Peter E. Fisch

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Peter E. Fisch

Peter E. Fisch

Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Biography

* Practices:
* Real Estate

Education

J.D., Yale Law School, 1989

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1986
summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

New York

A partner in the Real Estate Department, Peter Fisch regularly represents developers, entrepreneurial investors, institutional investors, lenders and other parties in all aspects of transactional real estate, including acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, conventional and securitized financings, workouts, sale-leasebacks, management contracts, leasing and investment funds, involving a balance of office, retail, hotel, multifamily and industrial properties and development rights and commercial condominium regimes.

EXPERIENCE

Peter's recent experience in the acquisition, disposition and recapitalization of major real estate assets includes:

* Multiple sales, acquisitions and recapitalizations for SL Green Realty Corp., a publicly traded REIT, involving 3 Columbus Circle, 110 East 42nd Street, 485 Lexington Avenue, 292 Madison Avenue, 885 Third Avenue, 2 Herald Square and 521 Fifth Avenue with an aggregate value in excess of $1 billion.
* For Apollo Global Real Estate, in a joint venture with Chartres Lodging Group, the pending $274 million sale of the Novotel New York Times Square, located at 226 W. 52nd St. in the heart of Manhattan's theatre district, to Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, a publicly traded UK-based hotel operator.
* For The Lightstone Group and its publicly traded REIT affiliate, the sale of Dakota Square Mall, a regional mall in Minot, North Dakota, and the $2.3 billion sale of the 24-property Prime Retail outlet center portfolio to Simon Property Group.
* Acquisition of the Dream Downtown Hotel, and negotiation of a hotel operating agreement, on behalf of a foreign investor.
* Acquisitions of several New York City hotels for Gemini Real Estate Advisors valued in excess of $500 million, including the acquisition of land and development rights for development of the Jade Hotel in the Union Square area.
* Acquisition of mixed-use properties in the Meatpacking District and Chelsea on behalf of The Yucaipa Companies.
* Acquisition and recapitalization of the Savoy Hotel in Miami Beach for a prominent real estate investor.
* Sale of The Castle on Hudson, a historic hotel and event space in Westchester County, New York.

Peter also has extensive experience representing both operating and capital partners in complex joint ventures, including:

* Representation of The Lightstone Group and its affiliate Paragon Retail Partners in a $500 million joint venture with a NYSE-listed shopping center REIT to develop retail outlet centers in Texas and California and a pending joint venture to develop a retail outlet center in the Midwest.
* Representation of Rose Associates as the development partner in a joint venture to convert the landmarked former AIG headquarters at 70 Pine Street into a luxury rental building, a joint venture for the ground-up development of a 360-unit multifamily building on Livingston Street in downtown Brooklyn, and a pending joint venture transaction to develop an 80/20 multifamily building in Manhattan.
* For SL Green Realty Corp., a $500 million joint venture with The Moinian Group to recapitalize and reposition 3 Columbus Circle in New York, and joint ventures with Capelli Properties and Onyx Equities for investments in office properties in suburban New York.
* Representation of Apollo Global Real Estate in platform joint ventures to acquire office and mixed-use properties in the Southeastern United States and to acquire industrial properties nationwide.
* Joint ventures for Gemini Real Estate Advisors with partners including The City Investment Fund, The Carlyle Group, Related Companies and a New York based hedge fund to acquire several New York City hotels.
* For The Yucaipa Companies, a joint venture to acquire a mixed-use building in the Meatpacking District with the Cayre family.

Peter also focuses a significant portion of his practice on complex financings, debt acquisitions and restructurings and preferred equity transactions involving CMBS and portfolio lenders, including:

* Representation of Citigroup Global Realty in the global settlement of multiple litigations with The Pyramid Companies that resulted in the successful restructuring of over $500 million of mortgage and mezzanine debt secured by the Carousel Center mall and DestiNY USA expansion located in Syracuse, New York.
* Several acquisition financings and refinancings totaling well over $1 billion for SL Green Realty Corp. relating to 100 Park Avenue, 28 W. 44th Street, 3 Columbus Circle, 485 Lexington Avenue and 100 Church Street in New York City, Landmark Square in Stamford, Connecticut and the Meadows office complex in New Jersey, as well as the acquisition of six tranches of mezzanine debt secured by 280 Park Avenue in New York City.
* Origination of a resort land development loan, and a subsequent restructuring of the loan, for Capmark Finance secured by oceanfront property on the Big Island in Hawaii, as well as an $80 million preferred equity investment for a joint venture between Capmark and an opportunity fund secured by a 13-property multifamily portfolio in the mid-Atlantic.
* A New York based hedge fund in the origination and restructuring of a mortgage loan secured by a riverfront brownfield development site in Yonkers, New York and a subsequent deed in lieu of foreclosure in satisfaction of the loan.
* A joint venture of Allied Partners and the Cayre family to refinance the Prince Building at 568 Broadway in SoHo.
* Gemini Real Estate Advisors in multiple mortgage and mezzanine financings for its New York City franchised hotels, and in the acquisition of a pool of hotel mortgage loans and the sale of a senior participation interest therein.

In addition to the above referenced matters, Peter's other recent experience includes:

* Representation of Lincoln Center Theater in connection with its long-term lease for the Vivian Beaumont Theater and the Mitzi Newhouse Theater and administrative offices, and in connection with the development of the new Claire Tow Theater on the rooftop of its existing building on the Lincoln Center campus.
* Representation of Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world's most diversified gaming company, in a joint venture with Rock Gaming to finance the construction of casino and related hotel and retail facilities in Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio, and in the restructuring its management arrangements and income interests in connection with a transfer in lieu of foreclosure by Westgate Resorts of the timeshare tower located near the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.
* Several hotel management agreements for Starwood Hotels and Resorts (for W, Westin and St. Regis hotels) and Las Vegas Sands Corp. (for Four Seasons, Shangri-La, Starwood, Hilton, Fairmont and Intercontinental hotels in Macau) and a foreign investor (for the Dream Downtown Hotel).
* Numerous sale leaseback transactions for various clients involving industrial properties, headquarters campuses, and Checkers, Ryan's, Buffets, and Portillo's Hot Dogs restaurants and Chuck E. Cheese entertainment venues.
* Review of multiple real estate fund investments on behalf of The Rockefeller Foundation.

Peter's work has earned him recognition as a leading Real Estate lawyer by both The Legal 500 and Chambers USA. He is a frequent contributor of articles regarding new developments in real estate transactional law to prominent trade publications, including the Real Estate Finance Journal and the National Law Journal, and co-authors a regular column on transactional real estate law for the New York Law Journal.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Yale Law School Fund.

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Education
JD
Class of 1989

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, Yale Law School is one of the world’s premier law schools. It offers an unmatched environment of excellence and educational intimacy in the form of world renowned faculty, small classes, limitless opportunities for clinical training, and strong encouragement of public service. The Law School is small by design; its impact on the world is measured by its accomplished graduates and its ongoing scholarship and outreach through numerous centers and projects. For students, the experience is unparalleled. The faculty-student ratio supports a vast array of courses and opportunities for independent research and student-organized seminars. Students get practical training by representing real clients in clinics starting in their first year. Throughout, a spirit of collaboration reigns. All first-term courses are ungraded, and subsequent classes are graded honors/pass/low pass. Yale Law School is unique among law schools in that it produces leaders in all walks of life: distinguished deans and faculty members at law schools across the country and the world; industry CEOs and corporate counsels; founders of nongovernmental organizations and other nonprofit entities; entrepreneurs; government servants in federal, state, and local offices and the judiciary--just a few areas in which our alumni's talent and passion and dedication have made a difference. Among the School’s graduates are U.S. Presidents and Supreme Court Justices; and among its far-reaching projects, the Information Society Project and the China Center.

BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1986

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn or UPenn) is a private, Ivy League university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Penn considers itself the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, as well as the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Memberships
Member, Real Property Law Section
Current

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is a voluntary bar association for the state of New York. NYSBA was founded in 1877 with the stated goal to cultivate the science of jurisprudence; to promote reform in the law; to facilitate the administration of justice, and to elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill, and courtesy in the legal profession. Its first President was David B. Hill. Among the reforms in the legislation signed into law creating the association was the removal of the restrictions on the admission of women to the practice of law. In 1896, NYSBA proposed the first global means for settling disputes among nations, what is now called the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Career History
Partner
Current

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

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New York Law Journal, part of ALM Media Holdings, Inc., is an American company focused on newspapers: publishing, or publishing and printing.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
Tenure Unconfirmed

The Yale Law School Annual Fund, established in 1949, provides critical unrestricted financial support to advance the School’s distinctive, interdisciplinary approach to legal education. Yearly contributions by dedicated alumni are used to support the School’s most pressing needs—financial aid assistance, faculty support, loan forgiveness programs/COAP, and all of the extraordinary programs that sustain a Yale Law School experience. Every dollar makes an immediate impact on the School’s students, faculty and programs, as it is spent within that same academic year. You may direct your Law School Fund gift so that it specifically supports one of the following categories: Financial Aid/COAP; Teaching & Research; Clinical Programs; Library.

Political Donations
$1,000
2016

Former Senator from New York

$1,000
2016

Minority Leader at Office of the Senate Minority Leader, Charles Schumer

$1,000
2015

Former Senator from New York

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Awards & Honors
Admitted to the New York Bar
The Legal 500 United States - Leading Lawyers, Real Estate
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