Marc S. Shapiro

USA: New York

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
1301 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6022
United States

Tel: +1 212 318 3149
Fax: +1 212 408 5100


Marc Shapiro is a partner in Norton Rose Fulbright’s New York office and a member of the firm’s global real estate practice. He concentrates on real estate and real estate finance and has more than 35 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$26 billion in financings and equity investments involving more than 800 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 lenders, owners and operators in complex financing, purchase, sale and leasing transactions involving office, shopping center, industrial, multifamily and hospitality properties.

In 1992, Marc represented an institutional lender in the first US financing of a non-performing commercial loan portfolio comprised of over 100 assets. 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. In 1996, Marc represented an institutional purchaser of the largest US hotel management company, with over 400 assets under management. In the past 20 years, Marc has represented clients in some of the most prominent US real estate transactions, including the acquisition of the largest US shopping center and the financing of the largest US luxury residential condominium tower.

In addition to US-based institutions, Marc’s clients include institutional and high-net worth parties based in Europe, Asia and the Middle East who invest in US real estate. He regularly counsels and advises first-time, non-US real estate investors who are unfamiliar with US customs and practices.

The global real estate market is growing in terms of complexity and sophistication. Investors, corporations, asset and fund managers and financial institutions in the real estate sector need a legal team that can offer strategic transactional support on a cross-border basis. We are one of the few global law firms with the experience, skill and depth of resources necessary to deliver a high-level of service to real estate sector participants, anywhere in the world.

Our areas of work include:
  • Acquisitions and disposals of real estate assets
  • Agricultural lands, including food and agribusiness
  • Commercial and industrial leasing
  • Construction and engineering
  • Dispute resolution and litigation
  • Equity investment structures and joint ventures
  • Hotels, hospitality and leisure
  • Islamic financing
  • Planning, land use regulation and environmental law
  • Property management and structured title schemes
  • Real estate debt financing
  • Renewable energy projects, including solar and wind
  • Residential, retail, logistics and mixed-use developments and project
  • Retirement centers and senior living

Our real estate lawyers act for clients across the full range of real estate matters including urban regeneration projects, direct and indirect investment transactions, real estate financing, equity investment structuring, portfolio deals, corporate occupier matters, dispute resolution and development projects. As a market leader in Islamic finance, we also have extensive experience in Islamic financing techniques for real estate investment. For example, we are advisers to the UK government on Islamic financing.

Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining, commodities and agribusiness, transport, technology and innovation, and life sciences and healthcare.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc are separate legal entities and all of them are members of Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein. Norton Rose Fulbright Verein helps coordinate the activities of the members but does not itself provide legal services to clients.

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