Commercial

  • May 07, 2024

    Title Insurer Gets Partial Win Against Lender In Lien Dispute

    A lender seeking coverage from its title insurer for mechanic's lien claims after the owner of a senior living community defaulted on its $26 million construction loan can only potentially get coverage under a disbursement endorsement in its policy, a Colorado federal court ruled, finding an exclusion applicable.

  • May 07, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Conservation Easement Tax Break Extension

    Colorado would extend its conservation easement tax credit through 2031 and raise its statewide annual cap on available credits under legislation approved Tuesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • May 07, 2024

    Judge Rips 2nd Circ.'s 'Erroneous' Ruling In Sears Lease Spat

    A New York federal district judge ruled that Sears Holdings Corp.'s lease for the Mall of America in Minneapolis should be returned to the bankrupt retail chain's liquidating trustee, saying that the decision gives "scant comfort" as it removed from the books "an obviously outlier ruling" by the Second Circuit.

  • May 07, 2024

    Vornado Exec 'Couldn't Be More Optimistic' About NYC Retail

    Retail property values and leasing activity are recovering in prime parts of Manhattan, particularly among storefronts along Fifth Avenue and in Times Square, a Vornado Realty Trust executive said on Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    DLA Piper Pads Real Estate Group With New Chicago Partner

    DLA Piper has added a partner to the firm's real estate practice group who will join from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, saying the new hire's expertise spans asset classes and deal types.

  • May 06, 2024

    US Industrial Market Facing High Vacancy Rate, Report Says

    In 2024's first quarter, the U.S. industrial real estate market faced an imbalance of supply and demand for the eighth consecutive quarter, along with a high vacancy rate, even as leasing activity grew 2.2% compared to 2023's first quarter, according to a CBRE report released Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers OK Land Cleanup Tax Credit Extension

    Colorado would extend its income tax credit for certain costs of environmental remediation of contaminated property for five years under legislation approved unanimously Monday by the state Senate and sent to the governor.

  • May 06, 2024

    Latham & Watkins, Simpson Thacher Steer Healthcare JV

    Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. and KKR announced on Monday that the two have entered a joint venture to own and invest in quality medical outpatient buildings, in a deal guided by Latham & Watkins LLP and Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP.

  • May 06, 2024

    British National Admits To Coworking Business Ponzi Scheme

    A British citizen pled guilty Friday in Manhattan federal court to participating in a scheme to solicit investments using fraudulent misrepresentations about a coworking company where he was a principal.

  • May 06, 2024

    NYC Real Estate Week In Review

    Day Pitney landed work on the largest New York City real estate transaction that hit public records last week, a period that saw several large residential condo-unit deals become public.

  • May 06, 2024

    PE Firm Plans To Raise Up To $600M For Real Estate AI Tools

    Reborn Developments intends to raise $100 million to $600 million over the next year to support its Rekaliber project, which aims to create artificial intelligence tools for real estate professionals and real estate institutions, the private equity firm has announced.

  • May 03, 2024

    Florida Court Revives County's Suit Over Fairgrounds Deal

    A Florida appeals court on Friday revived Hernando County's lawsuit against a local county fair association over a broken contract to redevelop a county fairgrounds property, ruling that it is not clear the lawsuit is time-barred.

  • May 03, 2024

    'Reckless' NY Developer Owes Investor $3M+, Suit Says

    A real estate investor is owed at least $3 million tied to its stake in a commercial development project in Shelton, Connecticut, according to a lawsuit in state court that accuses a Brooklyn-based developer of misusing money.

  • May 03, 2024

    Investors Claim Data Center REIT Manipulated Financials

    A proposed class of Equinix Inc. shareholders has accused the data-center-focused real estate investment trust in California federal court of artificially inflating its financial metrics.

  • May 03, 2024

    AI Drives Record-Breaking Leasing For Digital Realty

    A rising demand for data centers, partly stemming from advances in artificial intelligence technology, helped Digital Realty Trust see record leasing numbers in the first quarter of 2024, executives said during a May 2 earnings call.

  • May 03, 2024

    IRS Expects Updates To Hydrogen Credit Emissions Model

    The Internal Revenue Service expects the U.S. Department of Energy to update a model used to determine eligibility for the new clean hydrogen production tax credit under recently proposed rules, an IRS attorney said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    Alterra Raises $925M For Industrial Outdoor Storage Fund

    Alterra Property Group announced that it raised nearly $1 billion for a fund that will invest in industrial outdoor storage assets, around $200 million more than the company had set out to raise.

  • May 03, 2024

    Sullivan & Worcester Finds A New Manhattan Home

    Sullivan & Worcester has announced that it has relocated its New York office, its second largest, signing a seven-year lease with a 54-story office tower just a short walk from its previous space.

  • May 03, 2024

    Brothers Accuse Cos. Of Mishandling $1.1M EB-5 Investments

    Two brothers from India sued companies behind a combination residential-resort project they invested in under the EB-5 investor visa program, telling a Florida federal court that their green card petitions were denied because the companies mishandled their $1.1 million investment.

  • May 03, 2024

    Akerman Hires Miami-Dade Atty As Chair Of Land Use Team

    Akerman LLP hired Dennis A. Kerbel, a veteran Miami-Dade County, Florida, government attorney, as the new chair of its land use and entitlements team in its Miami office, the firm announced.

  • May 03, 2024

    Debevoise, Davis Polk Guide Windstream, Uniti Merger

    Uniti Group Inc., advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, on Friday unveiled plans to merge with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP-led telephone service company Windstream Holdings II LLC in a deal that includes a $425 million cash component, $575 million in preferred equity and a minority share in common equity of the combined company.

  • May 03, 2024

    Terreno Realty Buys $364.5M Industrial Portfolio

    San Francisco-based Terreno Realty Corp. said Friday that it has purchased a portfolio of industrial properties in New York City, northern New Jersey, the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles for $364.5 million.

  • May 02, 2024

    Over $2.6B In Dirty Money Hidden In Commercial Real Estate

    The U.S. has seen at least $2.6 billion of commercial properties used in known money laundering cases over the last two decades, a figure that is likely below the reality and demonstrative of gaps that may exist in federal financial crimes policy, according to a report.

  • May 02, 2024

    Host Hotels Pays $530M To Buy 2 Tenn. Hotels

    Hospitality-focused real estate investment trust Host Hotels & Resorts Inc. told investors that it purchased a two-hotel Nashville, Tennessee, complex for $530 million in cash.

  • May 02, 2024

    Las Vegas A Bright Spot In A Bleak Quarter, Per VICI

    Real estate investment trusts across the board underperformed the broader market in the first quarter of 2021, and VICI Properties Inc. was no exception, executives said May 2, while noting gaming assets in Las Vegas proved to be an exception.

Expert Analysis

  • Ga. Banking Brief: All The Notable Compliance Updates In Q2

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    Legislation signed into law in the second quarter of the year in Georgia tackled a broad range of issues that will affect financial institutions, from money laundering and consumer protection to commercial financing disclosures and a lengthy cleanup of the banking and finance code, says Elizabeth Garner at Parker Hudson.

  • Sackett Ruling, 'Waters' Rule Fix Won't Dry Up Wetlands Suits

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    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency narrowing the scope of Clean Water Act protections, the Biden administration is amending its rule defining "waters of the United States" — but the revised rule will inevitably face further court challenges, continuing the WOTUS legal saga indefinitely, say attorneys at Milbank.

  • Fla. Banking Brief: All The Notable Compliance Updates In Q2

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    Florida financial institutions must now navigate minimum interest rates for attorney trust accounts, restrictions on property sales to prohibited foreigners, and a ban on weighing environmental, social and governance factors to determine a customer's creditworthiness — changes that will add to banks' compliance pressures, says Patricia Hernandez at Avila Rodriguez.

  • Level Up Lawyers' Business Development With Gamification

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    With employee engagement at a 10-year low in the U.S., there are several gamification techniques marketing and business development teams at law firms can use to make generating new clients and matters more appealing to lawyers, says Heather McCullough at Society 54.

  • NY, NJ Regs Give Clarity To Cannabis Investors, Ancillaries

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    Proposed laws and regulations in New York and New Jersey would clarify some previously murky legal waters, thus expanding the ability of investors, lenders and ancillary service providers to work with marijuana business in these states, say David Waxman and Heidi Urness at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • 5 Ways Firms Can Rethink Office Design In A Hybrid World

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    As workplaces across the country adapt to flexible work, law firms must prioritize individuality, amenities and technology in office design, says Kristin Cerutti at Nelson Worldwide.

  • What To Expect From High Court's Whistleblower Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Murray v. UBS Securities will likely have widespread implications for the future of anti-retaliation whistleblower litigation, and could make it more difficult for would-be whistleblower-employees to succeed on anti-retaliation claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, say Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager and Diane McGimsey at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • RICO Ruling Makes US More Attractive Foreign Creditor Forum

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Yegiazaryan v. Smagin, allowing a foreign plaintiff to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act to enforce a foreign arbitral award, will make judgment creditors more likely to seek out U.S. courts to remedy efforts to frustrate the enforcement of international arbitration awards, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • 5 Strategies For Restructuring Underperforming CRE Loans

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    With commercial real estate industry conditions expected to deteriorate further in the coming months, market participants should consider a number of strategies to help resolve challenged investments, ranging from financial restructurings to project phasing, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Ghosting In BigLaw: How To Come Back From Lack Of Feedback

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    Junior associates can feel powerless when senior colleagues cut off contact instead of providing useful feedback, but young attorneys can get back on track by focusing on practical professional development and reexamining their career priorities, says Rachel Patterson at Orrick.

  • Post-Ciminelli Predictions On Right-To-Control Convictions

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    The recent Second Circuit filings in Binday suggest that the government will fight to preserve its right-to-control convictions in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Ciminelli decision, and offer clues about key issues that will drive post-Ciminelli litigation, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Steps To Success For Senior Associates

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    Adriana Paris at Rissman Barrett discusses the increased responsibilities and opportunities that becoming a senior associate brings and what attorneys in this role should prioritize to flourish in this stressful but rewarding next level in their careers.

  • How To Avoid A Zombie Office Building Apocalypse

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    With national office vacancy rates approaching 20%, policymakers, investors and developers will need to come together in order to prevent this troubling trend from sucking the life out of business districts or contaminating the broader real estate market, say Ryan Sommers and Robyn Minter Smyers at Thompson Hine.