Lawrence Sternthal Joins Greenberg Traurig as Israeli Office Real Estate Practice Head

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Lawrence Sternthal, who until recently led the International Real Estate Practice at the Israeli law firm Gross Kleinhendler Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co. (GKH), has joined global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as head of the Tel Aviv office's international Real Estate Practice, which has one of the leading teams in the industry.

Lawrence Sternthal, who until recently led the International Real Estate Practice at the Israeli law firm Gross Kleinhendler Hodak, Halevy, Greenberg & Co. (GKH), has joined global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as head of the Tel Aviv office's international Real Estate Practice, which has one of the leading teams in the industry. This move marks the first time that a partner has left a leading Israeli law firm to become a shareholder in the Israel office of an international law firm.

With more than 14 years of real estate experience, Sternthal frequently represents public and private Israeli companies, including insurance companies and pension funds. Additionally, Sternthal has worked with Israeli financial institutions in the financing of a variety of real estate transactions in the United States, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and others. Sternthal has also represented U.S. and European developers in property acquisition and development transactions in Israel.

Sternthal holds a J.D. from Boston University and a B.A. from McGill University in Canada.

Gary M. Epstein, managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Tel Aviv office, said, “We are happy to welcome Lawrence to the firm. He has vast experience and expertise in international real estate transactions. The combination of Lawrence’s abilities and expertise with the firm’s global platform will allow for extensive involvement of Israeli companies and investors in real estate transactions overseas.”

Sternthal added, “The volume of international real estate transactions being carried out by Israeli companies and institutional bodies has grown significantly in recent years. I chose to join an international firm with an outstanding team of experienced real estate lawyers. This expertise, together with Greenberg Traurig being strategically positioned in key markets in the United States and Europe, will benefit clients and open new opportunities for the Israeli real estate investor market. I thank GKH for 11 fulfilling years and for the opportunity to develop their international real estate practice and I look forward to collaborating with GKH in the future.”

About Greenberg Traurig's Real Estate Practice
The Greenberg Traurig Real Estate Practice is a cornerstone of the firm and recognized leader in the industry. The firm’s real estate attorneys deliver diversified and comprehensive legal solutions for property acquisition and investment, development, management and leasing, financing, restructuring, and disposition of all asset classes of real estate. The team draws upon the knowledge and experience of nearly 300 real estate lawyers from around the world, serving clients from key markets in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. The group’s clientele includes a broad range of property developers, lenders, investment managers, private equity funds, REITs, and private owners. The firm’s real estate team advises clients on a variety of matters across a broad spectrum of commercial, recreational, and residential real estate, including structured equity and debt and the hybrids.

About Greenberg Traurig’s Israel Practice
Greenberg Traurig’s Tel Aviv office serves as a gateway for Israeli businesses and entrepreneurs doing business around the world, as well as companies seeking opportunities within Israel. The firm provides a wide range of legal services to clients in Israel who need U.S. and UK counsel, as well as legal services from other international jurisdictions. (Attorneys in the office do not practice Israeli law.) As a result of Greenberg Traurig’s experience advising multinationals with locations in Israel, Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia, firm attorneys are familiar with a variety of legal frameworks and work with clients to bridge the legal and regulatory gaps on cross-border deals. The firm also has a strong track record of matching Israeli companies with strategic partners, potential joint ventures and other business-to-business connections.

About Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Greenberg Traurig, LLP is one of the world’s largest international law firms, and the only one to maintain an official office in Israel, registered with the Israel Bar. The firm is an international, multi-practice one with approximately 1900 attorneys serving clients from 38 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The firm is No 1. on the 2015 Law360 Most Charitable Firms list, third largest in the U.S. on the 2015 Law360 400, Top 20 on the 2015 Am Law Global 100, and among the 2015 BTI Brand Elite. More information at: http://www.gtlaw.com/.

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