For commercial real estate companies which do not have in-house counsel but would benefit from a systematic approach to commercial real estate transactions, contract matters, employment issues, risk management and property management/brokerage matters, an outside General Counsel arrangement is ideal.

Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Lease transactions, acquisitions and dispositions are often serial in nature, and as such, an outside General Counsel arrangement promotes both efficiency and cost effectiveness.

 » Leases: For owners, asset managers and property managers which own or manage individual assets or large portfolios, consistent representation promoting continuity throughout a leasing program and ready access to counsel are invaluable when operating and adding value to commercial real estate assets.

» Acquisitions & DispositionsOwners, developers and asset managers engaged in multiple acquisition, disposition and financing transactions benefit from legal representation which applies a global approach to achieving targeted business objectives. Creating an acquisition and closing protocol and standardizing due diligence activities across multiple transactions reduces risk and the likelihood of unwelcome surprises. 

» Easements, Land Use Matters & Loan IssuesThe ownership and operation of commercial real estate always involves unique matters particular to any given property, but having legal counsel which is familiar with the particular aspects of the properties within a portfolio is efficient because minimal time is required to “get up to speed” on issues that inevitably arise.

» Tenant IssuesA landlord’s good relationship with its tenants is critical in tenant retention, and a landlord’s good reputation in the market is equally important when attracting new tenants. As such, tenant matters must be handled carefully by legal counsel with the goal of protecting and advancing the landlord’s interests while preserving the landlord-tenant relationship.

Outside General Counsel Matters (other than real estate transactions)

Commercial real estate companies involved in ownership, development, asset management, brokerage and/or property management benefit from a standardized approach to the following matters:

» Employee/Independent Contractor Agreements

» Vendor/Service Provider Contract Review and Negotiation          

» Regulatory Compliance/Licensing

» Non-Disclosure/Confidentiality Agreements          

» Risk Management and Best Practices/Policy/Protocol Development

» Standardized Commission/Representation Agreements   

» Commission Disputes

» Broker Advisory and Training

Fee Arrangements

Monthly flat fee as well as hourly billing arrangements are both available, however, monthly flat fee arrangements typically reduce and “flatten out” overall legal costs, making it easier for clients to budget for their legal needs.