Real Estate Development Agreements for University Medical Center
Represented a higher education client in drafting and negotiating numerous real estate development agreements that included the revitalization of two surrounding neighborhoods in St. Louis.
Recovery of Property from Bona Vacantia
Successfully recovered several multimillion-pound leases of commercial property from bona vacantia by restoring a company to the register when a director had inadvertently wound up the company without first transferring the active leases out of it. An adversarial landlord was successfully resisted despite seeking to exploit the situation for financial gain, and there was no cost to the client other than the legal fees.
Adversarial Lease Extension Claim
Acted for the freeholder and competent landlord in Tribunal proceedings brought by the leaseholders in a contested lease extension application. The matter was complicated by the presence of several intermediate leasehold interests and historical title issues.
Successful Recovery of Possession of Commercial Properties for Trespassers
Acted for several individual, corporate and institutional landlords in recovering commercial premises from trespassers who were illegally occupying land and causing damage. With experience we have been able to devise an ‘express’ service which condenses the time-consuming court application procedure into a streamlined process that can delivery results in just a matter of days.
Successful Recovery of Possession of Commercial and Residential Properties
Acted for several individual, corporate and institutional landlords in recovering commercial and residential premises upon lease expiry and in the event of breaches of covenant or failure to pay rent by the tenant.
Loan Purchases, Acquisitions and Restructurings in Prague, Barcelona and Dublin
Advised real estate investment company in its loan purchases and the connected acquisitions and restructurings of hotel, commercial and office spaces in Prague, Barcelona and Dublin.
Advised U.S. Landlords on British Multinational Retailer’s Restructuring
Advised a group of U.S - based landlords in relation to the restructuring of a British multinational retailer.
Sale of British Apparel Company
Advised a British apparel company and its administrators on the restructuring and prepackaged administration sale of the apparel business.
Advised Investment Adviser on Purchase and Subsequent Sale of Furniture Retailers
Advised an investment adviser on its purchase of two furniture retailers and its subsequent prepackaged administration sale of one of the two retailers.
Assignment of Interests in Limited Partnerships Owning 500+ Tennessee Apartment Units
Assisted multiple general partner entities with the assignment of their interests in approximately 20 limited partnerships that own 500+ multifamily apartments units located in the State of Tennessee. The assignments included seeking approval and consent to the transfers from approximately 100 limited partners.
Assignment of Interests in Limited Partnerships Owning 700+ Kansas Apartment Units
Assisted multiple general partner entities with the assignment of their interests in 38 limited partnerships that own approximately 700 multifamily apartment units located in the State of Kansas. The assignments included seeking approval and consent to the transfers from approximately 100 limited partners, the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development.
Negotiated Settlement of a Contested 1954 Act Lease Renewal Claim
Assisted the owner of a significant freehold building in West London earmarked for substantive redevelopment in a contested 1954 lease renewal claim brought by a high-profile leasehold tenant. Disposed of the court proceedings by consent after successfully arguing that section 30(1)(f) of the 1954 Act had been satisfied.
New York City Hudson Yards Joint Venture
Served as counsel on a joint venture to develop New York City’s Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States.
Trade Secret, Cybersecurity Protection for Real Estate Technology Industry Client
Represented leading commercial real estate industry platform and cloud service provider in transactions and disputes including the protection of trade secrets and cybersecurity breaches.
Counsel to Secured Creditor in Beer Distributorship Bankruptcy
Served as counsel to mortgage lender in Chapter 11 of Central Illinois closely held beer distributor.
Trial Counsel on Breach of Contract Damages and Assignment of Contract, Affirmed on Appeal
Served as Plaintiff’s counsel and lead trial counsel on damages claim for breach of contract and/or negligence and rights on assignment. Matter affirmed on appeal, per curiam.
Counsel for Multimillion-Dollar Commercial Real Estate Transaction
Served as borrower’s counsel issuing borrower’s opinion letters for several large commercial real estate transactions.
Counsel to Land Engineer in Defense of Property Flooding Claims
Served as counsel to engineer in connection with damages claim for water runoff in development and appeal of writ of prohibition as to inverse condemnation claim.
Counsel to National Mortgage Servicer Defending Consumer Protection Claims and Affirming on Appeal Second Trial Judge’s Authority to Rule Conversely on Second Summary Judgment
Served as counsel to lender/servicer in defense of multi-count counterclaim for damages in context of foreclosure action, affirmed on appeal following differing decisions by original and successor trial judge.
Counsel to National Property Data Lender
Served as counsel for compliance and litigation defense to national public corporation in connection with real property.
Property Acquisition, Construction Contracts, Public Incentives for 1 Million-Square-Foot Development
Represented a health care client in acquisition of property for a multi-building campus development in excess of 1 million square feet. Negotiated design and construction contracts for the project, as well as a public incentive package valued at more than $450 million.
New Township Development in Derbyshire
Advised on the property aspects of a new township development in Derbyshire and dealt with various new lettings and covenant obligations.
Successfully Negotiated Public-Private Agreement for Renovations and Use of Athletic Facilities at a City Park
Represented municipality as City Solicitor in politically sensitive negotiations of public-private agreement to renovate prominent athletic facilities located in a municipal park. Revived moribund discussions and successfully negotiated a new agreement that was approved overwhelmingly by City Council and subsequently implemented.
Acquisition of Central and Southeastern Missouri Beer Distribution Business
Represented a St. Louis beer distributor, one of the largest privately held companies in the region and one of the largest distributors of beer, wine, spirits and other non-beer products, in its purchase of a distributing company serving customers throughout central and southeastern Missouri. The acquisition adds to the client’s annual distribution volume and further expands its market share in the region.
Renegotiation of Nearly 1,000 Retail Leases for Men’s Clothing Retailer
Completed a two-phase renegotiation of nearly 1,000 retail leases across the United States and Canada for a men’s retail clothing client in connection with COVID-19 impacts and the client’s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. In the first phase, we negotiated rent deferral agreements for nearly 400 retail locations in connection with the impact of COVID-19 and related government-mandated closures on the client’s operations; and assisted with nearly two dozen litigation matters relating to closures in several states. In the second phase, following the client’s declaration of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, we renegotiated nearly 850 retail leases assumed by the client in connection with the bankruptcy proceedings, successfully finalizing and obtaining full execution of nearly 99% of renegotiated leases submitted for legal review, nearly three times the success rate the client had originally anticipated.
$1.2 Million Judgment in Real Estate Investment Fraud Case
Obtained a $1.2 million judgment for client relating to fraudulent real estate investment scheme.
Advised Hospitality Group on Hotel Development and JV Development
Advised Singaporean/Monaco-based hospitality group on hotel development in Turks and Caicos and on joint venture development in Libya.
Advised Leading U.K. Hospitality Group in Hotel Acquisition
Advised a leading U.K. hospitality group to acquire hotels in Europe.
Advised U.S. Real Estate Group in Joint Ventures, Acquisition of Properties in Europe and Brazil
Advised leading U.S. real estate/hospitality group to establish joint ventures in Brazil and assisted in the purchases of hotels/golf courses in Europe and in Brazil.
Development of Infrastructure Programme/Refinery in India/Sri Lanka
Involved in the development of an infrastructure programme/refinery in India. Advised owners and operators in acquisition, including the negotiation of crude oil supply and transportation agreements, tolling agreements and off-take agreements. Assisted owners in land acquisition and sale associated with refinery plant extension, along with the creation of buffer zones surrounding the plant.
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