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Douglas B. Heitner

Partner | New York
T (212) 506-1967
F (212) 500-3554

Douglas B. Heitner is a partner in Kasowitz’s Real Estate - Transactional Practice Group.  He has experience representing clients in a wide range of real estate matters, such as joint ventures, financings, investment sales and acquisitions, secondary market debt acquisitions/dispositions, developments, leasing, loan workouts, public/private projects and real estate related litigation matters.  Mr. Heitner has been named a 2013, 2014 and 2016 “Rising Star” by Law360, making him one of only eight attorneys selected in the transactional real estate practice area and one of only 179 attorneys nationwide selected for inclusion in the prestigious listing.  He is highlighted in the 2014-2015 editions of The Legal 500 in the “Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate” practice area and is recognized as a "Rising Star" in New York Metro Super Lawyers 2013-2016.

Prior to joining Kasowitz in 2011, Mr. Heitner was an associate in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP’s real estate group.

Notable Representations

  • JDS Development in a $650 million mortgage and mezzanine loan for a luxury multifamily construction project located at 626 First Avenue in Manhattan, known as the “American Copper Buildings.”
  • Imperial Cos. in the $98.5 million purchase of more than four dozen units of Manhattan residential condos from Ares Management LLC located at the Apthorp, New York, New York.
  • Herald Square Properties and Marciano Investment Group in the $52 million purchase of a pre-war commercial building located at 251 West 30th Street, New York;
  • JDS Development in securing $52 million construction financing for a new apartment condominium located on the northeast corner of Baltic Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, New York;
  • MRP Realty and Deutsche Asset Management in an approximately $238 million purchase of an office and retail property located at 405 Park Avenue, New York;
  • Tribeca Associates LLC in the $130 million purchase of a notable Manhattan office property located at 30 Broad Street, New York;
  • Africa-Israel USA and Five Mile Capital Partners LLC in the sale of a retail condominium located at the historic Times Square Building at 229 W. 43rd Street, New York;
  • Madison Realty Capital in the purchase of the Brooklyn Whale Building located at 14 53rd Street, Brooklyn, New York, and the purchase of The Buchanan located at 160 E. 48th Street, New York;
  • JDS Development Group and Property Markets Group in securing a construction loan of the former Steinway site located at 111 West 57th Street, New York;
  • Steiner NYC in the negotiation of a long term ground lease with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and a long term lease with Wegmans Food Markets, Inc., Brooklyn, New York;
  • The Witkoff Group and New Valley Realty in the acquisition, financing and development of 701 Seventh Avenue, New York;
  • Starwood Capital Group in the acquisition of 1372 Broadway, New York;
  • JDS Development in connection with the acquisition, joint venturing, financing and development of the mixed-use Steinway project, located at 105-111 West 57th Street, New York;
  • Africa Israel (USA) in sale of the Clock Tower building, New York;
  • New Valley LLC in connection with the formation of several joint ventures to acquire debt interests, multi-family assets and a residential development project in New York City;
  • Silverstein Properties, Inc. in the development, financing and initial lease-up of Towers 2, 3 and 4 in the World Trade Center, New York;
  • Boston Properties, Inc. in the initial lease-up of 250 West 55th Street, New York, and the surrender of space at the Times Square Tower;
  • Starwood Capital Group in the acquisition and participation of mezzanine debt secured by the Standard Hotel, New York;
  • Africa Israel in connection with a retail lease at the Times Square Building, New York, to Strike Holdings (Bowlmor);
  • DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners in connection with the development of a boutique hotel in New York City;
  • The Dwight School in connection with certain leasing transactions in New York City;
  • GFI Development Company in connection with a dispute over and restructuring of certain assets in New York City and Palm Springs, California;
  • Central Synagogue in connection with construction and development matters;
  • The National Hockey League in connection with the operation and sale of the Phoenix Coyotes;
  • Deutsche Bank in connection with mezzanine and mortgage secured financings (including the financing of the GM Building, the US Foods portfolio, the Veneto Hotel and Casino in Panama, and the Hotel Del Coronado);
  • Deutsche Bank in connection with the syndicated corporate revolver facility for Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc;
  • Andre Balazs Properties in connection with the disposition of the Raleigh Hotel and the development of additional hotel projects;
  • Apollo Real Estate in connection with the purchase and financing of the Innkeepers hotel portfolio;
  • SL Green in the formation of its joint venture with Vornado for the acquisition of 280 Park Avenue, New York; and
  • Tishman Speyer in connection with the retail/restaurant leasing at Rockefeller Center.

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