Duke University, (J.D., 1981)
- Cornell University, (B.A. with distinction in economics, 1978)
Michael Kupin joined the Firm in 2009 as a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, the Retail Practice Group, the Distressed Real Estate Practice Group and the Structured Real Estate Dispute Resolution Team. Mr. Kupin has extensive experience in a broad array of sophisticated real estate and corporate transaction practice areas including capital market lending (both lender and borrower side), joint venture structuring, sales and acquisitions of assets and companies, and commercial leasing with a focus on large-block office leases and high-end retail leases. Mr. Kupin has counseled both “large-cap” and small, emerging companies on their most important real estate transactions including international investment funds, top-tier investment banks, a foreign based pharmaceutical company, and a multi-national advertising agency as well as numerous start-up companies. Mr. Kupin has earned a reputation as an attorney to whom clients turn for their critical transactions that do not fit neatly within a single practice area or a common structure - their so-called “out-of-the-box” transactions.
The breadth of Mr. Kupin’s experience is evidenced by some of the more significant transactions that he has been involved with during his career, which include: (1) counseled an international investment fund in a joint venture with prominent Seattle-based developer for $800 million mixed office/retail/residential project in Bellevue, Washington (also counseled the joint venture in related $665 million construction loan); (2) represented lender in $600 million aggregate mortgage and mezzanine securitized loan structure for refinancing of Manhattan office building serving as international investment bank’s US headquarters; (3) represented buyer in a $394 million acquisition of two in-construction high-end branded residential developments, one in Baltimore and the other in Long Island; (4) counseled principals in formation of joint venture vehicle for $310 million equity raise from institutional and private investors in establishment of then largest private investment fund focused exclusively on pharmaceutical royalties; (5) counseled lender in $210 million revolving credit facility for acquisition of office buildings on nationwide basis; (6) represented private investment fund owner in $170 million sale of premier, historically significant, branded hotel in Boston, Massachusetts; (7) represented lender in $150 million aggregate mortgage and mezzanine securitized loans for acquisition and renovation of mid-Manhattan hotel; (8) counseled principal in establishment of domestically controlled REIT for manager of Canadian pension funds that raised $150 million in equity and debt for investments in US office buildings; (9) counseled regional furniture retailer tenant in 46,000 s.f. retail lease in newly developed Gateway Center at Bronx Terminal Market in Empire/Empowerment Zone adjacent to Yankee Stadium; (10) represented national pharmaceutical company for its office headquarters lease in a 140,000 s.f. single-user office building in New Jersey; and (11) represented purchaser in a $1.1 billion two-staged acquisition of the Miami Dolphins football team, Dolphins Stadium and adjacent development properties.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Kupin practiced law at several prominent law firms including the real estate practice group of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP; the securitized lending group of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner LLP; and the corporate and real estate group of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
Mr. Kupin received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with distinction from Cornell University in 1978 and his law degree from Duke University in 1981. Mr. Kupin is admitted to practice in New York.