Our active real estate practice represents developers, investors, lenders, business users, and residential sellers and purchasers in the acquisition, development, financing, sale and leasing of real estate. Our lawyers are familiar with condominium, co-op and time-sharing forms of ownership, real estate syndication, title insurance, zoning and the regulation of land use. We frequently assist in planning the structure of and negotiating complex commercial and residential real estate transactions, as well as handling the legal analysis and documentation.
Acquisitions, Sales, and Exchanges.
We assist clients in the negotiation and closing of real estate acquisitions and sales, including the preparation of purchase agreements, conveyancing documents, financing documents, tax-deferred and multiple-party exchange agreements, escrow instructions and other related documents.
The firm has a varied and sophisticated leasing practice. Our lawyers represent both landlords and tenants and have significant experience in leasing transactions, including retail leases, ground leases, build-to-suit leases, office leases, industrial leases and subleases.
Real Estate Development.
Our lawyers assist clients in all types of real estate development, including residential, shopping center, industrial, hotel and downtown developments. We have extensive experience in the creation and operation of residential, commercial and mixed-use condominiums and planned unit developments.
We are able provide “Title Insurance Commitments” and “Title Insurance Policies” to lenders, borrowers and buyers of real property, including financial institutions, local governments, attorneys and individuals. We do this in association with our underwriters, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company (http://www.oldrepublictitle.com) and Chicago Title Insurance Company (http://www.ctic.com).
We represent clients seeking financing. Our lawyers advise clients on current methods and alternatives in real estate financing and assist in the structuring and documentation of real estate mortgages, contracts of sale and other financing transactions, such as sale-and-leasebacks.
Partnership, Joint Venture, and Real Estate Investment.
We regularly are involved in structuring and documenting limited liability companies, real estate partnerships and joint ventures, and our lawyers advise regarding the structuring of real estate investments.
Zoning and Land Use Regulations.
We have broad experience in zoning matters, land use regulation and in project permitting before local government entities, state agencies, and appeals boards. Our practice includes the preparation and processing of all local, state, and federal permit applications relating to land use and environmental regulation of development projects, also including advice on financing options.
In consultation with foreign counsel, we assist international clients with real property issues and projects, including acquisitions, leases, secured transactions and lending.