Nathalia Bernardo has represented clients in a broad range of real estate transactions, including joint ventures, ground leases, acquisitions and dispositions, and complex development and management agreements for properties in multiple asset classes. Ms. Bernardo has advised real estate investment trusts (REITs), private equity firms, institutional real estate investment advisers, family offices, high net worth individuals, and closely held real estate owners, developers and investors in domestic and international transactions involving residential, commercial, industrial, gaming/hospitality and mixed-use assets. Among her notable work, Ms. Bernardo represented VICI Properties Inc. in multiple transactions, including a definitive agreement with an affiliate of MGM Resorts to lease the real estate assets associated with 15 Class A entertainment resort properties upon VICI’s acquisition of MGM Growth Properties LLC. She also represented a high net worth individual in her sale of minority membership interests in a portfolio of New York City office properties. The sale was complicated by seller financing, which was secured by the membership interests acquired by the purchaser, and by a rarely seen right of first refusal, which was partially exercised by the remaining partners in the property-owning ventures. Ms. Bernardo has also counseled nonprofit organizations on real estate and other transactional matters. Her notable work includes advising the Intrepid Museum Foundation in its acquisition of the space shuttle Enterprise from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Ms. Bernardo is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell University Law School and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation. At each university, she co-teaches a seminar course that explores commercial real estate transaction documents. Discussions integrate legal analysis, negotiation techniques, and business motivations and concerns.
Ms. Bernardo is also a co-vice chair of the Urban Land Institute New York Mentor Program, a member of the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA) Advisory Board at The George Washington University, and a member of the Fordham University Real Estate Institute’s Executive Advisory Council.
Ms. Bernardo received her B.B.A. from The George Washington University, summa cum laude, in 2001. She received her J.D. from Boston College Law School, cum laude, in 2004. Ms. Bernardo is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.