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Rob & Helene Sorin

Rob Sorin

Rob Sorin is a real estate partner resident in Fried Frank’s New York office. He joined the Firm as a partner in 1997. Mr. Sorin’s practice covers a broad range of commercial real estate transactions, including the sale and acquisition of office, hotel and retail properties, leasing, joint ventures, commercial mortgage and mezzanine financing, construction financing, the development of office, residential, hotel and mixed-use projects, loan sales, and debt restructurings.

Having begun the practice of law in 1983, Mr. Sorin has been lead counsel on some of the most high-profile real estate transactions of their respective times. In 2009, he represented Macklowe Properties in the sale of the General Motors Building in New York City to Boston Properties for US$2.8 billion, the largest price ever paid for the purchase of a single building in US history. In 2018, he represented Google in its US$2.4 billion acquisition of Chelsea Market, the second largest price ever paid for the purchase of a single building in the US. In 2010, he represented Google in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of 111 Eighth Avenue, the location of Google’s New York headquarters.

He has also represented landlords and tenants in millions of square feet of leasing transactions. He represented BlackRock as tenant in its 850,000 square foot headquarters relocation in New York City, and Google, as tenant, in all of its leases in New York City, including at Pier 57. He has also represented The Related Companies as landlord in virtually all of the leases signed at Hudson Yards, including the recently signed 1.5 million square foot lease to Facebook, and is representing SL Green Realty Corp., as landlord, in its leasing at One Vanderbilt Avenue, the iconic building located next to Grand Central.

Mr. Sorin is a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Rabin Medical Center, and served two terms as a member of the Governance Committee of Fried Frank.

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Helene Sorin

Helene was diagnosed with breast cancer after her first mammogram at the age of 40 years old. Before finalizing her treatment plan, Helene learned that she had a BRCA1 mutation. Given the mutation, Helene chose to have a bilateral mastectomy, oophorectomy, and chemotherapy. Thirteen years later, Helene was diagnosed with another primary breast cancer and underwent additional surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

Helene is committed to raising awareness about BRCA mutations, the discovery of new treatment options and ultimately the elimination of hereditary cancers for future generations. Helene is co-chair of the Parents Leadership Community and a member of the Basser Center Advisory Board and she is also a member of the Dubin Breast Center Advisory Board.

Helene enjoyed a 20 year career at Prudential Securities Incorporated in Equity Capital Markets, Institutional Equity Sales, Debt Capital Markets and Corporate Finance. During her tenure, she served as Head of Institutional Equity Sales and Co-Head of the Equity Transactions Group. Helene is currently an advisor to Laconia Capital Group, helping early stage companies work through development issues and tell their stories to the marketplace.

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Former Honorees


2021 | Kris Kim | American Cancer Society, Inc.

 2019 | Michael P. Lyons | The PNC Financial Services Group

2018 | Mary Callahan Erdoes | J.P. Morgan Asset & Wealth Management

2017 | Cathy Engelbert | Deloitte US

2016 | Jon Pruzan | Morgan Stanley

2015 | Lee Olesky | Tradeweb Markets

2014 | Stephen S. Crawford | Capital One       

2013 | Carmine Di Sibio | Ernst & Young LLP

2012 | Todd Gibbons | BNY Mellon

2011 | Gregory Fleming | Morgan Stanley

2010 | Kendrick R. Wilson | BlackRock

2009 | Ronald J. Kruszewski | Stifel Nicolaus

2008 | Nelson Chai | Merrill Lynch

2007 | Robert Matza | GoldenTree Asset Management

2006 – Laurence Fink | BlackRock

2005 | Mickey Rosenzweig | Rosenzweig Financial Services

2004 | Harry & Peter Poulakakos | Bayard’s Restaurant & Mel Stottlemyre | NY Yankees

2003 | Roger Staubach | The Staubach Company

2002 | John F. Hennessy III | Syska Hennessy Group

            William C. Thompson | City of New York

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