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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, including the acquisition, disposition and development of office, retail, hotel and mixed-use properties; commercial mortgage, mezzanine and construction financing; acquisition and sale of distressed debt; and joint ventures and restructurings. Notably, he represented a Paramount led joint venture in its acquisition of Deutsche Bank’s U.S. headquarters at 60 Wall Street 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; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in the law firm’s relocation to 55 Hudson Yards; 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; and Shiseido in its 225,000-square foot lease at 390 Madison Avenue for its US headquarters.

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. For a decade, Mr. Mechanic has been recognized by Chambers USA as a "Star Individual" in real estate. He is consistently included on Commercial Observer's "Power 100" list of the most powerful people in New York real estate and was the only practicing attorney to make the list in 2016 and 2017. Fried Frank's Real Estate Department is consistently recognized as Law360’s Real Estate Group of the Year and was awarded the Chambers USA Award for Excellence 2009 for Real Estate.

Mr. Mechanic is a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Governors for the Real Estate Board of New York and the Board of Trustees of NYU Law School. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a member of the Advisory Board of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate, a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Columbia University Center for Urban Real Estate, and a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Mr. Mechanic received his JD from New York University School of Law in 1977, where he served as an editor of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif, and his BA, magna cum laude, from Brandeis University in 1974. He is admitted to practice in New York.

Jonathan L. Mechanic is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2017
Negotiating Real Estate Deals 2018
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
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, Indianapolis, IN
20th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Monday, December 03, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
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