Overview

Not only have we negotiated hundreds of purchase, sale, lease, development, finance, and construction deals in virtually all market segments, but we get these deals done. We have more than 60 years of experience of successfully closing client deals for everything from industrial parks and office buildings to shopping centers, housing developments and mixed-use projects. Our ability to help clients complete deals was recognized by Midwest Real Estate News, which placed Fredrikson as a top Minnesota law firm.

Purchases & Sales

We advise sellers and buyers on all issues related to the sale and purchase of real estate, including contract negotiation, due diligence, title examination, physical condition of properties, zoning and regulatory matters, environmental matters and closing the transaction.

Leasing

We represent landlords and tenants in all types of lease transactions, including retail, office, industrial, ground and warehouse space leases. Our attorneys skillfully help clients achieve their goals in a cost-effective way.

Financing

We regularly represent both lenders and borrowers in structuring, documenting and closing loans and other credit facilities. In addition, our nationally recognized public finance practice gives us the expertise to act as bond counsel, lender’s counsel or borrower’s counsel in bond financings.

Construction

We have experience in all aspects of the construction process, including negotiation and drafting of design and construction contracts, project finance, bid issues, change orders, extension of time and disruption claims, mechanics’ liens, bond claims, mediations, arbitrations, litigation and project close-outs.

Land Use & Environmental

Our attorneys have substantial experience advising real estate owners, developers and investors regarding the numerous legal, business and regulatory issues that arise in connection with development projects across the country. This work includes expertise in guiding clients through complex land use issues and in working with federal, state and local governmental authorities to get projects done. We also have experience representing clients through the sale, purchase, financing and development of contaminated “brownfield” sites. Additionally, we frequently advise clients on land use development and redevelopment challenges, municipal zoning appeals, environmental review and compliance issues, and environmental disputes and claims.

Condominiums/Townhouses/Cooperative

We have experience in structuring residential and commercial common interest communities. We help our clients create large mixed-use commercial/residential master association developments, or convert previously occupied properties into commercial, residential or mixed-use common interest communities.

Multifamily Housing

We provide a full range of services related to multifamily and senior citizen housing, including land acquisition, land use and environmental approvals, real estate tax analysis and planning, structuring the appropriate ownership entity, and arranging financing. Our attorneys understand complex multi-layered financing structures involving HUD, Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac loans or credit enhancements, subordinate debt, and local, state and federal grants.

Workouts & Foreclosures

We have successfully negotiated and implemented a multitude of reorganizations and other loan restructurings. Because we have represented many different interests in troubled real estate projects, we offer practical advice to clients who want to preserve maximum value in an adverse situation.

Real Estate Tax Planning

We provide tax planning advice to clients, which helps them reduce or eliminate the tax consequences of real estate transactions.

Experience

Purchases & Sales

  • Acquisition of the largest hotel in Reno, Nevada
  • Acquisition of Rand Tower, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Acquisition of One Financial Plaza/now CP Plaza, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Acquisition and renovation of Midland Bank Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Acquisition of Soo Line Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Leasing

  • Represented Xcel Energy in negotiation of build to suit lease in Downtown Minneapolis office building
  • Negotiation of law firm office lease for 150,000+ square feet
  • Represents Buffalo Wild Wings throughout the United States and Canada in connection with the leasing and development of new restaurants; in 2012, 32 new transactions were completed

Financing

  • Financing of conversion of historic building into rental housing units in Dallas, Texas
  • Financing of purchase and renovation of Reno Hilton, Reno, Nevada
  • Financing of purchase and renovation as hotel of Midland Bank Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota, including rehabilitation tax credits
  • Financing of purchase and renovation of One Financial Plaza/now CP Plaza, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Financing of Minneapolis Hilton Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Construction

  • Defended $20 million claim against contractor client by owner of ethanol plant in Alberta, Canada
  • Negotiated more than $1.5 billion in construction contracts for local educational institutions
  • Successfully defended $8 million delay claim against contractor client
  • Complete renovation of the Midland Bank Building, Minneapolis, Minnesota, into The Hotel Minneapolis
  • Construction of manufacturing plant, Durant, Oklahoma
  • Financing and development of multifamily housing in St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • Financing and development of senior housing project in Minnetonka, Minnesota
  • Represented the Builders Association of Minnesota in a lawsuit against a city regarding building permit fees charged by the city

Land Use & Environmental

  • Represented commercial developer in all aspects of joint-venture for office project that involved $50+ million construction project and $70+ million of construction financing
  • Represented commercial developer in acquisition, subdivision and redevelopment of old shopping center site for redevelopment for new grocery-anchored mixed-use project
  • Represented publicly-traded automotive retailer in seeking and obtaining local zoning approvals for development of multiple Twin Cities locations
  • Represented multiple developers and builders in obtaining entitlements for and negotiating development agreements relating to numerous residential developments throughout Minnesota
  • Represent large national retailer in siting and permitting new stores; work includes obtaining all land use and environmental permits, platting, negotiating development agreements and development fees, and completing environmental reviews
  • Negotiate and close on the sales of multinational industrial manufacturer’s legacy brownfields properties and closed factories, some of which dated to the early twentieth century
  • Successfully navigate wetland and storm water laws for developers tackling raw land projects
  • Obtained required local land use permits for international natural gas pipeline that crossed Minnesota

Condominiums/Townhouses/Cooperatives

  • Regularly represent both homeowner’s associations and owners in transactions and litigation involving condominiums, townhouses and cooperatives
  • Represented homeowners in lawsuit against association involving association’s denial of homeowner’s plans to build a modern home
  • Numerous conversions of residential apartment buildings in St. Paul, Minnesota, to cooperatives
  • Pre-construction formation and purchase of commercial condominium unit in International Centre, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Multifamily Housing

  • Purchase of rental townhomes in Kansas City, Missouri and assumption of existing financing
  • Sale of 384 units of rental housing in Denver, Colorado
  • Purchase and financing of multifamily portfolio in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Purchase and financing of portfolio of multifamily housing in Omaha, Nebraska

Workouts & Foreclosures

  • Represented foreclosing bank on hotel property in Shakopee, Minnesota
  • Represented court-appointed receivers on various complex workouts and foreclosures throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin
  • Workout and restructuring of ownership of The Hotel Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Handled commercial foreclosures and workouts for Marquette Bank, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Restructuring of ownership and management of International Plaza Partners LLC, representation in foreclosure and receivership litigation, and restructuring and refinancing of existing debt relating to a multi-tenant, mixed use real estate project in Bloomington, MN

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