Practice Areas

Real Estate

Our firm maintains a diverse and sophisticated real estate practice. We represent private and institutional owners, developers, lenders and investors in all aspects of real estate acquisition and investment and in the sale of real property and interests in entities which own real property. Gibney represents individuals, corporations and other entities in the leasing and ownership of real property necessary for the operation of their business. We also have extensive experience in real estate mortgage loan transactions.

Our real estate attorneys have hands-on experience in the real estate market, the management of commercial real properties and the administration of real estate investments. We have provided comprehensive legal and supervisory services to domestic and offshore investors. The firm has enjoyed the opportunity to represent offshore entities and individuals in connection with real estate all over the United States. Our attorneys recognize that the needs and concerns of offshore clients, who may not be familiar with all aspects of real estate investment in the United States, are sometimes different than that of domestic clients. The services provided by our attorneys have included the continued supervision of the real estate investments of offshore clients, after such investments are made.

The firm has special expertise in the organization of partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures, corporations and other vehicles used in commercial real estate ventures. Our attorneys have engaged in the dispute resolution, reorganization and reformation of these entities when differences have arisen between principals.

Gibney provides legal services and practical business advice and counseling to our domestic and offshore clients in connection with their real estate activities.

Important areas of our practice include:

– Acquisition, development and operation of real estate
– Sale of real property and interests in real estate entities
– Negotiation, drafting and administration of office and store leases
– Real estate financing
– Ground and net leases
– Organization and reformation of real estate investment entities, including partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures and corporations
– Investment supervision and oversight
– Resolution of disputes
– Assertion of investors’ rights


Peter Cousins, Partner
(212) 705-9811
Paolo Grassi, Of Counsel
Of Counsel
(212) 688-5151
Melvyn H. Halper, Partner
(212) 705-9850