The Firm’s services in this area specifically focus on assisting Chinese companies and individual investors in acquiring U.S. assets. We represent a variety of leading developers, financiers, purchasers, managers, and hotel groups with their real property projects in China and the United States.
The Firm offers multi-disciplinary experience that spans the spectrum of property acquisitions and dispositions, property development, property leasing and environmental issues.
With an experienced and bilingual professional team, the Firm is positioned to assist clients with international property transactions from ground-up development of retail, commercial, and residential projects, to lender representations in large, complex loan closings, restructurings, and defaults to intricate, mixed-use development public-private partnerships for Chinese investors.
Acquisitions & Dispositions
The Firm’s Real Estate team has experiences in handling the acquisition and disposition of single projects, as well as complex, multi-project and portfolio transactions in every major sector of the industry, including residential, office, retail, hotel, health care, and industrial real estate. We have developed the systems and relationships required to quickly and efficiently consummate substantial transactions that are national in scope, as well as individual assets of any size.
We represent developers, investors, financial institutions, corporations, governmental entities and real estate acquisition funds in transactions involving traditional equity investments, as well structuring complex transactions such as seller financing, sale/leasebacks, and like-kind exchanges to support clients’ business objectives. We have also handled many acquisitions and dispositions involving environmentally sensitive or contaminated sites, and properties intended for redevelopment and re-use. We handle a wide array of acquisition and disposition transactions, including:
- Office buildings
- Retail centers
- Multi-family residential complexes
- Residential projects
- Mixed use projects
- Hotels and recreational complexes
- Planned unit development
Our development team provides a fast, commercial and cost effective service protecting clients interests at all times. We work in partnership with you to achieve your aims and objectives.
We advise on every aspect of the process including developers, retailers, office occupiers, investors and funders. We handle all types of projects including major city centre and shopping centre developments, office developments, leisure and mixed use developments, industrial and retail warehousing, residential developments and infrastructure projects.
Working closely with our specialist planning, construction and environmental teams, we are dedicated to supporting builders and developers by providing a full service covering every aspect of development projects:
- Land acquisition and site assembly
- Development agreement
- Funding agreements
- Tax planning and structuring
- Analyzing land-use, permitting, entitlement and environmental issues;
- Joint Ventures and other investment structures
- Obtaining access, utility, and other easements and services needed for development.
The growth of environmental law compliance issues affecting real estate projects continues unabated. For a law firm to properly assist clients with these issues, the right formula continues to include a thorough understanding of local, state, national and international laws and a familiarity with individual owners, administrative boards and properties.
We help clients adhere to stringent environmental laws and regulations. Since the environmental issue will tremendously effect the process of transaction, it is very important to spot and prevent risk and minimize the risk in advance. We consider environmental matters for clients as soon as our relationship begins and thereby routinely discover early on what might otherwise later become a complex, if not costly, problem. But when unforseen problems involving toxic substance leaks, wrongful non-disclosures and other issues arise and threaten a project, we draw upon our extensive experience and relationships to develop sound, and creative solutions.
Nationally recognized for adeptly handling environmental matters, our real estate attorneys help businesses succeed and meet their goals by:
- Analyzing and advising on contamination issues
- Crafting and helping implement land use changes
- Negotiating environmental contract provisions
- Counseling on risk limitation and mitigation matters
- Executing due diligence in connection with acquisitions and project financings
- Representing private landowners and municipalities in condemnation matters
- Reviewing Phase I and II environmental reports
Today’s marketplace and economic uncertainty bring new complexities affecting both landlords and tenants, and we are prepared for those challenges and equipped to handle the myriad issues that can arise, such as commercial tenant or landlord bankruptcies, lease restructurings, co-tenancy clauses, as well as the impact of environmental regulations and the presence of hazardous materials.
To successfully advise a client on leasing property, an attorney must have a skilled legal mind and an advanced, thorough knowledge of the rental marketplace. It also takes an ability to see opportunities where others see only challenges. Personally active within local communities and well-versed in handling leases with a national perspective, Our attorneys draft, negotiate and review complex industrial, office and retail leases. We help landlords and tenants enter into rental arrangements that facilitate their business objectives and protect their interests. Our attorneys provide the following legal service in leasing transactions:
- Retail leases
- Ground leases
- Build-to-suit leases
- Office leases
- Industrial leases
- Medical office leases
- Entertainment leases
- Lease restructuring
- Subleasing transactions and lease assignments