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Jonathan L. Mechanic

Jonathan L. Mechanic

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

New York, NY, USA


Jonathan L. Mechanic is chairman of Fried Frank's Real Estate Department. Prior to joining Fried Frank as a partner, he was general counsel and a managing director of HRO International, a real estate development organization responsible for developing more than 2.5 million square feet of office space in Manhattan.

Mr. Mechanic routinely counsels developers, owners, investors, REITs, and lenders in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. Notably, he represented JP Morgan Chase in connection with its redevelopment of 270 Park Avenue into a new 2.5 million-square-foot headquarters building; Maefield Development in its approximately US$1.5 billion acquisition of the EDITION hotel, retail, and signage project known as 20 Times Square; Extell Development Company in connection with its US$530 million mortgage and mezzanine financing for Brooklyn Point; and CWCapital Asset Management in its sale of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village to Blackstone Group and Ivanhoé Cambridge.

He also represents landlords and tenants in commercial leasing and ground lease transactions, including his recent representations of 21st Century Fox and News Corp. on their headquarters leases at 1211 Avenue of Americas; Citigroup in its long-term lease of its global headquarters at 388-390 Greenwich Street and the exercise of its option to purchase the building; Coach in the sale-leaseback of its global headquarters at 10 Hudson Yards; Ernst & Young in its more than 600,000-square-foot lease for its new headquarters at One Manhattan West; Shiseido in its 225,000-square-foot lease at 390 Madison Avenue for its US headquarters; and Evercore in its 350,000-square-foot lease expansion and extension for the firm’s global headquarters at Park Avenue Plaza.

Mr. Mechanic was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus Award from New York University and the 2016 Chambers USA Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession Award, which highlighted his work on tens of billions of dollars in property deals and praised his support of the ongoing real estate market. For a decade, Mr. Mechanic has been recognized by Chambers USA as a “Star Individual” in real estate. He is consistently included on The Commercial Observer's “Power 100” list of the most powerful people in New York real estate. Mr. Mechanic was inducted to the Legal 500 Hall of Fame for Real Estate in 2017. Fried Frank's Real Estate Department has been recognized as Law360’s Real Estate Group of the Year and was awarded the Chambers USA 2018 Real Estate Client Service Award and the Chambers USA 2009 Award for Excellence in Real Estate.

Mr. Mechanic has taught the real estate transactions course at Harvard Law School for nearly ten years. He also lectures regularly for NYU Law School, the Real Estate Board of New York and the Practising Law Institute, and is a co-author of The Commercial Office Lease Handbook published by the American Bar Association.

Jonathan L. Mechanic is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Purchases, Sales and Closing (August 2017) - 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Wednesday, December 06, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute (New York), Tuesday, December 12, 2017, New York, NY
Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2018, Thursday, June 28, 2018, New York, NY
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment State of the Real Estate Market - Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2018, Monday, June 25, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio State of the Real Estate Market - State of the Real Estate Market, Monday, June 25, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts State of the Real Estate Market - State of the Real Estate Market, Monday, June 25, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg State of the Real Estate Market - State of the Real Estate Market, Monday, June 25, 2018
Live Seminar  Live Seminar 20th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 03, 2018, New York, NY
Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2019, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 20th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 03, 2018, New York, NY
Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2019, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web 20th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 03, 2018, Atlanta, GA
20th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 03, 2018, Nashville, TN
20th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 03, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2019, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Atlanta, GA
Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2019, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Nashville, TN
Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2019, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, New Brunswick , NJ
Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2019, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Indianapolis, IN
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