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Lee Samuelson

New York

Lee Samuelson

Even before becoming a lawyer, Lee Samuelson spent many years working in the real estate industry and gained valuable and relevant knowledge that he uses today.

As a real estate partner, Lee focuses on advising public and private, domestic and international clients in complex real estate transactions. His clients invest in, develop, own, occupy, and finance all classes of real estate, through joint ventures, large portfolio transactions, corporate reorganizations, and other structures. Lee is also experienced in other real estate transactions.

Lee prides himself on helping clients conclude transactions in an efficient manner, finding resolutions for complex issues, and coordinating large multi-property transactions. Just like New York is a global city, Lee's clients span the world. Lee has not only been involved in many international real estate transactions, he has also worked with foreign institutional investors to structure and implement their in-bound real estate joint venture investments and even untangle and resolve "broken" partnerships. Additionally, Lee has advised many U.S.-based investors with their overseas real estate investments. Lee is often called upon to educate clients and others on navigating joint ventures in real estate transactions.

Representative Experience

Advised a group of Mexican investors in the US$650m acquisition of more than 4,600 U.S. apartments from The Blackstone Group L.P.

Advised Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd on several multifamily property acquisitions in various locations in the United States.

Advised ERGO, its asset manager (MEAG), and their affiliates, with a number of their real estate joint venture equity and debt transactions.

Represented Ivanhoe Cambridge and its affiliates with various real estate joint venture transactions for office, multifamily and hotel properties.

Advised GE in multiple senior housing community transactions, joint ventures, and financings, including the acquisition of over 180 communities.

Represented a privately owned real estate investment company in its US$2.74bn sale of a portfolio of 101 shopping centers.

Represented a foreign hedge fund in a bridge loan to an owner regarding developing a hotel in New York.

Represented New Plan Excel Property Trust in its US$6bn merger with Centro Properties Group, N/K/A Brixmor, along with multiple JVs & portfolios.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., cum laude, Cornell Law School, 1994
  • M.S., New York University, 1991
  • B.A., Emory University, 1987


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of the City of New York
  • Member, New York State Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York

Latest thinking and events

Published Works

Blockchain: The Future of Real Estate Finance?

CRE World Finance, Winter 2017 Volume 19 No. 1

Published Works

Global Investor Guide 2015: The Differences Between Buying Property in New York and London

Estates Gazette Online

Published Works

Winter Is Coming: Will Your Joint Venture Be Ready When the White Walkers Cross the Wall?

US Shopping Center Law Conference, sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Published Works

Hot Topics in Multi-Family Housing: A Legal Framework

European Business School and IREBS
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