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Robin Panovka

Robin Panovka

Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

New York, NY, USA


Robin Panovka is Co-Head of Real Estate and REIT M&A at Wachtell Lipton.  He specializes in complex M&A and strategic real estate transactions, including leading several of the largest REIT mergers, buyouts and restructurings completed in recent years; large-scale private equity transactions and fund formations in the U.S., Europe and Asia; and the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in Manhattan and other major projects. 

Panovka 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 also been featured in a number of publications for his leadership in real estate and M&A, including as an American Lawyer “Dealmaker” for his work on a transformative M&A transaction.

Panovka 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, and has co-chaired its symposia in Beijing, Cambridge and New York. He speaks frequently on topics in his fields, including chairing annual conferences for the NYU REIT Center, Practising Law Institute and XBMA. 

Panovka is active in a number of non-profit and educational programs, including serving on the boards of Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF), NYU’s Real Estate Institute, and Duke Law School; is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; and serves on the Cornell University Council.

Panovka played an active role in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center following its destruction on September 11, 2001.  He has been recognized for his negotiation of the master development agreement and master plan for the redevelopment, and the related so-called “footprint swap,” in the Cornell Real Estate Review, American Lawyer Magazine and other publications.

Panovka holds degrees from Cornell University and Duke Law School.  He grew up in South Africa and Israel and currently lives in Manhattan with his family.

Robin Panovka is associated with the following items:
Transcripts  Transcripts Case Studies: Acquisitions in Consolidating Markets - Case Studies: Acquisitions in Consolidating Markets , Friday, January 13, 2012
Introduction and Overview of the Landscape - Introduction and Overview of the Landscape , Friday, January 13, 2012
Introduction and Overview of the Landscape - Introduction and Overview of the Landscape , Thursday, January 17, 2013
Introduction and Overview of the Landscape - Introduction and Overview of the Landscape , Monday, January 13, 2014
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions; Chapter 4: Selling a REIT - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014 , Wednesday, January 08, 2014
REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions; Chapter 6: Tax Considerations in REIT Mergers and Acquisitions - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014 , Wednesday, January 08, 2014
REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions; Chapter 1: Introduction - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014 , Wednesday, January 08, 2014
REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions; Chapter 2: Structural Considerations in Consensual REIT M&A Transactions - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014 , Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Web Segment  Web Segment Introduction and Overview of the Landscape - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014 , Monday, January 13, 2014
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014: Introduction and Overview of the Landscape - Introduction and Overview of the Landscape , Wednesday, January 15, 2014
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014: Introduction and Overview of the Landscape - Introduction and Overview of the Landscape , Wednesday, January 15, 2014
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2014 , Wednesday, January 22, 2014 , New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2015 , Wednesday, January 21, 2015 , New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2015 , Wednesday, January 21, 2015 , New York, NY
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