Paul Weiss

1285 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019-6064
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Co-chair of the Real Estate Department, Harris Freidus advises public and private companies, developers, entrepreneurial and institutional investors and lenders in all areas of commercial real estate, including developments, financings, joint ventures, sales and acquisitions, construction, leasing and restructurings. His expertise covers all real estate asset classes, with a special emphasis on gaming and hospitality.


Harris' recent experience includes:

  • representing Las Vegas Sands Corp., the owner of The Venetian and Palazzo gaming resorts in Las Vegas, The Sands Macau and Venetian Macau in Macau, and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, with all of its financings, developments, sales, joint ventures and other material transactions in the United States, Macau and Singapore since 1995;
  • representing HCP, Inc., an S&P 500 healthcare REIT, in a variety of acquisitions, joint ventures and financings (as lender) covering hundreds of healthcare facilities throughout the United States;
  • representing CIM Group, a sponsor of real estate funds that specializes in urban investments, in a variety of New York City acquisitions, joint ventures, and developments including 432 Park Avenue, 303 East 51st Street, and 140 West Street;
  • representing NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., a New York-based diversified commercial real estate company, in various healthcare portfolio acquisitions, joint ventures and financings, including its $4.2 billion acquisition of the outstanding shares of NYSE-traded Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II;
  • acting as primary counsel to the joint venture that owns the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel, and representing it in the successful out-of-court restructuring of over $800 million in debt and other secured claims and in several subsequent refinancings with senior and mezzanine components;
  • assisting Douglaston Development in the development and financing of various multi-family and residential condominium developments in New York City, including The Edge, a mixed-use project consisting of 347 moderate-income rental apartments, 1,100 luxury condominium units, 60,000 square feet of retail space and parking garage space for over 600 cars on the Williamsburg waterfront; and
  • representing various developers and funds and other institutions in the acquisition, development and financing of various properties.

In 2015, Harris was recognized as a "Real Estate MVP" by Law360. He has been recognized by Chambers USAThe Legal 500The Best Lawyers in America and Expert Guides as one of the country's leading Real Estate lawyers, and is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is involved with numerous charitable organizations including serving as pro bono counsel for The Blue School, an innovative school for young children led by the founders of The Blue Man Group.



  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1987
  • A.B., Harvard College, 1983

Bar Admissions

  • New York

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Related Resources

Feb 02, 2016 | Publications

FinCEN Imposes Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Requirements On “All Cash” Luxury Real Estate Purchases in Manhattan and Miami

Sep 15, 2015 | News

Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III Joint Venture to Acquire Trilogy Health Services for $1.125 Billion

Apr 09, 2015 | News

NorthStar Realty Finance to Acquire Independent-Living Facility Portfolio

Mar 17, 2015 | News

HCP Announces $849 Million Acquisition of Private Pay Senior Housing Portfolio

Aug 05, 2014 | News

NorthStar Realty to Acquire Griffin-American in $4 Billion Transaction

May 06, 2014 | News

William Morris Endeavor Closes Acquisition of IMG

Mar 31, 2014 | News

Las Vegas Sands Closes VML Refinancing

Dec 18, 2013 | News

William Morris Endeavor Announces Acquisition of IMG

Sep 27, 2013 | News

Vincent Viola Completes Purchase of Florida Panthers Hockey Club

May 19, 2013 | News

CIM Group Development Featured in The New York Times

Oct 16, 2012 | News

HCP to Acquire Senior Housing Portfolio for $1.73 Billion

Jul 16, 2012 | News

Grupo Posadas Sells Portfolio to Accor

Jul 09, 2012 | News

The Bon-Ton Department Stores, Inc. Completes $330 Million Debt Exchange Offer and Consent Solicitation

Mar 12, 2012 | Events

Harris Freidus and Brian Hermann Discuss Real Estate Workouts

Nov 30, 2011 | Publications

Article Discusses Subordinate Financing Structures

Apr 05, 2011 | News

Paul, Weiss Represents Western Coal in Walter Energy Purchase

Of Note

Nov 10, 2015

Four Paul, Weiss Partners Win Law360 MVP Awards

Jun 07, 2013

Chambers USA 2013 Ranks Paul, Weiss Highly

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