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.
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We have substantial experience in the development and construction of a variety of property types, including office buildings, retail and mixed-use developments, distribution centers, industrial plants, leisure developments, residential developments, retirement and assisted care centers, and medical and hospital facilities.
We always strive to tap the full resources of the firm by integrating the experience of our real estate lawyers with that of lawyers in other practices, such as environmental, planning and zoning, entitlements, construction, energy, transportation, and litigation. We focus not only on traditional development issues and due diligence, but also on specific issues such as air quality, toxic mold, and owner/architect contractual issues.
Public/private cooperation in infrastructure development has become more common as governments turn increasingly to public investment to help develop strategically important improvements and infrastructure and combat recessionary economic trends. Our lawyers have advised municipal and private sector clients in the formation and management of large and complex public/private joint ventures, including the development of major cultural and sport facilities and large-scale urban redevelopment programs throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia.
Our lawyers are intimately familiar with structuring, documenting, and implementing numerous public/private transactions, including exclusive negotiating rights agreements, participation agreements, development agreements, disposition and development agreements, operating agreements, reimbursement agreements, restrictive covenants, tax increment financing, and conditions of approval with municipalities and redevelopment agencies. For more details, see our Public/Private Partnership practice description.
We understand that effective land use representation requires both a thorough knowledge of the relevant legal, intergovernmental, and political environment, as well as a practical, results-oriented approach. We are knowledgeable and often active in business and local governmental affairs and have the breadth and depth of experience necessary to address the multitude of issues that can arise. We routinely provide strategic advice on permitting real estate developments; obtaining zoning, site plan, subdivision, and other required development approvals; negotiating and obtaining approval of complex development and vested rights agreements; advising clients on sustainability; and handling various other land use, planning, and zoning-related matters for domestic and international clients.
We also negotiate, draft, and obtain approval of public/private partnership agreements that provide incentives for development and help finance infrastructure required for that development. When negotiations fail or when governmental entities seek to condemn our clients' property, our land use litigators have the experience and skills required to produce a favorable outcome in such disputes. For more details, see our Land Use, Planning, and Zoning practice description.
In addition to our environmental litigation experience, we frequently represent landlords and tenants in connection with disputes and related litigation ranging from the applicability of exclusivity clauses and other restrictive covenants to economic defaults, as well as actions for ejectment, forfeiture and repossession, security of tenure issues, contested rent reviews, and service charge disputes.
We also represent both general partners and investors engaged in disputes involving securities law issues and alleged breaches of fiduciary duties. Our practice includes instituting or defending mortgage foreclosure, forfeiture, and enforcement actions. Further, we have settled or litigated numerous construction disputes on behalf of contractors, lenders, and owners. For more details, see our Real Estate Litigation practice description.