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Marlene C. Guzzino
Marlene C. Guzzino
Counsel — Real Estate
Counsel — Real Estate

Marlene C. Guzzino

Marlene C. Guzzino
New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Marlene C. Guzzino

Marlene C. Guzzino has significant experience representing leading retailers, landlords, developers, banks and educational institutions in sophisticated real estate transactions, negotiating all types of leases as well as licenses, reciprocal easement agreements, purchase and development agreements and alternative financing arrangements (such as sale-leaseback transactions and triple net leases and bondable ground leases) for airports, shopping centers, office buildings, mixed-used buildings, hotels, student housing facilities, art galleries and innovative storage facilities in both urban and suburban locations. Marlene has been named a “Rising Star” by New York Metro Super Lawyers and the Georgetown Law Advanced Commercial Leasing Institute.

Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, Marlene was a shareholder in the real estate group at a large international law firm. She was also an extern for Magistrate Judge Terence P. Kemp, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Experience Highlights

  • The redeveloper of The Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport in the restructuring of all retail and commercial concession leases with existing tenants, as well as the preparation of a new form lease and the negotiation of new leases with new tenants. The $4 billion, 1.3 million-square-foot redevelopment project includes a 840,000-square-foot vertical retail center and food and beverage concessions program, and involves two superior leasehold interests held by the City of New York and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

  • A national real estate operating company in the leasing, redevelopment and restructuring of a 40,000-square-foot, multi-level below-grade retail concourse located in a 50-story mixed-use development in Manhattan’s Financial District, which was gut-renovated after Superstorm Sandy

  • A regional management company and prominent family-owned landlord in the leasing, restructuring and $200 million sale of two historical high-rises, comprising 570,000 square feet for office and retail uses in Manhattan

  • A prominent real estate investment and management firm in the leasing of a 34-story office tower in Midtown Manhattan, comprising 518,000 square feet, including multi-floor tenants with expansion and contraction rights and put options

  • A prominent college in the leasing of a new construction, built-to-suit mixed-use high-rise facility in Manhattan, containing 45,000 square feet, including state-of-the-art lounges, gyms and other amenities

  • A prominent private equity firm in a $32 million sale-leaseback of a multistate real estate portfolio, comprising 19-tenanted retail and office locations, and 450,000 square feet in the aggregate

  • A national banking association in a $37 million sale-leaseback of a multi-state real estate portfolio, comprising 18-tenanted retail and office locations, and 162,000 square feet in the aggregate

  • A national banking institution acquired from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation by a prominent investor in a $900 million recapitalization, including the restructuring and expansion of a 90-location, multi-state real estate portfolio through the leasing, acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment of commercial properties located in New York and Florida for retail and office uses

  • A national big box retailer with 2,700 locations in the acquisition, development and ground leasing of their retail stores

  • An international luxury goods retailer with 500 locations in the leasing, development and disposition of office, retail, showroom and warehouse space

  • A warehouse provider specializing in fine-art storage in the leasing of its facilities

  • A prominent investment firm investing $100 million in a $969 million multi-state real estate portfolio, involving 108 office buildings, in the development and restructuring of real estate assets

  • A premier real estate operating company in a $135 million corporate acquisition, with assets including a 40-location multi-state portfolio with 212,000 square feet of commercial space, 1,800 residential units and 736,000 square feet of in-progress development parcels

  • A boutique hotel operator in the leasing of the hotel food and beverage operations in New York City

  • A pharmaceutical company in its entry into the New York market to open its first medical marijuana dispensaries

Credentials

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law J.D., 2002 
  • Fairfield University B.A., magna cum laude, 1999
  • New York