Nicole Levin Mesard is Deputy Chair of the firm’s Corporate Department, a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group, Chair of the firm’s Hiring Committee, and a member of the firm’s Management Committee. She is experienced in all aspects of real estate law, including acquisitions and sales of retail and commercial properties, sophisticated financings, joint ventures, infrastructure transactions and restructurings of commercial real estate loans, including in bankruptcy.
Ms. Mesard is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, where she co-teaches a course on real estate debt and equity fundamentals. She is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, which describes her as “incredibly hard-working and a tough negotiator,” who “understands the commercial issues and finds solutions to get deals done.”
Clients have praised her “combination of practical commercial instinct and ability to dive in and come up with solutions to complex matters” and have described her as “thoughtful and easy to work with,” and “a very good technical player but also practical in terms of understanding and giving advice on the commercial and business side of matters.” The Legal 500 also lauds her as “conscientious and outstanding.”
Ms. Mesard joined Debevoise in 2001 and became a partner in 2008. She received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany magna cum laude in 1994, and her J.D. from Tulane University magna cum laude in 1997.
- Westfield in the company’s $24.7 billion sale to Unibail-Rodamco, Europe’s largest listed commercial property company.
- Westfield in the sale of Horton Plaza, a retail center located in downtown San Diego, CA.
- A family office in its preferred equity investment in the development of two residential towers located in New York City.
- Westfield in its $1.1 billion divestiture of five shopping centers in the U.S. to an investor group led by Centennial Real Estate Company of Dallas, TX.
- A family office in its joint venture acquisition and further development of an office building located at 175 Pearl Street in Brooklyn, NY.
- Westfield in the development, operation and management of the retail portions of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority’s $1.4 billion Fulton Center transit hub.
- Rockwood Capital in the origination of two mezzanine loans secured, indirectly, by two hotels located in New York City.
- A family office in its joint venture acquisition and further development of the Playa Grande Club & Reserve, a luxury resort located in the Dominican Republic.
- Westfield in the transfer of Westfield Carlsbad, a 1.1 million square foot super regional enclosed mall located in Carlsbad, CA, to Rouse Properties.
- Oaktree Capital Management in two separate financings (a bridge loan and a revolving credit facility), totaling $320 million, each made by Wells Fargo and secured by separate pools of distressed and non-distressed mortgage loans and REO assets located throughout the U.S.
- Westfield in its acquisition of three department stores located in Bethesda, MD, San Jose, CA and Santa Clarita, CA from Sears, Roebuck and Co.
- GoldenTree Asset Management in a bridge loan secured by a residential building located at 101 West 78th Street in New York City.
- Carmel Partners in the acquisition from Lightstone Group of a development site located at 112-118 Fulton Street in New York City.
- Carmel Partners in a joint venture with a New York City developer to construct a residential building to be located at 325 Lexington Avenue in New York City.
- Tishman Speyer Properties in a mortgage financing made by Bank of America, N.A. and secured by 520 Madison Avenue located in New York City.
- Beacon Capital Partners in the restructuring of a securitized mortgage loan with a face amount of approximately $2.7 billion.
- AXA Financial in the $1.06 billion sale of MONY Life Insurance Company and reinsurance of an in-force book of life insurance policies to Protective Life Insurance Company.
- Westfield in its $525 million mortgage financing secured by Westfield Garden State Plaza, located in Paramus, NJ.
- Westfield in its investment in the areas at the World Trade Center site that are being developed for retail use in a joint venture transaction with the Port Authority of NY and NJ valued at approximately $1.225 billion.
- Westfield in the acquisition of the Port Authority’s remaining 50% interest in the World Trade Center retail facilities for $800 million.
- Tishman Speyer Properties in its acquisition and financing of an office building located at 520 Broadway in Santa Monica, CA.
- A family office as a cornerstone investor in Hispania Activos Inmobiliarios, a Spanish blind pool REIT listed on the Madrid stock exchange.
- Westfield in its $1.64 billion divestiture of seven non-core shopping centers in the U.S. to the Starwood Group.
- Westfield in its sale of seven shopping centers located in the U.S. to a consortium led by the Starwood Group for approximately $1.1 billion.
- Independent directors of Tishman Speyer Office Fund, an Australian publicly traded property trust, in the U.S. law aspects of its indirect sale of 16 Class-A office buildings located throughout the US.
- Tulane University Law School, 1997, J.D.
- University at Albany, State University of New York, 1994, B.A.
- New York
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