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.