Cody A. Ruegger

Cody A. Ruegger

Counsel, Real Estate

Cody Ruegger advises developers, management companies, public companies, REITs, institutional investors, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, high-net-worth individuals, landlords and tenants on commercial real estate matters, including portfolio and single-asset acquisitions and dispositions, restructurings, financings, joint ventures, ground leases and office leases.


Mr. Ruegger’s experience includes the representation of:

  • a sovereign wealth fund in connection with approximately $950 million of financing for portfolios of industrial assets and $398 million of financing for a portfolio of transportation assets
  • AIR in its joint venture with Blackstone for a $510 million portfolio of multifamily properties and related $395 million securitized financing
  • APL Group in securing a multi-property revolving construction loan facility of up to $150 million
  • Brookfield Properties in its approximately 222,000-square-foot lease to 660 Fifth Avenue anchor tenant Macquarie Group
  • Brookfield Properties in the $153 million mortgage and mezzanine refinancing of Washington, D.C.’s Victor Building
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. in:
    • originating a multi-property mortgage and mezzanine construction loan and revolving manufactured home acquisition loan
    • the $455 million financing to affiliates of W.P. Carey in connection with the spin-off of its office real estate portfolio
  • MSD Partners in connection with a $619 million construction loan for The Knox mixed-use development project in Dallas
  • PRADA USA Corp. in its $425 million acquisition of 724 Fifth Avenue in New York City
  • Safehold, Inc. in various acquisition/ground leaseback transactions, including for laboratory and mall condominium units in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Strategic Hotels & Resorts in the sales of the Four Seasons Jackson Hole, Four Seasons Scottsdale and Montage Laguna Beach resort hotels
  • Toll Brothers, Inc. in:
    • a $750 million development platform joint venture with Equity Residential
    • a joint venture with Sculptor for urban high-rise condominium communities

Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Ruegger assisted a metals manufacturer in the acquisition and ground lease of an aluminum rolling mill and related real estate, and a developer in the acquisition of an art deco skyscraper in Manhattan.

Mr. Ruegger also maintains an active pro bono practice. He has advised New York Restoration Project in connection with its stewardship of various parks and related public amenities in New York City.

In recognition of his work, Mr. Ruegger has been repeatedly recognized by Best Lawyers as one of its Ones To Watch, including in its 2023 and 2024 editions.



  • J.D., Columbia Law School, 2015
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 2010


  • New York

Cody A. Ruegger