Robin Panovka


Robin Panovka

Robin Panovka co-chairs Wachtell Lipton’s Real Estate and REIT M&A practices, which are consistently at the forefront of M&A and other major transactions in the REIT, private equity,  real estate, hospitality and gaming industries.   He also advises on activism defense, strategy, cross-border transactions, and large scale development projects, including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center and Little Island in Manhattan.

Representative matters can be found at Real Estate M&A Practice.

Robin has long been named one of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in the U.S., and is ranked as one of the leading M&A and REIT lawyers by Chambers, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal and similar publications. He has been featured in a number of publications, including  Lawdragon Magazine and American Lawyer, and is a recipient of New York University’s Urban Leadership Award. Together with Adam Emmerich, he has been profiled by Lawdragon for work with REITs and real estate M&A, and selected as a Real Estate MVP by Law360. Wachtell Lipton’s REIT M&A practice, which Robin co-chairs, was named group of the year by Law360 for 2022. Robin was also recently named one of the top 10 most influential REIT lawyers shaping U.S. real estate landscape by Business Today, which noted that he “ dominates the scene with his in-depth knowledge in bulge-bracket M&A and REIT corporate law.

He writes and lectures widely, including co-authoring “REITs: Mergers and Acquisitions,” a leading treatise published by Law Journal Press. He is co-chair of the NYU REIT Center and has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business and Law Schools and in NYU’s Masters in Real Estate Program. He is a founding director of the International Institute for the Study of Cross-Border M&A (XBMA), a joint venture among Peking University, Cambridge and NYU. He regularly chairs annual conferences for the NYU REIT Center, Practising Law Institute and XBMA. He is also active on a number of educational and non-profit boards, including the boards of Duke Law School and NYU’s Real Estate Institute; is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers; and is a member of the Economic Club of New York.

Robin was heavily involved in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center for more than a decade following its destruction on September 11, 2001 and played a hand in negotiating the master plan and  “footprint swap” which paved the way to rebuilding, as chronicled in the Cornell Real Estate Review, American Lawyer Magazine and other publications.

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