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Articles and commentary addressing the complexities of drafting assignment provisions in commercial leases abound. Notwithstanding the complexities of these provisions, however, save for unique events exempt from consent (e.g., transfers to affiliates) or certain detailed situations in which a landlord may withhold its consent (e.g., when the proposed assignee is currently negotiating vacant space with the landlord), assignment provisions in a lease often boil down to the following seemingly simple, but more often than not complex, standard: that the lease may only be assigned or the premises subleased with the landlord’s consent, not to be unreasonably withheld. The following examples of case law illustrate how courts have construed this provision under various circumstances.
By David Kupetz and Asa Hami
Store closing or liquidation sales are a routine part of Chapter 11 cases involving retail debtors. These sales are consistently authorized by bankruptcy courts, despite lease provisions purporting to forbid them.
Phil Jelsma, a partner and chair of the tax practice team at a San Diego-based commercial real estate law firm talks about the changes to carried interest, how this will impact commercial real estate investment and what investors should do now to comply.
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By Michael R. Leighton
Numerous shopping center developers use a “layer-cake” of financing, including state and federal tax incentives to reduce the costs of debt and equity financing. The industry correctly saw that the market value of the credits would drop once the Jobs Act become effective. Such tax cut could undoubtedly impact the ability of developers to raise equity, certainly for new projects not yet placed in service.