Chris Choi concentrates his practice on commercial real estate transactions. He has represented clients in acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures, leases and development matters, relating to a broad range of property types, including hospitality, retail, office, multi-family, industrial, mixed-use and condominium projects. During a two-year period away from the firm, Mr. Choi served as in-house counsel for the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), where he was lead counsel on various public-private real estate development initiatives of the City of New York. Mr. Choi began his career in the commercial real estate industry, prior to entering law school, as a consultant in the Real Estate Portfolio Services and Structured Finance Group at Arthur Andersen.

Experience

  • Private equity fund in a joint venture with an industrial property developer to acquire a portfolio of industrial properties located throughout the Midwestern and Southern United States.
  • Family office in the sale of fee and partnership interests in a portfolio of prime retail properties located throughout New York City, Chicago and San Francisco.
  • Major US bank in the origination and syndication of $300 million mortgage loan secured by a portfolio of office buildings located throughout Silicon Valley, California.
  • Major French bank in the origination and syndication of $275 million mortgage loan secured by a portfolio of office buildings located in Beverly Hills, California.
  • Major Japanese bank in the origination and syndication of $140 million construction loan to finance the development of a residential condominium project in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City.
  • Major German financial institution in the origination of $100 million mortgage loan to finance the acquisition and renovation of a Walt Disney resort in Orlando, Florida.
  • Debt fund in the origination of $90 million construction loan to finance the development of a Marriott-branded hotel in New York City, including the negotiation of an intercreditor agreement with the EB-5 funded mezzanine lender.
  • Real estate investment and development firm in the acquisition of a Starwood-branded hotel in Dallas, Texas, from a publicly-traded hospitality REIT, and the negotiation of related joint venture, management, and franchise agreements.
  • Hotel investment and development firm in the sale of a portfolio of hotels in New York City to a Singapore-based real estate investment firm.
  • Private equity fund in the sale of a boutique hotel in the Meatpacking District in New York City to a Hong Kong-based private equity fund.

Credentials

Education
  • JD, Brooklyn Law School, 2005
  • BS, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, 2000
Admissions
  • New York
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