Commercial

  • May 07, 2024

    Manhattan Office Leasing Grows, But Rents Don't

    Though April activity in the Manhattan office sector drove year-to-date leasing up 42% compared to the prior year, average asking rents remained largely unchanged, per a report from CBRE.

  • May 07, 2024

    NYC Eatery Asks 2nd Circ. To Undo Revival Of Workers' Suit

    A New York City restaurant operator urged the Second Circuit Tuesday to reject a lower court finding that its workers' federal wage claims may be cut from their class action but can also be reinstated if the appeals court were to vacate their state wage claims, insisting the decision is unfair.

  • May 07, 2024

    WeWork Wins Interim OK Of $50M New Money DIP In Ch. 11

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge said Tuesday he will approve $50 million of debtor-in-possession financing for WeWork, overruling objections from the office space provider's co-founder and ex-CEO Adam Neumann, whose lawyers alleged the financing agreement was actually an unfairly discounted asset sale in disguise.

  • May 07, 2024

    New Missouri Law Forces Landfills Further From Cities

    A new Missouri law will increase the radius for approvals needed from nearby municipalities for several types of landfills to one mile from half a mile, in what the governor called a "win for property rights."

  • May 07, 2024

    PolyMet Land Swap Discovery Order Paused, For Now

    PolyMet Mining doesn't have to produce information it had previously withheld in a Minnesota tribe's challenge to undo a land swap, a federal district court determined after the company asked for emergency relief to avoid any potential harm it said could come from wrongfully disclosing privileged documentation.

  • May 07, 2024

    Steward Health Gets Ch. 11 Loan, Says It Plans Hospital Sales

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Tuesday allowed Steward Health Care to take out $75 million in Chapter 11 financing to meet its next-day payroll after being told the hospital chain plans to sell facilities to pay down its $9 billion in debt.

  • May 07, 2024

    Lender Shanks Bid To Halt Ga. Golf Course Auctions

    A Georgia federal judge on Tuesday denied successive efforts from a lender to wrest control of the assets of an Atlanta-area golf club owner, whom attorneys for the lender describe as a "serial fraudster" likely to abscond with his assets while still owing millions on a 2023 loan.

  • May 07, 2024

    Title Insurer Gets Partial Win Against Lender In Lien Dispute

    A lender seeking coverage from its title insurer for mechanic's lien claims after the owner of a senior living community defaulted on its $26 million construction loan can only potentially get coverage under a disbursement endorsement in its policy, a Colorado federal court ruled, finding an exclusion applicable.

  • May 07, 2024

    Colo. House OKs Conservation Easement Tax Break Extension

    Colorado would extend its conservation easement tax credit through 2031 and raise its statewide annual cap on available credits under legislation approved Tuesday by the state House of Representatives.

  • May 07, 2024

    Judge Rips 2nd Circ.'s 'Erroneous' Ruling In Sears Lease Spat

    A New York federal district judge ruled that Sears Holdings Corp.'s lease for the Mall of America in Minneapolis should be returned to the bankrupt retail chain's liquidating trustee, saying that the decision gives "scant comfort" as it removed from the books "an obviously outlier ruling" by the Second Circuit.

  • May 07, 2024

    Vornado Exec 'Couldn't Be More Optimistic' About NYC Retail

    Retail property values and leasing activity are recovering in prime parts of Manhattan, particularly among storefronts along Fifth Avenue and in Times Square, a Vornado Realty Trust executive said on Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    DLA Piper Pads Real Estate Group With New Chicago Partner

    DLA Piper has added a partner to the firm's real estate practice group who will join from Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, saying the new hire's expertise spans asset classes and deal types.

  • May 06, 2024

    US Industrial Market Facing High Vacancy Rate, Report Says

    In 2024's first quarter, the U.S. industrial real estate market faced an imbalance of supply and demand for the eighth consecutive quarter, along with a high vacancy rate, even as leasing activity grew 2.2% compared to 2023's first quarter, according to a CBRE report released Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Colo. Lawmakers OK Land Cleanup Tax Credit Extension

    Colorado would extend its income tax credit for certain costs of environmental remediation of contaminated property for five years under legislation approved unanimously Monday by the state Senate and sent to the governor.

  • May 06, 2024

    Latham & Watkins, Simpson Thacher Steer Healthcare JV

    Healthcare Realty Trust Inc. and KKR announced on Monday that the two have entered a joint venture to own and invest in quality medical outpatient buildings, in a deal guided by Latham & Watkins LLP and Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP.

  • May 06, 2024

    British National Admits To Coworking Business Ponzi Scheme

    A British citizen pled guilty Friday in Manhattan federal court to participating in a scheme to solicit investments using fraudulent misrepresentations about a coworking company where he was a principal.

  • May 06, 2024

    NYC Real Estate Week In Review

    Day Pitney landed work on the largest New York City real estate transaction that hit public records last week, a period that saw several large residential condo-unit deals become public.

  • May 06, 2024

    PE Firm Plans To Raise Up To $600M For Real Estate AI Tools

    Reborn Developments intends to raise $100 million to $600 million over the next year to support its Rekaliber project, which aims to create artificial intelligence tools for real estate professionals and real estate institutions, the private equity firm has announced.

  • May 03, 2024

    Florida Court Revives County's Suit Over Fairgrounds Deal

    A Florida appeals court on Friday revived Hernando County's lawsuit against a local county fair association over a broken contract to redevelop a county fairgrounds property, ruling that it is not clear the lawsuit is time-barred.

  • May 03, 2024

    'Reckless' NY Developer Owes Investor $3M+, Suit Says

    A real estate investor is owed at least $3 million tied to its stake in a commercial development project in Shelton, Connecticut, according to a lawsuit in state court that accuses a Brooklyn-based developer of misusing money.

  • May 03, 2024

    Investors Claim Data Center REIT Manipulated Financials

    A proposed class of Equinix Inc. shareholders has accused the data-center-focused real estate investment trust in California federal court of artificially inflating its financial metrics.

  • May 03, 2024

    AI Drives Record-Breaking Leasing For Digital Realty

    A rising demand for data centers, partly stemming from advances in artificial intelligence technology, helped Digital Realty Trust see record leasing numbers in the first quarter of 2024, executives said during a May 2 earnings call.

  • May 03, 2024

    IRS Expects Updates To Hydrogen Credit Emissions Model

    The Internal Revenue Service expects the U.S. Department of Energy to update a model used to determine eligibility for the new clean hydrogen production tax credit under recently proposed rules, an IRS attorney said Friday.

  • May 03, 2024

    Alterra Raises $925M For Industrial Outdoor Storage Fund

    Alterra Property Group announced that it raised nearly $1 billion for a fund that will invest in industrial outdoor storage assets, around $200 million more than the company had set out to raise.

  • May 03, 2024

    Sullivan & Worcester Finds A New Manhattan Home

    Sullivan & Worcester has announced that it has relocated its New York office, its second largest, signing a seven-year lease with a 54-story office tower just a short walk from its previous space.

Expert Analysis

  • A Former Bankruptcy Judge Talks 2023 High Court Rulings

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    In 2023, the U.S. Supreme Court issued four bankruptcy law opinions — an extraordinary number — and a close look at these cases signals that changes to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code will have to come from Congress, not the courts, says Phillip Shefferly at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 5 Traps To Avoid When Selling CRE In Las Vegas Area

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    When dealing with commercial real estate in Clark County, Nevada — which includes the Las Vegas metro area — even sophisticated sellers may be ensnared by a myriad of tricky issues, ranging from transfer tax nuances to arbitration laws, says Chris Walther at Fennemore Craig.

  • 'Brownfields' Definition Key To Energy Community Tax Credits

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    As the IRS rolls out guidance for claiming community energy tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act, a review of the long-standing statutory definition of "brownfields" reveals that it continues to serve the goal of creating opportunities for investment in abandoned properties, says Louise Dyble at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Why Courts Are Nixing Insurer Defense Recoupment Claims

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    Following a recent trend, the Hawaii Supreme Court's decision in St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Co. v. Bodell Construction Co. provides a concise explanation of the argument that an insurer generally may not recoup costs for defending claims, based on three considerations, says Bradley Nash at Hoguet Newman.

  • The SEC's Cooled Down But Still Spicy Private Fund Rules

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    Timothy Spangler and Lindsay Trapp at Dechert consider recently finalized U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules, which significantly alter the scope of obligations private fund advisers must meet under the Investment Advisers Act, noting the absence of several contentious proposals and litigation that could result in implementation delays.

  • Trump NY Fraud Trial Shows Civil, Criminal Case Differences

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    Former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial currently unfolding in New York provides a reminder that civil bench trials can be just as damaging, if not more so, than criminal prosecutions, due to several key elements of civil litigation procedure, says retired attorney David Moskowitz.

  • A Year-End Look At Florida's Capital Investment Tax Credit

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    Notwithstanding the Walt Disney Co.’s feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis this year, Florida's capital investment tax credit will continue to make the state a favored destination for large corporations, particularly in light of the new federal alternative minimum tax and the Pillar Two top-up tax, says Alan Lederman at Gunster.

  • Crypto Has Democratized Trading In Bankruptcy Claims

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    Following the pandemic, there has been a wave of cryptocurrency bankruptcies and a related increase in access to information, allowing nontraditional bankruptcy investors to purchase claims and democratizing a once closed segment of alternative investing, says Joseph Sarachek at Strategic Liquidity.

  • Paths Forward For RE Buyers In Turbulent Market Conditions

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    Real estate borrowers are facing significant challenges in financing new acquisitions or developments amid escalating interest rates, but opportunistic debt funds may be able to help bridge through the present environment, say Jon Gallant and Jared Hodges at Knowles Gallant.

  • DC Ruling Provides Support For Builders Risk Claim Recovery

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    To deny coverage for builders risk claims, insurers have been increasingly relying on two arguments, both of which have been invalidated in the recent U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decision, South Capitol Bridgebuilders v. Lexington, say Greg Podolak and Cheryl Kozdrey at Saxe Doernberger.

  • What NJ's Green Remediation Guidance Means For Cleanups

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    Recent guidance from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection promoting greener approaches to restoring contaminated sites demonstrates the state's commitment to sustainability and environmental justice — but could also entail more complexity, higher costs and longer remediation timelines, say J. Michael Showalter and Bradley Rochlen at ArentFox Schiff.

  • Inside Bank Regulators' Community Lending Law Overhaul

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    The federal banking agencies' recently finalized changes to the Community Reinvestment Act not only account for the gradual shift to an environment where lending and deposit-taking are primarily conducted online, but also implement other updates such as diversity initiatives and a new series of lending tests, say attorneys at Norton Rose.