Arent Fox Adds Real Estate Team in New York

Arent Fox is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its Real Estate practice with the addition of Partner Robert B. Koonin and Associates Darius E. Niknamfard and Cindy Thomas. 

Robert’s national practice focuses on wide-ranging and complex real estate and finance transactions across all property classes. His work includes counseling clients with buying, selling, developing, financing, and leasing real estate assets, emphasizing health care.
Clients — such as private family offices, senior living operators, large health systems, and national banks — trust Robert’s legal skills in navigating large-scale transactions involving health care facilities, shopping centers, hospitality, office, industrial, senior living, and more. Robert also represents both borrowers and national lenders in connection with all aspects of commercial financings, with a special focus on lending within the skilled nursing and assisted living industry.  

“Robert’s legal talents and business acumen, along with his wide-ranging experience representing numerous industries on some of the most complex real estate transactions, make him an immense asset to the firm and those we serve. His ability to tailor his counsel for each client’s unique needs aligns perfectly with our philosophy. We’re also excited to welcome Darius and Cindy, who we know can make an immediate impact.”

Thomas R. Castiello, Real Estate Practice Leader

Darius represents institutional and non-institutional real estate investors, developers, and operators in negotiating and structuring real estate acquisitions, leases, dispositions, and joint ventures.  Darius also focuses on the health care industry. Cindy’s practice focuses on representing buyers and sellers of senior living assets, as well as counseling lenders and borrowers in connection with all aspects of commercial financings. In addition, Cindy advises a wide array of clients on general corporate and transactional matters.
The addition of Robert, Darius, and Cindy comes on the heels of Arent Fox LLP and Schiff Hardin LLP announcing a formal agreement to merge, effective March 1, 2022, operating under the name ArentFox Schiff.

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Arent Fox is recognized nationally for representing capital investors, developers, owners, lenders, and REITs. Our Real Estate practice has been a signature service of the firm since its inception and includes more than 85 attorneys, and is regarded for real estate finance, joint venture, leasing, development, acquisition, and disposition matters on both an individual asset and portfolio basis, in virtually all asset classes

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