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Olshan Client Secures $700 Million Financing to Acquire Leasehold Position in Mobil Building

August 29, 2014

The Real Deal and reported that real estate investors David Werner and Mark Karasick have secured a $700 million loan from Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings to complete their acquisition of the leasehold position in the iconic Mobil Building at 150 East 42nd Street in one of the biggest financing deals of the year. The deal involved entering into a 99-year ground lease extension with the land owner, purchasing the existing leasehold from Hiro Real Estate, and creating a sub-leasehold condominium for Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Olshan attorneys from several practice groups represented the buyers in the transaction: Warren Gleicher and Shirlee Gordon in Tax and Joint Ventures; Thomas Kearns in Real Estate; Martin Cooper and Jason Saltsberg in Corporate. Steve Holm, Andrew Kellner and Dana Gallo at Levy Holm Pellegrino & Drath LLP, Lisa Rinaldi at Gerstein Strauss & Rinaldi LLP, and Joseph Hershkovitz at Frenkel, Hershkowitz & Shafran LLP served as co-counsel on the deal. Subsequently, Werner and Karasick closed on their purchase for $855.2 million, as reported in The Real Deal.

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