Michael Kupin is a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Technology and Hotels and Hospitality Practice Groups. Mr. Kupin has earned a reputation as an attorney to whom clients turn to for their critical transactions that do not fit neatly within a single practice area, that have an uncommon structure, or that have difficult relationships or stakeholders to manage - their so-called “out-of-the-box” transactions. In this age of hyper-specialization, it is Mr. Kupin’s breadth of experience and network of relationships that clients rely on for these atypical transactions, and frequently for knowing the right people or the right thing to say or do to get a “stuck” deal over a final hurdle and closed. That experience spans an uncommonly wide range of practice areas including commercial leasing with a focus on large-block office leases and high-end retail leases, construction and architect agreements (owner side), capital markets lending (both lender and borrower side), private equity fund formation, and hotel/resort franchising from an institutional investor perspective.
In recent years, Mr. Kupin has developed a practice niche representing building owners leasing large blocks of office space to agencies of New York City; developing an expert’s knowledge of the special forms, provisions, hot buttons, and other transactional anomalies that are unique to New York City.
Beyond providing legal counsel, clients value the many strategic business connections that Mr. Kupin regularly makes between clients, prospective clients, and other business relationships of his, all made with the goal of helping grow his clients’ businesses.
Awards: Mr. Kupin served as principal legal counsel for ownership in the lease/option transaction that won the prestigious 2018 Ingenious Deal of the Year Award from the Real Estate Board of New York.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Kupin practiced law at Paul Hastings, Akin Gump, Brown Raysman, and Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance).
Mr. Kupin is admitted to practice in New York.