Chris M Smith is a partner and head of Shearman & Sterling LLP's Real Estate Group in New York City. Mr Smith represents clients ranging from individuals to international corporate developers, has handled developments, financings, investment funds, acquisitions and dispositions on a national and international level, has experience with every major type of real estate product, ranging from residential developments to office buildings, shopping centers and hotels. His practice also includes the representation of individuals and institutional clients in leasing, renovation and condominium development of commercial office space and mixed-use products, as well as real estate workouts and foreclosures. Whether an investor, lender, borrower, seller, buyer, landlord, tenant or developer, he has represented a broad range of clients in a multitude of complex real estate transactions. The depth and breadth of Mr Smith's experience contributes to the group maintaining its position as a pre-eminent real estate practice.
Mr Smith was independently ranked as a Band 1 lawyer by Chambers USA 2016 New York – Real Estate, noted as being a well-known, credible and highly-regarded practitioner. Mr Smith was also listed in the Who's Who Legal 100 2016, The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers 2016, Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers – ranked Best of the Best 2016 and Construction and Real Estate Lawyers 2016, New York Super Lawyers–Top 100 2006-2016, and The Best Lawyers in America 2012-2016.
Mr Smith joined the firm in 1976, became a partner in 1984, served as practice leader of the Real Estate Practice Group from 1994 until 2004 and presently serves in the same capacity.
Mr Smith is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and New York State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, Real Estate Board of New York, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Urban Land Institute, International Council of Shopping Centers, and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
Mr Smith is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law and Rutgers University.