Michael Kupin is a member of the firm’s Real Estate, Crowdfunding, Corporate, 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 capital markets lending (both lender and borrower side), private equity fund formation, construction contractor and architect engagements from an owner’s perspective, hotel/resort franchising from an institutional investor perspective, and commercial leasing with a focus on large-block office leases and high-end retail leases. Beyond providing legal counsel, clients value the many business introductions that Mr. Kupin regularly makes between clients and prospective deals or business partners, made with the goal of helping grow a client’s business.
Some of the more significant transactions that Mr. Kupin has been involved with during his career include:
Represented a New York based special situations lender in a $31 million mezzanine loan transaction for the completion of a super-luxury resort in the Dominican Republic;
Represented members of a family office in the formation of a $30 million private equity targeted real estate investment fund;
Counseled a nationally recognized private equity fund in the acquisition of a stressed urban shopping mall involving purchase of a defaulted loan from a lender in bankruptcy, settlement of ongoing litigation among multiple stakeholders, negotiation of a joint venture with a nationally recognized investment partner, and closing of an institutional financing and a subsequent refinancing;
Counseled a subsidiary of a publicly-traded REIT in negotiations of hotel franchise and related agreements with five internationally known hotel brands as part of two acquisitions of unrelated portfolios of upscale extended stay hotels and premium branded select service hotels involving in excess of 65 hotel properties on a nationwide basis;
Counseled internationally known luxury fashion retailer for related leases in high-profile retail locations in the recently transformed Miami Design District;
Counseled an international investment fund in a joint venture with a prominent Seattle-based developer for $800 million mixed office/retail/residential project in Bellevue, Washington (also counseled the joint venture in related $665 million construction loan);
Represented purchaser in a $1.1 billion two-staged acquisition of the Miami Dolphins football team, Dolphins Stadium and adjacent development properties.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Kupin practiced law at several prominent law firms including Paul Hastings, Akin Gump, Brown Raysman, and Rogers & Wells (now Clifford Chance).
Mr. Kupin is admitted to practice in New York.