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Ron Emanuel is a deal lawyer with a 25-year track record of structuring, negotiating, and closing varied and complex real estate transactions. As the leader of the New York Real Estate Group, Ron has built a versatile team of lawyers across many of the firm’s offices that is committed to excellence and client service. Ron and his core group have practiced together for decades and are thoroughly invested in each other and the professional and personal success of their clients. With an emphasis on the representation of prominent private equity funds, his experience covers debt and equity investments across the country involving nearly every asset class. He is a former member of the firm’s global Board of Directors.

The bottom line – Ron is intensely loyal to his team and his clients, and they are intensely loyal to him.


Civic Involvement & Honors

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Representative Experience

  • The purchaser of Citadel Center, a 1.5 million square foot trophy office tower in Chicago
  • The seller of the former New York Coliseum site in Manhattan now known as Time Warner Center
  • A real estate opportunity fund in a joint venture for the development of a major hotel and gaming complex in Atlantic City, including the subsequent restructuring of the debt and equity
  • A real estate opportunity fund in a joint venture for the development of a 400-room hotel in Oklahoma, near the Texas border, and providing the related financing for the expansion of an adjacent gaming facility operated by a federal Indian tribe – which is now one of the largest casino complexes in the United States
  • A real estate opportunity fund in several programmatic joint ventures, including with a worldwide hotel franchisor for the development of certain brand hotels in the United States, Canada and Mexico and with one of Florida's leading real estate development firms for the acquisition of residential property in the southeastern United States
  • A real estate opportunity fund in a joint venture with a public REIT for the acquisition of 11 retail centers in the southeastern United States
  • The purchaser of a mortgage loan secured by the Chrysler World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan
  • An institutional lender in connection with its approximately $550 million sale to a private equity firm of its resort portfolio consisting of mostly timeshare loans to project sponsors
  • A real estate opportunity fund in providing a mezzanine construction loan for the development of a luxury condominium and retail complex in Vail, Colorado
  • A real estate opportunity fund in numerous transactions for the acquisition of dozens of hotels across the United States and in Canada, including the subsequent sale of a minority interest in the entire portfolio
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in connection with various real estate aspects of its East Side Access project, which will connect Long Island Railroad (LIRR) commuter lines to a new LIRR terminal beneath Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, including the negotiation of complex reciprocal easement agreements with adjacent property owners such as Tishman Speyer Properties and The William Kaufman Organization
  • A major New York City parking garage operator in various site acquisition and financing transactions
  • As mediator, structuring of a multi-billion dollar settlement of disputes between the two sides of a prominent New York City real estate family resulting in the tax efficient distribution of numerous real estate and other assets
  • As mediator, structuring of a comprehensive settlement of disputes among the many principals of a well known New York City based real estate company resulting in the tax efficient distribution of over 70 properties