Marc S. Shapiro

USA: New York

Mayer Brown LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020-1001
United States

Tel: +1 212 506 2599
Fax: +1 212 262 1910


Marc Shapiro is a partner in Mayer Brown’s New York office and a member of the Real Estate practice. He concentrates his practice on real estate and real estate finance and has more than 30 years of experience representing institutional lenders and private investors in sophisticated debt and equity transactions involving real estate.

Marc has represented clients in over US$20 billion in financings and equity investments involving more than 750 properties in 50 US states, the Caribbean, Canada, Latin America, Europe and Southeast Asia, including more than 350 hotel properties. He has also represented lenders and borrowers in more than 750 loan transactions and 200 debt restructuring transactions including structured asset dispositions, and sales and acquisitions of single asset and portfolio debt in the secondary market. Marc counsels owners, operators and lenders in complex purchase, sale and leasing transactions involving office, shopping center, industrial, multifamily and hospitality properties.

In 1993, Marc established the first securitized lending program to the hospitality industry through a US$2 billion commitment from a major Wall Street financial institution. He also has been actively involved in mezzanine lending since the earliest large mezzanine transactions of the 1990s.

Our global Real Estate Markets practice—a core practice for Mayer Brown comprised of over 200 lawyers—offers international and local knowledge from established teams in real estate markets throughout the world. We manage deals from all sides, and are able to leverage that experience on behalf of our clients.

We anticipate shifts in the industry and respond to market conditions with an approach that is both sophisticated and pragmatic. From formation of capital-raising vehicles to acquisitions and sales to transactions involving complex financing and joint-venture structures in multiple jurisdictions, our multidisciplinary team handles matters spanning the industry, including:

  • Real estate funds and investment management
  • Private equity real estate
  • REIT structuring and compliance
  • Joint ventures and strategic alliances
  • Fund finance and real estate finance
  • Development and construction
  • Portfolio leasing and ancillary asset management services
  • Corporate real estate services
  • Distressed real estate
  • Transfer tax, property tax and assessment challenges
  • Real estate litigation

Our clients include real estate institutional investors; pension funds and advisers; private equity funds; opportunity funds; real estate investment trusts; commercial, investment and industrial banks; governments; statutory bodies; insurance companies; real estate holding companies; developers; and multinational corporations.

We work hard to understand our clients’ value drivers and goals so that we can tailor our services to their needs and help them solve complex problems—and spot opportunities—even in the most challenging market conditions. Clients point to this as a key strength that adds value to our work and contributes to their success.

Clients often bring us in early on in the planning stage of a deal to help them formulate and execute their strategic and financial objectives. We help clients synchronize those objectives with market conditions and emerging trends.

While clients regularly call on us to represent them in complex local and cross-border transactions, they also turn to us for more routine matters and benefit from our experience and industry relationships.

Mayer Brown is a global legal services organization advising clients across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Our presence in the world’s leading markets enables us to offer clients access to local market knowledge combined with global reach.

We serve many of the world’s largest companies and financial services organizations, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX, Hang Seng and Nikkei index companies and most of the major investment banks. Mayer Brown provides legal services in areas such as Supreme Court and appellate; litigation; corporate and securities; finance; real estate; tax; intellectual property; government and global trade; restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency; and environmental.

Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2010-2015 | Legal 500 US, Real Estate, 2011-2015 | Top Lawyer in New York Metro Area, New York Magazine, 2009-2015 | Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Rated | Super Lawyers, 2006-2015