Julian M. Wise has a wide breadth of experience representing institutional and non-institutional investors in complex commercial real estate transactions, including asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, structuring and negotiation of joint venture and preferred equity agreements, senior and mezzanine financings, intercreditor agreements, co-lender and participation agreements, loan portfolio acquisitions and dispositions and restructurings. His clients include private equity firms, major financial and commercial lending institutions, and developers and owners of commercial, industrial, retail, office, hotel and large-scale residential properties. Julian has represented clients in some of the most high-profile real estate transactions, including, among others, the developer/owner of the Hudson Yards project; a major national retail grocery chain in connection with its $2-billion financing of approximately 400 grocery stores and distribution centers in 14 states; a major private equity firm in the acquisition, financing and disposition of the Innkeepers hotel portfolio; a major private equity firm in connection with its multibillion-dollar acquisition of retail properties across the United States; a major private equity firm in over $1 billion in senior and mezzanine financings across the United States; a private equity firm in connection with its acquisition of AT&T’s Yellow Pages (a transaction that was secured by real estate and other assets located across the United States); and a real estate fund in the acquisition and subsequent disposition of the Gucci Building located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif. He also represented the owner/manager of 230 Park Avenue (the Helmsley Building) in its acquisition, recapitalization and financing of the property, and the building’s subsequent $1.2-billion sale, which was recognized as one of Real Estate Forum’s “2015 Deals of the Year” and for which Julian was named to the publication’s list of “2015 Dealmakers.”

Julian has a reputation among his peers and clients as a terrific negotiator and one of the best strategic lawyers. He is consistently recognized as one of the country’s leading real estate lawyers by Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US (listings of the top lawyers in the United States) and New York Super Lawyers. Chambers USA describes Julian as offering “a wealth of expertise across the real estate spectrum,” “creative,” “solution-oriented,” “very practical, very thoughtful and very thorough” and as being “highly commended” for his “extensive lending experience.” The Legal 500 United States includes the following words of praise from a major investment banking client: “An awesome attorney — my first choice on all deals.” Julian is a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles in the New York Law Journal and a variety of other publications, including the “Commercial Real Estate” chapter of Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts (Thomson Reuters, Fourth Edition). He is also a sought-after and active speaker at industry conferences on a wide array of topics including real estate private equity, restructurings, financings, distressed debt and industry trends. He recently moderated a discussion on “Capital Market Activities Impacting the Real Estate Market” at the iGlobal Forum 14th Real Estate Private Equity Summit and presented “Interlender Arrangements: Current Structures and Risks” at the SRZ 4th Annual Distressed Investing Conference. Julian is a graduate of Emory University and received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Representations

Representation of a major private equity firm as a lender in connection with the financing of a joint venture for the purchase of a long-term leasehold interest in The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

Representation of the developer/owner of the Hudson Yards project in connection with the financing secured by the project.

Representation of a major private equity firm in the sale of the Innkeepers hotel portfolio.

Representation of a major national retail grocery chain in connection with its $2-billion financing of approximately 400 grocery stores and distribution centers in 14 states.

Representation of a real estate fund in the acquisition and disposition of the Gucci Building in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Representation of a private equity firm in connection with its acquisition of the AT&T’s Yellow Pages (a transaction that was secured by real estate and other assets located across the United States).

Representation of a major national owner/developer in its acquisition of 230 Park Avenue (the Helmsley Building) in New York City in connection with the acquisition and recapitalization and financing of the property, and in the subsequent $1.2-billion sale of the building. 

Representation of a major private equity firm in over $1 billion in senior and mezzanine financings across the United States.

Representation of a fund in connection with its acquisition of a major automotive manufacturer secured by real estate and other assets located across the United States.

Representation of a major investment bank in providing mortgage and mezzanine financing with respect to trophy resort hotel properties across the United States.

Representation of an owner/developer in the acquisition and development of several high-profile retail properties in Beverly Hills, Calif., including the debt financing for such acquisitions.

Representation of a significant owner in the acquisition of a major trophy New York landmark office property and the complex financing relating thereto.

Representation of a major investment bank in connection with the origination of a loan relating to office properties located throughout the United States, involving an Islamic trust structure.

Publications

“How Natural Disasters Influence CRE Participants’ Decisions,” CRE Finance World, Winter 2019 (co-author)

“Commercial Real Estate,” Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts, Fourth Edition, Thomson Reuters, November 2018

“LIBOR: What is it Good For?” CRE Finance World, Winter 2018 (co-author)

“PE Real Estate Players Think Outside the Box to Find Deals,” Law360, Sept. 7, 2017 (quoted)

“Commercial Real Estate,” Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts, Fourth Edition, Thomson Reuters, December 2016

“Alternative Mezzanine Lenders: New Kids on the Block,” CRE Finance World, Fall 2016 (co-author)

“New AML Regulatory Initiative Targets Real Estate Industry,” SRZ Client Alert, Jan. 21, 2016 (co-author); republished in Westlaw Journal – White-Collar Crime, March 2016

“Global Economic Changes Mean Volatile Year for Hotels,” Law360, Jan. 11, 2016 (co-author)

“When ‘Best Efforts’ Are Not the Best Effort,” Commercial Property Executive, April 3, 2014 (co-author)

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

“Descending Into Perpetuity: Recent Cases and Statutes,” Commercial Leasing Law & Strategy, March 2013 (co-author)

“Descending Into Perpetuity: Recent Cases, Statutes Tackle the Dreaded Rule Against Perpetuities,” New York Law Journal, Nov. 19, 2012 (co-author)

“The Cherryland Decision — Full-Recourse Enforcement of Non-Recourse Loans,” Commercial Property Executive, April 4, 2012 (co-author)

“Tenancy in Common Poses Risks to Lenders,” New York Law Journal, June 27, 2005 (co-author)

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, “A Fistful of Dollars: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Today’s Debt Markets,” GreenPearl EisnerAmper 4th Annual Real Estate Private Equity Summit, New York, September 2016

Moderator, “Capital Market Activities Impacting the Real Estate Market,” iGlobal Forum 14th Real Estate Private Equity Summit, New York, March 2016

“Interlender Arrangements: Current Structures and Risks,” SRZ 4th Annual Distressed Investing Conference, New York, November 2015

“Top Five Concerns for Real Estate General Counsels,” IMN 5th Annual Real Estate General Counsels Forum, New York, September 2015

“Keynote Interview: Essential Outlook for Real Estate Mezzanine Financing,” iGlobal Forum 6th Real Estate Mezzanine Financing Summit, New York, May 2015

“Market Update and Forecast in 2015,” Opal Financial Group Real Estate Investors Summit, Miami Beach, Fla., March 2015

“Understanding the Real Estate Investing Environment from a Capital Markets Perspective,” iGlobal Forum 12th Real Estate Private Equity Summit, New York, March 2015

“Anticipating Obligations in Purchases and Sales,” IMN 4th Annual Real Estate General Counsels Forum, New York, September 2014

“Upcoming Mezzanine Lending Opportunities in 2014 and Beyond,” iGlobal Forum 5th Real Estate Mezzanine Financing Summit, New York, May 2014

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

“Examining the Latest Developments in the Lending Market,” iGlobal Forum 10th Real Estate Private Equity Summit, New York, March 2014

“Real Estate Funds and Ventures,” SRZ 23rd Annual Private Investment Funds Seminar, New York, January 2014

“Re-Expansion of the Lending Markets,” iGlobal Forum 9th Real Estate Private Equity Summit, New York, October 2013

Moderator, “Putting It All Together — Industry Leaders Moving Forward into 2013,” GreenPearl Events Bridging the Gap — A Forum on Gap Financing, Replacement and Rescue Capital for Real Estate Deals, New York, October 2012 

“Exclusive Interview: In the Zone with Willy Walker,” CapRate Events Second Annual National Apartment Summit, October 2012

“Real Estate Private Equity,” Opal Financial Group Real Estate Investors Summit: Dealmakers Conference, April 2012

Moderator, “The Fundraising Climate for Private Equity Real Estate,” iGlobal Forum 5th Real Estate Private Equity Summit, October 2011

Moderator, “The Real Estate Capital Markets: Where the Debt Capital is and How to Get It,” GreenPearl Events Distressed Real Estate Summit, January 2011

“Special Servicer & Special Asset Panel,” 2nd Annual Distressed Commercial Real Estate Forum, September 2010

“Commercial Real Estate in a Post-Recession Era,” Globe St.com and SRZ Webinar, May 2010

Session Chair, “Note Vs. Property: A Comparison of the Advantages and Disadvantages of Both Approaches to Getting at the Underlying Property, Miami, February 2010

Moderator, “Real Estate in Recovery: What Can Be Done to Prepare for a Turnaround?,” Globe St.com and SRZ Webinar, November 2009

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Distinctions

  • Selected as a leading lawyer in the area of real estate by:
    • Chambers USA   
    • The Legal 500 US
    • New York Super Lawyers
  • Named to Real Estate Forum’s “2015 Deals & Dealmakers” list for work on the $1.2-billion sale of the historic Helmsley Building at 230 Park Avenue