Commercial

  • April 29, 2024

    NYC Real Estate Week In Review

    Davis Polk, Greenberg Traurig and Simpson Thacher are among the law firms that handled the largest New York City real estate deals that hit public records last week, a period that saw two buildings trade for north of $100 million and a four-building portfolio also sell for nine figures.

  • April 29, 2024

    Solar Tech Co. Plans $294M Factory In NC

    Vietnamese solar technology company Boviet Solar will invest $294 million into its upcoming solar panel manufacturing plant in Greenville, North Carolina, the company and the state's governor announced.

  • April 29, 2024

    NY Real Estate Pro Is Latest Morrison Cohen Atty To Join Loeb

    Loeb & Loeb announced the addition of another former Morrison Cohen attorney on Monday, this time a real estate partner with a record of success in the New York metropolitan area.

  • April 29, 2024

    Haynes Boone Relocates SF Office In 6th Firm Move Since Fall

    Haynes and Boone LLP announced Monday that it has moved its San Francisco office to a larger location in the heart of the city's Financial District.

  • April 29, 2024

    Smith Gambrell Adds 4 Attorneys To New York Office

    Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP has added four attorneys in its New York office, two through a merger with a firm that specialized in representing companies from German-speaking countries in the U.S., and two from the recently shuttered Ingram LLP.

  • April 29, 2024

    Google Plans To Invest $3B In Data Centers In Virginia, Indiana

    Google will invest $2 billion into a Fort Wayne, Indiana, data center campus project and also plans to invest $1 billion into three Virginia data center campuses, the company announced.

  • April 29, 2024

    Minn. Tax Court Won't Change Medical Building Value Boost

    The Minnesota Tax Court said it correctly increased the valuation of a medical building, rejecting the building owner's arguments that it improperly applied valuation approaches to the property in a previous decision.

  • April 26, 2024

    How Legos, 'Working Girl' Sealed $10B Sibling Rivalry Win

    A father-son attorney team used Legos and an argument borrowed from the 1988 film "Working Girl" to help a Los Angeles jury understand how their client's own brother illegally stole his multibillion-dollar real estate business, leading to a $10 billion verdict for their client and his other brothers, the attorneys told Law360.

  • April 26, 2024

    Silver Star Drops Federal Securities Suit Against Ex-Chair

    Silver Star Properties agreed to drop its federal suit accusing its former executive chair Allen R. Hartman of trying to get his job back by soliciting shareholders to replace the Texas-based REIT's board of directors, as a similar battle plays out in Maryland state court.

  • April 26, 2024

    Truist Unit Survives Early Dismissal Bid In NC Poaching Suit

    Truist Financial Corp. and its real estate finance arm can move forward with the bulk of their suit accusing three former executives of absconding for a competitor with several dozen colleagues in tow, after North Carolina's business court judge largely denied the defendants an early exit.

  • April 26, 2024

    Blackstone Must Face Claims Of Price-Fixing At Vegas Hotels

    A Las Vegas hotel price-fixing suit against Blackstone and others has survived the private equity firm's motion to dismiss, with a Nevada federal judge ruling the plaintiffs had shown enough to allege Blackstone was in control of one of the target hotels, the Cosmopolitan Hotel, at the time of the alleged scheme.

  • April 26, 2024

    Bankrupt NYC Building Owners, Rent-Strikers Settle Claims

    The bankrupt owners of several Manhattan apartment buildings asked a New York federal bankruptcy court to approve the settlement of the claims of rent-striking tenants, the tenants' debt and a related adversary proceeding.

  • April 26, 2024

    Ga. Residents Want In On $300M Monkey Farm Fight

    Four Georgia residents have asked a federal judge to let them intervene in a dispute over the construction of a sprawling primate-rearing farm in Bainbridge, alleging the local development authority that approved a $300 million bond deal for the project is colluding with the farm's backers to advance the project.

  • April 26, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Lower Age For Historic Structure Tax Credit

    Colorado would reduce the age requirement for the properties eligible for the state's historic structures tax credit, postpone its sunset and make other changes under legislation approved by the state House on Friday.

  • April 26, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Land Cleanup Tax Credit Extension

    Colorado would extend its income tax credit for certain environmental remediation of contaminated property for five years under legislation approved Friday by the House of Representatives.

  • April 26, 2024

    The Week In Trump: Tabloid Testimony, High Court Drama

    Donald Trump and his attorneys have been fighting high-stakes legal battles on several fronts as they grappled with a criminal hush money trial in Manhattan, argued at the U.S. Supreme Court for presidential immunity and tried to quash criminal election interference-related charges in Georgia.

  • April 26, 2024

    Default Risk At Major SF Complex Drives April CMBS Distress

    Kroll Bond Rating Agency said Friday that special servicing on a $1.3 billion loan for one of San Francisco's biggest apartment complexes accounted for more than a third of new distress among commercial mortgage-backed securities this month.

  • April 26, 2024

    Proxy Fight Between Activist Investor, Retail REIT Heats Up

    The battle between activist investor Erez Asset Management and Whitestone REIT picked up steam on Friday, with Erez blasting the shopping center-focused real estate investment trust's claims that a recent board nomination campaign is solely focused on forcing a sale of the REIT. 

  • April 26, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig Inks TPG's Discounted NYC Office Buy

    Greenberg Traurig LLP guided TPG Capital's purchase of a Manhattan office building for $147.5 million, nearly a third of the pricetag paid by seller RREEF Management LLC a decade earlier, according to county property records.

  • April 25, 2024

    Atty Sued For Malpractice Can't Rep His Firm, Ex-Client Says

    A Seattle real estate broker suing her former attorney for allegedly botching arbitration proceedings has told a Washington state judge that that attorney can't both be a defendant and represent his firm in their counterclaims for unpaid fees. 

  • April 25, 2024

    Incarceration Can't Get Default Nixed In $92M Award Suit

    A California federal court has refused to set aside an entry of default against a Russian businessman accused of engaging in a scheme to avoid paying a more than $92 million arbitral award, rejecting his defense that he couldn't respond because he was incarcerated in France.

  • April 25, 2024

    Real Estate Exec Can't Escape Shareholder's Self-Dealing Suit

    A California federal judge ruled that a derivative shareholder suit accusing the president of a real estate management and investment firm of misusing nearly $35 million of company revenue now passes the so-called Zuckerberg test since the plaintiff sufficiently pled that demand on the company's board members would be futile.

  • April 25, 2024

    Tribes, Enviros Want A Say In Grand Canyon Monument Suits

    Three Native American tribes and a slew of conservation groups are asking an Arizona federal district court to intervene in separate lawsuits, seeking to protect an Indigenous sacred site in the Grand Canyon region from losing its National Monument designation.

  • April 25, 2024

    Yellowstone Nabs NYC Office Property At Steep Discount

    Yellowstone Real Estate Investments purchased a Manhattan office tower for $185 million, more than two years after an affiliate of Blackstone Property Advisors LP reportedly stopped making payments on the building's $308 million mortgage, according to a filing prepared by Davis Polk & Wardell LLP.

  • April 25, 2024

    Neb. To Require County Tax Roll Corrections Upon Final Order

    Nebraska county clerks or assessors will be required to correct tax rolls and property assessments when an administrative body or court gives a final order, under a bill signed by the governor.

Expert Analysis

  • A Guide For Landlords Pivoting To Medical Office Buildings

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    The current commercial real estate landscape presents a unique opportunity for landlords, real estate developers and investors to accommodate the growing health care industry's need for office buildings, though proper navigation of complex regulations and leasing concerns is necessary, says Mehdi Sinaki at Michelman & Robinson.

  • NY Co-Ops Must Avoid Pitfalls When Navigating Insurance

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    In light of skyrocketing premiums, tricky exclusions and dwindling options, New York cooperative corporations must carefully review potential contractors' insurance policies in order to secure full protection, as even seemingly minor contractor jobs can carry significant risk due to New York labor laws, says Eliot Zuckerman at Smith Gambrell.

  • What To Consider When Converting Calif. Offices To Housing

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    In light of California legislators' recent efforts to expedite the process for converting offices into residential buildings, developers should evaluate both the societal upsides, and the significant economic and legal hurdles, of such conversions, says Steven Otto at Crosbie Gliner.

  • Ch. 12 Ruling Is A Helpful Addition To Interest Rate Case Law

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    In its recent In re: Topp ruling, the Eighth Circuit addressed the question of which rate of interest debtors should pay under a bankruptcy plan, showing that the choice of interest rate plan is a factual issue subject to appellate review for clear error, and not a legal issue subject to de novo review, says Donald Swanson at Koley Jessen.

  • Appellate Rulings Highlight Telecom Standard Uncertainties

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    Two recent contrasting appellate opinions in Cellco v. White Deer Township and NMSurf v. Webber — interpreting Sections 332 and 253 of the Communications Act, respectively — demonstrate the continuing uncertainty carriers face when challenging state and local requirements that may impede their provision of telecommunications services, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • How Investors Can Seize Renewables Opportunities In RE

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    As governments and stakeholders increasingly focus on sustainability in the real estate sector, investors could capture significant upside by implementing an operational real estate strategy focused on renewable energy sources, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Insurance Cos. Are Stretching Construction Standard Limits

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    In the construction sector, the importance of closely vetting downstream parties' insurance policies has never been more critical — owners and general contractors need to be on the lookout for ever broader carrier-specific expansions of standard insurance provisions that are perilous for risk transfer, says Eric Clarkson at Saxe Doernberger.

  • Potential WeWork Bankruptcy May Disrupt Coworking Spaces

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    If WeWork files for bankruptcy, as hinted at in its recent quarterly earnings report, landlords may struggle to take over management of WeWork's coworking spaces, but the coworking industry as a whole is showing some promise in adapting to the market's evolving post-pandemic office needs, says Ann Chandler at Hall Estill.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • A Cautionary Tale Of Flawed Debt Accounting And SEC Fines

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent improper-accounting charges against Malvern Bancorp and its ex-CFO highlight crucial practice issues, including the need to objectively evaluate borrowers' credit, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Bat's Newly Endangered Status Likely To Slow Development

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    A recent change in the classification of the northern long-eared bat from "threatened" to "endangered" could have significant effects on development in large portions of the Eastern and Southeastern U.S. — and in the absence of straightforward guidelines, developers will have to assess each project individually, says Peter McGrath at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Litigation Can Facilitate EB-5 Investor Visa Determinations

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    Processing times in the EB-5 investor visa program continue to rise, but filing a mandamus claim in the right venue against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may offer applicants mired in delay a means to expedite processing, says Mark Stevens at Clark Hill.