Julian M. Wise

United States

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
919 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
United States

Tel: +1 212.756.2135

Email: julian.wise@srz.com
Web: www.srz.com

Julian M. Wise is co-chair of the Real Estate Group at . He has a wide breadth of experience representing institutional and non-institutional lenders, owners/operators and investors in complex commercial real estate transactions, including on the lender side, structuring and negotiation of senior and multi-tranched mezzanine financings, intercreditor agreements, co-lender and participation agreements, joint venture and preferred equity agreements and loan portfolio acquisitions and dispositions and restructurings, and on the owner/operator side, acquisitions, dispositions and financings of office, retail, hotel and multifamily properties. His clients include private equity firms, major financial and commercial lending institutions and developers and owners of commercial, industrial, retail, office, hotel and large-scale residential properties.

Julian has represented clients in some of the most high-profile real estate transactions, including, among others, a major national retail grocery chain in connection with its $2-billion financing of approximately 400 grocery stores and distribution centers in 14 states; a major private equity firm in connection with its multibillion-dollar acquisition of retail properties across the United States; several major private equity firms in over $5 billion in senior and mezzanine financings across the United States; a real estate fund in the acquisition and subsequent disposition of trophy buildings across the United States, including the Gucci Building located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California; and a major private equity firm in the acquisition, financing and disposition of the Innkeepers hotel portfolio.

Julian is a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles in the New York Law Journal and a variety of other publications, including the “Commercial Real Estate” chapter of Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts (Thomson Reuters). He is also a sought-after and active speaker at industry conferences on a wide array of topics, including real estate private equity, restructurings, financings, distressed debt and industry trends. Julian received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law and his B.A. from Emory University.

Schulte’s Real Estate Group is known for its combination of specialized legal expertise, extensive business knowledge and practical experience. Completing billions of dollars in real estate transactions annually, the Group handles a wide variety of complex and sophisticated transactions on behalf of U.S. and international clients. The firm has been named among the “Leading Law Firms in Real Estate Fund Formation” by Preqin’s Global Real Estate Report, one of the “Leading Real Estate Law Firms” in the United States by Commercial Property Executive, and on Real Estate Forum’s “2015 Deals & Dealmakers” list. We also regularly appear in rankings involving New York City real estate practices and deals, including The Real Deal’s list of “NYC Law Firms with the Biggest Real Estate Practices” and the Commercial Observer 2015 Year in Review’s “The Year’s Biggest Manhattan Real Estate Deals.” The Group’s lawyers function as an efficient, focused team, pooling their legal, business and practical experience to devise structures and strategies that will best help clients achieve their objectives without assuming undue risk.

Our lawyers are skilled in all aspects of the real estate business including: acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, development, construction lending, financing, mezzanine lending, workouts, restructurings, REITs and commercial lending. And as a leading adviser to the investment fund and real estate industries, the firm represents a significant number of participants in the real estate sector. Our representations include advice concerning both public and private REITs, as well as other permanent capital and securitization structures to maximize returns on real estate-related assets and investments.

The firm also represents a number of major landlords of properties in the New York metropolitan area, as well as numerous office and retail tenants. Our lawyers handle very large and sophisticated lease negotiations for owners of first class office properties and tenants, particularly in the investment management, financial service and law firm fields.

Founded in 1969, Schulte Roth & Zabel is a multidisciplinary firm with international clientele, serving our clients from strategically located offices in New York, London and Washington, DC. Over time, we have become known for two things: doing great work in the financial services sector and doing things a little differently than many of our peers. Instead of trying to be everything to everybody, we’ve grown organically, in ways that make sense for our clients’ industry demands and evolving needs. As one of the leading law firms serving the financial services industry, the firm regularly advises clients on corporate and transactional matters and provides counsel on regulatory, compliance, enforcement and investigative issues.

The firm’s practices include: bank regulatory; bankruptcy & creditors’ rights litigation; blockchain technology & digital assets; broker-dealer regulatory & enforcement; business reorganization; complex commercial litigation; cybersecurity; distressed debt & claims trading; distressed investing; education law; employment & employee benefits; energy; environmental; finance; financial institutions; hedge funds; individual client services; insurance; intellectual property, sourcing & technology; investment management; litigation; litigation finance; mergers & acquisitions; PIPEs; private equity; real estate; real estate capital markets & REITs; real estate litigation; regulated funds; regulatory & compliance; securities & capital markets; securities enforcement; securities litigation; securitization; shareholder activism; structured finance & derivatives; tax; and white collar defense & government investigations.

Julian Wise“is very responsive, very commercial and really effective,” remark clients. He demonstrates expertise in advising clients on a broad range of corporate matters, including development, M&A and financing transactions.”
Chambers & Partners