Meredith J Kane

Meredith J Kane
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Who's Who Legal Real Estate

Co-chair of the Real Estate Department and a former member of the firm’s management committee, Meredith J Kane regularly represents developers, equity investors, institutional and entrepreneurial owners and government agencies in all aspects of development, finance, acquisitions and sales, equity joint ventures, restructuring, leasing and securitisation of real estate.

Ms Kane’s experience includes all aspects of the finance and development of complex public/private joint venture projects including: the long-term lease acquisition of New York’s World Trade Center complex; the development of MTA’s 26-acre Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s far west side as a proposed new development of over six million square feet of office space and 5000 residential units; the development of MTA’s Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn as a development of up to 16 residential and commercial buildings; the development of MTA’s One Vanderbilt as a proposed 1.6 million square foot skyscraper in Midtown, Manhattan; the development and financing of New York Wheel, a 630-foot high observation wheel to overlook New York Harbor and the New York skyline on land leased from the City of New York in St. George, Staten Island; the transaction between the City of New York and Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to develop a world-class Engineering and Applied Sciences graduate school in New York City; the retail redevelopment and historic restoration of Grand Central Terminal; the development and securitised financing of Brooklyn Renaissance Plaza and the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, a 1.2 million square foot office and hotel complex in downtown Brooklyn; the development and financing of Avalon Chrystie Place, a five-building, 720-unit housing, retail and community facility development in Manhattan's Cooper Square area; the development and financing of the 76-story Trump World Tower luxury condominium; the development and financing for two major mixed-use retail and residential projects in Flushing, Queens totaling over 5 million square feet; the development and financing of major new and expanded cultural venues, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Park Avenue Armory, New York Public Library, Poets House, and Little Shubert Theatre; the redevelopment of nine historic theaters in the 42nd Street Development Project; and the development and financing of numerous office, residential and mixed-use complexes.

She has represented the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York Wheel, The Lefrak Organization, Rockefeller Group Development Corporation, Jonathan Rose Companies, AvalonBay Communities, Vornado Realty Trust, Muss Development Company, Shubert Organization, New York Public Library and others in major real property acquisitions, sales, financings, and developments.

Ms Kane has received numerous honours and awards for her work. She was honoured as the 2009 Woman of the Year by WX: New York Women Executives in Real Estate and was named one of the Top 50 Women in real estate and one of 25 Current Leaders in the Industry by Real Estate Weekly and The Association of Real Estate Women. Euromoney Legal Media Group named her best in real estate at the 2012 inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards and Grid Magazine named her one of the top 10 American women in real estate development. She is cited as one of the leading real estate lawyers in the United States in Who’s Who Legal, the Chambers USA Guide, Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America and numerous other peer-review publications. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Ms Kane served as a commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2004. She was a member of the World Trade Center Memorial Center advisory committee. She was a lead official from 1985-87 of the New York City department of housing preservation and development in charge of the planning and development of 8000 new housing units, and a city planning official for the city of New Haven from 1977-79 in charge of mixed-use retail and commercial districts. She is a regular speaker at professional forums on real estate development and finance, including large-scale mixed-use development projects, and also has written the real estate chapter of the last five editions of The Real Estate Law Review. She serves on the executive committee of the Avenue of the Americas Association (chair, 1999-2007), and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Real Estate Board of New York, WX-Women Executives in Real Estate, the New York Women’s Forum, the ULI-Urban Land Institute, the Urban Design Forum and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former chair, economic development subcommittee). She serves on the boards of several civic and not-for-profit organisations.

WWL says: Meredith Kane is effusively praised by a peer as an “unbelievable lawyer”, with another source commending her as an “excellent lawyer and a pleasure to work with”. ‚Äč

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