Skip to content
Michael R. Svetich
Michael R. Svetich
Senior Associate — Real Estate
Senior Associate — Real Estate

Michael R. Svetich

Michael R. Svetich
New York

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

Michael R. Svetich

Experience Highlights

  • The Related Companies in joint ventures, acquisitions, refinancings, brokerage and space leases in NY, FL and CA

  • Fetner Properties in multifamily joint ventures, acquisitions and developments across New York City

  • Safehold and iStar in development and stabilized ground lease transactions across the US

  • The Georgetown Company in hotel, office and retail joint ventures

  • Convene and WeWork in connection with leases and work letters across the US

  • Various REITs in connection with acquisitions, sales, and recapitalizations through programmatic joint ventures

  • Lee & Associates in sale of 875 Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan to Kauffman Investments

  • Steel Equities in acquisition and life-sciences redevelopment of the Sears parcel at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, New York

  • Blackstone in sale of four hotels to DiamondRock Hospitality Company

  • Bentall Green Oak in acquisition of 685 Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan from Unizo Holdings and sale of fee interest to iStar

  • Blackstone in sale of 133 senior housing communities across the US to HCP and Emeritus

  • Fetner Properties and American Lions in a joint venture with The Carlyle Group for 421-a multifamily development at 26-32 Jackson Avenue, Queens

  • An investment firm in recapitalization of existing 50 property, 2.2 million square foot industrial portfolio and related programmatic joint venture

  • WPT Capital in the negotiation of programmatic joint ventures for the acquisition and development of industrial assets in gateway cities across the US

  • Brand Atlantic in a joint venture with Wheelock Capital to acquire and re-develop contiguous properties in West Palm Beach

  • The Georgetown Company in a joint venture with Beacon Capital to redevelop Atlanta’s 244 Perimeter Center Parkway into office, retail and hotel campus

  • The Related Companies in an acquisition and development joint venture with Christopher Family, LP for 208 Barton Springs Road in Austin

  • Jera Asset Management and Setzer Properties in formation of a joint venture with the Australian Superannuation Pension Fund, including the roll-up of a seed portfolio of net leased transportation terminal and logistics properties

  • Blackstone in acquisition of GE Capital office portfolio through the exercise of buy-sells with various joint venture partners

  • Formation of Starwood Opportunity Fund X and co-investment fund of Starwood Opportunity Fund IX

  • Accelerate Infrastructure in the acquisition and simultaneous ground leasing of approximately 95 acres of undeveloped land outside of Atlanta to fund infrastructure development

  • Safehold in fee acquisition of neighboring parcels in Austin and simultaneous ground leases providing sponsor with option for future funding in connection with multifamily development

  • Safehold in fee acquisition and ground lease to facilitate ground up construction of multifamily project in Brooklyn

  • Safehold in various fee acquisitions and ground leases with forward funding commitments to facilitate ground up construction of multifamily and student housing projects in Colorado, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee

  • iStar in fee acquisition and ground lease to facilitate Four Winds’ acquisition and renovation of 138 E 38th St in the Murray Hill submarket of Manhattan

  • iStar in fee acquisition and ground lease to facilitate Vesper Holding’s acquisition of student housing in Houston

  • Hillwood, a Perot company, in various ground lease transactions throughout Texas

  • JEMB Realty in construction loan from Wells Fargo and an EB-5 investment from Can-Am to build a ground-up mixed-use development in Brooklyn

  • The Related Companies in refinancing of Rosemary Square in West Palm Beach

  • Joint venture of Fetner Properties, American Lions and The Carlyle Group in financing from Brookfield for development of 26-32 Jackson Avenue, Queens

  • Blackstone in the restructuring of financing encumbering the La Quinta hotel chain

  • Joy Construction and MADDD Equities in redevelopment of a 200,000 square foot school facility in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, to be leased to Dream Charter School

  • Rubenstein Partners in the initial lease-up of a newly constructed 500,000 square foot office and manufacturing building located at 25 Kent, Williamsburg, Brooklyn with anchor tenants Kith and Amazon Music

  • The Related Companies and Oxford Property Group in the leasing of The Shops at Hudson Yards

  • The Related Companies in the leasing of The Shops at Columbus Circle

  • Fortress Investment Group and Delshah Capital in mezzanine foreclosure on multi-family properties located in Brooklyn

  • InterContinental Hotels Group as plaintiff in connection with flagship Crown Plaza Hotel in Times Square

  • Urban Shopping Centers and JMB Realty Corporation in settlement of breach of fiduciary duty claim under joint venture agreements for various US shopping malls


  • Duke University School of Law, J.D., and L.L.M., 2011 (Executive Editor, Duke Journal of International and Comparative Law)
  • The University of Georgia, B.A. Economics, B.A. Political Science, and B.A. Mandarin (minor), 2006
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings, LLC), “Ones to Watch,” Real Estate Law (New York), 2024
  • New York