Leah Melone is a counsel in the firm’s Real Estate Industry group. Ms. Melone represents clients in a variety of commercial real estate transactions, with a particular focus on financing transactions, including mortgage, mezzanine, construction and stabilized asset financings, as well as debt purchases and sales. Ms. Melone also has experience representing borrowers and lenders in corporate facilities, including leveraged and acquisition financings, asset and cash based financings and in financial restructuring transactions.

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  • Represented a prominent asset manager in making a $20 million mezzanine loan to a well-known New York developer which was used by the property owner/ mortgage borrower to acquire an estate for years interest and improvements consisting of a stabilized multifamily building benefitting from a 421-a tax exemption, and in negotiating an intercreditor agreement with a foreign banking institution.
  • Represented a debt fund in making mortgage and mezzanine loans in an aggregate amount of $100 million to affiliates of a prominent New York developer, the proceeds of which were used for predevelopment expenses and to acquire property incorporated into a larger assemblage in the Hudson Yards Improvement District jointly owned and to be developed with another prominent New York developer.
  • Represented an international hotel company in its acquisition of a luxury hotel brand and investment in a related hotel, retail and residential condominium development project in the High Line area of New York City.
  • Represented a real estate fund advised by a prominent asset manager in a $200,000,000 mortgage loan for the acquisition and development of a portfolio of mixed use properties in Manhattan.  The deal involved the negotiation of an intercreditor with a mezzanine lender.

Ms. Melone is a member of CRE Finance Counsel (CREFC), a member of Goodwin’s Women’s Initiative and active in pro bono matters, including a recent representation of a battered immigrant in her petition for legal status under the Violence Against Women Act.

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University of Southern California
(Order of the Coif; Law Review; Review of Law and Women’s Studies)
Duke University
(cum laude)



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