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Real estate

As a market leader in the real estate sector our team has broad experience on a full range of real estate matters, including transactions involving office, retail, industrial and mixed-use projects, multifamily (high-rise and garden style), senior housing (independent and assisted), hospitality, resort and entertainment projects, hospitals and medical office buildings, manufacturing facilities and corporate campus developments.

“Best Law Firms, national ranking for real estate law, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers, 2016”

Our clients include national and international institutional investors and funds, insurance companies, REITs, corporate industrial, office and retail landlords and tenants, real estate developers, architects, contractors,  project managers and engineers, public and private companies, real estate and facility managers, investment advisors, banks, financial institutions and manufacturing companies.

We deliver

A unique perspective on a broad range of issues facing investors in US real estate. Our real estate team is familiar with the legal and business conventions of countries around the world and provides tailored advice to our clients on all forms of real estate matters. We recognize there is no single solution to ownership of US real estate and that proper investment planning begins long before signing the contract. We help clients make informed decisions at every step of the process.

Our areas of real estate work includes

  • acquisitions and dispositions, including large portfolios
  • construction agreements
  • economic incentives programs, including EB-5 immigrant investor visa programs
  • financing
  • green buildings / LEED certifications and adaptive reuse projects
  • joint ventures for the acquisition and development of all types of commercial properties
  • leasing of commercial properties
  • loan workouts, insolvency, receiverships, and auctions (including “stalking horse” sales)
  • monetization of real estate assets through structured sale-lease back
  • project finance and public-private partnerships (PPP)
  • power projects, including hydro, wind and solar
  • real estate and construction dispute resolution and litigation
  • regulatory matters, including
    • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
    • environmental, contamination and remediation
    • permitting and enforcement matters before governmental agencies

Our recent work

  • advising on a US$130 million transaction involving the sale of almost 158 acres of land to Microsoft for the development of a US$1 billion data research center that will be one of the largest cloud-based data facilities in the world
  • advised HBW Capital, a full service international commercial construction and real estate firm, with the purchase of historical buildings in the San Francisco financial district,  structured by St. Bride’s Managers LLC with loan financing from Prime Financial
  • advising on the acquisition of a large regional mall with in excess of 1 million square feet of mall space, and of several related and adjoining properties. The properties included in these acquisitions are part of a 400-acre area centrally located in Dallas which has been rezoned by the City of Dallas to permit building of a new multi-use development district with retail, residential, hotel, office and related uses and substantial green areas for public use. Ultimate investment may exceed US$2 billion over a several year period
  • advised the City of Austin in a unique multiple phase public private partnership (P3) with a conservancy to develop and operate 28 acres of public facilities and parkland along the largest urban creek, including the drafting and negotiation of a development agreement to design, finance, develop, construct, operate and manage the district
  • advised a national leading financial institution on the sale of a 683-loan portfolio (performing multi-family loans throughout the US) that closed 75 days from start to close. Transaction valued at over US$288 million
  • negotiated and drafted the construction contracts and design agreements on behalf of a leading hospitality developer for the transformation of the former Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace into Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace, a 75,000 square foot, indoor-outdoor, multi-level modern nightlife concept. The US$107 million project formally opened on March 12, 2015, after eleven months of construction that doubled the size of the former venue
  • advised a large silicon chip manufacturer in sale and lease back of its Austin campus to monetize its assets. Transaction valued at over US$165 million

Awards and accolades

  • Best Law Firms, national ranking for real estate law, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers, 2016
  • Chambers USA, Texas: Real Estate, Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide: Retail, Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • Commercial Property Executive, Leading Real Estate Firms, ranked 15th among the top 30 real estate practices in the nation, Commercial Property Executive, 2016
  • Legal 500 US, Nationwide: Real Estate, The Legal 500, 2016