Christy L. Reuter

Partner

Christy Reuter is a Partner at MSF in the firm’s Hotel & Hospitality, Real Estate and Corporate Groups. Ms. Reuter provides legal advice to clients on a variety of real estate leasing and corporate transactional matters. Ms. Reuter specializes in domestic and global hospitality transactions and represents hospitality companies seeking to expand within the United States and in countries around the world. She has negotiated deals in cities throughout the United States and in various countries, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Japan, Turkey and Monaco.

Ms. Reuter provides strategic legal and business counsel to clients at every stage of a transaction. She regularly guides clients through the material business and legal issues in complex corporate transactions including joint venture negotiations, operating or shareholder agreements, license and management agreements and commercial leasing. Ms. Reuter also regularly assists clients with review of employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements and vendor and contractor agreements.

Education

St. John’s University School of Law. J.D.

State University of New York at Albany. B.A. (English National Honor Society)

Admissions

State of New York

Southern District of New York

Eastern District of New York

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Supreme Court of the United States of America

Prior Experience

Before joining MSF in 2016, Ms. Reuter was the principal attorney at Reuter Law PLLC. Prior to establishing her own firm, Ms. Reuter was General Counsel for the global hospitality company, Cipriani, for 7 years. Ms. Reuter was previously a partner at Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck P.C. in NYC from 1997 – 2006, and an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York in the NYC Litigation Bureau from 1995 – 1997.

Representative Matters

Represented Etaru, an affiliate company of internationally renowned Zuma Restaurants, in connection with the launch of the newly established brand in the U.S., in two locations in South Florida – Hallandale Beach and Las Olas.

Represented Inko Nito, an affiliate company of Zuma and newly established brand in the U.S., in connection with the negotiation of two leases where it launched its first Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles, California.

Represented Nusr-Et Steakhouse based out of Istanbul in a purchase and sale agreement and lease assignment from China Grill restaurant in the landmarked CBS building in NYC to launch its flagship U.S. restaurant, and in a lease assignment to open its second restaurant in Miami, Florida and handled all corporate formation matters.

Represented Zuma in connection with its lease at One Dalton, a newly constructed luxury residence and hotel in Boston. Zuma Boston will be its fourth U.S. restaurant.

Represented Zuma in connection with its lease at The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas and the opening of its third U.S. restaurant, Zuma Las Vegas.

Represented chef-owned hospitality company in connection with multiple hotel food and beverage operations.

Represented owners of a boutique hotel in connection with its purchase, construction and re-branding of a landmarked hotel in lower Manhattan.

Represented owners of Peruvian-Asian themed restaurant in negotiation of the company operating agreement for its first restaurant in Miami.

Represented international retail company in connection with leases in Boston and San Francisco.

Represented various international hospitality companies in negotiating leases, management and license agreements to open restaurants in England, Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Monaco, Dubai and Japan.

Represented hotel management company in connection with hotel management agreement for boutique hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Lead counsel in successful defense action against the Cipriani Group by waiters claiming violations of NY Labor Law as determined by the New York Court of Appeals, Bynog v. Cipriani Group, et al., 1 N.Y.3d 193 (2003).

Involvement

Member, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA)