Real Estate

Real Estate Acquisitions and Dispositions

Representative Matters

AXA IM Alts and its Affiliates in one of the Largest Industrial Portfolio Acquisitions of 2020

Representation of AXA IM Alts and its affiliates in one of the largest industrial portfolio acquisitions of 2020. The portfolio consists of 27 assets in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Central New Jersey, Dallas, South Florida, Southern New Jersey and Atlanta. In a significant step in its strategy to grow a U.S. wide logistics platform, AXA IM Alts, on behalf of clients and through a joint venture with Cabot Properties, Inc., acquired the 7,984,000 s/f portfolio for approximately $875 million, through a share purchase of a REIT previously managed by Cabot Properties. Representation included all matters related to property diligence, structuring, joint venture, purchase, financing, tax and environmental considerations of the property, including tax and structuring issues relating to cross-border investments.

Harvard University in Land Use, Permitting, Acquisition and Disposition Matters

Representation of Harvard University in land use, permitting, acquisition and disposition matters in the Allston-Brighton neighborhood of Boston.

23-acre Master-Planned Development in the Seaport District of Boston

Representation of developers of Seaport Square, a 23-acre master-planned development in the Seaport District of Boston, in the permitting, acquisition, disposition, development and financing of multifamily, office, retail, and mixed-use projects. 

Atlas Capital Group Acquisition and Financing of 15 Park Row, New York City

Representation of Atlas Capital Group, LLC in the acquisition and financing of 15 Park Row, a 31 story, 335-unit apartment building with ground-floor commercial space in New York City. The building was completed in 1899 and until 1908 it was New York City’s tallest building and the tallest office building in the world.

DSF Group Acquisition of Halstead Beverly Townhomes and Halstead Fair Oaks Apartments

Representation of The DSF Group, on its acquisition of Townhomes of Beverly, a 204 unit apartment development in Beverly, Massachusetts, and Wheelhouse at Fair Oaks, a 491 unit apartment development in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Representation of a Global Leader in Real Asset Investment and Portfolio Management

Representation of a global leader in real asset investment and portfolio management in connection with many acquisitions, including in California, Washington DC and Maryland.

Subsidiary of a Publicly Traded Canadian Investment and Asset Management Company Negotiation and Closing of Purchase of 1,386 Single-Family Rental Homes

Negotiated and closed the purchase of a portfolio of 1,386 single-family rental homes for the American subsidiary of a publicly traded Canadian investment and asset management company.

International Religious Nonprofit Acquisition and Development of Community Center

Counsel to international religious non-profit in the acquisition and development of a 90,000 square-foot community center in the Upham’s Corner area of Boston.

Non-Profit Headquarters Acquisition

Representation of a non-profit organization for Latino youth in connection with the purchase of their previously rented building to establish a permanent headquarters, including drafting the conveyance documentation and assisting with acquisition financing, tax matters and other long-term legal matters.

Represented Ivanhoé Cambridge in $3.6-billion Multi-Family Portfolio Acquisition

Represented Ivanhoé Cambridge in its $3.6-billion acquisition and joint venture with Greystar for a portfolio of 30 multi-family properties located across 13 states.

Represented Great Gulf Group in SFR Programmatic Joint Venture

Represented Great Gulf Group in its negotiation of a programmatic joint venture with a global institutional investor for the acquisition and development of single family rental housing projects.

Samuels & Associates Fenway Developments

Representation of Samuels & Associates in all aspects of the acquisition, disposition, permitting, development, real estate structuring, financing, construction, and operation of its retail, office, multifamily, hotel, laboratory and life science mixed-use projects in the iconic Fenway neighborhood of Boston, including Landmark Center, Van Ness, Pierce Boston, Fenway Triangle Trilogy, and The Verb Hotel.

Acquisition Financing for Shopping Center in California’s Sonoma Valley

Representation of a prominent privately owned real estate investment and development company with the acquisition financing for a premier shopping center in Santa Rosa, California.

Life Sciences Developer Acquisition and Joint Ventures

Representation of Botanic Properties in the acquisition of the ground leasehold interests in a property in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to be redeveloped into a life sciences facility, as well as the co-GP and institutional LP joint venture arrangements.

Hunt Companies, Inc. Acquisition, Management and Operation of National Military Housing Portfolio

Representation of Hunt Companies, Inc. with the acquisition, management and operation of a national military housing portfolio, including merger and acquisition work with respect to vertically integrated lines of business and the acquisition of approximately 15,000 privatized housing units in Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina and Washington state.

Academic Institution $500M Disposition of Lab and Office Campus in Boston, MA

Representation of an academic institution in the $500M sale of a 1.2M square foot laboratory and office campus in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area.

Acquisition of Wharfside Village in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands

Representation of the buyer of fee and leasehold interests in Wharfside Village, a retail, restaurant and residential development in Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, including CMBS acquisition financing.

Beacon Capital Partners Over $1B in Office Transactions Across U.S.

Representation of Beacon Capital Partners, a private investment fund, in its acquisitions and dispositions of office properties valued at over $1B, including the acquisition of a portion of the EOP portfolio, in major markets throughout the United States including Boston, DC, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Transactions include joint ventures and highly structured ownership arrangements.

Brause Realty, Inc. Mixed-Use Development Project in Long Island City, NY

Representation of Brause Realty, Inc. in connection with the purchase and assemblage of land—through a foreclosure process—to develop a 272-unit, mixed-use, multifamily residential apartment building in the Court Square neighborhood of Long Island City, the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. Our team assisted Brause in entering into a joint venture made up of three substantial real estate investment firms, which then closed on $105 million construction financing through M&T Bank and the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.

Hyatt $112M Disposition of Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel

Representation of Hyatt in connection with the $112M sale of the Hyatt Regency Boston Hotel to Chesapeake Lodging Trust.

Jonathan Rose Companies Multifamily Transactions

Representation of Jonathan Rose Companies in connection with the acquisition, financing, redevelopment and value creation of numerous multifamily properties across the country, including complex joint venture negotiations, tax structuring, purchase and sale agreements, federal low-income housing tax credit and bond financings, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac financings, Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act matters, potential litigation and other matters.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Real Estate Development, Acquisitions, Dispositions, Permitting, Environmental, Financing, and Leasing Matters

Representation of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in connection with its real estate development, acquisitions, dispositions, permitting, environmental, financing, and leasing matters in Cambridge, Massachusetts (e.g. the firm represented MIT in connection with the permitting and redevelopment of an assemblage of property located in Kendall Square and assisted MIT in successfully gaining the City’s approval for special permits for planned unit development, including all of the necessary environmental matters related to revitalizing formerly semi-industrial land).

Qatari Investment Firm $52.4M Acquisition of Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Representation of a Qatari investment firm in connection with its $52.4M acquisition of a 161-room, full-service hotel in Washington, D.C.’s Farragut district. And the $32.4 million purchase money loan from Bank of America.

Springhouse Partners Disposition of Residential Building in Brooklyn, NY

Representation of Springhouse Partners in connection with the off-market sale of a six-story, 38,000-square-foot multifamily residential building is located in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. 

Tricon Residential U.S. Portfolio Transactions

National US counsel to Tricon Residential, a Canadian public equity, based in Toronto with offices in California, in connection with all aspects of acquisitions, dispositions, financings, joint ventures and tax and other cross border structuring related to all of its residential lines of business, including land and homebuilding, single-family rental homes, manufactured housing communities, multi-family development projects, master planned communities and securitized financings.