Kushner Taps East End’s Christopher Smith as New Legal Chief

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Kushner Companies, the family real-estate firm founded by Charles Kushner, has tapped East End Capital PartnersChristopher Smith as its new general counsel.

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Smith will report directly to Kushner president Laurent Morali and is set to start on July 1, a spokeswoman for the developer said. He will replace Emily Wolf, who left her post last week after nearly four years to become general counsel of BEB Capital, Bloomberg Law reported.

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Smith previously served as the general counsel and managing director for developer East End for seven-and-a-half years, according to Kushner. While at the New York City-based company, he was in charge of all investment legal matters and was a member of the firm’s executive and investment committees.

He graduated from New York University School of Law and previously worked at Simpson Thacher, Fried Frank, Paul Hastings, Los Angeles-based opportunity fund CityView and as chief transactions officer for Washington, D.C.-based developer Penzance, according to Kushner.

Kushner was previously headquartered at 666 Fifth Avenue — which it sold to Brookfield Property Partners in 2018 — but signed a 10-year sublease last month to move to the top floor of the iconic GM Building, as Commercial Observer previously reported.