involved in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center for more than a decade following its destruction on September 11, 2001, including negotiating the master plan for the redevelopment, and the related “footprint swap,” chronicled in the Cornell Real Estate Review, American Lawyer Magazine and other publications.