Belinda G. Schwartz is a partner of the firm, and a member of Herrick's Real Estate Department, one of the largest in the New York City area.
Her clients include major corporations, developers, institutional funds, lenders and some of the nation's largest family-owned real estate organizations. She focuses her practice on sophisticated sales, acquisitions and ground leases of multifamily, office, hotel and retail properties across the U.S. She also maintains an active real estate finance practice, negotiating and closing acquisition, bridge, construction and mezzanine loans; and advising clients in distressed debt acquisitions, workouts and UCC and judicial foreclosures, with a particular focus on crafting "loan-to-own" strategies to acquire the underlying real estate. A skilled negotiator and creative problem solver, Belinda also advises developers, owners and investors in connection with real estate joint ventures involving different tiers of equity, and in connection with related joint venture exit strategies and business divorce matters.
Belinda's recent experience includes representing Rechler Equity Partners on their redevelopment of Suffolk County's Gabreski airport. Her creativity helped generate Rechler's 40-year renewable ground-lease, which ended a lengthy battle between the private sector and the municipality over the airport's redevelopment. Belinda also represented Lincoln Square Synagogue in a 2007 property exchange that was part of one of the largest land assemblages in the history of Manhattan. The Real Estate Board of New York called that transaction "one of the most complex in Manhattan," and awarded Belinda and her partners at Herrick the "Most Ingenious Deal of the Year" award.
Currently, she is advising a number of apartment corporations and building owners on condemnation actions related to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Second Avenue subway project. Belinda is also involved in several re-development projects underway at prominent schools and religious institutions in Manhattan.
Real Estate New York has twice selected Belinda as a "Woman of Influence", a list that acknowledges key players in commercial real estate. She has also been recognized as a top real estate practitioner by Thompson Reuters' Super Lawyers, which rates outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Belinda is a co-founder of the Real Women of Real Estate, a Herrick-sponsored forum for senior women of real estate to discuss current events, create strategic relationships and further their mutual business goals. Belinda is also an active member of the real estate committees of several not-for-profit organizations, and volunteers with an Upper West Side charity that provides food to those in need.