Matters

MetLife Stadium – $650 Million Bond Placement

Represented a special purpose entity affiliate of the National Football League's New York Jets and the New York Giants, in a complex public financing for MetLife Stadium that involved the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and local government.

Friedland Properties – Madison Avenue Operating Lease Acquisition

Represented Friedland Properties in the joint venture acquisition of the operating lease for a large Madison Avenue office building.

World Surf League – League Ownership, Operations and Surfer Agreements

Represented the World Surf League in establishing the league’s ownership, operations and core investment structures to maximize league value. We also advised the league in the negotiation and development of a form agreement for surfers competing in the WSL Championship Tour, which covered merchandise licensing and media and promotional matters.

New York Yankees – $1.5 Billion Stadium Financing

Represented the New York Yankees in the issuance of $1.5 billion in municipal tax-free and taxable bonds by the New York City Industrial Development Agency, which financed the lease and construction of the new Yankee Stadium. We drafted and negotiated the lease agreement for the new stadium, as well as ancillary real estate agreements pertaining to parking lots and garages; construction, demolition and insurance, and public transportation. We were also integrally involved in navigating the Yankees through the lengthy federal, state and local governmental permit and approval process.

Fashion House Formation

Represented Nolining, a new high-end fashion house, in its formation and organization.

Community Preservation Corporation – Affordable Housing Project Acquisition

Represented an affiliate of Community Preservation Corporation in its acquisition of an affordable housing project located in Brooklyn, New York. The acquisition was the culmination of a 1031 transaction, and included a TIC structure, regulatory agreement, nominee and assumption of two tiered existing debt.

Legends Hospitality – Tax Advice

Assisted numerous sports franchises and leagues in connection with state tax law issues.

Qualified Opportunity Zones – Formation and Structuring

Represented multiple clients in the structuring and formation of qualified opportunity funds in connection with Opportunity Zone transactions in the New York metro area and across the United States.

NY Opportunity Zone – Structuring & Documentation

Represented the purchaser in the structuring and documentation of the acquisition of a New York development site in an Opportunity Zone transaction.

Commercial Properties Realty Trust – Opportunity Zone Development – Louisiana

Represented Commercial Properties Realty Trust in connection with an Opportunity Zone transaction involving an approximately 90,000-sq.-ft. commercial office building located on The Water Campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The Bethel Methodist Home – Bond Refinancing

Represented our client The Bethel Methodist Home in the defeasance of taxable and tax-exempt bonds and the issuance of new taxable and non-taxable bonds issued by the Westchester County Local Development Corporation in the aggregate amount of approximately $30 million.  The representation involved review and negotiation of bond and financing documents, diligence and discussions surrounding the tax regulatory agreement, coordination of due diligence review of the underlying real estate securing the bonds, and obtaining various regulatory approvals due to the nature of the Borrower as a Continuing Care Retirement Community licensed pursuant to Article 46 of the New York State Public Health Law. The refinancing and issuance of new bonds will result in a substantial net benefit to our client over the term of the bonds. 

Lido Advisors – Key Strategic Partnership

Represented Lido Advisors ("Lido"), a nationally recognized wealth advisory firm, in its entrance into a key strategic partnership with Charlesbank Capital Partners ("Charlesbank"), a middle market private investment firm.  Through the partnership, Charlesbank will become a significant investor in Lido alongside the founders and management team.   

“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Charlesbank at this pivotal time for Lido and, more importantly, for our clients,” said Jason Ozur, Lido’s Chief Executive Officer. “With Charlesbank at our side, our unparalleled investment and wealth planning solutions will continue to expand, both in breadth and scope, all to the benefit of our clients.”

Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Lido is a full-service, independent Registered Investment Advisor (“RIA”) that brings an innovative family office investment approach to grow and safeguard its clients’ wealth and legacies. Lido’s clients include high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, family offices, corporate executives, non-profit organizations and foundations.  

Resources

Real Estate Management Company – Tax Protection Dispute

Represented a real estate management company in defending against a multi-million dollar claim that it breached a tax protection agreement with a property owner that contributed an office building to the partnership. The property owner claimed that the tax protection agreement was triggered by the real estate company's merger with another company.

Property Owner – Ownership Restructuring

Represented a property owner in a complex ownership restructuring of a wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverage distribution center in South Carolina. We helped the property owner with corporate, real estate and tax issues regarding lease modifications, changes in the ownership of limited liability companies, a mortgage refinancing and an option granted to affiliates of the tenant to purchase equity interests in the company that owns the facility.

New York Yankees – Tax Efficient Program

Representation of the New York Yankees in connection with the development of the new Yankee Stadium in helping structure a tax efficient program for premium seating, including luxury suites, involving the negotiation and preparation of license, ticket and food and beverage agreements. This included consideration of complex tax matters. The agreements were typically multi-year, involved substantial financial commitments and required further negotiation on select issues.

Edison Tax Services – Acquisition Platform Structure and Joint Ventures

Represented Edison Tax Services in structuring its acquisition platform and establishing joint ventures with local operators to acquire tax liens and develop foreclosed properties.

NY Real Estate Developer – Mezzanine Loan Acquisitions

Represented a major New York developer in its acquisition of a senior mezzanine loan and a junior mezzanine loan secured by pledges of the direct and indirect equity interests in the owner of a Manhattan commercial building.

Real Estate Investment Company – Five-State Residential Portfolio Acquisition and Financing

Represented a major real estate investment and service company in its acquisition and financing of a five-state, 14-property portfolio of residential rental and condominium apartment complexes. The portfolio was financed through 14 first mortgage loans and 12 mezzanine loans, culminating in a four-day closing.

Investment Advisor/Property Managment Co – Regulatory Analysis

Represented a real estate investment advisory and property management company in establishing a presence in California and related tax analysis.

Life Insurance Company – Acquisition

Represented one of the largest life insurers in the world in its $130 million acquisition of 28 CVS drug stores in connection with 1031 exchanges.

Sabet Development Affiliate – $21 Million Acquisition of West 25th Street Buildings

Represented an affiliate of Sabet Development in the $21.5 million acquisition of two buildings on West 25th street; the property will serve as the "replacement property" in a reverse 1031 transaction.

DDG – Acquisition and Joint Venture to Redevelop Chelsea Property

Represented DDG in the acquisition of a property on the westside of Manhattan along with a related financing from M&T Bank and formation of a joint venture to redevelop the property into an 11-story residential condominium.