Commercial

  • February 15, 2024

    Starwood Capital Injects $850M Into Echelon Data Centres

    Real estate-focused private investment firm Starwood Capital Group on Thursday revealed that it acquired a 50% stake in Dublin, Ireland-based Echelon Data Centres through an $850 million investment, valuing Echelon at roughly €2.5 billion ($2.69 billion) in a deal built by three firms.

  • February 15, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig Adds 2 Real Estate Experts From DLA Piper

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has brought on two seasoned DLA Piper construction law experts as its newest shareholders, adding them to the firm's Atlanta office in what Greenberg Traurig called a "strategic move to enhance its full-service, industry-leading real estate capabilities."

  • February 15, 2024

    66-Story New York City Tower Lands $395M Refinancing

    The 70 Pine skyscraper in New York City's Financial District received a refinancing loan of $395 million through Goldman Sachs, according to JLL Capital Markets, which arranged the deal.

  • February 14, 2024

    FinCEN Head Vows No 'Gotcha' Enforcement Of New Rules

    The director of the U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network said during a Wednesday congressional hearing that the agency is not pursuing "gotcha" enforcement when it comes to companies complying with new rules for reporting their beneficial ownership information.

  • February 14, 2024

    NY Reps Probe Pro-Housing Certification Amid Budget Talks

    New York state legislators have questioned Gov. Kathy Hochul's proposal to condition access to $650 million in state funding programs on municipalities' ability to obtain a "pro-housing certification," calling the program both aspirational and punitive in a Wednesday hearing.

  • February 14, 2024

    Investors Urge Prison As Developers Seek More Briefing Time

    Two real estate developers on Wednesday asked for more time to respond to EB-5 investors' request that they be imprisoned for hiding their money instead of paying overdue settlements and sanctions judgments, telling an Illinois federal judge their attorney wrote down the court's deadline incorrectly.

  • February 14, 2024

    Hawaii Bill Barring Foreigners From Land Deals Moves Ahead

    A bill introduced in Hawaii last month that aims to ban foreigners from buying real estate in the Aloha State passed through a second Senate committee session this week, but the legislation might be tweaked in the coming months to address legal concerns raised by the state's attorney general.

  • February 14, 2024

    Austin To File Suit Expediting Embattled Light Rail Financing

    Ongoing litigation challenging the financing of the planned light rail system in Austin, Texas, is likely to be fast-tracked to a courtroom this spring as the city prepares to file bond validation litigation and get a final say on whether its debt structure is legal.

  • February 14, 2024

    Zimbabwe Says It Didn't Waive Immunity In $440M Award Feud

    A D.C. federal judge improperly leaned on Second Circuit precedent in ruling that Zimbabwe can't escape the enforcement of two arbitration awards stemming from the southern African country's controversial land reform program, Zimbabwe told the D.C. Circuit.

  • February 14, 2024

    Enviro Orgs Planning EPA Suit Over Phosphate-Mining Waste

    A coalition of conservation, public health and environmental justice groups told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency they plan to sue it for failing to respond to a 3-year-old petition asking for stronger regulations governing toxic and radioactive phosphogypsum waste generated by the fertilizer industry.

  • February 14, 2024

    Ill. Judge Says Rezoning Of Historic Hotel Damaged Developer

    An Illinois federal judge found that the city of Chicago improperly zoned the historic Pittsfield Building for strictly residential use not long after agreeing with the former owner and developer to zone the property for a new hotel.

  • February 14, 2024

    SEC Says Bankruptcy Doesn't Stop Crowdfunding Fraud Case

    Securities regulators are urging a Michigan federal judge to allow them to press on with their claims against the alleged mastermind behind a $2 million crowdfunding scheme — who has since quietly changed his name and allegedly bilked his attorney — arguing that his recent bankruptcy filing shouldn't pause proceedings.

  • February 14, 2024

    Bed Bath & Beyond Execs Given Access To $10M In Insurance

    An insurer for bankrupt housewares retailer Bed Bath & Beyond will cover up to $10 million in legal costs incurred by company executives who were subpoenaed or named as defendants in litigation connected to the store, a New Jersey bankruptcy court said.

  • February 14, 2024

    NY Man Charged With Falsely Claiming To Own Iconic Hotel

    A New York man has been charged with falsely claiming to own a celebrated New York hotel for four years, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg Jr. said on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    Developer Delay Ends $1.3M Fight Over Foreclosed Ohio Hotel

    An Ohio appellate court on Wednesday reversed a trial court ruling that revived a real estate company's suit against a New York man involved in the foreclosure sale of a Cincinnati hotel.

  • February 14, 2024

    Class B Office Prices Off 50% Or More From Recent Peak

    Class B office properties have shed half or more of their value since recent highs as lagging demand and uncertainty about the work-from-home model have weighed heavily on the sector, research firm Green Street said in a webinar Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    NY Objects To Rite Aid Bid To Close More Stores

    The state of New York asked a New Jersey bankruptcy judge Wednesday to keep two Rite Aid stores in Buffalo and Poughkeepsie, New York, out of the list of stores slated for closure in the pharmacy chain's Chapter 11 case, saying the closures would reduce pharmacy access for people in those communities.

  • February 14, 2024

    10th Circ. Revives Suit Accusing Valero Of Okla. Pipeline Leak

    The Tenth Circuit has partially revived an Oklahoma cattle ranch's lawsuit against Valero Energy Corp. alleging a pipeline leak contaminated its property, saying an Oklahoma federal judge misinterpreted state law when he tossed the ranch's nuisance and negligence claims.

  • February 14, 2024

    NYCB Faces Another Class Action Over CRE Challenges

    A New York Community Bank investor has brought a proposed class action alleging that executives falsely boasted of the bank's financial condition after making two large acquisitions, when the deals in fact weighed down its balance sheet and led to a significant dividend reduction.

  • February 14, 2024

    Hotel Near New Clippers Stadium Will Court Visiting Teams

    A 15-story hotel is planned for a 1.2-acre site in Inglewood, California, and is intended to cater to teams visiting the nearly completed new home of the Los Angeles Clippers, developer Ardie Tavangarian told Law360 on Wednesday. 

  • February 14, 2024

    Hospitality Cos. Seek To Sink Trafficking Survivor's Suit

    Choice Hotels International Inc., Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. and other hotel companies are urging an Ohio federal judge to end a suit from a sex trafficking survivor alleging they allowed crimes against her to continue, with Choice Hotels eyeing dismissal and the other defendants seeking early wins.

  • February 14, 2024

    11th Circuit Urged To Toss Ga. Developer's Truck Stop Suit

    Georgia's Rockdale County is asking the Eleventh Circuit to uphold its victory over a developer's suit against a local zoning ordinance that blocked his QuikTrip truck stop project near Interstate 20.

  • February 14, 2024

    NYC Area Saw 41% Drop In Commercial RE Investment In 2023

    The New York City metro area recorded $33 billion in commercial real estate investment in 2023, down 41% from the previous year but still the highest volume among major U.S. cities.

  • February 14, 2024

    $600K In Dairy Queen Fire Damages Not Covered, Court Told

    A Dairy Queen franchisee is attempting to overstep boundaries by asking for more coverage than the policy provides, its insurer told a Texas federal court, saying the restaurant's claim stems from the business's personal property damage from a fire at a leased location.

  • February 14, 2024

    Miller Starr Brings On Coblentz Patch Real Estate Pro In Calif.

    California real estate boutique Miller Starr Regalia LLP is expanding its transactions team, bringing in a Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP real estate pro as a shareholder in its office in Walnut Creek, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Expert Analysis

  • A Bird's Eye View Of NYC's New Parapet Inspection Law

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    Building owners in New York City should be ready for the city's new parapet inspection requirements going into effect in January, which will likely necessitate additional construction work for countless buildings not previously subject to formal inspections, says Benjamin Fox Tracy at Braverman Greenspun.

  • How Fla. Bankruptcy Ruling May Affect Equity Owners

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    A Florida bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in Vital Pharmaceuticals — which rejected the Third Circuit’s Majestic Star decision that determined a bankrupt corporation’s flow-through status was not protected by the automatic stay — may significantly affect how equity owners can mitigate the impact of flow-through structures in bankruptcy, say Eric Behl-Remijan and Natasha Hwangpo at Ropes & Gray.

  • Calif. Ruling May Open Bankruptcy Trustees To Tort Liability

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    In Martin v. Gladstone, a recent California appellate court decision, the application of tort concepts to bankruptcy trustees could pose a new concern for trustees and federal receivers when controlling and maintaining commercial property, says Jarrett Osborne-Revis at Buchalter.

  • Considerations For Navigating Mixed-Use Developments

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    As mixed-use developments continue to rise in popularity, developers considering this approach to urban planning must be aware of key considerations ranging from title and zoning laws to proper engagement with stakeholders, says Mehdi Sinaki at Michelman & Robinson.

  • 1st Tax Easement Convictions Will Likely Embolden DOJ, IRS

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    After recent convictions in the first criminal tax fraud trial over allegedly abusive syndicated conservation easements, the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice will likely pursue other promoters for similar alleged conspiracies — though one acquittal may help attorneys better evaluate their clients' exposure, say Bill Curtis and Lauren DeSantis-Then at Polsinelli.

  • Compliance Primer: Foreign Investment In US Real Property

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    The rise in foreign investment in U.S. real property, especially agricultural land, has led to increased national security concerns, meaning it’s important to understand reporting requirements under the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act and state-level statutes, and to monitor legislative proposals that could create more stringent reporting and review processes, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • How CRE Loans Would Shift Under New Bank Capital Rules

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    Attorneys at MoFo discuss how commercial real estate loans would fare under federal banking agencies' proposed changes to how large banks risk-weight loans, particularly how CRE loans are weighed based on the current standardized framework versus the proposed expanded approach.

  • Calif. GHG Disclosure Law Will Affect Companies Worldwide

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    California's Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act, which will require comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions disclosures from large companies operating in the state, will mean compliance challenges for a wide range of industries, nationally and globally, as the law's requirements will ultimately trickle out and down, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • What Retail Landlords Must Know About Permitted Transfers

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    As trying economic times require tenants to create options to cease their operations by transferring their lease obligations to other parties, retail landlords must give significant thought to how permitted transfers are drafted, and how parties are to be protected in the present and the future, says Scott Grossfeld at Cox Castle.

  • Proactive Measures While NY Foreclosure Law Is In Limbo

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    While questions about the scope and constitutionality of New York's Foreclosure Abuse Prevention Act might not be resolved by courts for years, lenders, borrowers and other interested parties can take action to protect their rights and potentially expedite appellate review, say Allison Schoenthal and Andrew Kim at Goodwin.

  • EB-5 Investment Period Clarification Raises More Questions

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    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' recent clarifying guidance for EB-5 investors, specifying that the statutory investment period begins two years from the date of investment, raises as many questions as it answers given related agency requirements and investors' potential contractual obligations, says Daniel Lundy at Klasko Immigration Law Partners.

  • A Guide For Landlords Pivoting To Medical Office Buildings

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    The current commercial real estate landscape presents a unique opportunity for landlords, real estate developers and investors to accommodate the growing health care industry's need for office buildings, though proper navigation of complex regulations and leasing concerns is necessary, says Mehdi Sinaki at Michelman & Robinson.

  • NY Co-Ops Must Avoid Pitfalls When Navigating Insurance

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    In light of skyrocketing premiums, tricky exclusions and dwindling options, New York cooperative corporations must carefully review potential contractors' insurance policies in order to secure full protection, as even seemingly minor contractor jobs can carry significant risk due to New York labor laws, says Eliot Zuckerman at Smith Gambrell.