The lawyers in our Charleston office, who have been recognized by Chambers USA, the Best Lawyers in America, and U.S. News-Best Lawyers, counsel and defend local, national, and international business clients in a wide range of matters involving real estate development, resort development, hospitality issues, labor and employment claims and issues, business disputes, environmental disputes and regulation, construction disputes and regulation, intellectual property disputes and transactions, defective product litigation, maritime transactions and litigation, banking transactions, tax, issues and litigation, and corporate/M&A transactions.
Our multinational resort, hospitality, and leisure practice focuses on resort, hotel, golf, and real estate development projects and related transactions in the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America, along with emerging hospitality markets around the globe. Our capabilities include representing clients in structuring and documenting resort, urban, and other planned and mixed-use communities; including complex timeshare and condominium projects, negotiating development agreements with governments and assisting governments in enacting pro-development legislation; preparing management agreements, franchise agreements, and other documentation associated with the sale, acquisition, and financing of hotels, golf clubs, marinas, and other leisure projects; and representing clients in the financing, restructuring, and sale and purchase of such assets.
The labor and employment team represents local, national, and multinational companies in virtually every industry in all types of employment and labor disputes, including class and collective actions. The team also counsels employers on leave issues, positive and legally viable employment practices, reductions in force and plant closings, the sale and acquisition of domestic and foreign businesses, executive terminations and severance packages, and union avoidance. In addition, the team handles restrictive covenant and intellectual property disputes that arise out of the employment relationship.
The litigation team likewise represents local, national, and multi-national companies in virtually every industry in all types of business and commercial disputes, including class actions and bet-the-company litigation. The team represents local, regional, national, and multinational companies in virtually every industry. The team also handles environmental and construction litigation, product liability and toxic tort litigation, maritime litigation, intellectual property litigation, insurance coverage litigation, appellate litigation, and defends white collar criminal cases.
Our lawyers in the banking and tax group represent CMBS mortgage portfolio servicers, master servicers, and borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including defeasances, assumptions, workouts, restructurings, and the origination of commercial mortgage loans. The team also has significant experience in transfers of business interests involving REMICs. Additionally, our team represents banks, investment funds, and private equity firms in distressed asset stand alone and loan portfolio acquisitions, workouts, and dispositions, in addition to advising on the tax aspects of such transactions. Our capabilities include counseling clients on the tax aspects of real estate financings, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity offerings and restructurings, fund formations, and all varieties of tax pass-through financing entities.
Our corporate/M&A capabilities include advising clients in corporate counseling, structuring and executing mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, commercial contracts, resort development, and, maritime, and aircraft finance. Representing FORTUNE 500 companies as well as middle-market and emerging growth companies in a variety of industries, our team has significant experience coordinating and supervising multinational and cross-border matters.