Gerard Hannon serves as a member of the Firm's Global Real Estate, Construction, Environment & Tourism and the North America Banking and Finance and Corporate & Securities practice groups. He is one of a select handful of US real estate lawyers who have significant experience in cross-border real estate transactions and has handled some of the largest and most sophisticated investments made in the US by offshore investors. He has served on advisory boards for Fordham University School of Law and First American Title Insurance Company of New York and has taught at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He has been named among New York's Super Lawyers for six consecutive years (2006-2011) by Law & Politics Magazine.
Mr. Hannon routinely assists national and international institutions — including banks, life insurance companies, pension funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, REITs, high net worth individuals and families, hotel groups, retailers, and pharmaceutical and industrial companies — in financing transactions; the acquisition, divestiture, development and financing of major office buildings, hotels and residential apartment complexes and shopping centers; joint ventures and partnership matters; tenant-in-common transactions; real estate funds and private equity; real estate leasing transactions; restructuring and workout of problem loans, real estate partnerships and joint ventures; condominium conversions and offering plans; right of use transactions; purchase, sale and servicing of mortgage portfolios; complex development and construction projects; and management contracts and franchise agreements.
Representative Legal Matters
Represented various foreign financial institutions and other investors in connection with mortgage financings (including convertible), acquisitions, sales, joint ventures and restructurings of investments in various properties throughout the United States including: Park Avenue Plaza, 375 Park Avenue, 390 Park Avenue, 499 Park Avenue, 425 Lexington Avenue, 451 Lexington Avenue, 600 Lexington Avenue, 275 Madison Avenue, 266 Madison Avenue, 290 Madison Avenue, 60 Broad Street, 757 Third Avenue, 17 State Street, 24 West 57th Street, 35 Hudson Yards and 375 Hudson Street in New York, New York; 181 West Madison, 525 West Monroe Street and 222 North LaSalle Street in Chicago, Illinois; 1667 K Street and 19th & M Street in Washington, DC; 1000 Wilshire, 800 Wilshire, and Murdock Plaza in Los Angeles, California; Lexigen Research Center in Boston, Massachusetts; 15 Independence Boulevard in Warren, New Jersey and One Stamford Plaza, Two Stamford Plaza, Four Stamford Plaza, 300 Atlantic Street, 201 Broad Street, Three Stamford Plaza and 177 Broad Street in Stamford, Connecticut.
Represented various hotel groups in connection with the acquisition, sale, financing, development, management and restructuring of various hotel properties including: the Essex House, UN Plaza, Righa Royal, Michaelangelo, and the New York Shangri-La Hotel in New York, New York; the Nikko/Westin in Chicago, Illinois; the Washington-Sheraton in Washington, DC; the Grand Hotel La Florida and Miramar Hotels in Barcelona, Spain; the Durley House and Cadogan in London, England; the Castille Hotel in Paris, France; and the Blakes in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Represent on an ongoing basis one of the world’s leading high-end retailers in connection with its US leasing, acquisition and disposition activities.
Represent a leading real estate fund sponsor in connection with establishment and operation of US investment funds including those with domestically controlled REIT structures.
Represented a large industrial company in the acquisition of US mining interests.
Represented a foreign transportation company in the acquisition of a US logistics business.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Japan Society
- New York State Bar Association
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- American Bar Association
- U.S. Supreme Court~United States (1987)
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York~United States (1979)
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York~United States (1979)
- New York~United States (1978)
- Fordham University School of Law (J.D. cum laude) (1977)
- Queens College, New York (B.A. magna cum laude) (1974)