Planning, zoning and consents

Planning, zoning and land use approval processes can vary dramatically from country to country and we are experienced at advising clients across the globe in every stage of the planning process, working to their schedule and ensuring documents are forensically robust and withstand scrutiny from authorities and other stakeholders. We are well versed in managing issues that arise in the gamut of developments including the complex issues presented by major infrastructure projects, urban development and regeneration projects, and transit oriented development.

Government incentives, TIF and site selection

We are a leader in assisting clients with tax increment financing (TIF) and other public incentives programs. Our experience enables us to assist private developers in identifying available public programs and leveraging the benefits of those programs for their development projects.

In addition to our work on behalf of developers, we assist companies evaluating whether to relocate or develop a new headquarters, manufacturing plant or other facility needs to examine the legal, regulatory, and business differences among competing jurisdictions and sites. We evaluate: the availability of relevant economic development incentives; site acquisition and development matters; and the potential impact of different regulatory and political environments.

Further, we confirm and assure the legal ability of the jurisdictions to deliver the proposed incentives after the site is selected. We also negotiate binding legal agreements with relevant governmental entities.

Environment

Among the environmental issues that a development project may need to address are impact assessments, permitting, site contaminating waste products and pollution. Our environmental team’s practice covers all areas of environmental law; in addition, we can enlist our health and safety team as required to provide strategic advice in specialized fields such as construction and the responsibilities of senior management.

Joint ventures and other structures

The breadth of our tax, regulatory, corporate, and real estate experience enables us to effectively represent a broad array of clients in connection with the formation, structuring, acquisition and disposition of real estate joint ventures and other entity structures.

Leasing

We represent a broad range of building owners and property managers - from single-asset holders to international real estate funds - in negotiating leases, subleases, assignments, management agreements and all other lease-related transactions.

Dispute Resolution

Disputes can arise in even the most carefully managed development and we help clients avoid them by advising on potential issues at the earliest stages of projects. If a dispute does arise, we have skilled real estate litigation lawyers who can manage all of the litigation, arbitration, adjudication and alternative dispute resolution processes.