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Robert J. Sorin

Robert J. Sorin

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

New York, NY, USA

Robert Sorin

Robert Sorin is a real estate partner resident in Fried Frank's New York office. He joined the Firm as a partner in 1997.

Mr. Sorin's practice covers a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including the sale and acquisition of office, hotel and retail properties, joint ventures, commercial mortgage and mezzanine financing, construction financing, leasing, the development of office, residential, hotel and mixed-use projects, loan sales, and debt restructurings.

Having begun the practice of law in 1983, Mr. Sorin has experienced several up and down market cycles over his more than 30-year legal career. During the positive periods, he has been lead counsel on some of the most high-profile real estate transactions of their respective times. In 2010, he represented Google in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of 111 Eighth Avenue, the location of Google’s New York headquarters. The sale is the largest commercial real estate purchase by a tenant in US history and the largest transaction in 2010 for a single building in the US. He also represented Macklowe Properties in the US$6.4 billion acquisition of the Manhattan portfolio of Equity Office Properties from The Blackstone Group, the largest single-transaction price ever paid for a private acquisition of real estate. He represented the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the sale of the New York Coliseum to a joint venture between the Related Companies and Time Warner, successfully completing the sale after several previous efforts to do so had failed. In addition, he represented Macklowe Properties in the sale of the General Motors Building in New York City to Boston Properties for US$2.8 billion, the largest price ever paid for the purchase of a single building in US history.

During the down periods, he represented the Chase Manhattan Bank in the multi-billion dollar divestment of the bank’s entire loan and REO real estate portfolio in several bulk sale transactions, and Macklowe Properties in the restructuring of the US$5.8 billion of loans originated by Deutsche Bank, and US$1.2 billion loan originated by Fortress Investment Group, in the EOP acquisition. He has also represented landlords and tenants in millions of square feet of leasing transactions, including his recent representation of The Related Companies in leases with L’Oreal and SAP at Hudson Yards.

Mr. Sorin is a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, and Planning and Preservation.

Mr. Sorin is consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading individual in Real Estate and is consistently recognized by Legal 500 in Real Estate. He was named by Law360 as a 2011 "MVP Lawyer of the Year," and was recognized by Real Estate Weekly in its 2008 and 2009 All Stars edition honoring real estate industry leaders.

He is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Mr. Sorin received his JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1982 and his BA, magna cum laude, from Washington University in 1979. He is admitted to the bar in New York.


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