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Marisa N. Bocci

Partner
+1.206.370.7638
Fax +1.206.623.7022
Marisa Bocci is a partner in the firm’s Seattle office. She works on a range of real estate transactions, including the purchase and sale of real estate assets, lease agreements, real estate financing and joint venture arrangements. Her practice focuses on commercial real estate, hospitality, and agriculture/agribusiness matters.

Ms. Bocci’s hospitality industry experience includes the purchase and sale of hotel properties, particularly in the luxury or full-service sector. She also works on matters relating to the golf and restaurant sectors. In addition to transactional work, she also advises on asset management issues relating to operations and handles negotiations with management companies, procurement services, and consulting and co-branding arrangements.

In the agriculture sector, Ms. Bocci has specific experience in matters relating to farmland investments. She handles transactions across the country involving the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of farmland. Further, she is familiar with operational issues specific to the food packing and processing industry, including supply chain and off-take arrangements. In addition, she also advises clients on agribusiness-related M&A transactions and regularly speaks and writes on agribusiness topics.

Additionally, Ms. Bocci advises “non-real estate” clients on their real estate needs, helping them acquire, sell, and manage their real estate facilities. She develops and negotiates real estate facility outsourcing contracts for companies in various industries, including those with cross-border outsourcing requirements. She also advises corporations, universities, hospitals, and arts organizations on leasing activities, construction, and financing matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Bocci was in-house counsel for a private client asset management and investment firm. Previously, Ms. Bocci was a real estate attorney at a national law firm in New York.

Publications
  • Acquisition and Dispositions of U.S. Agricultural Land By Foreign Investors: Federal and State Legislative Restrictions, Limitations, and Disclosure Requirements, by Marisa Bocci, Kari Larson, and Paulina Wu, Drake Journal Of Agricultural Law, Volume 23.1
  • Real Property Practice Tip: Don’t Be Misled By the Title - The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978 Applies to More Than Just Agricultural Transactions, by Marisa Bocci, Eric Jay and Kari Larson, WSBA Real Property Probate & Trust Newsletter, Winter 2017
  • Getting It Right: Maximizing Yield While Minimizing the Risk in Hiring Farm Labor, Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety and Agribusiness Alert, July, 2016
  • Unmanned Aircraft and Agriculture - Legal Issues for Landowners, by Rod Hall, Marisa Bocci, James Insco, Tom DeCesar and Paulina Wu - WSBA Real Property Probate & Trust Newsletter, Spring 2016 (Vol. 43, Number 1)
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, Foreign Investment Considerations in U.S. Farmland, American Agricultural Law Association 2017 Annual Agricultural Law Symposium, October 2017, Louisville, KY
  • Panelist, Ask Me Anything: Agricultural Law Panel, Women in Agribusiness Summit, September 2017, Minneapolis, MN
  • Presenter, Reclamation Water Rights and Farm Transactions, Washington State Bar Association, 2017 Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Midyear Meeting & Conference. June 2017, Walla Walla, WA
  • Moderator, Institutional Investment Opportunities in U.S. Farmland, Global Agricultural Investment Conference, April 2017, New York, NY
  • Presenter, The Infrastructure of Hotel Ownership & Responsibility: The Stakeholders in the Operations of a Hotel Property, Global Travel Risk Summit (Seattle), February 2017, Seattle, WA
  • Presenter, Mergers and Acquisitions: When the Farm or Agribusiness Are Up for Sale, American Agricultural Law Association 2016 Annual Agricultural Law Symposium, October 2016, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Moderator, Farm Labor Matters, American Agricultural Law Association 2016 Annual Agricultural Law Symposium, October  2016, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Presenter, Farm Leases: Tips and Topics to Consider When Drafting Lease Agreements - Washington State Bar Association CLE, April 2016, Seattle, WA

Achievements

  • Chambers and Partners USA: America’s Leading Lawyers, Recognized Practitioner
  • Cardozo Law Review, Notes Editor
  • Ms. Bocci was recognized by her peers as a Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Agricultural Law Association, Annual Conference Planning Committee
  • Seattle Shakespeare Company, Co-Chair of the Facilities Committee
  • WSBA Real Property Probate and Trust Newsletter, Editorial Board

Commercial Real Estate

  • Represented client in lease negotiations and related landlord/tenant matters for Seattle-area industrial property.
  • Represented client in an ongoing joint venture ownership and operation of a multi-use retail and office complex; advised on leasing matters affecting the property.
  • Analyzed potential causes of action and relative strengths of a client's position with respect to a property dispute involving a large-scale, nationally recognized medical campus.
  • Advised publicly-traded REIT on a variety of activities, including the financing and acquisition of retail properties in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Represented a church organization on development matters affecting its real estate assets, including joint venture relations with a property developer.
  • Assisted a large international company on its facilities management and operations outsourcing agreements. Negotiated multi-national operations contracts for country-specific management needs of the client.
  • Negotiated a multi-year lease agreement for a nationally recognized theater company, including tenant leasehold improvements and shared use rights for other arts organizations.
  • Led the successful negotiation of an oil and gas operations lease and related surface use agreement for 1500+ acre tract of land in the Mountain West, maximizing value for the property while still maintaining long-term land development opportunities.

Hospitality

  • Represented client on the acquisition of a luxury Caribbean resort property.
  • Represented client on a joint venture hospitality transaction, involving the acquisition and finance of a hotel and conference center in Portland, Oregon.
  • Advised hotel condominium owner on matters relating to private owner hotel unit condominium association and joint operations of the hotel facilities in Canada.
  • Advised client on the acquisition of a large-scale mixed use luxury hotel and office complex in Atlanta.
  • Represented client on a joint venture hospitality transaction involving the acquisition and finance of a luxury hotel in San Francisco.
  • Advised client on restaurant and spa renovations and leasing matters for a Boston-area hotel refurbishment and rebranding project.
  • Led the acquisition of a luxury hotel in Houston. On a post-closing basis, advised client on hotel refurbishment and renovation plan.
  • Advised client with respect to a joint venture hospitality transaction involving the acquisition and finance of a hotel and related waterfront marina lease.
  • Assisted client on redevelopment and construction matters for a resort property in Mexico.

Agriculture/Agribusiness

  • Represented client on the acquisition of almond and grape land in California, and related post-closing lease transactions; negotiated a shared water management agreement.
  • Conducted the sale of trucking/transportation and farm-supply companies; resolved operational matters relating to an affiliated fertilizer company joint venture.
  • Counseled client on the acquisition of farming company and related agribusiness processing company; advised asset managers and farm managers on all aspects of post-closing real estate, regulatory, and agribusiness operations.
  • Prepared form leases for a property manager to use with respect to a multi-state agricultural land portfolio. Created leases for cash rent, flex rent, crop share and custom farming arrangements; also prepared specialty forms for hunting leases, grain bin leases and pasture leasing situations. Updated the forms annually to address changes in law and business practices.
  • Represented client in the acquisition of a large portfolio of farmland, as part of a multi-state transaction.
  • Represented client in the sale of large tracts of farmland, conducted by live-auction. Negotiated the auctioneer/brokerage agreement, prepared the bid package (including form of purchase agreement and ancillary disclosure materials), and managed all aspects of the multi-state closings.
  • Assisted client on cross-border acquisition of farmland in Australia.