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Commercial Real Estate

RKF Law Offices LLC provides legal services to the Commercial Real Estate sector including real estate Investment Funds, Developers, Investors, Landlords and Tenants.  We provide legal consultation to Financial Institutions including banks, insurance carriers and private lenders.  We represent Construction Companies, Architects, Property Management Firms, as well as Real Estate Brokerage Firms.  We provide legal consultation and  guidance on real estate pertaining to Development, Zoning, Land Planning and Entitlements, Ownership and Operation, including Property Management, Leasing for both Landlords and Tenants, Financing for Borrowers and Lenders, Condominium and Planned Unit Development, Government Incentives including TIF Districts, Historic Tax Credits, Opportunity Zones, and Government Loans and Grants.  We have broad real estate experience and have represented clients in numerous transactions relating to the acquisition and sale, development, ownership, operation, leasing, and financing of:

industrial parks including manufacturing and warehouse facilities;

office towers and business parks;

hotels and resorts;

shopping centers and retail space;

condominiums and planned unit developments;

agriculture including farm and ranch properties and production facilities;

brownfield redevelopment; and

multi-family housing including planned communities, condominiums and cooperatives, senior facilities and market rate apartments.

Purchase and Sale.

RKF Law Offices LLC has extensive experience in both purchase and sales of commercial real estate, in all categories, whether office, industrial, retail, or vacant land; within the Chicago Metropolitan Area and throughout the U.S.  RKF Law Offices LLC has closed real estate purchases and sales ranging from simple single tenant facilities to complex, multiple property transactions.  RKF Law Offices LLC guides clients through the acquisition process, including:

 

contract negotiation;

review of title and survey, including covenants, conditions and restriction, utility and other rights of way rights;

review and negotiation of all  leases, rent rolls, estoppel certificates and non disturbance agreements;

review and negotiation of all mortgages and related loan agreements;
review and consultation regarding environmental issues including environmental engineering reports;
review and negotiation all documentation relating to the transaction;
structuring the entities for the transaction;
consultation with lenders and capital partners;
review and assessment of real estate taxes, and other agencies with lienable rights including special districts and associations; and

closing of the transaction.


RKF Law Offices LLC is experienced with transactions involving Internal Revenue Code §1031 Like Kind Exchanges, and counsels clients on related contract issues and compliance including review of escrow documentation and closing of §1031 Like Kind Exchanges.

Leasing, Landlord and Tenant, Real Estate Broker Representation.

RKF Law Offices LLC has extensive national experience in commercial leasing including in an array of leasing matters, representing both landlords and tenants in retail, office, medical, assisted living and industrial areas. We have negotiated ground leases, master leases, sale and lease-backs, credit tenant leases, leases of structured interests, subleases and assignments as well as workouts.  Our experience affords a more efficient and timely negotiation to quickly identify and evaluate risks, opportunities and necessary flexibility, avoiding protracted lease negotiations.  RKF Law Offices LLC has negotiated lease transactions including retail, office and industrial uses, ranging from restaurants, retailers, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and business uses of all varieties.  We counsel clients on landlord and tenant disputes including workouts and prosecution and defense of evictions.

RKF Law Offices LLC has represented real estate brokerage firms on compliance matters including broker licensing, property management, lien claims, negotiation of listing agreements and commission matters. 

Construction and Development.

RKF Law Offices LLC has represented developers and construction companies in connection with planning construction and renovation of office and industrial, manufacturing and warehouse facilities (including industrial parks), shopping centers, mixed use urban projects, condominium conversions and de-conversions, hospitality and hotel facilities, office buildings and office parks, senior housing, and apartment buildings.  RKF Law Offices LLC has represented construction firms and developers in the negotiation of all forms of construction contracts, construction escrows and construction draws and lien waivers, architectural agreements, engineering agreements, as well as consultation on disputes. 

Finance and Lending.

RKF Law Offices LLC has broad experience representing borrowers and lenders in the negotiation and closing of commercial real estate loans, from simple promissory notes and mortgages to complex transactions involving, multiple properties, preferences and priorities, complex guarantees, joint venture partners, covenants and conditions.  We understand the objectives of financial institutions’ lending programs, and assist both lenders and borrows on the documentatiion and negotiation of loans including:

loan commitments;

senior mortgage loans;

junior (subordinated) mortgage loans;
mezzanine loans;
preferred equity;
letters of credit;
workouts and restructures;
revolving credit; 
construction loans; and
bridge loans.

Investment.

 

RKF Law Offices LLC has represented Fortune 500 and NYSE listed enterprises, including REITS, development firms, investment funds, private equity, in all manner of real estate transactions.  RKF Law Offices LLC represents a variety of investors and venture partners including individuals, entrepreneurs, institutions and real estate funds in connection with investment in commercial real estate or interests in entities involved in the acquisition, sale, management and operation of real estate.  RKF Law Offices LLC provides consultation for private equity and venture agreements as well as private capital raises and private placements for real estate assets.