Real Estate Funds

Greenberg Traurig’s lawyers counsel investment fund sponsors and investors at every stage of the real estate investment lifecycle. Our team has a thorough understanding of fund structures and securities, tax and ERISA issues, taking into account specific kinds of investor pools, target markets and exit strategies. We maintain critical institutional knowledge of constantly evolving trends within the domestic and global real estate markets and the real estate investment fund world. We have the ability to leverage the size and strength of our internationally recognized Real Estate Practice to assist clients in acquiring, financing and disposing of a myriad of portfolio investments, independently or through joint ventures with developers, public companies, REITs and other real estate investment funds.

A Multidisciplinary Team
The capabilities of our real estate funds team are multidisciplinary and unite the knowledge and experience of our Real Estate, Corporate & Securities and Tax Practices. Our lawyers are well versed in a variety of legal disciplines, including joint ventures, corporate finance, financial services regulatory requirements, securities regulations, international and domestic tax, and ERISA. The resources of our firm enable us to offer our clients an array of sophisticated legal services to address the many facets of their real estate private equity ventures.

Real Estate Fund Capabilities

GT represents clients in both the formation and ongoing operation of a range of non-registered funds, including private equity real estate funds, real estate limited partnerships and non-traded REITs. Our attorneys have advised investment fund sponsors and investors in connection with domestic and global retail, office, hotel, industrial, land development and distressed asset level acquisitions, financings and dispositions, ranging in size from several hundred million to several billion dollars. We provide fund and joint venture “best practice” business structuring advice to sponsors of real estate funds, REITs and their local partners and investors, nationally and globally.

In addition, we represent many investors in private equity funds, including pension fund managers, endowment funds, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. These representations provide us with both invaluable insight into the trends and structures which funds are adopting and an understanding of investor-specific concerns when investing in funds.

We advise clients throughout the real estate investment lifecycle. Our attorneys:

  • Provide clients with state-of-the-art knowledge of real estate market trends and real estate investment deal terms
  • Advise on the structure and formation of real estate funds, funds of funds and investments to reduce sponsor risk, decrease costs and increase sponsor flexibility
  • Offer clients wide-ranging knowledge of available alternatives on each issue
  • Apply structures to increase after-tax incentive payments to sponsors, owners and employees
  • Provide a full range of real estate legal services, including diligence, planning, management, financing, leasing, operations and dispositions, and workouts and debt restructurings
  • Provide tax advice and executive compensation structuring for fund general partner groups
  • Negotiate internal agreements, investor side letters and investment in real estate funds
  • Negotiate subscription lines of credit with lenders

In addition, our lawyers have related know-how on matters involving the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and various state securities regulations. We represent fund clients on most aspects of SEC registration and disclosure requirements, including advising clients in the event of routine and “for cause” inspections or other proceedings initiated by the SEC.

We also have experience representing closed-end private equity funds electing to do business as Business Development Company (BDC) entities, as well as advising fund entities adopting structures exempted from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940. In addition, our lawyers have experience negotiating custody and administrative agreements, asset management contracts and prime brokerage agreements with third parties on behalf of our clients.

Fund Investment and Liquidation

We represent fund clients in structuring and negotiating real estate asset acquisitions and subsequent dispositions throughout the United States and abroad. Our real estate lawyers serve as counsel in connection with the purchase, sale, sale/leaseback and financing of most types of properties pursuant to specific fund objectives. We also represent funds in connection with joint ventures with developers, public companies, REITs and other private equity funds to acquire and redevelop real estate. The firm’s strong international profile further qualifies us to take on complex cross-border transactions with great efficiency.

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Diversity

At Greenberg Traurig, we are committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The individual attorneys at Greenberg Traurig are committed to nurturing diversity throughout the firm and creating an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively.

For us, diversity is about taking action - opening doors for lawyers.

That commitment is reflected by the fact that overall, 40 percent of Greenberg Traurig's attorneys worldwide are women or minorities as defined by the American Bar Association. As of Dec. 31, 2014, our U.S. employees, including attorneys and staff, who met the definition of minority persons reflected a total of 29 percent of our employment base. Approximately 32 percent of our U.S. attorneys and 52 percent of our U.S. employees are women.

Greenberg Traurig's commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond any single committee. Committees cannot nurture; they cannot mentor; they cannot create an environment where differences are embraced and utilized creatively. Committees do not lead. Our diverse attorneys however, can and do.


* We welcome and reflect the communities we represent better than any other major law firm in our markets.

* We do not simply rely on a "committee" to achieve this.

* We do so through a commitment to providing a fair opportunity for each of us to reach our full potential.

* We have the personal dedication of many at Greenberg Traurig who identify and bring into our firm this very special diversity.

* The Minority Law Journal 2014 Diversity Scorecard has recognized us as follows:
o No. 1 Ranking, African American Partners
o No. 1 Ranking, Hispanic American Non-Partners
o No. 2 Ranking, Hispanic American Partners


* The National Law Journal has previously recognized our attorneys as among:
o No. 2 Ranking, Female Partner Numbers, Female Scorecard (2013)
o "The 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America" (Three) (2008)
o "The 50 Most Influential Women Attorneys" (Two) (2007)
o "The 100 Most Influential Attorneys in America"
(Two diverse attorneys; three total) (2006)


Diversity in Action: Fostering Diversity in the Profession and Preserving the Pipeline

Greenberg Traurig's Diversity Leadership Community has initiatives that focus on fostering an environment within the firm that supports and encourages diversity and inclusion, and increasing diversity in the profession by increasing access to a legal education for minority students. Helping today's law students and lawyers become tomorrow's business and legal leaders means a larger, more diverse marketplace and a greater pool of talented professionals. And that means more business opportunities for everyone - our firm, our colleagues and, most importantly, our clients.
 
In this way, our approach to diversity and inclusion mandates a high-level of personal responsibility with regard to the recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys. Attorneys in recruiting, hiring and supervisory roles are continuously made aware of the progress of our efforts. Our personal approach to diversity and inclusion means that Greenberg Traurig lawyers are active at their alma maters and at law schools local to their offices, participating in such programs as career panels; "Meet the Employer" days; and mock interviews, among others.

It has been, and continues to be, our goal to create a well-balanced workforce that contains a significant presence of minorities and women.

Greenberg Traurig creates and supports partner programs with women, minority, gay/lesbian or disability-focused bar associations. We attend and sponsor events at these organizations regularly throughout the United States. The firm works closely with national and local minority bars to address the fostering of diversity and inclusion in the profession on many levels. We support the work of several organizations, including MCCA, NAPABA, NASABA, NBA, NLGBTBA, HRC, HNBA and others.

Additionally, we provide funding through the Holly Skolnick Greenberg Traurig Fellowship Foundation for lawyers and law students to work with public interest groups. Through the Foundation, Greenberg Traurig serves as the largest sponsor of Equal Justice Works Fellowships in the United States and has invested approximately $8 million to support, in whole or in part, almost 127 Equal Justice Works Fellows since 1999.

We invite clients to join us as we work towards:

* Cultivating strategic partnerships with clients and potential clients to leverage our diversity platform to create and deepen relationships and cultivate business opportunities.

* Encouraging our lawyers to facilitate opportunities for our diverse and women lawyers to develop relationships with clients before and after new matters are received.

* Broadening the pipeline of diverse attorneys by expanding relationships with minority bar associations and other legal diversity organizations through our combined support of these networks.

* Focusing on strengthening mentoring programs for female and diverse attorneys at every level.

* Instituting a program that provides a variety of mentoring, rainmaking and training opportunities that can be accessed by a wide range of diverse attorneys across a variety of underserved communities.

* Engaging our Affinity Groups and their allies as a forum for professional development and business development opportunities, as well as for recruiting and retention assistance and as a social exchange to promote inclusion.

Diversity in Action: Employee Resource Networks

Greenberg Traurig's Employee Resource Networks (Affinity Groups) have the goal of addressing the needs of our attorneys and professionals who are diverse. We support Affinity Groups for our attorneys who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, LGBT and women, and we continue to gauge opportunities to expand those groups as our needs and demographics dictate.

The firm's Affinity Groups are as follows:

* African American Affinity Group

* Asian Pacific American Affinity Group

* Hispanic American Affinity Group

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group

* South Asian American Affinity Group

* Women's Initiative

Our goals include:

* Mentoring of junior attorneys within the specific group;

* Recruitment and retention of diverse attorneys;

* Active participation in organizations addressing specific groups; and

* Serving as a forum for group members to discuss and explore issues and opportunities that will add value to client relationships.

Women's Initiative

As an example of our approach, Greenberg Traurig's firm-wide Women's Initiative focuses on retaining and supporting women attorneys through professional development and work/life balance initiatives, as well as through business development training programs and networking opportunities.

We work with like-minded organizations to address these issues on a broader scale in a variety of industries and communities.

Our program targets:

* Attracting and retaining talented women attorneys.

* Supporting business development for women attorneys.

* Serving as industry leaders.

* Impacting the community through leadership and service.

* Maintaining a culture that benefits women attorneys.

Diversity in Action: Suppliers

Greenberg Traurig is committed to the development of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Small Business Enterprises (DBE & SBE) suppliers.

As such:

* All business concerns, large and small, majority- or minority-owned, are afforded an equal opportunity to compete.

* A national director of procurement within the firm supports this practice.

* We are committed to diversity with respect to our vendors and suppliers.

* We are amenable to using diverse vendors and suppliers recommended by clients.

Diversity from the Top Down

Cesar L. Alvarez, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig, leads our diversity efforts. This is a matter of personal responsibility for him, having entered the U.S. as an immigrant with humble beginnings.

He has previously been honored as follows:

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Hispanic National Bar Foundation

* "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America," The National Law Journal

* "Top Most Powerful Hispanics," The Black Book of Poder

* "25 Best Latinos in Business," Hispanic Magazine, The Power Issue

* "President's Award of Merit for Diversity Efforts," The Florida Bar

* "Spirit of Excellence Award," ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

* "Lifetime Achievement Award," Chambers USA Awards for Excellence

* "CEO of the Year" award, Multicultural Law Magazine

* "Attorney of the Year Award," Hispanic National Bar Association

 

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