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To commercial landlords, the ideal lawyer is one that can predict the future. And in the context of buying and selling New York City real estate, that means lawyers who can craft lease provisions to pre-emptively thwart tenant-holdouts seeking cash buyouts in exchange for surrendering and vacating their premises. The scenario usually plays out like this: landlord markets the building for sale; buyer tenders an offer on the condition that the building be conveyed vacant on the closing date; tenant demands an exorbitant amount of money from landlord in exchange for vacatur; landlord scours the lease for any possible tactical advantage in its negotiation with tenant; landlord finds none and capitulates to tenant’s demand or loses the deal. A win/win for the tenant.
By Jun Kwon
The Financial Accounting Standards Board released a new set of lease accounting standards, ASC 842, which went into effect earlier this year. Most significantly, publicly traded companies are now obligated to list all leases of 12 months or longer on their balance sheets as both assets and liabilities. Large private companies will follow suit in 2020.
By Howard A. Levine
Further comment and analysis is warranted on the three-judge dissent, which, if adopted by the majority, would have fundamentally altered the very foundation of New York contract law.
By Janice Inman
Defense Based on Federal Law Cannot Confer Federal Jurisdiction
By James O’Brien
Part Two of a Two-Part Article
Part One of this article outlined the basic elements of a subordination, non-disturbance and attornment agreement (SNDA), which regulates two competing interests in the same property — tenant’s right to possess its premises pursuant to its lease and mortgage lender’s security interest in that same premises. Part Two explains the differences between the concepts of “non-disturbance” and “recognition,” while contending that lease recognition is more important to the tenant than not having its possession disturbed.