Nir Meir is a principal and managing director of acquisitions and marketing & sales at HFZ Capital Group. Mr. Meir was a part of the founding team for HFZ Capital Group when it was formed in 2005 and has been instrumental in establishing HFZ as one of the leading real estate development companies in New York through his oversight of the Company’s recent acquisitions, including the notes securing One Madison Avenue, The Setai Wall Street (40 Broad Street), 20 West 40th Street, 303 East 51st Street, as well as the acquisition of the properties located at 11 East 68th Street and 11 Beach Street. Mr. Meir is responsible for overseeing HFZ’s equity partners, institutional partners and private investors, both domestically and abroad, and has strong ties to the investment community. Mr. Meir oversees HFZ’s marketing and sales of its many diverse, mixed-use projects, as well as all aspects of the marketing, branding and positioning of such projects.
Prior to joining HFZ, Mr. Meir joined Property Markets Group in 2002 as a managing director where he led the acquisition and marketing of several high profile projects, including 240 West 73rd Street, Herald Towers, 171 West 57th Street, 22 Mercer Street, 173 MacDougal Street and 7 East 17th Street.
Throughout his 15 year tenure in the real estate industry, Mr. Meir has successfully sourced, acquired and developed more than 2 million square feet of commercial and residential real estate with an aggregate value in excess of $2.5 billion due in part to his depth of experience at all points along the development value chain, and his ability to creatively structure real estate investments.
John Shannon is Managing Director of Acquisitions at HFZ Capital Group. His primary role is to oversee underwriting and acquisitions for all of HFZ’s pipeline projects. Mr. Shannon’s current projects include several high-profile mixed-use assets in Manhattan with a cumulative value of over $500 million. Mr. Shannon brings to his role at HFZ a range of skills in financial analytics and contacts within the industry to source new opportunities. He came to HFZ in 2011 from his own consulting/advisory practice, DBLJ Consulting, where he advised and raised equity on development projects and existing multi-family portfolios worth in excess of $250 million. Prior to his advisory practice, Mr. Shannon had a four-year tenure with Georgia Malone & Company where he sold and transacted on real estate projects worth in excess of $1 billion.
Prior to that role, he worked in acquisitions for The Community Development Trust, a private real estate investment trust that specialized in affordable housing projects throughout the United States.
Mr. Shannon holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert Wagner School of Public Service and a BS in Business with a concentration in Finance from The George Washington University.
Laurie Golub is the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer at HFZ Capital Group. She has over 20 years of experience in handling complex real estate and corporate transactions with respect to real estate development, finance and capital markets, corporate restructuring, sales and acquisitions, investments and investor relations, ownership and operation of mixed-use properties, leasing and major league sports. Previously General Counsel and Managing Director of Business Affairs at Africa Israel, USA, Ms. Golub played a major role in restructuring the debt related to the company’s largest assets including the Times Square Building, the Clock Tower and the Miami Marquis, and oversaw the sale of its largest assets including the Times Square Building Office Condo, the Clock Tower and 88 Leonard Street. She also oversaw all retail leasing for AFI USA. Prior to joining AFI USA, Ms. Golub served as Associate General Counsel to Forest City Ratner Companies where she played a critical role in all pre-development activities of the $5 billion Atlantic Yards & Brooklyn Arena redevelopment project. She negotiated and closed the acquisition of the New Jersey Nets basketball franchise, provided general counsel services to New Jersey Nets senior management, and led negotiations for the $400 million Barclays Center naming rights transaction. Ms. Golub was in private practice before that, where she represented clients on a broad range of real estate and corporate transactions.
Ms. Golub earned a JD from New York University School of Law and her BS from Boston University, where she was Magna Cum Laude and a Rhodes Scholar Nominee. In addition to being named Real Estate Weekly’s Most Influential Woman in Real Estate for 2012, she was also named one of Real Estate Forum’s 2010 Women of Influence.
General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer