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Real estate can be a company's most significant asset — and its greatest liability. This is true even for businesses for which real estate is not a primary focus or source of revenue. This tension between asset and liability can be further complicated when the goals of executives do not align with the day-to-day requirements of operational managers.

The lawyers of Crowell & Moring's commercial real estate team help clients bridge this gap. Our approach is straightforward: we get to know your company, your people and your industry, and provide solutions that align the interests of all key parties. We understand that for many of our clients, real estate ownership and management is a necessary burden unrelated to their core business. Our goal is to assist in relieving that burden in the most beneficial way that achieves our clients strategic objectives.

Our lawyers are recognized for the quality of their counsel and client service nationwide, have been featured in publications such as Real Estate Weekly, and named a Super Lawyer by The New York Times and Key Professional Media. Among recent representative engagements, we served as the sole real estate law provider to the largest environmental response trust ever created. Involving more than 44 million square feet of space, the trust will help fund the cleanup, redevelopment and sale of key commercial property.

Our diverse client base is representative of the firm overall. It includes manufacturers, retailers, distributors, public-private partnerships, and other enterprises whose properties consist of shopping centers, mixed-use developments, and leisure and lodging industry projects such as hotels and resorts, timeshares, theme parks, water parks, aquariums, cultural attractions, concert venues, movie theaters, and sports and entertainment complexes, to name a few.

We advise clients on all aspects of real estate development, financing, construction, acquisitions, leasing, and operation. We have particular experience in the area of real estate finance, and regularly represent clients in debt and equity financing, joint ventures, ownership structuring and reorganization, structured finance and securitizations, letters of credit, credit enhancements, government incentives, corporate sponsorships, and strategic alliances. Before the shovel hits the ground, we have typically guided clients in the negotiation and documentation of architects, design/build and construction agreements, as well as facility operating, management, and other vendor services agreements.

We represent landlords and tenants in commercial leasing transactions involving ground, space, net, and other tax-advantaged leases. We also advise clients on real estate issues involved in mergers, acquisitions and other major transactions ranging from $500 million to $2 billion in value.

Our distressed asset practice is comprehensive. We counsel clients in the acquisition, disposition, and financing of distressed loan portfolios, as well as in loan workouts, bankruptcy sales, and debtor-in-possession financing. We have served as featured presenters at numerous conferences focused on troubled real estate assets, including the Distressed Debt Summit held recently in New York City.

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"Distributed Ledger Technology and the UCC," ACCFL 2019 Fall Dinner & Advanced Seminar, Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2019). Presenters: Andrew J. Knight and Scott Lessne.
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"Cross-Border Asset Based Lending: Perspectives on Practice and Legal Issues in Canada, England and the United States," ABA Business Law Section Annual Meeting 2019, Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2019). Panelists: Andrew J. Knight and Scott A. Lessne.
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"Cross-Border Private Equity Transactions in the Fintech Sector: A Close Look at Fintech Growth Equity and Leveraged Buyout Transactions," ABA Business Law Section 2019 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2019). Panelist: Jonathan Cardenas.
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"Cross-Border Financing of Fintech Start-ups: A Practical Look at Venture Debt and Venture Equity Financing Practices in Canada, Europe and the U.S.," ABA Business Law Section 2019 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (September 13, 2019). Moderator: Jonathan Cardenas; Panelist: Richard B. Holbrook, Jr.
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"Venture Capital Investment in Latin American Fintech," ABA Business Law Section 2019 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2019). Moderator: Jonathan Cardenas.
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"Pitch Series," INOVA Public Health Accelerator Summer Shark Tank, Falls Church, VA (July 3-24, 2019). Panel Judge: Danielle Winston.
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DEAL NOTE: Crowell & Moring Assists Clearway Energy, Inc. in the Repowering of Two Wind Energy Projects (Jun.27.2019)
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Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.

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