Laura Sugarman is a New York real estate attorney who focuses on commercial real estate transactions, including development, conversion to condominium and cooperative ownership, financing and acquisition of sale of residential, commercial, mixed-use and hospitality properties in New York and around the globe. She is also experienced in leasehold condominiums, sales and financing of assets, commercial leasing, development/air rights transactions and New York City land use matters.
Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Sugarman was assistant counsel at the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, where she represented New York City in a range of matters, including negotiations with developers, concession agreements and contract negotiations for public-private partnerships.
While attending law school, Ms. Sugarman was the executive editor of the Cardozo Journal of Public Law, Policy and Ethics and a Dean's Merit Scholarship recipient.
Representative matters on which Ms. Sugarman has worked include:
- represented lenders in analyzing and making construction and other loans with respect to properties in New York and nationally, including several developments in Hudson Yards
- represented landlords and tenants, including universities, hospitals and charter schools in the structuring and formation of leasehold condominiums throughout New York State
- represented the purchaser in the acquisition and financing of a $100 million multi-family facility in the Washington, D.C. metro area
- represented landlords in lease negotiations with retail, commercial and not-for-profit tenants
- represented sellers and purchasers of development/air rights and real property in various assemblages throughout New York City, including an entire city block downtown
- represented the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Lincoln Square Synagogue and other not-for-profit organizations in navigating the Attorney General and New York State Supreme Court’s processes to dispose of substantial portions of their assets
- represented the developers of commercial, mixed-use and residential condominiums, including the Baccarat Hotel and Residences, Aman New York, Halcyon, 212 Fifth Avenue, 154 Spring Street, 45 East 22nd Street, 100 Willoughby Street, 1 Great Jones Alley, Atelier, The Belnord, 737 Park Avenue, 150 East 72nd Street, 11 East 68th Street, 200 East 62nd Street, 325 West Broadway, 421 West 22nd Street, 78 Irving Place, 200 Lafayette Street, 868 Broadway, 1717 Broadway (the Hilton Garden Inn), and 333 East 38th Street
- represented developers of condominiums with affordable components subject to regulatory agreements with various government agencies, including 160 Madison Avenue and 250 Ashland Place
- represented the developer of Brooklyn Point, a condominium containing cooperative apartments
- represented the developer of a luxury resort in Anguilla and represented various lenders for hospitality properties in Anguilla
- represented the purchasers of the top third of the Woolworth Building
- represented Deutsche Bank in analyzing dozens of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) transactions
- represented high net worth individuals in sales and acquisitions of residential apartments in New York City