We undertake matters related to property management, leasing, servicing, and outsourcing, and in many situations handles enterprise-wide leasing programs for our clients.
Our leasing engagements involve a multitude of lease negotiations, as well as disposition transactions by sublease; assignment or lease termination/surrender and variation, make good deeds, and agreements; leasehold improvement build-out matters; the negotiation of brokerage agreements and subordination, non-disturbance, and attornment agreements; and estoppel certificates with mortgage lenders. In addition, we have a robust outsourcing practice and counsel one of the leading global providers of real estate outsourcing services.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Commercial Leasing and Management Matters
We advise some of the largest owners and operators of commercial properties in the world on a wide range of retail, office, and industrial projects. A significant part of our practice in this area consists of representing major corporations and creating programs designed to provide uniformity and efficiency for their leasing needs.
We also advise investors, developers, and agents concerning operational and management issues, often structuring arrangements for the management and leasing of major commercial developments. We have experience advising major corporations in connection with asset sales, mergers, and acquisitions where the successful transfer of leasehold interests, often in multiple locations, is critical. We also have significant experience in representing tenants and landlords in sale-leaseback transactions.
Real Estate Outsourcing
We represent providers of real estate outsourcing services as well as companies that contract for those services in the context of both complex and routine outsourcing arrangements. We have negotiated hundreds of outsourcing contracts of varying breadth and complexity, including numerous agreements with Fortune 100 companies. These agreements have included outsourcing relationships covering multiple facets of real estate including facilities management, development, project management, transactions, lease administration, procurement, real estate accounting, and strategic advisory roles and numerous types of properties including office, healthcare, retail, "mission critical" facilities, educational, industrial, petroleum, and others.
A green lease provides an obvious vehicle for the incorporation of corporate sustainability goals. K&L Gates offers one of the largest groups of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-accredited lawyers in the industry with more than 30 lawyers worldwide having earned LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Our sustainable development group is equipped to advise clients on these issues. For more details, see our Sustainable Development practice description.