Real Property and Construction

Our Real Property and Construction Group helps clients meet the demands of today’s reinvigorated real estate market. Our team includes member firms whose real estate practices were launched more than a century ago.

Although the world of business is growing increasingly virtual, the need for real estate and related property assets remains as strong as ever. Traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores, factories, hotels and resorts are being joined by new forms of real estate, including high-volume data centers, expanded logistics, distribution and shipping facilities, flexible manufacturing operations, environmentally friendly office towers and multifamily residential developments.

 As a result, we bring clients a level of institutional knowledge and accrued experience nearly unmatched among legal providers.

We are equally creative and responsive when it comes to helping clients address emerging real estate and construction issues, including a range of global, green building practices and new forms of real estate financing. Ally lawyers have been recognized by Chambers Europe, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in Australia and World Tax as well as by numerous local and regional real estate and legal publications.

We understand that real estate is a means to many business ends: increased efficiency, better customer service, and higher profitability, to name a few. Our lawyers represent individual, corporate and institutional real estate investors, developers, owners, lessors and lessees as well as construction contractors, subcontractors, architects and designers. We counsel clients from across the economic spectrum, including businesses for which real estate and construction are primary focuses as well as companies engaged in industries that depend on real estate assets, including retail, restaurants, manufacturing, technology and healthcare. Our areas of concentration include the follwing:

Sales, Purchases and Leases

  • Sales and purchases of commercial, industrial, residential and mixed-use property
  • Tenancy, rental, lease, sublease and other agreements
  • Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution
  • Tax advice, disputes and appeals
  • Public-private partnerships (PPP)

Real Estate Finance

  • Mortgages, refinancing and loan agreements
  • Public finance and investment, including Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) tender projects
  • Public and private bonds and issues
  • Securities acquisition and sales
  • Debt rescheduling, workouts and restructurings
  • Real estate funds and banking trusts
  • Mezzanine, leasehold and permanent finance transactions

Development and Construction

  • Joint venture agreements
  • Permitting, licensing and approvals
  • Construction loan agreements
  • Construction, work and services contracts and subcontracting agreements
  • Arbitration and litigation construction claims, bid protests and other controversies
  • Revitalization and development of unused and fallow properties
  • Condominium development and conversions

Land Use and Zoning

  • Land use regulation and planning
  • Title, zoning, rezoning, permitting and appeals
  • Heritage designation/preservation
  • Structuring of public-use rights
  • Air space subdivisions
  • Annexation and boundary disputes
  • Compulsory land acquisitions and compensation
  • Conditional uses, variances and nonconforming uses

Environmental, Sustainability and Conservation

  • Financing, acquisition, transfer and redevelopment of contaminated or potentially contaminated property
  • Compliance, environmental approvals, permits and operational issues
  • Remediation of brownfields and contaminated property
  • Green-area project development, planning and construction compliance
  • Environmental compliance, LEED-certified construction and green building issues
  • Water and air quality
  • Conservation easements, covenants and equitable servitudes

For more information about Ally Law’s Real Property and Construction services, contact us.