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M. Mendel Trapedo

Senior Associate
New York

M. Mendel Trapedo

Having practiced on both the east and west coasts of the U.S., as well as in Canada, Mendel Trapedo brings a broad range of experience to the Real Estate Practice Group. Based out of the New York office, Mendel represents a wide variety of real estate investors, owners, borrowers, developers, landlords, and tenants, which includes REITs, insurance companies, overseas investment funds, the owner of a NBA team, and other equity investors.

Mendel grew up in South Africa, where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce and Law degrees. He also received a Master of Laws from the University of Southern California, where he graduated at the top of his class. Mendel started off his legal career at a boutique tax firm in Beverly Hills, California before joining an international law firm, where he concentrated on real estate matters.

Mendel appreciates that business considerations have to lead the legal process. He takes the time to understand his clients' business needs and objectives, and negotiates deals and drafts the related documents to meet these goals. He also uses these skills in assisting the firm's M&A and corporate teams in a diverse spectrum of transactions.

Mendel’s South African DNA has forced him, for better or worse, to be an avid sports fan and he brings the same passion to his work and clients.



Representative Experience

Represented a Gulf-based client in a joint venture, sharia-compliant investment in an Atlanta multifamily portfolio valued at about US$90m.

Represented insurance company in leasing 300,000 square feet of office space for its new headquarters.*

Represented client in sale leaseback of corporate headquarters.*

Represented REIT in acquisition of a leasehold interest in a three-tower mixed use commercial complex.*

Represented client in sale of 285-suite apartment portfolio.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

Education and admissions


  • Master of Law, University of Southern California, 2004
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Witwatersrand, 2001
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of the Witwatersrand, 1999

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York
  • California
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