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It has long been the case that whenever the targeted assets in a merger and acquisition transaction include lease rights as to real property, a leasing lawyer has an opportunity to provide valuable services to the client in that M&A transaction. Leasing lawyers educate buying clients about the current status of the target’s leased real property assets, operations, rights, obligations, and liabilities and assist with plotting post-closing options. When representing sellers, leasing lawyers help their clients respond to diligence requests, evaluate and negotiate the sellers’ representations proposed by the buyer, and craft disclosure schedule content. For many years, these roles have remained largely unchanged. Over the past decade, however, the rising popularity of representations and warranties insurance (RWI) policies invites even the most sure-footed real estate leasing lawyer to consider whether (and if so, how) his or her role changes if the subject M&A transaction includes an RWI policy.
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By Sandra D. Buchko
A hybrid workforce has meant that office and retail space is in plentiful supply. These high vacancy rates have caused landlord defaults to be on the rise, making it a tenant-friendly environment for leasing space and obtaining tenant-favorable lease terms. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to negotiate the best lease terms and navigate the leasing process while saving money on rent, tenant buildout and operating expenses.
By Adrienne B. Koch
Parties to real estate transactions may be tempted to conclude that a notice of pendency will be available in most instances to protect their rights if things go awry. But while the CPLR’s description of actions in which a notice of pendency is permitted sounds both clear-cut and extremely broad, in practice it is neither of those things.
By Christine G. Barlow
Water issues are often confusing and involve multiple undefined terms such as plumbing, sewer, drain, overflow, or discharge. This article reviews how the terms are applied in the commercial property policy.
By Brian Peykar
The legalization of cannabis in New Jersey has created tremendous economic opportunities for commercial and industrial property owners. Aside from the potential financial benefits, property owners should approach this newer market in a cautious manner before embarking on leasing to cannabis retailers and/or growers given the multitude of issues and concerns surrounding the cannabis industry.