Michael N. Samuels

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Michael N. Samuels is a partner in Moses & Singer’s Real Estate practice group.  He represents a broad range of clients, including developers, property owners, real estate equity investors, corporations, major financial institutions, pension funds, commercial tenants, and high-net-worth individuals. He counsels clients in an array of industries and is well-versed in a wide variety of real estate transactions throughout the United States. 

In each transaction, Michael partners with his client to gain a better understanding of their personal, business and legal goals. He then negotiates on the client’s behalf to meet those goals concerning matters in acquisitions, sales, leasing, property management, development, and financings. Furthermore, Michael has considerable experience representing both landlords and tenants in negotiations of sophisticated office, retail, industrial, warehouse, and garage leases and other agreements and documentation involving building ownership and landlord/tenant relationships.

As an active member of many legal associations specializing in real estate law and leasing, Michael also stays informed regarding changes in the law that may impact his client’s personal and business interests.

Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Leasing Group of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Member, International Conference of Shopping Centers

Representative Matters

Acquisitions:

  • Represented private pension fund in acquiring an apartment project and marina in Connecticut for $115,500,000.
  • Represented foreign investor in purchasing trophy office building in Richmond, Virginia for $233,000,000 and obtaining a $135,900,000 loan.
  • Represented public pension fund in acquiring two apartment projects in Illinois for a purchase price of $57,650,000 and assuming the existing loans encumbering the two properties.
  • Represented private pension fund in acquiring an apartment project in Florida for $93,750,000 and obtaining a $62,500,000 loan.
  • Represented public pension fund in acquiring an apartment project in Virginia for $68,725,000 and adding the property to an existing $200,000,000 loan portfolio.

Leasing:

  • Represented tenant in leasing 600,000 square feet in an undeveloped first class office building in Manhattan.
  • Represented large accounting firm in leasing approximately 125,000 square feet of office space in New York and New Jersey.
  • Represented 2 spin-off entities from institutional banks in leasing their New York City headquarters, and after execution of the leases, worked with the clients to navigate their lease related spin-off issues.
  • Represented landlords in connection with the lease-up of their commercial office and retail space.
  • Represented New York City landlord in connection with leasing its building to hotel and restaurant tenants.
  • Represented clothing distributor in leasing its primary retail space in New York City.

Financing:

  • Represented public pension fund in refinancing 8 apartment projects in 5 States for $171,500,000.
  • Represented private REIT in refinancing 13 apartment projects in 9 States for $405,084,000.
  • Represented public pension fund in obtaining a $200,000,000 loan which was secured by the pledged stock of the borrower in 22 single purpose entities.

Sales:

  • Represented foreign investor in selling trophy office building in Houston, Texas for $235,000,000.
  • Represented seller in the sale and leaseback of a prominent office building in Manhattan for $175,000,000.
  • Represented institutional clients in selling commercial properties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

Development:

  • Represented joint venture partner in development of mixed use projects in New York City boroughs.
Biography

Michael N. Samuels is a partner in Moses & Singer’s Real Estate practice group.  He represents a broad range of clients, including developers, property owners, real estate equity investors, corporations, major financial institutions, pension funds, commercial tenants, and high-net-worth individuals. He counsels clients in an array of industries and is well-versed in a wide variety of real estate transactions throughout the United States. 

In each transaction, Michael partners with his client to gain a better understanding of their personal, business and legal goals. He then negotiates on the client’s behalf to meet those goals concerning matters in acquisitions, sales, leasing, property management, development, and financings. Furthermore, Michael has considerable experience representing both landlords and tenants in negotiations of sophisticated office, retail, industrial, warehouse, and garage leases and other agreements and documentation involving building ownership and landlord/tenant relationships.

As an active member of many legal associations specializing in real estate law and leasing, Michael also stays informed regarding changes in the law that may impact his client’s personal and business interests.

Professional Affiliations
  • Member, Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Leasing Group of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Real Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Member, International Conference of Shopping Centers
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D.)
  • Yeshiva University (B.A., summa cum laude)
Representative Matters

Acquisitions:

  • Represented private pension fund in acquiring an apartment project and marina in Connecticut for $115,500,000.
  • Represented foreign investor in purchasing trophy office building in Richmond, Virginia for $233,000,000 and obtaining a $135,900,000 loan.
  • Represented public pension fund in acquiring two apartment projects in Illinois for a purchase price of $57,650,000 and assuming the existing loans encumbering the two properties.
  • Represented private pension fund in acquiring an apartment project in Florida for $93,750,000 and obtaining a $62,500,000 loan.
  • Represented public pension fund in acquiring an apartment project in Virginia for $68,725,000 and adding the property to an existing $200,000,000 loan portfolio.

Leasing:

  • Represented tenant in leasing 600,000 square feet in an undeveloped first class office building in Manhattan.
  • Represented large accounting firm in leasing approximately 125,000 square feet of office space in New York and New Jersey.
  • Represented 2 spin-off entities from institutional banks in leasing their New York City headquarters, and after execution of the leases, worked with the clients to navigate their lease related spin-off issues.
  • Represented landlords in connection with the lease-up of their commercial office and retail space.
  • Represented New York City landlord in connection with leasing its building to hotel and restaurant tenants.
  • Represented clothing distributor in leasing its primary retail space in New York City.

Financing:

  • Represented public pension fund in refinancing 8 apartment projects in 5 States for $171,500,000.
  • Represented private REIT in refinancing 13 apartment projects in 9 States for $405,084,000.
  • Represented public pension fund in obtaining a $200,000,000 loan which was secured by the pledged stock of the borrower in 22 single purpose entities.

Sales:

  • Represented foreign investor in selling trophy office building in Houston, Texas for $235,000,000.
  • Represented seller in the sale and leaseback of a prominent office building in Manhattan for $175,000,000.
  • Represented institutional clients in selling commercial properties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

Development:

  • Represented joint venture partner in development of mixed use projects in New York City boroughs.