Florida Real Estate
Cohen & Grigsby’s Florida Real Estate Group provides legal representation in a wide range of real estate and business entity structuring. The depth of our Group’s experience combined with that of our colleagues practicing in the areas of complex business litigation, domestic and international tax, environmental and securities law enables us to handle both simple and complex real estate related issues, including representation of international clients with United States real estate interests.
Real Estate Acquisition and Development
We are acutely aware of the proper methods for acquisition of real estate in these times, including “REO properties, troubled and foreclosed assets, and short-sales”. We understand the due diligence process and why it is so important today. Our experience includes the full scope of acquisition, development, disposition, and leasing for luxury residential developments, construction projects, commercial, office and industrial buildings, hotels, retail and other projects, raw land, manufacturing and recreational facilities, restaurants, shopping centers, and warehouses. We represent development and construction professionals, buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants and frequently assist them through a myriad of issues such as title examination, construction, financing, taxation, environmental, and zoning. Our representation includes drafting and negotiating of letters of intent, purchase contracts, ground leases, site development agreements, conducting closings and handling tax planning issues.
Not every real estate transaction or construction project will proceed smoothly. The litigation experience that Cohen & Grigsby’s lawyers can provide can be a valued resource. We represent individuals, builders, and real estate development professionals at all stages. Understanding how to properly conduct complex business litigation also allows us to provide assistance in resolving disputes before the expenses and delays of litigation become significant. For those instances when litigation is either necessary or inevitable, the counsel of our litigation attorneys is also available.
We represent both landlords and tenants in all aspects of lease negotiation, including initial leases, amendments, equity participations and complex tenant construction issues. We are involved in various types of commercial real estate, including office/warehouse buildings, shopping centers and industrial projects. We also represent property owners and managers who are developing and leasing shopping centers and industrial parks.
Real Estate Finance, Foreclosures, Workouts
Cohen and Grigsby’s Florida lawyers have been involved in various types of financial transactions including loans for acquisitions, development and construction and bridge, project and permanent financings. We guide our clients through the wide spectrum of approaches to financing a prospective project, not only from traditional and institutional sources but also from private sources which may offer more attractive or creative financing terms. These may include traditional debt financing as well as more sophisticated financing. We also handle many troubled finance projects including foreclosures and workouts; and because we represent lenders, we are acutely aware of the issues that they face.
Title Insurance and Transactional Services
Real estate ventures and transactions frequently involve title aspects, including evaluation of the status of title, title insurance, evaluation of land surveys and settlement services. Whether the matter is a simple refinancing or a complex negotiation of a joint venture with equity participation and commercial loans, we can help you navigate through the complex host of issues. We are approved title agents for Attorney’s Title Fund Services, LLC, Chicago Title Insurance Company, Inc. and Old Republic National Title Insurance Company, Inc.
Our Florida attorneys assist numerous German, Canadian and British clients with real estate interests in the United States on a range of transactional and business matters. Several of our attorneys are fluent in German. Combined with the experience of our international tax and immigration attorneys, we offer guidance for individuals and entities seeking to buy, sell, invest or transact business in Florida and elsewhere in the United States.
Many developments and transactions involve environmental evaluations and concerns. With the assistance of lawyers in our Environmental Group, we help our clients meet the increasing challenges posed by environmental issues by assisting with the coordination of due diligence investigations and analyses and responding to a host of other environmental considerations.