Martin Polevoy


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Partner of, and Chair of the New York real estate practice at DLA Piper LLP (US).


Martin Polevoy is the head of the real estate practice group in New York. His practice includes all areas of real estate, including acquisitions and dispositions, development, leasing, financing, joint ventures, construction contracts, restructuring and workouts. He represents many well-known national and international owners, developers, investors, and financial institutions, as well as European and Asian investors, in both debt and equity transactions in the United States.

Mr. Polevoy's practice includes representing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as real estate counsel in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site; the development of a 1.7 million-square foot headquarters building for The New York Times Company in Manhattan; representing L'Oreal USA, Inc. in their new 400,000 square foot headquarters lease at the Hudson Yards development project in Manhattan; representing General Motors in the relocation of their New York headquarters; representinga major investment bank in over 2 million square feet of leasing transactions and the acquisition of its Manhattan headquarters building; acquisition of over 4 million square feet of first-class office buildings for a prominent German open-end real estate fund; and serving as national real estate counsel for one of the largest real estate funds in the United States, and representing Asian investors in the US, including China Construction America, Inc.

In addition, he has been a frequent participant, as program chair and as a speaker and panelist, in continuing legal education programs of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the Practicing Law Institute, Georgetown University Law Center, and the Anglo-American Real Estate Institute. He has also written extensively on various aspects of real estate law.

Mr. Polevoy has been recognized as a leading real estate practitioner in many prominent surveys. The respected English research publisher Chambers & Partners cites him in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer in real estate, commenting, "His enthusiasm and immense knowledge are his greatest assets, according to clients." Chambers also noted Mr. Polevoy's "wealth of experience and practical business approach," described him as "incredibly dedicated and responsive," and said he "is a highly experienced lawyer whose distinguished career and expertise continue to attract high-profile clients. While described as 'a big name in leasing,' Polevoy provides an all-around service that is highly respected by his peers."

The Legal 500 also recognizes Mr. Polevoy, stating that he is regarded as a "tenacious negotiator," "extremely knowledgeable in the real estate area." The PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2009 recommends him. The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers and the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers have named Mr. Polevoy one of the 12 leading real estate lawyers in the world. He is named in the Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers as an expert in real estate law. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been repeatedly named a New York Super Lawyer. In 2007, Lawdragon named him among the Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers in America. In 2008, Real Estate Weekly, the leading real estate newspaper for the New York metropolitan area, named Mr. Polevoy to its list of "All Stars in Real Estate."