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Stephen L. Rabinowitz | Connect CRE

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Stephen L. Rabinowitz


Greenberg Traurig

Co-chair of Greenberg Traurig's global real estate practice and chair of the New York real estate practice

Represented SL Green Realty Corp. in the purchase of 11 Madison Ave. for more than $2.25 billion.

Board member and corporate secretary, East Harlem Tutorial Program

Stephen L. Rabinowitz is co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s global real estate practice and chair of the New York real estate practice. He serves as an adviser to a wide variety of private equity funds, asset managers, developers, and institutional and entrepreneurial investors and operators in the acquisition, financing, development, sale and leasing of all classes of commercial properties including multi-family, office, hospitality, and condominium properties. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to venture formation and engineering sophisticated capital structures.

Highlights of Rabinowitz’s experience include the following:

  • Represented Maximus Real Estate Partners in the transformation of Parkmerced, a multi-family community in San Francisco with more than 5,700 stable housing units and another 6,000 units under development. Rabinowitz has been the lead legal counselor to the owners of Parkmerced since 2005 and has advised on all aspects of the project including equity capitalization, financing, development, and technology to help bring to fruition Maximus’ vision of the first sustainable and completely carbon neutral residential development.
  • Represented SL Green Realty Corp. in connection with the purchase of 11 Madison Ave., the historic New York City office tower on the east side of Madison Square Park, for more than $2.25 billion. Reported to be the second largest office building transaction ever.
  • Counseled Qatari Diar Investment Company in a joint venture with Tishman Speyer to construct a 1.1-million-square- foot mixed-use development in Long Island City.
  • Represented 233 S. Wacker LLC in the $1.3-billion sale of former Sears Tower in Chicago to Blackstone. Reported to be the largest U.S. office transaction outside of New York.

These are some of the reasons that we named Rabinowitz to our New York & Tri-State grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community. 


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).