Kate Velasquez-Heller

Kate Velasquez-Heller

Director
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Kate Velasquez-Heller

Representative Matters

Brownfield Counsel for Major Multi-Family and Real Estate Developers

Counsel to several major multi-family and real estate developers in connection with a wide variety of brownfield property acquisitions, dispositions, development projects and regulatory matters. Assist these clients with due diligence, remedial plans, contracting, insurance, regulatory matters and the management of environmental risk often acting to “pressure test” or translate the recommendations of environmental consultants or regulators.

Environmental Counsel to Major Universities and Hospitals

Ongoing environmental advice to major universities and hospitals, such as Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston, in connection with site remediation, waste management, environmental compliance and green construction projects.

Real Estate Investment Environmental Counsel

Representation of borrowers and lenders in connection with the environmental aspects of traditional real estate lending as well as REIT financing, private equity funding and strategic joint ventures for real estate investment.  Also advise clients in connection with obtaining environmental insurance to mitigate risks associated with the environmental indemnifications generally required by lenders. 

Purchase and Remediation of Former Pesticide Manufacturing Facility

Counseled developer in connection with the purchase and remediation/redevelopment of a former pesticide manufacturing facility and the subsequent sale of the redeveloped property. Assisted the client with environmental due diligence, negotiating environmental provisions of purchase and sale agreements, remedial plans, regulatory compliance issues and cost recovery through Brownfields tax credits. 

Advice Regarding Environmental Claims

Provide advice to companies in connection with environmental claims (e.g., cost recovery actions for environmental cleanup costs). This often involves drafting and responding to demand letters and assisting clients with settlement negotiations.