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Jeffrey A. Lenobel

919 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10022
United States of America
P: +1 212.756.2444

Jeffrey A. Lenobel is a partner in the New York office, where he chairs the Real Estate Group and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and Operating Committee. He practices primarily in the areas of real estate restructuring, development, finance, sales and acquisitions. His clients include real estate funds, developers, borrowers, lenders and other financial institutions in their real estate and capital markets activities, including workouts and restructurings, complex financing transactions, sales and acquisitions, developments, funds, joint venture arrangements and other related matters.

An elected member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and consistently listed in Chambers, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, IFLR Best of the Best USA, IFLR Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers, New York Super Lawyers, New York Super Lawyers New York Metro Top 100, Who’s Who Legal and Who’s Who in America, Jeff has chaired the Committee on Securitized Mortgage Lending and the Committee on Pension Fund Investments, both committees of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law, and was a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Cooperatives and Condominiums and is a former member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Housing and Urban Development. Jeff leads the SRZ Real Estate Group which has developed a reputation for producing inventive solutions to the most difficult challenges in a timely and efficient manner. One factor that separates Jeff from others with a comparable reputation in the industry is his hands on approach to the matters he handles.

Selected Representations

Real estate owners, developers, funds and entrepreneurs in connection with workouts, restructurings and bankruptcy matters, and in the sale, purchase and financing of multifamily housing, hotels, office buildings and retail centers.

Major domestic and foreign commercial banks, pension funds, insurance companies and other institutional investors in lending and real estate finance matters including securitizations, conduit loans, complex construction loans, mezzanine financings, A/B structured financing, restructurings, loan syndications and participations, letter of credit enhancements and other creative financing techniques.

Borrowers, owners, developers and building contractors in the preparation and negotiation of joint venture agreements, partnership agreements, limited liability company operating agreements and shareholders' agreements, as well as in workouts and restructurings.

Institutional lenders in connection with complex, government-aided or -financed real estate transactions.

Selected Publications

“China Eases Restrictions on Outbound Investments with Publication of New Policy,” SRZ Client Alert, May 2014 (co-author); republished in Law360, May 8, 2014

Profiled in “Schulte Roth & Zabel’s RE Group Celebrates Landmark Year,” New York Real Estate Journal, Nov. 26, 2013

Contributor, Distressed Investing M&A (in association with Mergermarket and Debtwire), 2013


Selected Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “Transactions in Focus,” ALM 13th Annual RealShare New York Conference, October 2014

Moderator, “Real Estate Triple Play: PERE, Finance and Development,” SRZ and Webinar, May 2014

Moderator, “Working ‘Round the Clock: Office Power Panel,” GreenPearl Massey Knakal Commercial Real Estate Summit, New York, April 2014



American Bar Association–Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law
      Chairman, Committee on Pension Fund Investments, 2002–05   
      Chairman, Committee on Securitized Mortgage Lending, 1998–2002
New York State Bar Association
      Committee on Cooperatives and Condominiums,
New York City Bar Association
      Committee on Housing and Urban Development, 1986–89, 1991–94
Mortgage Bankers Association
Commercial Mortgage Securities Association
International Council of Shopping Centers
Chicago Title insurance Company Advisory Board
Stewart Title insurance Company Advisory Board
First American Title insurance Company Advisory Board

Executive Committee, UJA-Federation, Real Estate Lawyers
Executive Committee, Fund to Cure Asthma, National Jewish  
    Medical and Research Center
Commissioner, Village of Scarsdale Cable Television Commission (1994-
    2001); Chairman (1998-2000)

Other Distinctions

Listed as a leading real estate lawyer in many publications, including:
    The Best Lawyers in America
    Chambers USA
    IFLR Best of the Best USA

    IFLR Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers
    The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers 
    The Legal 500 - United States
    New York Super Lawyers
        New York Metro Top 100
    Who’s Who in America
    Who’s Who in American Law
    Who’s Who Legal

American College of Real Estate Lawyers
The Burton Award for Legal Writing
Fellow, The New York Bar Foundation

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1978
    • Executive Editor, Cumberland Law Review
  • Gettysburg College, B.A., 1973

Prior Experience

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP
    Partner, 1994-97
Baker & McKenzie
    Partner, 1990-94
Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon
    Partner, 1987-90
Demov & Morris
    Partner, 1985-87; Associate, 1978-84