Emily Schwebke

Emily Schwebke

Emily works on a variety of matters including helping clients in acquiring, developing, leasing, and financing real estate.

What do you focus on?

My practice focuses on counseling and representing clients in a wide spectrum of commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions and dispositions as well as leasing, developing, managing, and financing commercial real estate assets across the country in a broad range of contexts including seniors housing, urban retail spaces, power centers, office buildings, warehouse and industrial properties, and mixed-use properties. I also have experience in review and advisement with respect to solar leasing transactions as well as telecommunications leasing.

What do you see on the horizon?

With the steady growth of digital commerce, I see the push for retailers to make significant changes in the way they have traditionally utilized real estate. Whether that’s in the form of converting traditional sales floor space to square footage instead dedicated to warehouse and fulfillment space for online orders or reconfiguring their physical locations to focus more on customer entertainment and engagement as an investment in building brand loyalty and driving consumer traffic, I believe retailers will recognize that such evolution is necessary to survive and thrive in an increasingly digital world. It will be interesting to see how retailers choose to adapt in order to differentiate themselves from their competitors in how they use their brick and mortar locations to shape their brands.

Publications and Presentations

  • “Real Estate Rundown: Trendy Changes,” Chicago CLE Symposium, Chicago, IL, June 7, 2018
  • “2018 Food & Beverage Crystal Ball: Trends We’re Following,” Food, Beverage & Agriculture Alert, January 3, 2018

Deal diary-Blackstone and KKR chalk up more insurance investments

The Deal | July 15, 2021

In two separate articles, the publication highlighted the firm for advising American International Group, Inc. in the pending sale of a $5.1 billion affordable housing portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate Income Trust. Washington, DC Community Development Finance partner Liz Young is noted in one of the stories for leading the NP deal team.

In addition to Liz, the NP team includes Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Dara Histed, Project Finance & Public Finance partner Carla Young, Community Development Finance senior counsel Jeff Lesk, and Corporate partner John Partigan, all of Washington, DC; Global Finance partner Amanda Darwin, Affordable Housing & Real Estate associates Julie Stande and Ali Walendziak, and Community Development Finance associate Nury Aguasvivas, all of Boston; Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Emily Schwebke and Project Finance & Public Finance resident attorney Jacalyn Smith, both of Chicago; Manchester Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Talia Burghard; Long Island Affordable Housing & Real Estate paralegal Lori Esposito; and Los Angeles Corporate paralegal Mina Gonzaque-Taylor.

Exclusive-The Meridian Group lands notable new tenant for 1333 New Hampshire

Washington Business Journal | June 01, 2021

This article mentions NP for advising the American Bankers Association on the lease of its new 87,000-square-foot headquarters. Washington, DC office managing partner Colette Dafoe and Chicago associate Emily Schwebke, both of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate group, negotiated the lease on behalf of ABA while Rochester Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Darren Miller led negotiations on construction and architect agreements for the build-out.


Emily Schwebke



Phone: 312-977-4327

Fax: 312-977-4405

Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A.




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