New York, October 14, 2013 – Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP today announced that Brian S. Lichter will join the firm as a partner in its Real Estate Group. The addition of Mr. Lichter, whose experience covers a wide range of commercial real estate transactions, will help Davis Polk meet strong client demand in its growing real estate practice.
Mr. Lichter joins Davis Polk from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he was a partner in the real estate practice. He has extensive experience representing owners, developers and real estate investment trusts (REITs) in a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, concentrating in the acquisition and sale of office and retail properties, commercial mortgages, mezzanine and construction financings, debt restructurings and joint ventures.
Mr. Lichter earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and his B.A. from Emory University. Mr. Lichter was selected by Law360 as a 2012 “Rising Star” in Real Estate and is recognized by Legal 500 in Real Estate. He also serves as a Steering Committee member of UJA-Federation of New York’s REX (young real estate executives).
“We welcome Brian to our premier real estate team that has advised on some of the sector’s most important transactions. Brian brings extensive experience that will help us meet very strong client demand for advice on their real estate transactions, and he is an important part of the growth of Davis Polk’s Real Estate Group,” said Thomas J. Reid, Davis Polk’s Managing Partner.
Brian Lichter said, “I am excited to join Davis Polk and expand their footprint in New York representing top-tier real estate clients in major transactions.”
The lawyers in Davis Polk’s Real Estate Group provide advice on real estate matters to a wide range of clients. From the purchase, sale and financing of large office buildings, industrial properties and shopping centers to mergers and acquisitions for commercial real estate and hotel companies, Davis Polk is at the center of the real estate marketplace. In addition, the firm counsels domestic and foreign individuals and companies on secured lending transactions, public and private securities offerings, project financings, bankruptcies and restructurings that contain significant real estate components.
About Davis Polk. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP is a global law firm with 10 offices across the world’s key financial centers. For over 160 years, its lawyers have advised industry-leading companies and global financial institutions on their most challenging legal and business matters. Davis Polk ranks among the world’s preeminent law firms across the entire range of its practice, which spans such areas as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, credit, litigation, private equity, tax, financial regulation, investment management, insolvency and restructuring, executive compensation, intellectual property, real estate, and trusts and estates. Davis Polk (including its associated entities) has approximately 800 lawyers in offices in New York, Menlo Park, CA, Washington DC, São Paulo, London, Paris, Madrid, Hong Kong, Beijing and Tokyo.