Robert A. Rubenfeld


Robert A. Rubenfeld

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Robert A. Rubenfeld focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions including financings and securitizations, acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, real estate development and management, leasing and loan workouts. He regularly represents lenders and borrowers in structuring and negotiating mortgage loans, mezzanine loans, construction loans and unsecured credit facilities.

Robert also acts as bond counsel on development transactions. He structures secured transactions including sales of single and multiple-tier participation interests in mortgage loans. Robert counsels owners, developers, lenders and borrowers in the acquisition or leasing of, as well as the financing of office, hotel, residential, shopping center, factory outlet, warehousing, loft and multi-use properties, and in connection with varied credit facilities.

In addition, Robert provides all legal services in the purchase or sale of offices, hotels and resorts, residences (cooperatives and condominiums; houses; timeshares; rentals), and shopping centers. He also counsels on hotel “flag” franchising and operational issues pertinent to all hospitality properties.

As legal advisor to numerous real estate entities, from well-known enterprises to select, proprietary interests, as well as to brokers and tenants, Robert actively oversees real estate legal issues, outside experts and handles real estate related litigation at all levels. His knowledge and hands-on experience in representing any interest in essentially any type of real estate transaction are greatly valued by his clients.

Prior to joining Barton, Robert was the Chair of The Real Estate Department at Eaton & Van Winkle LLP

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Real Estate
Industry Experience


Real Estate
  • Represented Purchaser, Seller of One Times Square
    • Represented and served as counsel to the purchaser and eventual seller of One Times Square, New York City, New York—the building on which the New Year’s ball drops each year.
  • Created Lease Form for Renowned National Retailer
    • Counseled a renowned retailer in respect to the creation of its form of mall/shopping center lease that was used nationally. Robert has also created lease forms for a wide variety of other commercial buildings.
  • Represented Hotel-Resort Purchasers Regarding Franchise Agreements
    • Has represented multiple hotel-resort purchasers, including those involved in securitized financing and “flag”/franchise agreements.
  • Aided Worldwide Retailer in Opening of NYC Flagship Store
    • Represented a worldwide retailer in the opening of its New York City – Madison Avenue flagship store that opened in the recent past. Robert has assisted multiple clients with their retail flagship, avenue, and outlet leases.
  • Bond Counsel to NYC Real Estate Developer
    • Represented and served as bond counsel to a New York City real estate developer, advising on municipal bond financing on new residential building projects.
  • Advised European Sovereign Entity on its Consulate
    • Represented a European sovereign entity regarding its consulate, located near the United Nations in New York City, New York.
  • Co-Created “Good Guy Guaranty” Provision
    • Co-created the “Good Guy Guaranty” which ensures that tenants will meet rent obligations or will vacate the premises if unable to do so.
  • Represented Investor in NY Newspaper Bankruptcy
    • Represented a “white knight” investor in a renowned New York newspaper bankruptcy-reorganization proceeding.
  • Counsel to NYC Hotel Property Owner Contesting Redevelopment Act
    • Represented, in court, a New York City hotel property owner contesting the major redevelopment act of this century.
  • Successfully Negotiated Initial Labor Union Contract
    • Represented a hotel in its negotiation of an initial labor union contract.
  • Represented Borrower on Mortgage-Backed Securities Transaction
    • Represented a borrower on what was the initial mortgage-backed securities transaction in the United States. Subsequently represented another borrower on a securitized commercial mortgage loan in what became part of the first “pooled” certificates in the United States following the 2007-2008 recession.
  • Aided IP Law Firm in its Relocation to Midtown Manhattan
    • Represented a 200-partner intellectual property law firm on its relocation lease to space in Midtown Manhattan in the recent past.