FINANCE, BUSINESS & REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

In addition to advising clients in the business arena, we provide the range of legal services needed to purchase, develop, finance, lease, and sell commercial properties. We are widely experienced in navigating today's challenging development climate, from land acquisition through entitlements, leasing, development, and disposition.

We advise our real estate clients regarding acquisition contract negotiations and detailed due diligence review. As a transaction proceeds, our team can take the lead in negotiating sophisticated financing arrangements with institutional lenders, joint venture partners, private equity investors, and equity partners. During the design phase, we negotiate consulting agreements, covenants, easements, and development agreements. For project lease-up, our expertise in commercial retail and ground leasing provides owners with needed protections and detailed documentation. We can prepare the construction and construction management agreements required for vertical development and property management agreements for project operations.

The firm's areas of practice in financial, business, and real estate transactions include the following:

  • Real estate acquisition and structuring of investment entities.
  • Real estate leasing representation of landlords and tenants, including complex regional shopping center leasing with national big box retailers, supermarkets, department stores, drug store chains, office supply stores, banks, restaurants, merchandise retailers, and office space tenants.
  • Conventional and vertical real estate development projects, including multi-use projects, office and hotel complexes, shopping centers, and residential projects.
  • Loan transactions, including construction, mezzanine, and permanent financing.
  • Closing representation of sellers and purchasers in complex real estate transactions.
  • Agreements concerning shopping centers, industrial parks, mixed use developments, and residential projects, including ground leases, reciprocal easement agreements, covenants, and cost sharing mechanisms.
  • Business entity formation and consultation with tax advisors, including preparation of organizational documents for limited liability companies, corporations, and partnerships.
  • Joint venture agreements and private equity investments through private offering memoranda.
  • Employment, non-compete, brokerage, and consulting agreements.

Real Estate Sales, Acquisition, and Development

  • Commercial and residential project development and redevelopment
  • Due diligence review for real estate and business acquisition
  • Site development, including joint venture agreements, development agreements, ground leases, and easements
  • Contract documentation for professional services, including contracts for engineering, environmental studies, construction, property management, brokerage, development, and architecture
  • Real estate closing consultation and financing documentation for sellers and purchasers

Leasing

  • Transactions for landlords, tenants and property managers
  • Retail leasing, including big box, anchor, in-line, and pad site tenants
  • Office building leasing and management
  • Industrial leasing

Business Transactions

  • Business structure and entity formation
  • Contract and lease negotiation
  • Business and real estate financing
  • Closing representation
  • Asset sales and purchases

Financing

  • Acquisition, construction, permanent, mezzanine, and private equity financing consultation
  • Workouts and debt restructuring
  • Documentation for institutional loans and private investors
  • Seller take-back financing

Entity Formation and Business Planning

  • Entity choice, business structure, and entity formation
  • Organizational documents for corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies
  • Business dispute resolution
  • Stock, asset, and business transfers

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Recent transactions include working on the purchase of a premier resort and conference center in Florida, the sale of Wisp Resort in Maryland, the sale of the historic B&O building in Baltimore, the sale of Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland, development of a hotel on Kent Island, Maryland and the purchase of a marina in Cambridge, Maryland.