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Real Estate Investment

Investing in Real Estate for growth.

Husch Blackwell real estate investment lawyers and attorneys advise public and private investors and real estate companies in acquisitions, dispositions, formation, tax, and operation issues for transactions throughout the United States. We advise clients on the formation and operation of public and non-registered real estate investment trusts (REITs), real estate funds and joint ventures. Our multidisciplinary team spans a variety of legal disciplines relevant to REITs and real estate funds, including single asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance, tax, equity and debt financing, bankruptcy and commercial litigation.

Our real estate investment lawyers and attorneys are well-versed in the many state and federal laws and regulations that govern the formation, taxation and operation of real estate investment funds, including the Investment Company Act of 1940, Investment Advisors Act of 1940, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Whether the deal involves hospitality, housing, industrial, office buildings, retail or self storage, single site or multi-state portfolio, our creative strategies result in deals that benefit investment real estate stakeholders.

Our real estate investment team provides strategies across all asset classes including:

  • Condominiums
  • Hotel and resort developments
  • Industrial plants
  • Multifamily projects
  • Office buildings
  • Residential subdivisions
  • Retail properties
  • Self storage facilities
  • Showroom/warehouse facilities

Representative Experience

  • Represented a state agency seeking to purchase a data center it had been leasing. Securing the state’s authorization of funds complicated the deal, but our experienced team skillfully navigated the complex state processes and rules governing this type of transaction. Approvals were secured and we negotiated a mutually acceptable purchase price—closing the sale within a month. The $22.5 million deal provided our client with additional capital to invest in new projects.
  • Represented REIT in redevelopment of a large retail space in a Wisconsin mall. Redevelopment required a major alteration to the mall’s existing conditional use approval, and our team coordinated the land use approval process with the city. The project was unanimously approved by the city’s Urban Design Commission and Plan Commission.
  • Represented REIT in the acquisition of more than 250 self storage facilities across the United States.
  • Represented TE Connectivity in a complex $100 million-plus sale-leaseback transaction to Meta (formerly Facebook) of 60 acres in the highly desirable Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park, California.
  • Represented CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. with the acquisition of Mayfaire Town Center and Community Center, a premier open-air shopping center in the affluent coastal market of Wilmington, North Carolina. The transaction was one of the largest ever deals for CBL at $192 million cash purchase.
  • Assisted Lodging Hospitality Management with the acquisition and financing, including securing $5 million in New Markets Tax Credit funds, of their $50 million restoration of St. Louis Union Station and its hotel.
  • Represented Raven Development in the redevelopment of Northwest Plaza Shopping Center in Missouri, at one time the largest mall in the country. Negotiated the acquisition of the vacant mall, as well as leasing and sale transactions, and assisted our client in arranging financing for the $106 million, multiphase project and in securing significant federal, state and local incentives.
  • Assisted joint venture between Minneapolis-based Sherman Associates Inc. and Loftworks LLC of St. Louis with the acquisition, financing and redevelopment details of the redevelopment of the historic St. Louis’s Syndicate Trust Building, an $86 million project.

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