Steven M. Lutt | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Steven Lutt
Steven Lutt

Steven M. Lutt

Partner, New York

T +1 212 819 8688

E smlutt@whitecase.com

Overview

Mr. Lutt advises domestic and international clients with respect to various real estate and corporate transactions.

Mr. Lutt represents owners, developers and private equity investors in a wide range of domestic and international joint venture, partnership, financing and distressed debt real estate transactions, as well as the acquisition, disposition, development, leasing and management of all types of real estate, including hospitality, office, industrial, residential and mixed use properties. Additionally, Mr. Lutt represents various clients in the hospitality sector in connection with joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, public, private and government sponsored financings, including acquisition and construction financings, resort, golf club, condo-hotel and timeshare developments, and management agreements. He also represents private equity investors and other clients in a variety of domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and restructurings. Frequently acting in a capacity equivalent to an in-house general counsel, Mr. Lutt also counsels clients on day-to-day contractual and organizational matters.

On both domestic and cross-border transactions, Mr. Lutt works in close cooperation with White & Case lawyers in ancillary areas such as tax, ERISA, bankruptcy, intellectual property, securities and litigation, as well as with lawyers throughout our worldwide network.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • Connecticut State Bar

Education

  • JD, Brooklyn Law School
  • BS, State University of New York at Albany

Languages

  • English

Experience

Calpine Corporation in its US$17 billion sale to Energy Capital Partners, an energy-focused private equity firm, and a consortium of investors including Access Industries and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

Certares,L.P. in its investments in Guardian Alarm and Guardian Medical Monitoring.

Tengram Capital Partners in its acquisition of Earth Treks, Inc., an operator of commercial indoor climbing gyms in Maryland, Virginia and Colorado.

Nature's Trees, Inc., a leading provider of quality tree, shrub and lawn care services, in connection with a majority equity investment in SavATree by an affiliate of CI Capital Partners.

China based asset management fund in two joint ventures in multi-family residential development projects, one in Virginia and the other in Illinois.

An international private equity fund based in Hong Kong, in its investments in  joint ventures for two office tower projects and a luxury residential condominium project, all in New York City.

A Chinese conglomerate in its joint venture investments in two multi-billion dollar real estate development projects in New York City; and in its separate acquisitions of a hotel and a conference center property.

A Middle East-based sovereign wealth fund in its acquisition of two luxury hotels for an aggregate price exceeding $400 million, with one hotel Washington D.C and the other in New York City.

IFM Investors, a global fund manager, in the sale of Essential Power, a 1,767 net MW power generation portfolio with headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey to The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG).

Qingdao Haier, a company that is 41% owned by the leading Chinese home appliance manufacturer Haier Group Corp., in its US$5.4 billion acquisition of GE's appliance business, through an auction process.

FRHI Holdings Limited (FRHI), Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia in the US$2.9 billion stock-and-cash sale of FRHI, the parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, to AccorHotels.

Fortis Inc. (TSX: FTS), Canada's largest publicly-owned distribution utility, in its pending US$11.3 billion acquisition of ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC), an electric transmission company operating in the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions.

HGA Real Estate US Invest LLC on its sale of five multi-family properties located in the Houston area. In connection with the sales transaction, we also represented HGA in partial defeasance of the mortgage loan secured by the properties that were sold.

HGA Real Estate US Invest, LLC and its subsidiaries, as borrower, in connection with five loans issued by a large institutional lender in the aggregate amount of $62.7 million, secured by five multi-family properties located in Texas and Maryland. The proceeds of the loans were used to refinance the borrower's existing indebtedness.

UNIZO Holdings Company, Limited (formerly Jowa Holdings Company, Limited) in its acquisition of three office towers located in New York City with an aggregate purchase price of nearly $400 million. The transactions also involved the negotiation of third party leasing and management agreements as well as a joint venture agreement.

Pegasus Capital Advisors, a US-based private equity fund manager, in connection with its acquisition of all of the resort and spa management contracts and related intellectual property rights relating to Six Senses and Evason-branded resort and spa properties throughout Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Europe. The transaction was named "Merger & Acquisition Deal of the Year 2012" by HICAP (Hotel Investment Conference: Asia Pacific).