Matters

300 Lafayette

Representing a joint venture between Related Companies and LargaVista Companies on environmental matters in the development of a Soho gas station site into a $200 million retail and office building.

Acquisition & Environmental Due Diligence for New Jersey Whole Foods

Represented E & H Members LLC in the acquisition of 104 & 110 Washington Street, Morristown, NJ. The transaction involved a triple net leased Whole Foods, a 1031 exchange and the purchase of extensive environmental insurance related to environmental concerns stemming from a former dry cleaner.

90 Gas Station Acquisition and Financing

Represented an investor in the purchase of 90 gas stations from Motiva Enterprises, acquisition financing from a bank lender and private investors; a follow-on acquisition of 15 stations and a refinancing of the portfolio with a bank lender.

$30 million SoHo Gas Station Sale

Represented an owner in the $30 million sale of a Mobil gas station in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood.

Developer’s Counsel – Superfund Site

Represented a developer in the bank foreclosure acquisition of a high-profile Superfund site in Norwalk, CT. Successfully secured protections from the Connecticut DEEP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in addition to securing environmental insurance and negotiating environmental issues with a big-box retail tenant.

Environmental Compliance for Luxury Residential Property

Represented a New Jersey apartment building owner in achieving environmental compliance for a luxury building built on a perchloroethylene contaminated site. In addition to resolving all violations, successfully worked with tenants to address concerns and end potential class action litigation.

Wetlands Variance

Represented a real estate owner in seeking a wetlands variance to build a large platform for trucks, as part of a development project along the Newtown Creek Superfund site.

Master Leasing for 25 NYC Gas Stations

Represented a landlord in a master lease with a major multinational oil and gas company for the ground lease of 25 New York City gas stations.

Environmental Counsel for Complex Transactions

Represented a large chain of retail gas stations in the New York metropolitan area in successfully contesting a $37 million state sales tax liability. Steered the company through a successful chapter 11 bankruptcy, reducing liability to $4 million, then converted the $4 million settlement debt into a commercial loan, and further discounted the debt through an accelerated pay off settlement, achieving full releases. Handled all litigation, real estate transactions and negotiations with landlords, government authorities and lenders.