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K&L Gates has extensive experience in all areas of real estate law and transactions and handles matters related to all phases of real estate development. We represent developers, landowners, equity investors, and institutions in all types of matters involving real estate assets.

Our lawyers have extensive experience in property acquisitions and dispositions, real estate financing, securities and tax implications relating to the ownership and operation of real estate, entity selection, environmental compliance, and land use and zoning regulations.

The scope of our services includes:

  • Assemblage of multiple parcels and acquisition of both improved and unimproved properties.
  • Acquisitions, sales, exchanges (including Section 1031 exchanges), and other dispositions of income-producing properties, undeveloped land, and other interests in real property.
  • Real estate development, beginning with contracting for or optioning of raw land; tax analysis; and assistance with all other aspects of development, including governmental permits and approvals, subdivision, land use and zoning matters, environmental compliance, complicated titling (including strata) arrangements, construction contracts, and leasing and management agreements.
  • Entity selection, including development partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies, grantor trusts, and other types of holding and operational entities.
  • Private and public syndications involving real estate assets, including REITs and other types of securities offerings.
  • Sale-leaseback transactions, master leases, synthetic leases, long-term ground leases, and other lease transactions from both the landlord and tenant perspectives.
  • Representation of owners, developers, and municipalities in public/private real estate projects.
  • Mixed-use developments incorporating retail, residential, and commercial components in inner-city and suburban locations.
  • Lot development, federal and state interstate land sales, and other regulation relating to land sales.
  • Zoning, subdivision, adequate facilities, and other land use matters, including assistance in seeking rezoning, variances, special use permits, and changes in zoning ordinance interpretations from governmental authorities.
  • Assistance in a variety of matters involving state and local transportation departments, including condemnation actions and requests for roadway improvements and environmental and contamination issues.

Areas of Practice

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Acquisitions and Dispositions
Advised a U.S. national warehouse retailer in the site assessment, negotiating acquisition agreements, pursuing environmental and other land entitlements with local, state, and federal entities, and counseling on construction issues and development of facilities in over 90 locations (including determining that some locations were not feasible) in California, Nevada, and Hawaii.
Advised a publicly-held client in the acquisition of a headquarters and manufacturing facility with significant environmental remediation, indoor air quality, construction, and zoning and planning issues.
Represented affiliated limited partnerships in conversion to a limited liability structure with registration of the entity to do business and transfer real property assets in seven U.S. states and the District of Columbia, including analysis and coordination of title insurance and transfer tax issues.
Advised an international technology conglomerate on acquisitions and dispositions of real estate throughout North America.
Advised on a £76 million City of London swap deal involving the acquisition of prime City of London investments for £38 million and £18.5 million respectively, and sale of another investment for £19.5 million.
Advised funds on the acquisition of substantial real estate portfolios in Germany.
Acting for a leading property group in Australia on the acquisition of the 35 properties comprising the AUD277 million commercial, industrial, retail, and development portfolio of Carter Holt Harvey.
Represented a developer of major power plants in the assembly and acquisition of properties for power plant sites, plus natural gas, water, and electric line easements necessary for project implementation.
Advised overseas investors on the sale of a 340,000 square-foot London landmark office building for more than £300 million.
Represented the purchaser of two steel manufacturing and processing plants in acquiring only the portions of the plants containing active operations. This required the creative use of subdivisions, access and utility easements, zoning and planning variances, and restrictive covenants to separate the plants into acquired and retained properties, which enabled the purchaser to acquire only the operating assets and to leave behind parcels containing former waste disposal areas or closed operations.