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Corporate Real Estate

Maximizing corporate real estate property portfolios.

Whether leased or owned, costs associated with corporate real estate are often among an organization’s largest expenses. Our corporate real estate attorneys help clients realize value for every dollar invested in their real estate portfolios by delivering innovative, cost-efficient solutions.

Our corporate real estate team is alert to broader issues of corporate portfolios, such as accounting, insurance, corporate approvals, compliance and operations. When funding is required, we bring a deep knowledge of the intricacies of mortgage and construction loans, revolving lines of credit, municipal bonds and sale leasebacks. We also have extensive experience with corporate real estate development incentives, identifying the programs for which each project is eligible and then building the relationships with state and local officials that make them happen.

Our guidance to clients in the corporate real estate sector includes:

  • Campus planning and development
  • Construction
  • Development incentives and tax credits
  • Document analysis and drafting
  • Environmental matters
  • Facilities operations
  • Financing
  • Lease negotiation and administration
  • Purchase and sale transactions
Case Study
The Western Union Company

Our team developed a customized contract lifecycle management system that led to substantial savings and better outcomes for the client.

Case Study
Jacobs Engineering Group

Our team assisted the client, one of world’s largest engineering companies, in relocating its corporate HQ to the Lone Star State.

Client Success
$2M Client Savings
Client Success
$22.5M Client Savings
Client Success
$2.9M Client Savings
Client Success
$4.5M Client Savings
Client Success
$650K Client Savings
Case Study
U.S. Beef & Platform Ventures

Husch Blackwell served as buyers’ counsel in the $118 million purchase of the Plaza Vista Office Building in Kansas City.

Representative Experience

  • Represented Dairy Farmers of America to secure 10-year, 75 percent tax abatement; $1 million in STAR bonds; and sales tax exemptions on construction materials for their new corporate headquarters.
  • Structured P3 arrangement and negotiated primary agreements for design, development, funding and use of new $477 million, publicly-owned arena for the city of Sacramento and the NBA’s Kings.
  • Assisted H&R Block in moving its corporate headquarters, a project involving $150 million in financing, the purchase of real estate from Kansas City, Missouri, and state and local incentives.
  • Assisted MasterCard in the development, construction and financing of a 500,000 square-foot global operations and technology center. Negotiation of a complex leasing structure designed to facilitate tax abatement assistance also was involved. The project later earned a LEED Gold rating for its sustainable practices and features.
  • Assisted a leading plastic container manufacturer with site development, incentives and related transactional details for construction of a 135,000-square-foot manufacturing, warehouse and distribution facility in Pennsylvania. Obtained funding proposal from the state’s economic development agency, which included property tax abatement and job creation tax credits.
  • Represented Harsco Corp., a multinational corporation with operations in mining, manufacturing and transportation, in sale of industrial property. Sale was complicated by the fact that transaction required approval and clearance from Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for voluntary clean-up of the contaminated site. We represented Harsco in its negotiations with the buyer, city and state and were able to address the needs of all concerned parties.
  • Assisted with transfer of more than 25 properties associated with M&A transaction for Fortune 500 company, coordinating local counsel in foreign jurisdictions. The divestiture helped the client focus on maximizing the strength of its global cross-border payments platform and financial network.
  • Represented water technology provider in the negotiation of a build-to-suit lease with construction financing baked in, providing client leverage to get project completed.
  • Represented a privately owned cleaning products company with its redevelopment and expansion of a corporate headquarters, including a manufacturing and distribution complex, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Worked with the client and the state of Missouri to develop an environmental risk remediation plan and secure Brownfields Tax Incentives to help with the expense.
  • Advised a Fortune 25 company on the development of its corporate headquarters consisting of five buildings containing 1 million square feet of office and operations space.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the sale and lease back of a 10-acre industrial property in Michigan that would be used for a subsidiary.
  • Assist with industrial leasing for a Midwest-based third-party logistics company’s national portfolio of distribution centers, representing the tenant.
  • Assist with office leasing for a Midwest-based infrastructure design firm’s national portfolio of office space, representing the tenant.
  • Assist with industrial leasing for a Midwest-based appliance parts distributor’s national portfolio of industrial space and distribution centers, representing the tenant.
  • Represented one of the largest privately owned dairy producers in the county, in a build-to-suit lease deal for a cold storage distribution facility, including assistance in acquiring the land, selling the land to a developer, and negotiating the build-to-suit lease worth more than $300 million.
  • Represented Conagra Brands in the $500 million redevelopment of its Omaha campus.
News Releases | May 16, 2022
David Lemkemeier Joins Husch Blackwell's St. Louis Office

Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that David Lemkemeier has joined the firm’s St. Louis office as a partner in its Real Estate, Development & Construction industry group.

Media Mentions | July 28, 2021
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