We advise developers in formulating projects that transform properties into a higher, cleaner, or more productive use, and assist owners and lenders in developing syndications and other creative financing solutions.
We assist clients on all aspects of development of real estate, from commencement to completion. We advise clients on entity selection and on structuring transactions to best take advantage of federal, state and local tax laws, including Section 1031 tax-deferred exchanges. We prepare, review, and negotiate purchase and sale agreements, and assist with due diligence investigation of property and evaluation of studies, including title, surveys, Phase I and other environmental site assessments, geotechnical and soils studies, and building inspections.
We additionally assist clients in resolving land use, zoning and permitting issues, and environmental investigation, clean up, and compliance. We draft easements, condominium declarations, and covenants, conditions and restrictions necessary for development. We advise clients on real estate financing and assist them in negotiating loan documents and meeting lender requirements. We take clients through the closing process and beyond, including leasing and resale.
Our clients principally include privately held businesses, local governments, Indian tribes, and the individuals who own and manage them.
Our Sustainable Development Group brings together expertise in Green development, construction and real estate, land use, municipal law, environmental regulation, and water law to advise our clients on designing, constructing, leasing and managing Green Buildings, including assisting them in obtaining LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)® certification.
The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System™ is nationally accepted as a benchmark for designing, building, and operating environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous buildings that improve the quality of life. It rewards a whole-building approach by recognizing performance in five key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.