Real Estate Acquisitions, Dispositions, and Development

Our real estate lawyers handle multistate transactions involving the acquisition or disposition of multiple parcels of property across all asset types—retail, office, hotel, industrial, medical, institutional, mixed use, research and development, biotech, and multifamily. We routinely work with our land use, construction, environmental, corporate, and tax lawyers to structure the transaction to meet our clients' needs.

For each acquisition and disposition matter, we consult with the client to determine the most appropriate experience and staffing needed to close the deal. Our experienced lawyers and staff can handle the review of title documents, surveys, and title insurance commitments; the negotiation and drafting of real estate documents; the formation of business entities to address liability and tax issues; the investigation, analysis, and risk allocation of environmental matters; and the due diligence and analysis required to obtain any federal, state, and local permits or approvals.

    • Experience
      • Represented client in all aspects of due diligence, risk management, permitting, site remediation, the transaction, and development of a $250 million global development facility.

      • Represented a major national food service company ($3 billion in sales) with regard to the disposition of most of its United States real property assets.
      • Engaged by a Fortune 100 company to dispose of real estate consisting of parcels of unimproved land and two office buildings, together with negotiating leases in excess of 70,000 square feet for each of two new corporations resulting from a corporate divestiture and restructuring.
      • Represented borrower concerning land use, title, and construction advice in connection with financing for substantial expansion of resort hotel. Project included land acquisition and swaps, condominium amendment, partnership revisions, workout of existing notes payable, extensive title analysis, stock certification, due diligence, and negotiation of all loan documentation.
      • Represented the property owner in connection with the sale of a $6 million industrial property located in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and a $1.7 million commercial property located in Springfield, Massachusetts.
      • Represented a property owner in the purchase and sale of residential properties located in Massachusetts, utilizing a reverse 1031 exchange mechanism.
      • Represents extremely high-end clothing retailer in all leasing work, in acquisitions of comparable retail entities and locations from Boston to New York, and in development of major owned retail store in Greenwich, Connecticut.
      • Represented client in acquisition and refinance of large tracts of farmland, including title and environmental review.
      • Represented a large utility in connection with the acquisition of a 520-acre nuclear power plant for $1.3 billion.
      • Represented manufacturing facility in connection with the purchase of a 400-acre downhole munitions facility and office building.
      • Sale by United Technologies Corporation (Pratt & Whitney Division) of multiple laboratory, office and warehouse facilities (over 535,000 square feet on 58 acres) in West Palm Beach County, Florida and transfer of land and water production, wastewater disposal and other infrastructure facilities to community development district.
      • Sale by City of Hartford to the State of Connecticut and private developer of 680,000-square-foot former G. Fox Department Store building, also requiring negotiation and implementation of tax-fixing agreement and lease back of approximately 50,000 square feet. This project is another one of Governor Rowland’s “Six Pillars of Progress” projects for the rejuvenation of the City of Hartford.
      • Sale by City of Hartford to the State of Connecticut of partial ownership interest in 2,200-space parking garage to support Capital Community College, requiring development and negotiation of joint ownership agreement. Enhanced parking in the city is an element of Connecticut Governor John Rowland’s “Six Pillars of Progress” projects for the rejuvenation of the City of Hartford.
      • Serving as National Preferred Real Estate Counsel for United Technologies companies. These include Pratt & Whitney, Carrier, Otis Elevator, Sikorsky, and Hamilton Sundstrand.
      • Representation of a private REIT concerning a joint venture to acquire and own a $45 million student housing project in Tampa, Florida.
      • Representation of a real estate investment company concerning a joint venture on the ownership of a $55 million student housing project in Louisville, Kentucky.
      • Representation of a real estate investment company concerning a joint venture to develop and own a $50 million student housing project in Lubbock, Texas.
      • Representation of a private REIT concerning a $55 million joint venture to develop, own, and lease beverage-bottling plants nationwide.
      • Construction contracting advice to Unilever in connection with build-to-suit office building in Trumbull, Connecticut and in connection with two 750,000 square foot distribution centers in Jacksonville, Florida and Dallas, Texas.
      • Robinson & Cole represented Unilever United States, Inc., in all respects in connection with the development of its campus in Trumbull, Connecticut and in the sale/leaseback of its U.S. corporate headquarters in Greenwich, Connecticut. The transactions involved amounted to more than $200 million.
      • Represented hospital regarding its construction of a new oncology center in Fall River, Massachusetts, known as the Southcoast Center for Cancer Care at Charlton Memorial Hospital. The representation included drafting and negotiating a development/construction management agreement, the architectural design services contract, the construction contract based on the form AIA-A121 CMc and AIA-A201 general conditions, and a demolition contract. The oncology center opened to the public in 2009.
      • Represented Southcoast Hospital Group concerning the $25 million construction of its new stand-alone radiation oncology center building in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, known as the Southcoast Cancer Care Center at Fairhaven. Representation included drafting and negotiating the design contract by amendment and restatement of a master architectural services agreement utilizing AIA-B141, Parts 1 and 2; the construction contract based on the forms AIA-A131 CMc and AIA-A201, General Conditions; and the construction management agreement.
      • Represent an academic institution in connection with its relocation to a new 350-student campus to be built in conjunction with a private multifamily, 120-unit condominium. Representation included drafting and negotiation of the purchase and sale agreement with the property owner and the joint venture agreement with the private real estate developer. Handling all due diligence, design, permitting, construction, and financing-related aspects of the project on the school's behalf.
      • Retained to complete a complex due diligence process and to structure and close a transaction involving the acquisition of existing purchase by various entities, and closing a $20 million-plus loan transaction for Southport on Cape Cod.
      • Served as special counsel under the direction of the New Jersey Attorney General's office to the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (formerly known as the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission), an agency of the State of New Jersey which owns, or will acquire, an area in excess of 1,000 acres.
      • Representation of an aerospace and defense company in the financing and aspects of the purchase of a $22 million research, development and industrial facility in California.
      • Representation of property owner, which produces aggregate-based construction materials in the United States and United Kingdom, in drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreement and all other sale documentation for 74,000 square feet of property in Worcester, Massachusetts, to CSX Transportation, Inc. Concurrently with that negotiation, handled client’s defense and all responses to eminent domain proceedings initiated by CSX through Department of Public Utilities to ensure that property acquisitions for new depot facility in Worcester would occur in a timely manner. Also represented property owner with drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreement and all other sale documentation for 50,000 square feet of land in Saugus, Massachusetts, to Melrose Storage Facility. In addition, handled defense of zoning enforcement action for temporary storage uses during pendency of sale.
      • Representation of a real estate investment fund that specializes in acquiring mid and small cap real estate investment properties throughout the United States. Property types have included office, hotel, multi-family, and most recently, health care-related office buildings. In one of its funds, we represented the client in closing on seven office properties. Sellers have included international and national REITs. Each office transaction is structured to be Sharia law compliant.
      • Robinson & Cole represented a private financial/holdings company in connection with the disposition or redevelopment of property located at 300 to 310 Wilson Avenue in Norwalk. This representation included advice on local regulatory matters and a review of the permitting necessary for redevelopment.
      • Representation of United Technologies Corporation subsidiaries for various matters including: the purchase of a manufacturing and distribution facility in South Carolina, the sale of a manufacturing plant in Connecticut, the disposition and acquisition of commercial real estate located in California, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and assistance in complying with applicable Connecticut Transfer Act obligations in connection with a sale.
      • Real Estate + Development

      • Represented the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut in connection with the sale and financing of property in Watertown, Connecticut, to The Taft School.

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