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Adam Sofen


New York

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Adam Sofen


New York

Adam is a partner in the real estate practice group in Allen & Overy’s New York office. He has represented REITs, developers, pension funds, banks, corporations, family offices and institutional investors in a broad array of real estate matters. Adam’s transactional experience includes acquisitions and dispositions of real estate, mortgage and mezzanine financings, real estate joint ventures, sale-leaseback arrangements, real estate M&A, acquisitions of loans and loan portfolios, and restructuring of non-performing and distressed real estate loans.

Before joining Allen & Overy in 2020, Adam was a special counsel in the commercial real estate group of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where he practiced for more than a decade. At the beginning of his legal career, Adam served as a law clerk for the Honorable Wilfred Feinberg, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Kimba M. Wood, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • Vornado Realty Trust in numerous property-level financing, acquisition, development and joint venture transactions, in the formation of its Vornado Capital Partners exclusive real estate investment fund, and in connection with the separation of its Washington, D.C. business and formation of JBG Smith Properties and the separation of its suburban shopping center business and the formation of Urban Edge Properties.
  • AT&T in its $4.85 billion disposition of a portfolio of 9,700 cellular towers to Crown Castle International Corp. and its lease of communications facilities on the tower portfolio.
  • Goldman Sachs in the origination of real estate loans and in real estate acquisition, sale, joint venture and development transactions throughout the United States and in Mexico.
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in a variety of financing, acquisition, joint venture formation and leasing transactions for U.S. properties.
  • TF Cornerstone, Inc. in connection with the proposed redevelopment of the Grand Hyatt in New York, the sale of Grand Central Terminal to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and related transactions.
  • Tishman Speyer Properties in the formation of a joint venture to redevelop the historic Morgan North Postal Facility in Manhattan and related matters.
  • CIM Group in connection with its investments in the Dominick (formerly the Trump SoHo), 11 Madison Avenue and 15 William Street in New York, including the $2.6 billion sale of 11 Madison to SL Green in 2015, then the second-highest sale price ever for a U.S. office building.
  • The St. Joe Company in the sale of 380,000 acres of timberland and rural land in the Florida Panhandle.
  • Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in connection with its subsidiary Global Container Terminal’s development and operation of a new intermodal container transfer facility at the Greenville Yards in Jersey City, New Jersey.
  • CSM Bakery Solutions, a portfolio company of Rhône Capital, in a sale-leaseback transaction with Angelo Gordon for a group of industrial properties in the United States, Canada and Europe.



Banking and Finance

Real Estate


New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Admitted: U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2010

Admitted: U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2010

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2009

Admitted: U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2006

Admitted: Bar of the State of California, 2006 (inactive status)

Sullivan & Cromwell, Associate and Special Counsel, 2008 – 2020

Hon. Wilfred Feinberg, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit – Law Clerk, 2007 – 2008

Hon. Kimba M. Wood, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York – Law Clerk, 2006 – 2007


J.D., Yale Law School, 2005

A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard College, 2001

News & insights

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Publications: 30 NOVEMBER 2021

The sun never sets on English law governed debt: reviewing the Re Prosafe SE decision

The recent decision in Re Prosafe SE pits the principle of freedom of contract against the increasingly popular modified universalism in the cross-border restructuring and insolvency space.

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News: 29 NOVEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises Avenga on the acquisition of Perfectial Group

Allen & Overy has advised Avenga, an international IT and digital transformation technology group, on the acquisition of Perfectial Group.

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Publications: 25 NOVEMBER 2021

The new coalition agreement in Germany is in place - What are the likely effects for the real estate industry?

The 177-page coalition agreement of the three parties set to form the new government in Germany provides for numerous innovations in the German real estate sector. In future, building and housing is…

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News: 01 NOVEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises Mapletree’s acquisition of 141 logistics assets totaling $3 billion

Allen & Overy (“A&O”) announced it advised Mapletree Investments Pte Ltd (“Mapletree”) on its acquisition of two portfolios of logistics assets in the United States comprising 141 high-quality,…

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