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Alison A. Besser StoeklJohn M. DiBariBrett D. FeldmanKyle W. FoxLeslie M. GersteinGregory G. GosfieldWilliam M. KroghBradley A. KrouseHeather I. LevineJonathan E. MaslowRonald J. PattersonBrett PeanaskyZachary J. PerkinsCarl S. PrimaveraJon S. RobinsJawad H. SalahDouglas F. SchleicherLee R. SussmanKathleen TorbitMatthew H. Werthman
Klehr Harrison's dynamic and diverse Real Estate and Finance Practice Group is among the most active in the City of Philadelphia, the tri-state area and nationally. We serve clients with local and regional needs as well as those involved in national and international transactions, including individual investors, national developers, retailers, REITs, private equity funds, CMBS, mezzanine and institutional lenders and special servicers in connection with their real estate needs (a representative sampling of our current clients is provided below).
We routinely handle transactions of varying sizes and degrees of complexity covering disciplines such as financing, leasing, development (including zoning, land use, condominium and planned community work), sale-leasebacks and taxation, sales of mortgage and mezzanine loans, "B-Notes" and participation interests, as well as the disposition and acquisition of all major real estate asset types (e.g., offices, retail, industrial, multi-family housing, hospitality, health-care and mixed use properties). We have a long history of representing borrowers and lenders in connection with loan workouts, restructurings and enforcement matters and, in addition to working out mortgage loans, we have significant experience in the workout and enforcement of remedies with respect to mezzanine loans, preferred equity investments and in advising clients holding "B-Notes" and participation interests in default situations.
We pride ourselves on being responsive and cost-efficient, getting to know our clients' businesses and strategic goals and operating with a national scope while retaining a local touch. Anticipating our clients' needs and avoiding potential pitfalls distinguishes the level of service that we provide.
The Real Estate and Finance Practice Group's practice areas include the following:
Acquisitions and Dispositions. Real Estate acquisition and disposition transactions of all sizes and levels of complexity are a major part of our real estate practice. Whether the transaction involves a single property or multiple properties in multiple states, and whether the property is undeveloped land, an apartment complex, an office building, a shopping center or a warehouse, we will deftly handle each aspect of the transaction from term sheet to closing.
Commercial Leasing. We routinely negotiate commercial leases and provide general leasing advice for both landlords and tenants across varying property categories, including retail, office and industrial. Our leasing experience includes negotiating space leases, build-to-suit leases, financeable ground leases, subleases, bond type leases, unitary leases, synthetic leases and sale-leaseback transactions. In particular, we have considerable experience with respect to shopping center leasing and are quite familiar with the lease forms and hot button issues for an ever-expanding list of regional, national and international chain store companies and landlords.
Condominium and Planned Communities. Our condominium and planned community practice is broad and deep. We have represented developers and declarants in forming over 30 condominiums and planned communities in the last 5 years, both conversions and ground-up developments. We have prepared manuals for their start-up and operations. The communities include residential, office, retail, industrial and mixed-use. We represent declarants and associations in the turnover of declarant control, the separate assignment of successor declarant rights to third parties and disputes over underfunded and overfunded liabilities. We represent purchasers and sellers of units in amicable sales and in litigation. We represent declarants, associations and mortgagees in communities which have failed to complete development, which have completed development but failed to sell and which have been subject to foreclosure, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure and similar creditor rights and remedies. We have represented objector unit owners in preventing amendments to declarations.
Construction. Our construction law practice is sophisticated and experienced in negotiating with many of the national contractors for large projects and projects of limited scope where the basis of payment is a stipulated sum or cost of the work plus fee with and without a negotiated guaranteed maximum price. We have represented developers and lenders in construction for core property types and specialized facilities, including residential, multi-family, in-line and stand alone retail, industrial, hospitals and other health facilities, assisted living facilities, schools, restaurants, parking facilities, performance facilities and sewer facilities. Negotiations have encompassed revisions to AIA documents and contractor forms, including agreements for architects, contractors, construction managers, designers/builders, subcontractors, owner representatives and the attendant general conditions. We have two LEED - certified attorneys who work closely with contractors on sustainability issues. Our representations have included bid packages, lien waivers sufficient to qualify for statutory compliance, payment bonds, labor and material bonds, sureties and subcontractor default insurance. Our representations have also included enforcement, termination, replacement of contractors and defense of contractor claims under the respective contracts.
Corporate Real Estate. We have a very deep and seasoned corporate real estate practice. We have developed particular expertise in providing real estate support for private equity firms that acquire companies that have significant real estate assets. In this regard, we have served as real estate counsel for over 100 corporate acquisitions within the last several years. We have established teams of deal lawyers with significant experience and training in diligencing and closing complex multi-property, multi-state and even multi-national transactions. Our lawyers are extremely responsive, efficient and practical in navigating through the most sophisticated transactions.
Finance. We have a dynamic commercial real estate finance practice representing both lenders and borrowers in loan originations and workouts and representing both buyers and sellers in loan purchases and sales. In addition to our regular work for banks and other portfolio lenders, we have closed in excess of $2 billion in loan originations for major CMBS lenders on properties in all major asset classes, located nationwide. Additionally, we represent mezzanine lenders, "B-Note" buyers and co-originators, and preferred equity investors participating at all levels of the capital stack in numerous transactions. Our representation regularly includes the structuring and negotiation of multi-tiered intercreditor, co-lender and participation agreements. Our finance practice is led by seasoned attorneys with considerable experience in loan restructurings and enforcement. Representative restructuring and enforcement transactions include (i) the work-out on behalf of B-Note investor of a $30MM B-Note and securitized $170MM A-Note secured by a portfolio of apartment buildings located in New York City, and (ii) the successful taking back of a portfolio of apartment complexes in Ohio by the mezzanine lender pursuant to a UCC sale. We have at least an equal depth and breadth of experience representing borrowers in financing transactions. Our finance attorneys represent numerous investors, developers, private equity funds and REITs in loan borrowings and restructurings. Our attorneys represent clients in complex mortgage and mezzanine financings acquisitions, refinancings, renovations, ground-up developments and asset repositionings on both a regional and national basis. Transactions include financings and restructurings of major retail malls, office buildings, condominiums, hotels and student housing complexes and financings in connection with mergers and acquisitions.
Health Care Facilities. We have a robust real estate health facilities practice representing university based health systems, religious based health systems, not for profit research facilities, health facility REITs, pharmaceutical companies, for profit merchant builders and similar medical and health care related developers, landlords, tenants, and lenders in the negotiation of acquisition, disposition, construction, finance, lease, workout and foreclosures for hospitals, medical office buildings, clinical office buildings, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. We are members of the American Health Lawyers Association. We publish on topics of current interest, most recently, "The Medical & Healthcare Facility Lease: Legal and Business Handbook," published by the American Health Lawyers Association in 2011.
Real Estate Development. We have extensive experience representing property owners and developers on many types of real estate development projects, including office buildings, planned communities, condominiums, condominium conversions, new construction projects, shopping centers, casinos, hotels, restaurants, research/industrial parks, urban mixed-use and single and multi-family residential projects. We represent clients in all aspects of a development project, including land use entitlements, land acquisition, project financing, design, construction, leasing and sale. We have extensive experience in public private partnerships and assist our clients in obtaining governmental inducements for their development projects such as tax increment financing, federal and state historic tax credit programs and new market tax credits.
Sale-Leasebacks. We have one of the most active and experienced sale-leaseback practices in the country. Over the past 5 years, we have closed over $3 billion of sale-leaseback transactions. We represented the tenant in the largest sale leaseback in U.S. history. We have established teams of deal lawyers with significant experience and training in diligencing and closing complex multi-property, multi-state transactions. We work closely with the major accounting firms and are extremely knowledgeable about the accounting and tax concerns of sale-leaseback transactions.
|Amerimar Enterprises||LEM Capital, LLC|
|Atalaya Capital Management||Lubert-Adler Partners|
|Black Angus Steakhouses||Mattress Firm, Inc.|
|Blick Art Materials||Morgan Properties|
|Bob's Stores||Onyx Equities|
|Boscov's Department Stores||Parkway Corporation|
|Brandywine Realty Trust||Retro Fitness|
|Campus Apartments||Rite Aid|
|Capmark Finance LLC||Scully Company|
|Central Parking||Sheetz, Inc.|
|Clear Channel Outdoor||Sisters of Mercy|
|Dick Blick Holdings, Inc.||Sovereign Bank|
|Five Below||Starr Restaurants|
|Friendly's||Sun Capital Partners|
|Goldman Properties||The Goldenberg Group|
|Grasso Holdings||Thomas Jefferson University|
|Heritage Senior Living||Tishman Realty Corporation|
|Interpark Inc.||Toll Brothers|
|Keystone Property Group||Tower Investments|
|Kimmel Center||Urban Growth Property Trust|
|Korman Communities||Universal Health Services|
|LA Fitness||Versa Capital Management|
|(Fitness International)||Westover Companies|
Our Real Estate and Finance Practice Group is as diverse geographically as our clients' real estate portfolios dictate. A short list of significant or typical recent transactions follow:
Mezzanine and Preferred Equity Transactions
Regularly represent lenders and investors originating and purchasing mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments. Listed below are some representative mezzanine and preferred equity transactions: