U.S. Real Estate Investment Forum: A Roadmap to Accessing U.S. Markets

Investors and other market players share their experience of how they navigated cross-border business, legal and cultural hurdles. From joint ventures, acquisitions, financing and developments to concrete opportunities in the U.S. primary and secondary markets, this seminar covers key strategies ...

Michael is a trusted partner to global investors on their most important commercial real estate transactions. Whether their focus is on U.S. assets in gateway cities or understanding local markets across jurisdictions, clients rely on Michael’s twenty years of experience in helping them execute on their real estate investment strategies.

He advises a range of real estate investors, lenders and other market participants on real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, developments, joint ventures and financings, both as borrower and lender. Drawing upon years of experience in our Tokyo and Hong Kong offices, Michael has a particular expertise in helping first time investors navigate cultural, legal and market differences in cross-border Asia/U.S. transactions.

Michael counts among his clients regional and international investment funds, asset managers, developers, banks, life insurance companies, family offices and other owners and operators of commercial real estate.

Consistently ranked by Chambers and Legal 500, Michael has been described by clients as “really good at understanding our objectives.”

  • Select recent engagements include representing the following:

    Tokyo Trust Capital Co., Ltd. and MC Real Estate Partners, a New York-based owner/operator of office assets, on the approximately $100 million acquisition of 434 Broadway, a fully leased office building in SoHo in downtown Manhattan, from Savanna. The 66,000 square-foot property has office space on the top eight floors, plus street-level and below-grade retail space.

    Shimizu Corporation on its inaugural NY office investment – the $147 million acquisition of the Albano Building, a high-rise office tower in Manhattan from the Vanbarton Group.

    Tokyo Trust Capital Co., Ltd. on the $131 million purchase of One Tehama from CIM Group. This Class A creative office building in San Francisco is fully leased to SoFi and serves as its corporate headquarters.

    US real estate subsidiary of Tokyu Land Corporation, one of the largest Japanese conglomerates, on its significant equity investment with affiliates of L&L Holding Company and GreenOak Real Estate in the 425 Park Avenue development project, notably the first full-block office development on Manhattan’s Park Avenue in three decades.

    •Joint venture between Tokyo Trust Capital Co., Ltd. and Meritage Properties in the $54 million acquisition and $25 million related financing of 1100 G Street, NW, an eleven-story office building located in the heart of Washington, D.C. directly across from the Metro Center station.

    PGIM Real Estate Finance, the real estate non-recourse lending arm of Prudential Financial, on a $271 million cross-border senior loan secured by a portfolio of 32 industrial properties located in Mexico.

    Royal Caribbean Cruises with the development of a dedicated cruise ship passenger terminal and related mixed-use retail facilities in Yatsushiro City, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, in partnership with the local government and Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, with financing from a local bank.

    International investment fund with numerous real estate acquisition, real estate debt acquisition, joint venture and financing transactions across Japan, including office, retail, residential and hospitality properties, representing an aggregate transaction volume of over ¥48 billion ($479 million) in a twelve-month period.