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Real Estate

Vinson & Elkins’ Real Estate lawyers represent all facets of the real estate industry, on every side of the table—including banks, insurance companies, private equity firms and other financial institutions, mortgage bankers, equity participants, public and private real estate investment trusts, developers, contractors, landlords, tenants, operating and services firms, design professionals, consultants, and governmental entities—which makes us uniquely suited to guide our clients and devise strategic, creative solutions.

Cross-Disciplinary Teams to Meet Unique Client Needs

In addition to our dedicated Real Estate practice, V&E’s lawyers across the firm have extensive experience partnering on real estate transactions to meet client needs. We work efficiently and effectively, and as projects dictate, we build cross-disciplinary teams, routinely calling on lawyers in our Tax, Partnership Law, Corporate and Security Issues, Labor, Environmental, Executive Compensation and Benefits, ERISA, Finance, Intellectual Property Rights, Litigation, Condemnation and Land Use, Bankruptcy, and Governmental Regulation groups.

V&E covers the full range of legal issues relating to the real estate industry, including:

  • Commercial real estate
  • Condemnation and land use
  • Construction contracting
  • Development
  • Distressed debt
  • Entity formation (joint ventures, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, business trusts)
  • Investment and finance
  • Management and leasing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Real estate funds
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
  • Securitizations
  • Tax
  • Workouts and restructurings

Chambers USA (Texas–Real Estate, 2016) has noted our “expert handling of a broad sweep of sophisticated matters, including financing, restructuring, acquisitions and dispositions.” We are also nationally recognized by Legal 500 U.S. (2016), The Best Lawyers in America© (2014), and U.S. News–Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” (2016).

Experience Highlights

  • General Electric Capital Corporation in its $54 million disposition of a 630,000+ square foot Class A multi-tenant office building in Dallas, Texas commonly known as Trinity Towers 

  • An investment vehicle of a prominent family in its $87.5 million acquisition of three multi-tenant office buildings and a parking lot in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota 

  • A real estate services firm in its acquisition and financing of a 300,000+ square foot Class A multi-tenant office building in Torrance, California 

  • Related Real Estate Recovery Fund in its acquisition of 21 apartment properties in Texas, primarily in Midland/Odessa

  • A subsidiary of Milestone Apartments Real Estate Investment Trust in a $278 million term loan master credit facility with Walker & Dunlop/Fannie Mae secured by apartment properties in five states

  • Commonwealth Partners LLC, a private equity fund, in the $305 million acquisition of the office building known as 1888 Century Park East, a 20-story, 500,000-square-foot office tower located in the Century City submarket of Los Angeles, California

  • 7-Eleven in the relocation of its corporate headquarters from One Arts Plaza in the Dallas Arts District to the new Cypress Waters Development in Irving, Texas, which involved drafting and negotiating a 325,000-square-foot single tenant build-to-suit lease, negotiating of documents relating to economic incentives from the City of Irving, and drafting and negotiating of other lease-related documents relating to both the One Arts Plaza lease and the Cypress Waters lease

  • A real estate investment firm in its formation of a joint venture for the acquisition of five separate tracts of land, totaling approximately 245 acres for the development of a 1.1 million-square-foot industrial development (build-to-suit for national retailer) located in Wilson County, Tennessee

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