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Smith, Chris M.

Chris M. Smith

Partner

Chris Smith has acted for clients ranging from individuals to international corporate developers, has handled developments, financings, investment funds, acquisitions and dispositions on a national and international level, and has dealt with every major type of real estate product, ranging from residential developments to office buildings, shopping centers and hotels. His practice also includes the representation of individuals and institutional clients in leasing, renovation and condominium development of commercial office space and mixed-use products, as well as real estate workouts, foreclosures and bankruptcies.

Selected Experience

  • Wharton Properties in the negotiation and closing of a $326 million purchase of an office building with ground floor retail located in the Soho neighborhood of New York City
  • Fosterlane Management Corporation in connection with the restructuring of its $15 billion portfolio of U.S. properties and the subsequent disposition thereof
  • Empire State Development Corporation in the leasing and redevelopment of Times Square, the sale leaseback of the Bank of America headquarters on 6th Avenue and the development of Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Citibank, N.A. in connection with the reorganization of the international investment structure of its offshore real estate funds
  • Morgan Stanley in connection with the purchase of 1585 Broadway as its world headquarters
  • Viacom in connection with the lease of its headquarters at 1515 Broadway, the largest Manhattan commercial lease transaction in 2008

Selected Publications

  • Co-Author, “Ten Unexpected Issues When a Property Sale Becomes an Entity Sale,” Bloomberg BNA     Tax Management Real Estate Journal (Spring, 2016)
  • Co-Author, “ABCs of Closing Commercial Real Estate Acquisitions,” Law360 (Summer, 2015) 
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Education

  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • Rutgers University, B.S., 1973

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