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There's nothing like the real estate industry in New York. And for Sonia Bain, conquering its unique and exciting challenges every day is what gets her out of bed in the morning. Sonia is a transactional commercial real estate lawyer who represents developers, retail companies, hotel groups, landlords and tenants, and family offices with acquisitions, dispositions, development, ground and space leases, financing and leasing of numerous types of commercial real estate assets including mixed-use, residential, retail, hotel and industrial properties in New York City and also across the country. Clients engage Sonia for her killer legal prowess, but they value her for her thoughtful guidance, counsel and partnership. Often coming to her to think through strategies and help them make decisions that are best for their business, Sonia is there for her clients for more than just their real estate legal needs.

In addition to her legal and business advice, Sonia is also frequently sought-after as a speaker, moderator and panelist on topics relating to the real estate industry. Sonia also serves as a mentor to other women in the real estate industry. As co-chair of the WX Mentoring Committee which promotes and supports women in commercial real estate, Sonia is a passionate supporter of fostering the success of talented women entering careers in real estate.

Sonia is a natural team builder. She enjoys making introductions and connecting people in social as well as business settings. She excels at bringing together individuals from different focus areas with different skill sets and motivating them to feel vested not just in their specific roles but also in the client's end goal.

The bottom line - Sonia is there for her clients from the ground up.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Named one of the “Top Women in Real Estate” by New York’s Sokol Media
    • March of Dimes - Long Island Division - Honoree, 2011
    • March of Dimes - Long Island Division - Honoree, 2011
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Professional Affiliations

    • New York Bar Association
    • International Council of Shopping Centers
    • Director, WX, Inc. Board - NYC Women Executives in Real Estate
    • Co-Chair, WX, Inc. - Mentoring Committee
    • Director, WX Charitable Fund Board
    • Director, WX, Inc. Board - NYC Women Executives in Real Estate
    • Co-Chair, WX, Inc. - Mentoring Committee
    • Director, WX Charitable Fund Board
    • Director, WX Charitable Fund Board
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Representative Experience

  • Counsel to Sephora USA, Inc. in connection with leasing its 650,000 square foot distribution center.
  • Counsel to developer in ground lease and acquisition of multi-phase 700-room hotel and 195,000 square foot retail/entertainment center within 42nd Street Redevelopment project created by a public-benefit corporation of New York State. Lead counsel to nation’s largest national retailer in connection with all aspects of the acquisition, development and leasing of new stores and remodel and expansion of existing stores throughout New York City and State. 
  • Counsel to land owners in connection with their long term ground leases to developers for the development of large scale mixed use commercial project in the Hudson Yards district. 
  • Counsel to developer in acquisition and financing of $80MM assemblage of parcels in New York City with 1,000,000 square feet of leasing space.
  • Represented one of the nation’s largest banks in the financing of a 55MW utility-scale solar facility (approximately $250MM in value) in New Mexico. The bank provided the construction financing and will provide the long-term financing. 
  • Counsel to national developer in the acquisition and financing of $131 million New York City residential tower, including conversion to residential condominium. 
  • Counsel to developer/purchaser in acquisitions, financing and joint venture of $86 million mixed-use building in New York City. 
  • Counsel to various retailers in connection with leasing and subleasing. 
  • Counsel to private equity group in their acquisition and financing of New York City hotel property. 
  • Acting as outside general counsel for a Manhattan coop board in connection with their acquisitions, sales and disposition of their real estate interest, including air-rights, retail unit and financing needs.

Publications

  • Co-author, "Negotiating and Exercising Rights of First Refusal, New York Law Journal," August 13, 2012
  • Co-author, "On the Path of Lease Resistance," New York Law Journal, November 21, 2011