Overview

Renee I. Covitt is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office and a member of the firm's Real Estate Section. Ms. Covitt has experience in a wide range of complex real estate transactions, such as the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of commercial and residential properties. Her practice also includes the representation of developers and investors in the development of mixed-use properties, new construction, and the conversion of vacant and occupied buildings to condominium ownership. In addition, Ms. Covitt's practice includes the representation of owners with respect to financing, construction and general real estate affairs.

Representative matters handled by Ms. Covitt include:

  • represented the developers of the W Downtown Hotel and Residences, the Evité Hotel and Residences, The Setai-Downtown and the Miraval Living Spa and Residences
  • represented the developer of a five-star resort in Anguilla
  • represented Deutsche Bank in analyzing over 75 CMBS transactions
  • represented owner in $180 million debt restructuring of The Setai-Downtown
  • represented the developer in the refinancing of a $60 million EB-5 loan
  • represented the developer of the Baccarat Hotel and Residences in New York
  • represented the developers of mixed-use properties, including Cielo, Three Ten East Fifty Third Street, Morton Square, Centria, Atelier , Halcyon, 45 East 22 Street, 11 Beach Street,  152-154 Spring Street, 60 White Street and the Oosten
  • analyzed a global insurance company's real estate holdings in 65 countries as part of an $18 billion corporate acquisition
  • represented the sponsors of the reconstruction and conversion-to-condominium ownership of 737 Park Avenue, 150 East 72nd Street, 11 East 68th Street, 36 Gramercy Park East, 478-480 Central Park West, The Apthorp, 254 Park Avenue South and 25 Broad Street
  • represented owners of Columbus Park Tower, Cadman Towers and Southbridge Towers in the privatization of Mitchell-Lama housing complexes
  • represented lenders in analyzing and making construction loans for 10 Sullivan Street, 520 Park Avenue, 235 West 75th Street, 88 Lexington Avenue, 90 Lexington Avenue and 301 West 53rd Street
  • represented the purchasers of the top third of the Woolworth Building
  • represented General Motors in its pre-bankruptcy analysis of its global real estate holdings
  • represented a German insurance company in the debt restructuring of a hospitality property in Las Vegas

Credentials

Education
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D.
  • Binghamton University, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2015
  • Phi Eta Sigma

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