clients have included, among others, Empire State Development, Brookfield Property
Partners, Qatar Investment Authority, Shed NYC, TPG Capital, Formation Capital, AIR
Communities, AIMCO, Senior Resource Group, Dajia Insurance Group, Silverstein Properties, André Balazs, Ian Schrager and the Estate of Leona M. Helmsley.
Ms. Rabia represented the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in its $13 billion plan
to redesign John F. Kennedy International Airport and is currently representing Empire State
Development and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in the redevelopment of Penn
Station. In addition, Ms. Rabia represented Moynihan Station Development Corp. and Empire
State Development in connection with the redevelopment of the Farley Post Office building
into the Moynihan Train Hall. The approximately $3 billion project created a new train hall
for LIRR and Amtrak passengers, increasing floor space in the Pennsylvania Station-Farley
Complex by more than 50%. Additionally, the building is home to nearly 700,000 square-feet
of commercial, retail and dining space. For several years, she has represented Shed NYC in
the development of New York’s first arts center of its kind, bridging the High Line and Hudson
Yards, featuring a telescoping shell on rails that will allow the structure to expand or contract
to accommodate performance, visual arts, events and other works.
Other recent representative transactions include advising investors in connection with a $4.2
billion financing of industrial properties; investors in connection with a $992 million financing of a portfolio of industrial properties; investors in connection with the acquisition of $1.3
billion of debt facilities; the Qatar Investment Authority in its acquisition of the St. Regis
Hotel in New York and a residential development in California; and Ares Management in
connection with the workout of distressed debt. Other clients Ms. Rabia has advised include
Alexandria Real Estate in its ground lease from the city of New York for the development
of the East River Science Park, the first private bioscience project in New York City; and
Starwood Capital Group in connection with the sale of the Houston Hyatt.
Ms. Rabia has represented numerous funds in connection with their formation, capital raising, subscription financing and restructurings, including Ares Management (formerly known
as AREA Property Partners), RREEF America and BlackRock Realty, and advises major
lending institutions, including Deutsche Bank and Fortress Investments, and borrowers in the
origination of mortgage loans, securitized real estate loans, mezzanine loans, construction
loans and unsecured revolving credit facilities.
In addition, Ms. Rabia continues to be active in pro bono work, representing nonprofit Dream
(f/k/a Harlem RBI) in developing a new high school building and was selected for inclusion
in ConnectCRE’s 2021 Lawyers in Real Estate Awards. She has repeatedly been selected for
inclusion in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America, was named a 2020 Real Estate
MVP by Law360 and was selected to Crain’s New York Business’ inaugural list of Leading
Women Lawyers in New York City. Ms. Rabia also was included among Real Estate Forum’s
2020 and 2016 Women of Influence, has been named in Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers
in America and was named by the New York State Bar Association as a 2015 Empire State
Counsel Honoree for performing more than 50 hours of pro bono work during the year.