Dara Denberg helps clients successfully navigate a broad spectrum of complex real estate transactions, with a particular focus on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions of real estate-based companies, and sale leasebacks.

Ms. Denberg draws on her broad-based experience in real estate transactional law to serve a variety of key market players, including private equity and other investors, as well as portfolio companies. She regularly handles clients’ most significant matters across an array of asset classes, including data centers, hotels and casinos, warehouses and medical facilities, residential developments, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities.

Ms. Denberg’s practice work includes:

  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers and acquisitions of companies
  • Single asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions
  • Sale leasebacks
  • Financings

Ms. Denberg develops customized and commercially driven strategies for clients by working to understand their business needs, priorities, and values. She serves as a go-to advisor to many clients on their full range of real estate matters, with particular experience in complex joint ventures (including platform joint ventures), as well as sale leasebacks (including in the retail sector).

Ms. Denberg also regularly advises clients on a pro bono basis. In particular, she frequently manages real estate matters on behalf of charter schools across the United States.

Ms. Denberg has also served in several other firm leadership roles, including as the former Co-Chair of the Recruiting Committee in New York, and as a member of the Pro Bono and Training and Career Enhancement (TACE) Committees.

Ms. Denberg’s experience includes advising:

  • A foreign investor in the acquisition of 100% equity interest in the owner of the Plaza Hotel located in New York City
  • AGC Equity Partners in multiple transactions, including the:
    • Acquisition and financing of five warehouses located in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee
    • Joint venture with Iron Mountain to design and develop a 280,000- square-foot, 27-megawatt hyperscale data center in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Partners Group in multiple transactions, including the:
    • Joint venture between Partners Group and EverWest Real Estate Investors to acquire and finance Burlingame Bay Office Park, an office building in California
    • Joint venture formation with Mainstreet Capital Partners and NCC Development Group in connection with the acquisition and ownership of an office building, as well as the financing, development, and operation of a residential apartment project in Florida
  • H.I.G Realty Partners in an acquisition with Lincoln Equities Group of the 1.2-million-square-foot life sciences campus in Hopewell, New Jersey; this complex transaction involved entitlement and environmental issues that required cross-office and cross-practice collaboration
  • Life Time Inc. in multiple sale and leaseback transactions, including single asset and multi asset portfolio transactions across the United States
  • Selina Hospitality Group in a partnership to fund, develop, and operate Selina-branded hospitality venues located in Chile and Mexico
  • Titan Acquisition Holdings, a portfolio of The Carlyle Group and Stellex Capital Partners, in its lease negotiations with the Port of San Diego in connection with Titan’s acquisition of the San Diego Shipyard of Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • GFL Environmental, a leading North American diversified environmental services company, in all real estate matters in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of vertically integrated solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal assets from Waste Management and Advanced Disposal
  • Moran Foods, an Onex portfolio company, in all real estate matters connected to a comprehensive recapitalization, including the negotiation of complex store conversion mechanics and four tranches of secured debt, each secured by 38 properties in 14 states
  • Various major private equity firms, including Carlyle, Leonard Green, Onex, and Platinum Equity, on real estate matters in connection with M&A transactions
  • A financial institution on a formation of a spin-off from a joint venture owning various residential and hospitality properties
  • A developer in a joint venture to develop land into condominium towers with a retail component
  • A financial institution in its US$45.5 million sale of a mortgage loan secured by a resort property
  • A financial institution investor in multiple joint ventures and development agreements with local homebuilders
  • A gaming company in a joint venture with an investor to own and operate gaming facilities and racetracks in Ohio, as well as related development matters
  • A consortium of land developers in the successful restructuring of a US$200 million loan, which involved bankruptcy proceedings
  • A financial institution in a joint venture with a national hotel company to acquire and finance the acquisition of Red Roof Inns with more than 200 properties nationwide
  • A private equity fund borrower in the commercial mortgage-backed security (CMBS) financing for the acquisition of an operator of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities with more than 300 locations nationwide
  • A large US company in its joint venture with a healthcare REIT in the portfolio sale of more than 80 medical office buildings
  • A national REIT in the acquisition of 13 shopping centers in New York and New Jersey

Bar Qualification

  • Florida
  • New York


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 2001
  • BA, Dartmouth College, 1998