Opar, John L.

John L. Opar


John L. Opar is a partner in the Real Estate practice.  He has extensive experience in all areas of commercial real estate law, including foreign investment in U.S. real estate.  He has worked frequently on Shari’ah compliant investments and has been involved in development projects in the U.S., the Middle East, China, England, Germany and the Philippines.

John has authored several publications and participated in a number of speaking engagements at seminars and conferences on various real estate subjects and has been recognized in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers, New York Super Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers

Selected Experience

  • Advised Qatar Investment Authority on its investment in Manhattan West, a development site valued upon completion at up to US$8.6 billion
  • Advised Wafra Investment Advisory Group, Inc. in the acquisition of numerous multi-family and office properties including in New York; Washington, D.C.; Miami, Florida
  • Advised Public Institution for Social Security of Kuwait with respect to an investment in a joint venture to acquire a US$1 billion+ portfolio of regional shopping centers
  • Advised a sovereign wealth fund in connection with investments with an operating partner in Manhattan office properties at 230 Park Avenue and 350 Madison Avenue

Selected Publications

  • Author, “Ten Common Owner Misconceptions About Hotel Management Agreements”
  • Author, “Shari’ah Compliant Real Estate Investment in the United States”
  • Co-Author, “IFLR Real Estate:  The Story So Far”
  • Author, “Estoppel Certificates:  Deceptively Complex”
  • Co-Author, “The Globalization of Real Estate Investment Trusts”
  • Author, “The Commercial Leasing Process”
  • Author, “Strategies for Indirect Investment in Real Estate”
  • Co-Author, “New Standards Are In the Air:  ASHRAE’s Proposed Standard on Indoor Air Quality”
  • Co-Author, “Non-Resident Investment―A Comparison of the U.S./U.K. Tax Regimes”
  • Co-Author, “Lender Liability:  A Practical Guide”
  • Co-Author, “TDRs:  Whose Sky Is It Anyway?”


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1980
    • Articles Editor, Board of Editors of the Law Review
  • Swarthmore College, B.A., 1977
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