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Emily B. Reynolds

Fax +1.704.331.7598

Emily Reynolds represents developers, lenders, and investors in a variety of complex real estate matters, including:

  • acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and sale of office, retail, industrial and multifamily properties;
  • corporate relocations and major operations leases (office, industrial and retail), including negotiation and structuring of associated incentives;
  • real estate joint ventures;
  • investments related to the newly established Opportunity Zones following the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 for long-term investments and development in low-income urban and rural neighborhoods;
  • private placement real estate funds;
  • development and infrastructure agreements;
  • build-to-suit leases;
  • land banking, lot/land aggregation and associated financing for national and regional homebuilders, lenders and equity partners;
  • strategic planning;
  • recapitalizations;
  • 1031 exchanges; and
  • renewable energy facilities.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Reynolds was a partner in the Charlotte office of a southeastern law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Commercial Real Estate Women Network (CREW)
  • Women's Impact Fund
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Real Property and Taxation Sections
  • Charlotte Women's Bar

Speaking Engagements

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte OZ Panel
  • Charlotte Business Journal OZ Panel
  • Presenter, “Structuring Real Estate Joint Ventures,” ULI Private Equity Symposium, 2014
  • Moderator and Planner, "Hoping for the Best, Preparing For the Worst," North Carolina Bar CLE, February 2010
  • Advised major corporation in association with its North Carolina relocation, including structuring development agreements, build-to-suit lease, and incentives agreements regarding major roadway improvements and incentives.
  • Represented national manufacturer with respect to the purchase, development and leasing of its southeastern production facility, including negotiation of incentivized purchase from municipality.
  • Advised national homebuilder regarding its assembly and financing of property for large residential subdivision.
  • Represented real estate developer with the purchase of multiple office and industrial properties located on secure federal land and leased primarily to federal government contractors.
  • Represented multiple real estate investment firms in the formation of Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds and associated property transaction.
  • Represented many real estate developers in connection multi-million dollar placements under Reg. D of the Securities Act of 1933.
  • Represented institutional real estate company with major leasing activity for newly developed office portfolio.
  • Advised solar developers, tax equity providers, and lenders in association with real estate issues connected with solar and bio renewable facilities.
  • Advised national signage company regarding agreement with municipality for directional and marketing signage on public property, including First Amendment issues.
  • Advised a national banking association in connection with the acquisition, repositioning, disposition and financing of a substantial portion of its REO portfolio.
  • Represented private investor in a deferred improvements exchange under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code for the development of a large downtown apartment complex, including, the development and construction agreements, institutional and convertible private financing, leasing and corporate documentation.
  • Assisted real estate developer with a drop and swap transaction to enable the client to diversify its holdings through a 1031 exchange and represented such client with respect to the associated exchange, disposition, acquisition, financing, and leasing of its multi-property portfolio.
  • Advised a private real estate company in connection with a roll-up and recapitalization to redeem investors and enable future growth.
  • Advised real estate developer with respect to a new business venture, including independent contractor and non-compete agreements.
  • Advised real estate developer regarding the acquisition of a 200,000 square foot multi-use development out of receivership and the associated life company financing and ongoing leasing matters.
  • Represented real estate investor in connection with all phases of the acquisition, leasing, financing and development of a 130,000 square foot office complex.
  • Represented local non-profit in the acquisition and environmental preservation of property for use as a youth camp.
  • Negotiated and prepared conservation easements, deed restrictions and protective easements with respect to a major multi-use development in Charlotte.