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Our Chicago Real Estate Attorneys Take Great Pride in Helping Clients Navigate Various Legal Issues Regarding Real Estate

We handle the following:

Real Estate Purchases and Sales

A regular and ongoing part of the team’s work includes, but is not limited to, structuring sophisticated real estate transactions on behalf of purchasers and sellers. Our team has broad experience representing buyers and sellers in all aspects of purchase and sale transactions with respect to loan closings, construction, office, commercial, industrial, retail, and residential real estate transactions. The litigators that are part of the real estate services team routinely appear in federal and state court on all types of litigation matters relating to real estate. The core services offered by our Real Estate Services group include:

  • Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Leasing and Property Management
  • Construction and Development
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Real Estate Tax Structuring

Acquisitions and Dispositions

With a diverse base of experience, our Real Estate Services attorneys provide our clients with efficient deal management and thoughtful business advice. We advise on every stage of an acquisition or sale, from structuring, documenting and negotiating joint ventures to the development or divestment of real property. Our acquisition and disposition representation spans a full range of property types, including:

  • Commercial office and retail
  • Industrial
  • Luxury residential
  • Multi-family rental and high-rise condominium
  • Agricultural and ranch

Leasing and Property Management

The Harrison & Held, LLP team has structured numerous types of leases for both landlords and tenants, commercial, industrial, and retail, that are both operating and financing in nature. Our experienced Real Estate Services group offers a full range of services, including:

  • Lease negotiations and lease agreements on behalf of tenants and landlords for retail, office, industrial and entertainment properties
  • Property management and property services contract negotiations and agreements
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Sale-leaseback structures
  • Property management matters
  • Condominium Association governance

Construction and Development

Our Real Estate Services attorneys take great care in guiding clients through the life cycle of construction and development of properties including, luxury residences, condominium buildings, office developments, retail shopping centers, and industrial parks. We work with our clients from site selection through the ribbon cutting for the completed project. Our attorneys have advised developers, lenders, contractors and investors, and collaborate with the construction and development team to ensure seamless planning and execution of the project. We draw on our extensive experience when advising on every stage of real estate construction and development projects, including:

  • Design and feasibility review
  • Financing
  • Employment or engagement of architects, engineers, contractors and subcontractors
  • Dispute resolution with material suppliers and contractors
  • Land use, zoning and planning
  • Insurance and litigation
  • Structuring, documenting and negotiating joint ventures

Real Estate Financing

The Real Estate Services group works with the client and the client’s financial advisors to ensure that the appropriate tax and investment strategy is utilized. With extensive experience in representing lenders and borrowers, our attorneys provide clients comprehensive representation regarding financing related to real estate assets. The firm has provided expert guidance in all kinds of financing, including:

  • Construction financing and permanent loans
  • Conduit loans
  • Mezzanine financings and hybrid debt
  • Loan work out, restructuring and foreclosure
  • Complex structuring
  • Private equity placements

Real Estate Tax Structuring

Understanding our client’s business and wealth management objectives is critical to successful real estate transaction planning. Our Real Estate Services group focuses upon tax-efficient structures and problem-solving, whether the client is acquiring real estate through purchase, merger, or as part of an estate plan. In addition, working with our estate planning practice group, our attorneys design and implement legitimate tax reduction strategies. In addition to estate planning structures, our experience includes:

  • Like-Kind Exchange – 1031 Exchange
  • Reverse Exchange
  • Synthetic Leases
  • Air Rights
  • Contract Sales

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