Co-chair of the real estate department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and a member of the firm’s management committee, Meredith Kane’s experience includes all aspects of development, finance, acquisitions and sales, equity joint ventures, restructuring, leasing and securitisation of real estate. Ms Kane has represented a long list of public entities and private companies in major real estate transactions in New York.

Ms Kane was Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1995 to 2004. She currently serves on the boards of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Urban Design Forum, the New York Foundation for Senior Citizens, the Association to Benefit Children, the Olana Partnership and the Avenue of the Americas Association (which she chaired from 1999 to 2007). Ms Kane is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, WX-Women Executives in Real Estate, the New York Women’s Forum, the ULI-Urban Land Institute and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (former chair, Economic Development Subcommittee, Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee). She serves as co-chair of the Practising Law Institute’s ‘CMBS and the Real Estate Lawyer’ annual conference.

Ms Kane was honoured as the 2012 ‘Best in Real Estate’ at the Euromoney Legal Media’s inaugural Americas Women in Business awards, 2009 Woman of the Year by WX – New York Women Executives in Real Estate, and was named one of the top 50 women in real estate and one of 25 current leaders in the industry by Real Estate Weekly and the Association of Real Estate Women. Grid Magazine named her one of the top 10 American women in real estate development. She is cited as one of the leading real estate lawyers in the United States in Chambers USA, Who’s Who Legal USA, The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America and numerous other peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of the prestigious American College of Real Estate Lawyers.