Practice Areas | Real Estate Acquisitions & Finance

We represent a wide variety of clients in the commercial, industrial, hospitality, and residential areas spanning national and international jurisdictions. Our clients include multimillion dollar investors and investment companies, developers, and private owners. Understanding the necessity of providing full service assistance to our clients, we offer practical guidance in all facets of commercial development. Very often, we serve as intermediaries between developers, construction companies, and the businesses that occupy the commercial spaces.

Our professionals leverage their construction and real estate expertise to coordinate and ensure efficiency, sound investment, and the protection of interests. This cross-disciplinary approach is cost effective and uniquely enables us to tailor our representation to the client's needs. Whether the transaction concerns new construction or resale property, we remain astute to the varying elements in every transaction.

Commercial Development

Our professionals have represented an array of clients in the commercial property arena. We do more than just offer you skilled legal advice in relation to commercial property. Commercial property is an important investment and very often, a very important business portfolio asset. Therefore, we take a business oriented approach to commercial real estate. Whether you are looking to purchase or sell, develop or lease, we remain cognizant of your investment goals and the amount of risk you are willing to incur. In that regard our work has included:
  • Property Management Contracts
  • Project Consultation
  • Compliance

Purchases, Sales, and Leases

Our attorneys have closed on properties consisting of commercial buildings, mixed use property, vacant land, single to multifamily residential properties, and planned unit developments (PUDs). Having served as counsel to banks and title companies, we approach every closing with an awareness of the key players, their interests, and their concerns. Many of the established and startup companies that we represent often require leased space. When negotiating any lease, whether for retail, industrial, or office space, we call attention to the silent issues that are often critical to any arms length negotiation and make sure that the lease represents a complete understanding of the parties. In that regard our work has included:
  • New Construction
  • Mixed-Use Properties
  • Retail and Shopping Centers
  • Office Buildings
  • Hotels and Hospitality Real Estate
  • Industrial and Warehouse Facilities
  • Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Multi-Family Dwellings
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Ground Leases

Real Estate Finance & Investment

Our real estate department has broad experience in a number of financing options, including acquisition loans, land development loans, construction loans, and letters of credit. Additionally, we assist in the formation of partnerships, joint ventures, and holding companies for the purposes of pooling assets in order to finance, purchase, sell, or lease various real estate properties.
  • Acquisition Financing. The firm represents owners, developers, banks, and other financial institutions in mortgage, senior secured, joint ventures, assumptions, and sale-lease-back matters.
  • Refinancing. Our professionals are experienced in representing both borrowers and lenders in refinance lending transactions and recapitalizations to replace a property's existing debt. We approach this as an opportunity to revisit the debt and equity structure and explore alternatives and propose terms that best suit your company's current needs and concerns.
  • Loan and Note Purchases. The firm's attorneys represent financial institutions and private investors in the sale and purchase of performing and non performing loans.

Alternative Investment Options

Since many of our clients are more than "hobby" investors, we often counsel our clients through tax deferred options provided under § 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code (Like-Kind or Tax Deferred Exchanges). Understanding that the rules regarding such investment transactions are strictly construed by the Internal Revenue Service, we walk our clients through every step and closely manage the involvement of the qualified intermediary facilitating the exchange.

International Investment Concerns

Our expertise is commonly sought by foreign investors seeking to purchase and sell real estate within the United States and subject to the withholding requirements set forth under § 1445 of the Internal Revenue Code (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act (FIRPTA)). These clients are subject to special state and federal withholding requirements which trigger the requirements of the IRC. Working with the clients and their tax advisors, we are very often successful in minimizing such withholdings.

New York Location

106 West 32nd Street, Suite 152
New York, NY 10001
TEL +212.221.7635
FAX +866.770.7414

European Location

Piazza Santa Maria Beltrade, 2
20123 Milan, Italy
TEL +39 02 8695146
FAX +39 02 8056016