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Real Estate

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Delivering Business Solutions

CTSW attorneys have counseled clients in virtually all aspects of commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation. We represent developers, lenders, architects, builders, tenants, and investors.

Our clients recognize our real estate work for the multidisciplinary approach we take as a tightly integrated and efficient firm. We are able to draw on corporate, tax, bankruptcy, and litigation expertise, as well as any other part of our services for real estate clients, with teams that are long accustomed to working together and can provide a high level of service.

We emphasize business solutions as the goal of this approach. Our clients seek our real estate counsel as part of a plan to drive their overall business goals. We are practical, think creatively, and overcome obstacles to stay on course and see the deal through.

Our practice includes acquisitions and dispositions of property, joint ventures and partnerships, to construction and development projects, leasing and portfolio transactions, have involved every major type of property, including office buildings, shopping centers, industrial parks, mixed-use and residential developments.

Representative Matters

Commercial, Retail, and Mixed-Use

• Landlord counsel for leasing of 200,000 square feet of space in lower Manhattan

• Landlord counsel for leasing, reconstruction and remodeling in six-building commercial complex containing 770,000 square feet

• Counsel for mortgagee in securitized mortgage and mezzanine loans refinancing

• Leasing counsel for multi-hundred-location national retail chains in industries including furniture, party goods, clothing, merchandising, and discount goods

• Mixed-use hotel and residential upscale development site in Napa, California (obtained all entitlements, early stages of development)

• Counsel for purchaser in acquisition of air rights for building in Midtown East

• Counsel for purchaser of ground lease in Brooklyn, New York

Apartment Building & Multi-Family Complex Developments

• One Madison Park: acquisition in bankruptcy of 50-story unfinished condominium project; negotiation of air rights agreements, refinancing and restructuring of debt

• Acquisition of controlling interest in a 288-unit residential complex located in Orlando, Florida, together with restructuring of existing mortgage loan

• Acquisitions of residential multi-building complexes throughout the United States

• Acquisitions of NYC apartment buildings

• Joint development for new condominium construction

• Filing, construction and financing of Morningside Heights condominium

High-End Residential Purchases & Sales

• $53 million New York City townhouse sale

• $22 million acquisition of New York City luxury penthouse condominium

Representative Litigation

• Achieved favorable settlement in representing a building owner in a breach of contract dispute with purchaser in refusal of owner to close

• Represented building owner in a dispute with a commercial retail tenant who was not operating his store as a Grade A property in violation of the lease

• Defended successfully against fraud claim brought by a commercial tenant of a client

• Achieved favorable settlement representing building owner whose property was damaged on 9/11

• Successfully represented tenant in acquisition of business and commercial lease in bankruptcy and related litigations with landlord, with favorable settlement resulting in a 25-year extension of lease

• Represented subcontractor in a litigation against a building owner in enforcing its lien and claims against a building owner

• Successfully defended the seller in a securities fraud action concerning the sale of interests in a real estate development

• Defended an owner-developer against a claim of subcontractor’s lien on new construction





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