Facilitating commercial real estate transactions is at the heart of much of our work. We structure purchase, sale and lease arrangements for office buildings, retail shopping centers and industrial developments. We also counsel developers and lenders in deals involving residential subdivisions, apartment complexes and condominiums. Our clients range from small entrepreneurs to large corporate entities, all of which receive the benefit of our hands-on industry experience (including as general counsel to a national real estate developer) and diverse transactional and dispute resolution skills.
Shaw Fishman represents all of the key players in real estate transactions including owners, developers, landlords, tenants, borrowers and lenders. We are renowned for our land use and zoning experience on behalf of such clients as a national pharmaceutical corporation, reflected in one of our team member’s co-authorship of the Handbook on Illinois Zoning and Land Use for the National Business Institute. And in addition to their own courtroom experience, our real estate lawyers can draw on the firm’s full litigation capability in land title controversies, construction disputes, evictions and foreclosures.
We are familiar with the needs of all parties in real estate transactions. As seller’s counsel we protect our clients’ interests by negotiating provisions that limit the seller’s representations and warranties; the amount of time property is taken off the market; and the circumstances under which the purchaser may terminate the agreement. When representing the purchaser, our real estate team negotiates terms and conditions that allow our client to perform the necessary due diligence, evaluate the risks, and make an informed decision about the purchase. And financial institutions rely on our help in structuring secured real estate loans with the flexibility to protect their assets while ensuring completion of the deal.
As one of the country’s leading bankruptcy firms, Shaw Fishman has extensive experience in the workouts of problem properties and mortgage investments, including restructurings, foreclosures and bankruptcies. We also advise on landlord and tenant bankruptcies, and represent all parties in receiverships. Such capabilities are especially important in today’s real estate marketplace, and typify the full service strengths that we offer to all our real estate clients.
- Property development, purchases and sales
- Structuring real estate partnerships and investments
- Commercial leasing including lease negotiation
- Real estate finance
- Construction law and dispute resolution
- Zoning and land use
- Loan workouts and foreclosures
- Evictions and other landlord-tenant disputes