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Commercial Real Estate

Commercial real estate transactions can be overwhelming and complex, unless you have a team like FBFK in your corner. Our CRE practice stays equipped with highly experienced professionals from diverse business and financial backgrounds. These seasoned vets are ready to identify and tackle a wide range of issues from all aspects of commercial real estate deals including acquisitions, landlord/tenant, restaurants and more.

Our attorneys can assist you with any and all aspects of the real estate industry, including:

Assisted Living
Construction Financing
Eminent Domain/Property Rights
Environmental Concerns
Permanent Financing

Land Use
Mezzanine Financing
Shopping Centers

Our Commercial Real Estate Team

Representative Commercial Real Estate Matters

Real Estate Transactional
  • Led borrower teams on multi-family portfolio refinance projects with multiple properties in multiple states.
  • Extensive experience working on the negotiation of sale, acquisition, lease, construction and development of undeveloped land, commercial, industrial and residential projects, including office buildings, multi-family projects, mini/industrial warehouses and single family residential developments. Scope of experience also encompasses interim and permanent loan transactions, workouts involving non-performing loans and assets, foreclosures, mechanics’ lien claims, commercial leasing, construction agreements, management contracts, land use agreements, long term ground leases and condominium development.

Real Estate Related Controversy Management and Litigation
  • Extensive involvement in construction dispute involving alleged foundation defects in multiple houses along a single street and participated in successful settlement of claims on behalf of builder
  • Substantial experience serving as primary counsel for developers, property owners, and contractors in various types of disputes related to their business operation

Real Estate Investment/Private Equity
  • Lead counsel for sponsor group leading multiple manufactured housing properties raising capital from private equity fund. Lead counsel for sponsor group placing investment in multifamily properties.
  • Significant experience working with private equity investment funds targeting real estate assets and more particularly working with sponsor groups with operating experience and partnering with investors to form funds for future investment.

Real Estate General & Other Contractor Representation
  • Lead counsel for residential builder of high-end custom homes ($3M-$10M)
  • Extensive experience representing high-end custom home builders and other general contractors

Real Estate Brokers
  • Represented a $600 million work-out portfolio for First City, Texas
  • Represented seller in stock sale of entity owning $33 Million Hotel
  • Orchestrated the $55 million financing of the Magnolia Hotel
  • Represented client, as provider, in $1Billion+ services contract

Lender Representation
  • Primary counsel for community bank lender in the refinance of an office building in Dallas, TX, primary counsel for commercial bank lender on acquisition of a retail building in Dallas, TX
  • Representation of banks and other lenders in connection with acquisition and development loans to borrowers, secured by both real estate and other assets

Land Use & Entitlements
  • Have worked with developers and owners to ensure appropriate zoning existed for planned development
  • Experience working on zoning, permitting, and code compliance issues, particularly in the context of due diligence review and project planning.

Developer Representation
  • Assisted in the financing and development of a 275-acre single-family development in Prosper, TX, worked with the developer in all aspects of an office condominium project in Frisco, TX from declaration, association formation, and sale of individual units.
  • Represented single family and multifamily developers in acquisition of land for eventual development or redevelopment, including property acquisition, subdivision and lot sales, and construction of developer-owned improvements.

Construction and Mortgage Borrowing
  • Represented an architecture firm focused on designs for schools and offices, negotiating construction contracts and other general business matters
  • Represented developer on construction loans for development of single-family development; represented owners for construction of owner-occupied and investment properties

Capital Formation (Asset Manager and Property Manager Services)
  • Lead counsel for management company expanding operations into asset management services including negotiation of management agreements and other aspects of offering lunch
  • Significant experience working with asset manager in agreement to manage multifamily, mixed use, and office projects

Capital Formation (Real Estate Investment Funds)
  • Lead counsel for sponsor group partnering with private real estate investment fund in acquiring, improving, and exiting manufactured housing projects
  • Experience with sponsor groups and investors in management of real estate investment fund for multifamily and manufactured housing markets.

Capital Formation (Asset Syndications)
  • Represented small regional bank in syndication of sizable loan to larger, national bank
  • Some experience with syndication of bank loans between originating lender and other participating banks

Capital Formation (Private Equity/Joint Ventures)
  • Work on joint venture agreement between landowner and residential home developer in joint venture with governmental entity for development of automated security software system
  • Significant experience dealing with capital raises and joint venture relationships in a variety of industries, including real estate

Asset Class & Specialized Real Estate Experience
  • Significant experience in leasing and sale of industrial properties
  • Extensive experience with all aspects of retail property, including purchase, sale, and finance transactions with a particular emphasis on tenant representation.

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