Spyros Arsenis

Special Counsel
Practice Area: Corporate Real Estate

Spyros Arsenis concentrates his practice in office/retail leasing, real estate financing (representing both lenders and borrowers), sports law, corporate financing and lending, and banking and financial services.

Prior to joining Meister Seelig & Fein LLP, Mr. Arsenis spent the first 16 years of his legal career working at a number of large law firms, including Holland & Knight LLP and Sullivan & Worcester LLP, representing clients in a diverse set of transactional matters with particular expertise in: representing landlords and tenants in leasing transactions for offices, shopping centers and other retail uses, commercial real estate financing (acquisition, construction, project and mezzanine), representing both lenders and borrowers, purchase and sale of commercial real estate, hospitality and food and beverage transactions.

Mr. Arsenis’s highly focused passion for the sports industry and his keen and acute insight into the nuances of this unique specialty area has also resulted in successfully applying his wide ranging and diverse transactional practice to the business of sports.

Mr. Arsenis earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in 2001, where he served as a Staff Member of the St. John’s Law Review, and later received his LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice in 2016.  He has also earned a M.S. in Financial Markets and Trading from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1997.

Away from work, Mr. Arsenis enjoys discussing and quizzing anyone who listens on baseball trivia.

Mr. Arsenis is a member of the Sports Lawyers Association.

Mr. Arsenis is fluent in Greek.

Education

St. John’s University School of Law. LL.M. in International Sports Law Practice.

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

Illinois Institute of Technology. M.S. in Financial Markets and Trading.

Admissions

State of New York

State of New Jersey

Representative Matters
  • Representation of landlords in the negotiations of Class-A office leases, including built-to-suit leases, of between 100,000 and 300,000 square feet in major U.S. metropolitan locations, including New York City and Los Angeles;
  • Representation of landlords and tenants in the negotiation of “big box” retail leases;
  • Representation of World Ranked Professional Golfer in multi-million-dollar endorsement deal;
  • Representation of World Ranked Tennis Player in the negotiation of a licensing agreement;
  • Multiple representation of athletes in the negotiation of their respective players’ contracts;
  • Multiple representation of coaches in the negotiation of their respective employment agreements;
  • Multiple representation of athletes in the negotiation of appearance agreements;
  • Representation of Sports Venue owner in the negotiation of a facility-use agreement;
  • Representation of lender in the financing of a $465 million acquisition of luxury retail property;
  • Representation of lender in the financing of a $130 million acquisition of Class A hotel;
  • Representation of lender in the financing of a $60 million acquisition of a warehouse building on the west-side of Manhattan;
  • Representation of lender in the refinancing of a $220 million loan on standing shopping center in Beverly Hills;
  • Representation of lender in the refinancing of a$145 million loan on an office building in Manhattan
  • Representation of lender in the refinancing of a $173 million loan on an office building in Manhattan;
  • Representation of developer in connection with a $35 million construction loan and $6 million mezzanine financing;
  • Multiple representations of lessors, lessees, lenders, borrowers in multi-million dollars cross-border financing of aircraft, vessel and railcar transactions;
  • Representation of a corporation in the multi-million dollar sale of a New York “medallion” limousine company.
Honors

Member, Sports Lawyers Association

Staff Member, St. John’s Law Review

Speaking Engagements

Lecturer, SPORTS LAW IN THE U.S.A., Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia (ISDE) — Global Master in International Sports Law (Madrid, 2017).

Publications

“How to Revamp College Sports Antiquated System,” The Sports Esquires, Mar. 16, 2017.

“St Louis Cardinals’ Found Vicariously Liable for Hacking,” World Sports Advocate, Feb. 2017, quoted at 19.

Spyros Arsenis, “Major League Soccer (MLS)-The Method to its Madness,” European Professional Football Leagues, EPFL Legal Newsletter – #3, Jan. 2017.

Spyros Arsenis, “Suggestions on Making the European System of Football Work Better,” World Sports Advocate, Dec. 2016.