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Client Transactions

We have represented a wide range of clients with respect to an extensive scope of legal matters.
The representative transactions below span a scope of sophisticated and complex issues affecting our clients.

Represented clients in thousands of deals for private and commercial real estate purchases and sales as well as commercial leases.

Represented national investment trust company acquiring single tenant net lease retail property in Wisconsin.

Represent high-end Spanish manufacturer with respect to store leases in Soho, Upper East Side and Palm Beach, Florida.

Assisted clients transferring properties, including co-op units, to trusts. 

Represented Latin Americans and European individuals with respect to the purchase and sale of residential property in the United States, including (i) sale of $4 million townhouse on the Upper West Side; and (ii) $19 million condo purchase on West 53rd Street; (iii) purchase and sale of Park Avenue co-operative apartments; (iv) purchase of condominium units from Sponsors in new developments.

Represented Spanish hotel group in its acquisition of two New York City hotels.

Represented California investment company acquiring multi-tenant retail property in Yonkers.

Worked with numerous clients on either or both ends of 1031 Exchanges. 

Negotiated major Chilean bank’s commercial long-term lease for New York City printing company.

Represented commercial clients purchasing properties for industrial and warehouse use with both SBA and New York State Industrial Development Agency financing.

Represented numerous Spanish and Latin American investment groups purchasing luxury condominium apartments in Manhattan.

Negotiated commercial office leases for architectural group in Midtown and in Garment District.

Negotiated commercial office leases for non-profit agencies in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Negotiated real estate transactions on behalf of the Argentine Permanent Mission to the United Nations and also represent the Argentine Consulate with respect various matters.

Represented Italian company purchasing commercial properties in Suffolk County.

Negotiated purchase of undeveloped land for industrial use in both Suffolk County and Staten Island for Mexican-owned company.

Represented East Asian restaurant group with respect to negotiation of leases and various agreements.

Negotiated Zoning Lot Development Agreement for the transfer of development rights for Bronx real estate acquisiton.

Represented co-operative corporations in Queens and Bronx New York.

Negotiated sales of Mexican restaurant, high-end sandwich and pizza shop, Chinatown restaurant, and vegetarian Italian restaurant.

Represented hotel lessee of property condemned by the City of New York.

Negotiated purchase of East Village bar and lounge, and commercial lease of Greenwich Village bar and restaurant.

leason & Koatz has worked closely with some the largest national law firms in writing independent opinion letters for mortgage loan transactions. We have written over 2,000 opinions for over 600 deals with each transaction exceeding $25 million. We also work directly with real estate developers providing them with mortgage and mezzanine non-consolidation opinions for asset-based financing ranging from $25 million to over $200 million.

For example, the representation of The Moinian Group a major New York real estate developer. Our services include preparation of mortgage and mezzanine non-consolidation opinion letters that were negotiated with, among others, Skadden Arps Slade Meagher & Flom, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, Proskauer Rose, Kronish Lieb, White and Case, Greenber Traurig, Shearman & Sterling, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Dechert Price & Rhodes in connection with asset-based financing for the Moinian Group. The asset-based financing provided by the lenders has ranged from $50 million to $1 Billion.

Representation of hundreds of individuals and businesses seeking to do business in New York and nationwide as well as with respect to the purchase of real estate by establishing New York, New Jersey and Delaware corporations and offshore entities including the preparation of operating agreements and shareholder agreements among other corporate documents, such as:

Creation of LLC for Spanish clients creating budget travel business, including preparation of employment agreements and trademark protection.

Established LLC for French clients selling of high-end publications regarding guitars, and corporations for Spanish clients seeking to expand business in the United States.

Incorporated LLC for import and distribution of Mediterranean style foods into the United States by Spanish client.

Creation of LLC for Uruguayan clients for setting up business in New Jersey.

Incorporated LLCs for Argentine clients, as well as for clients from Brazil and Colombia, to engage in commercial business in the United States.

Established LLC for Chilean clients engaged in metal trades.

Assisted Argentine clients with LLC incorporation for computer services company.

Incorporated New York company for Argentine client offering and brokering land sales in Argentina.

Represented New York-based public relations and consulting company owned by Spaniards, including regular corporate maintenance and negotiation of relevant agreements.

Representation of Football Club Barcelona with respect to player’s contracts and other related issues.

Negotiated master franchise agreement for Spanish company in the Kingdom of Spain to sell GNC vitamin and health products.

Represented U.S. entity opening business in Uruguay with respect to setting up operations.

Representation of Spanish tennis academy in joint venture and licensing agreement with Florida tennis group.

Represent German manufacturer of pesticides with respect to U.S. and Latin American commercial transactions, and creditor bankruptcy actions.

Assisted U.S.-based Dominican client with respect negotiating share acquisition of privatge company owning retail property in Manhattan, as well as leasing property for medical offices. 

Represent wholesale milk dealer with respect to commercial transactions including sales and distribution agreements, and security agreements.

Represented U.S. company which worked closely with State and Local governments regarding placement of unemployed workers.

Negotiated Shareholders’ Agreement between Spanish manufacturer and U.S. partner.

Negotiated license agreement on behalf of Spanish company with NY transportation company.

Acted as Paymaster for numerous business transactions. 

Negotiated settlement of wrongful breach of distribution agreement in Spain by U.S. company.

Represented importer of luxury cars against Port Authority and parties.

Representation of Argentine energy company with respect to fuel cell technology.

Represented owner of leasehold interest in Midtwon hotel in successful bid to obtain Court order that tenant be granted possession under the lease. Successfully obtained at the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division level. Case reported in the New York Law Journal.

Represented a Cancun, Mexico hotel in defense of a $38 million foreclosure action in the United States District Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Litigation on behalf of South Americans corporate investors against beneficial owners of Bahamas bank who looted $900 million client funds.

Defended Italian restaurant and pizzeria against waste disposal company lawsuit.

Extensive appellate work on behalf of U.S. and foreign clients in both the New York and Federal courts of appeal.

Litigated on behalf of wrongfully terminated U.S. corporate food manufacturer resulting in successful recovery of $1.7 million.

Represented the Republic of Argentina and successfully persuaded the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia not only to reverse the District Court’s recognition of British Company’s arbitral award but also vacated the arbitration award awarded as void ab initio.

Litigated on behalf of Argentine manufacturer of mattress-making equipment regarding failure to pay sales commissions.

Litigation on behalf of Argentine individuals with respect to banking law resulting in argument before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Representation of Brazilian corporation in Federal and State courts regarding seizure of its assets by U.S. authorities.

Litigation on behalf of Argentine citizens concerning Republic of Argentina bond default..

$1.2 million Letter of Credit litigation on behalf Asian clothing manufacturers resulting in appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Successfully recovered damages on behalf of New York Mets world championship baseball team for television broadcast company and airline’s unlawful use of Mets likeness.

Representation of a French individual and successful defense of litigation brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by an investment banking firm to recover a commission allegedly due as a result of attempted purchase of $600 million of Eurotunnel debt.

$500,000 litigation on behalf of U.S. importer against Mexican corporation.

Represented Spanish client litigating in U.S. District Court against U.S. importer for breach of contract.

Litigation in California on behalf of Argentine organization representing Argentine manufacturers of magnetic and optic devices.

Represented Peruvian client with claims against Foreign Exchange traders for unauthorized trading.

Litigated dispute between Argentinean Korean fishing fleet owners in New York with respect to bank fraud.

Successfully sued a national law firm whose partner operated a Ponzi scheme that defrauded one of the firm’s clients.

Gleason Koatz & Qubain has worked closely with some of the largest national law firms in issuing legal opinion letters for real estate financing, structured financing and securitization transactions. Our attorneys have written over 3,000 opinions for over 1000 deals with asset-based financing provided by the lenders ranging from $20 million to $1 Billion

Our opinion letters, which are relied on by national and international banking institutions and ranking agencies, cover all aspects of New York Law and federal law regarding substantive consolidations, due authorization, execution and enforceability for borrower entities nationwide, including Delaware and New York. 

Negotiated, Drafted and delivered:

New York enforceability and non-consolidation opinion letters in connection with mortgage and mezzanine
loans of over $900,000,000 concerning 2 pools of borrowers comprising of over70 entities.

Due formation, authorization, execution and delivery opinion letters for a national REIT in connection with its acquisition and refinance of hundreds of properties in various states.

Defeasance opinion letters in connection with the defeasance of multi mortgage loans.

Delaware opinion letters in connection with loans made to borrowers concerning authority to file for bankruptcy and Delaware State Law.

New York local counsel opinion letters for numerous transactions related to New York properties.   

Representation of several not-for-profit corporations from organization to IRS approval to general counsel.

Represent lawyer’s Estate, including handling business and client matters for the Estate.

Represented Colombian heirs to Estate and successfully litigated with major New York bank to obtain funds held in its account by deceased Colombian.

Represent Estate of clothing businessman, including on-going claims against former partner.

Represented Argentines contesting will submitted by deceased relative’s nurse.

Represent Spanish heirs of decedent who owned account in major United States bank, including successfully contesting funds escheating to New Jersey.

Successfully represented Spanish heirs and relatives of deceased New York lawyer with respect to probate of New York will.

Represent Brazilian heirs to decedents owing New York real estate, including defending against IRS claim for Estate taxes.

Represented Chilean heirs to assets held by Chilean decedent in New York and in Switzerland, and successfully obtained same.

New York counsel to Argentine widow of Virginian decedent defending will contest in Virginia.

Special counsel to testamentary Spanish heirs of decedent who worked in the United Nations.

Represent heirs for deceased relative owning assets in the Philippines.

Litigated in New York Surrogate’s on behalf of Puerto Rican heirs of Estate under Public Administrator supervision.

Counsel to lawyer setting up Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust.

Represented client awarded settlement with respect to preparation of a Qualified Settlement Trust.

Prepared Living Trusts for several clients.

Represented Argentine residents with respect to New York Trust.

Represented client with respect to setting up New York Business Trust.

Argentine Mission and Consulate

Represented the Argentine Mission and Consulate with respect to legal opinions regarding commercial contracts, real estate leases and labor law in New York.

Mission of the European Union, Commission to the United Nations

Represented the Mission of the Commission of the European Union to the United Nations with respect to commercial lease.

Paraguayan Mission

Represented the Paraguayan Mission to the United Nations with respect to real estate transaction.