The “great” and “smart” Michelle Kelban is described by clients as “very knowledgeable and good at getting to consensus.”Chambers USA 2015

Michelle V. Kelban

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA

Michelle Kelban focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial real estate law, with a particular concentration on real estate finance. She represents capital providers in a range of real estate transactional structures and is a “skilled and extremely competent” lawyer who is "very knowledgeable and service oriented" according to The Legal 500 US 2013 and 2014.

  • Single asset and multiple property portfolio real estate financings for a range of property types and performing and non-performing loan assets
  • Mezzanine financings, preferred equity structures, equity investments, sale and leaseback transactions
  • Joint ventures, development, acquisitions and dispositions

In 2014, Ms. Kelban was profiled by Law360 in the publication's "Rising Stars" feature, highlighting top lawyers across the country under the age of 40.

Ms. Kelban has significant experience with a range of property types such as:

  • Hotels and resorts
  • Casinos
  • Shopping centers
  • Assisted living facilities
  • Office buildings

Ms. Kelban's experience includes advising:

  • An institutional lender in multiple, highly structured loans secured by non-performing loans, performing loans and portfolios of fee assets
  • A Middle Eastern investor in acquiring the Intercontinental Barclay New York Hotel through a joint venture structure together with acquisition financing and construction financing and structuring for a major hotel renovation
  • A Middle Eastern investor in the purchase of the retail and hotel condominium components of a to be constructed trophy property in downtown Manhattan
  • A private equity fund in structuring and effectuating an affiliate homebuying program and joint venture transactions for the acquisitions of thousands of single family homes in connection with their single family residence / rental home initiative
  • ManorCare Inc. in a sale-leaseback master lease transaction in connection with the purchase of ManorCare Inc.’s properties by HCP Inc. and involving 324 facilities in 34 states
  • A private equity fund as borrower pledging large non-performing loan portfolios as collateral under multiple loan transactions
  • An institutional lender in commercial mortgage backed securities loan originations secured by portfolios of retail assets throughout the United States
  • The joint venture of Leonard Green & Partners, L.P. and CVC Capital Partners with respect to the acquisition of BJs Wholesale Club Inc. and multiple sale-leaseback transactions in connection with the financing thereof
  • Bar Qualification
    • New York
    • JD, George Washington University Law School, 2000
      with Highest Honors; Order of the Coif
    • BA, New York University, 1997
      magna cum laude with Honors; Phi Beta Kappa
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