International

Israel

Matters

$430 Million Joint Venture Acquisition – U.S. Bank Tower – Los Angeles, CA

Represented both Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. and Menora Mivtachim Insurance Ltd., two of the largest Israeli insurance companies, in the negotiation of a joint venture with Silverstein Properties to acquire the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles, California for a purchase price of $430 million. The deal involved tax structuring, negotiation of partnership agreements, as well as oversight of the acquisition and loan documents.

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. – Manhattan Garment District Building Investment

Represented affiliates of Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. in the negotiation of a joint venture arrangement with an affiliate of ATCO Properties and Management Inc. and the associated purchase of a 49% indirect ownership interest in an office building located at 240 W. 35th Street in Manhattan's Garment District. Herrick assisted Migdal with structural and tax related planning including the formation of a REIT to serve as the investment entity in the joint venture and the negotiation of a nominee ownership structure for NYC transfer tax purposes. 

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. – Manhattan Office Building Investment

Represented affiliates of Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. in the negotiation of joint venture arrangements with affiliates of Vanbarton Group and Ohio Public Employee Retirement System in connection with a REIT investment resulting in the purchase of a 34% indirect ownership interest in a 780,000-sq.-ft. office building located at 425 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. – San Francisco Office Building Investment

Represented affiliates of Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. in the negotiation of a joint venture arrangement with a domestically controlled REIT that is an affiliate of KBS Realty Advisors and the associated purchase of a 45% indirect ownership interest in an office building located at 353 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, California.

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. – Multi-State Joint Venture Acquisition

Represented affiliates of Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. in the negotiation of a joint venture arrangement with affiliates of Rialto Capital Management, Elite Street Capital and Menora Mivtachim Insurance in connection with the purchase of an indirect ownership interest in a portfolio of multi-family properties in Maryland, Texas and Missouri.

Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. – Philadelphia Office Building Investment

Represented affiliates of Migdal Insurance Company Ltd. in the negotiation of joint venture arrangements with affiliates of Silverstein Properties and the Arden Group in connection with a REIT investment resulting in the purchase of a 49% indirect ownership interest in a 1.3-million-sq.-ft. office building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Bank Hapoalim – Brooklyn Mortgage Loan

Represented Bank Hapoalim in a mortgage loan to an affiliate of Hidrock Realty, made in connection with Hidrock’s acquisition of 32 Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, NY.

Bank Hapoalim – Mezzanine Loan

Represented Bank Hapoalim in a mezzanine loan to two real estate companies, and an amendment and extension to an existing acquisition, construction and project loan.

Harel Insurance Co. – $100 Million Loan Acquisition

Represented Harel Insurance Company in the acquisition of a $100 million portion of a $200 million loan from major New York publicly-traded REIT.

Israel Discount Bank–Syndicated Credit Facility

Representation of Israel Discount Bank of New York as administrative agent and lender, in connection with a senior secured syndicated credit facility to a triple A minor league baseball team.

Israel Discount Bank – New York Giants Financing

Representation of Israel Discount Bank as administrative agent and as a lender in amending an existing secured revolving credit facility to New York Football Giants, Inc. to increase the facility's size to $45 million. The loan's proceeds will be used for working capital purposes.

Bank Leumi – Manhattan Acquisition and Construction Loan

Represented Bank Leumi USA in connection with a $48 million acquisition loan and subsequent construction loan for a residential property at 306 East 86th Street in Manhattan.

Bank Leumi – $90 Million Construction Loan

Represented Bank Leumi USA in a $90M construction loan to a subsidiary of ASRR Capital Ltd., a publicly-traded Israeli company, for the development of a 12-story luxury condominium tower in Surfside, Florida.

Bank Leumi – Mortgage Financing

Represented Bank Leumi in its $210 million mortgage financing to a joint venture between Israel-based IDB Holding Corp. and Midtown Holdings, for the purchase of the HSBC Tower located at 452 Fifth Avenue.

Asset Management Co. – Acquisition of Israeli Basketball Team

Represented an asset management company in the proposed acquisition of an interest in a premier professional basketball team located in Jerusalem. The team has won several titles recently, including the EuroCup and the Israeli League championship.

Israeli Insurance Company – Loan Participations

Represented an Israeli insurance company in the purchase of loan participations in several construction facilities and permanent mortgage loans  totaling in excess of  $150 million.

Israeli Defense, Aerospace and Aviation Company – Action Dismissed for Lack of Jurisdiction

Obtained dismissal of all claims asserted by a former employee against the largest Israeli defense, aerospace and aviation company.  The plaintiff attempted to establish personal jurisdiction over the Israeli company in New York based on a theory that its wholly owned subsidiary operates as its domestic branch or “mere department” in the United States. While the trial court allowed the plaintiff to begin jurisdictional discovery, the Appellate Court reversed the trial court and dismissed our client from the litigation for lack of jurisdiction.