This is a webcast of the live New York session.
Why you should attend
Leases are the building blocks of value for all real estate and whether your client is entering into a lease, acquiring a leasehold, purchasing a Ground Lease or constructing on one or investing in or lending on properties. Knowing the "Commercial Lease,” current commercial leasing market trends, hot topics and current schemes is the most important investment one can make. Leases are long term investments and your client or company expects you to make the best deal in order to avoid unusual risks. Your client is depending on you to preserve the investment in difficult “risky” times. Knowing “what’s hot and what’s not” can help you be on the “cutting edge” of the current market negotiations. Do you know how to negotiate true “recognition” agreements and protect the lease and all the rights under the lease from dilution of superior interests or being “wiped out” in the event of financial difficulty affecting the building or owner? Can you lead a “workout” of a troubled lease or landlord or negotiate a lease conversion to equity and deed with purchase money financing and protect the interest? The more favorable the lease terms for the tenant, the higher the risk of later dilution of rights, title losses or higher difficulty of “closing the lease” in the first instance. And for equity participation or ownership conversion leases, and "buildable" ground leases, the risks of loss and needs for technical protections are paramount.
This program will help you to develop the bargaining and drafting expertise as well as the negotiation techniques necessary to avoid unnecessary risk and hidden charges, non-market limitations on company operations and costly errors and to place your client, the owner or occupier of commercial real estate, in the most advantageous position in what is essentially one of the most challenging real estate markets in 30 years. With the market improving, now is the time to learn to how to maximize your long term value and turn a lease into an investment.
What you will learn
• Evaluation of the equity conversion lease transaction to ownership and the additional need of protections from "springing superior interests" and obtaining the “durable true recognition” agreement
• Understanding the "Buildable" and financeable Ground Lease structure and economics
• Addressing and mock negotiation of hot and current “Big-Ticket” items of costs and risk in construction of the leased premises
• Discussions and practice tips on “The Troubled Lease Workout and Landlord Failures” – Securing the Landlord’s performance and security for owner cash flow obligations
• Practice tips - Tenant’s filing of alterations plans “triggering” violations and compliance obligations with pre-existing but deferred building, fire and safety laws
• The history and practical use of “Good-Guy/Bad-Guy” off balance sheet guaranty – hidden backdoor liability
• Current Market Update! “Ownership Costs” including repair, insurance and compliance responsibilities and how to shift them back to the owners/landlords
• Hot practice tips for retail malls with low occupancy/operations levels – "take a test ride" under pre-leasing occupancy and build-out early delivery agreements
• Practical real estate transactional based ethical considerations
Who should attend
Attorneys who practice in the commercial real estate leasing field and other allied professionals, including retail facilities directors, real estate brokers, property managers, property fund managers, governmental regulators/service providers and REIT investors and accountants.
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All times are E.S.T.
Day One: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (E.S.T.)
9:00 Changing Lease Forms and Negotiating Tactics in the New Improving Economy
- Lease forms expanding again
- Econometric layering of “theft by lease” – Re-bundle operating expense into fixed rent – Anticipate inflation of escalations
- In Market Recovery – Landlord's need to close deals quick – tenants at premium
- Owners need to commence rent more quickly – reduce leasing legal fees
- Lease Takeover Loan/Agreements Tools – Use increasing in 2012
- Accelerate the many moving lease commencement dates – Remove the Risk
- Mock negotiation on getting all superior interests to the table
Michael E. Meyer, John Busey Wood
10:00 Unanticipated Limitations in Long-Term Planning
A. Assignment and Subletting
- An Overview
- Permitted Transactions
- Recapture rights and profit-sharing
- Recognition agreements and consents
- Structural impediments to assignment and sublease rights
B. Creating Flexibility, Evaluating Your Options and Negotiating the Deal
- How to create flexibility in the lease?
- Renewal and expansion rights, including rights of first refusal, rights of first offer, and fixed expansion rights
- Early termination rights and partial kick outs
Nancy Ann Connery, Michael E. Meyer
11:00 Networking Break
11:15 Negotiating Today’s Tenant Options
- Fixed versus Floating Expansion Spaces; Setting the Triggers, Delivery Windows and Response Times
- Fixed Rental Rate versus Then-Current Market Rent; When Should Landlord Have to Re-Offer Declined Right Of First Refusal Space?
- Overlapping and Cascading Options; Creating Multiple Rights -- Structuring Around Other Tenants’ Existing and Future Senior Rights
- “Personal” Options, Minimum Occupancy Requirements and Other Ways to Forfeit a Tenant’s Option
- Calculating Termination and Contraction Fees; Reconfiguring a Multitenant Floor, Who Pays and Who Chooses?
Steven D. Klein
Afternoon Session: 1:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
1:15 Use of “Off Balance Sheet” Financing; and Ground Leases – Fundamentals of Structuring for Buildability and Financing
A. Good Guy Guaranties and Take-Over Leases
- Off balance sheet – springing obligations
- “The gap” period obligations – "Backdoor Expanded Personal Liability"
- Bankruptcy impact
- Hot Topics - Back –door liability accelerations – "Lease Takeover Triggers!"
- How to secure the payment and performance of the "Lease Taken Over"
- Representing a Landlord in Negotiating a Restructuring of a Tenant Lease
- Emergence of the Equity or Cash Flow Participation Lease
- Credit enhancements
- Use of letters of credit
B. Ground Leases – Fundamentals of Structuring for Buildability and Financing
- 99 Years Is A Long Time; Periodic Rent Resets and Other Special Clauses Addressing the Unknown
- Tenant Rights At Their Most Extensive; The True Economic Owner; Protecting The Leasehold Mortgagee; Special Cases of Condemnation and Casualty
- Issues in Ownership Transition; Recognition Agreements for Subtenants; Reversionary Rights and End of the Term Decision-Making
Steven M. Alden, Michael Kerstetter, John Busey Wood
2:45 Hot Topics for Dealing with Long Term Lease Structures, Audits and Credit Support
- Where are we with new FAS-13 and what is the impact on the structure and negotiation of long term leases and what is the importance of tenant’s audit rights?
- Hear how vacancies and historically incorrect gross up adjustments are serving to
- overcharge in-place tenants
- understate landlord’s NOI
- understate management costs and taxes for base years
- Learn how “Green Leases” and “Green Buildings” are leading to the development of new profit centers for landlords – new “Green Maintenance” laws
- Find out how REITs are shifting corporate office costs to building tenants via allocations at an unprecedented rate. How is this impacting tenants?
- Understand how new insurance products are being used to transform lease structure
- Letters of credit – don’t get surprised later by the “fine print”!
Edward Harris, Steven Serota, John Busey Wood
3:45 Networking Break
4:00 Ethical Gaps, Mishaps and Traps in Real Estate Practice
- Engagement letter gap
- Conflicts issues arising from outside counsel's dealings with inhouse counsel acting as owner/officer of property management company and independent counsel versus inhouse counsel acting as a party to the transaction
- Virtual office, multijurisdictional practice/unauthorized practice concerns/confidentiality problems
- Bottom line for attendees: what is my practical procedural strategic plan to deal with conflicts, keep fee and keep client
Devika Kewalramani, Michael E. Meyer, John Busey Wood
Day Two: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (E.S.T.)
Morning Session: 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (E.S.T.)
9:00 Challenges in Building Today’s Tenant Improvements
- Practice tip! High value property – selling pieces of the property – future condominium declaration
- Hot Topic – later creation of multiple superior interests and impact on expansion and option rights
- Timeline of creation of interests – impairment of rights – securing the Landlord Work/$
- Negotiations of the SNDRA – "R" is for full Recognition – Deal with the Lender in beginning – Abatements and Credits for Landlord's Work funded by Tenant Loan!
- Purchase extensions and options may not work after conversion
- Bring the lender and security interest holders to the table first – Secure the Landlord's Work funding and related rental credits/abatements – Hot Topic – Loss of abatements and offset protections
- Owner in workout will not fund TI or brokerage commission – Tenant the "Equity Investor"
Michael E. Meyer, John Busey Wood
10:00 Complex Real Estate Issues: Arbitration vs. Litigation
- Costs of litigation and discovery as well as absence of cases or judgments
- Establishing minimum qualifications for arbitrators in arbitration provisions and selection process
- Hot Topics – Current increase in "Baseball Panel Arbitration"
- Use of advocate arbitrators -- use of 1 neutral or 3 neutrals
- Impairing and invalidating the award
- Compartmentalize the process – surgical arbitration for a clause only
- Creation of the Arbitration Forum - Drafting Good and Bad Clauses
- Practice Tip: Hidden issues in fair value market determinations
Michael A. Marra, Luis M. Martinez, Elizabeth J. Shampnoi, John Busey Wood
11:30 Networking Break
11:45 Dealing with Large Hidden “Big Ticket” Items
- The “grandfathered” laws and enacted not effective late triggers – New Tenant filing plans – pulling permits – new laws for sprinklers and electric meters
- Pre-existing noncompliance permit delay for existing building or space violations
- Triggered violations from deferred but enacted laws on filing of plans and demolition
- Costs Included in CAM and operating expenses/capital disbursements – Landlord Build to Suit but no cash and "under supervision" – how to protect the “turnkey”
- Negotiating "Work/TI" funding/completion rights and with the Lender or Special Servicer and for "Recognition of Landlord's Work abatements and credits" – Tenant pays the broker for the Servicer? Future “delivery space” TI funding
- Current failure to analyze and assure the "Attached Sketch" – compliance, use, repair obligations and "the missing terrace!" . . . the added building systems!”
- Sprinklers, electric meters and VAV Boxes – analyzing Landlord’s “base building” inclusions
- Mock Negotiation
Michael E. Meyer, Jacqueline A. Weiss, John Busey Wood
Afternoon Session: 1:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (E.S.T.)
1:45 Hot Issues in Retail Leasing in the Current Environment
- Use clauses and tradenames
- Exclusive use rights
- Opening and operating covenants
- Co-tenancy rights
- Assignment and subletting
- New issues facing landlords and tenants in the current retail environment
- Use of "Pop-up occupancies" in malls – impact of “Temp Operating Agreements”
- When the co-tenancy and "kick-out" for low gross sales needs confirmation – problems of enforcement
- Early delivery and opening agreements while lease is being negotiated
Theani C. Louskos, M. Rosie Rees, John Busey Wood
3:15 Networking Break
3:30 Issues Surrounding Insurance and Damage and Destruction
- Effect of the financial crisis on insurance
- Who insures the insurer?
- Coverage of catastrophic risks – coordinating the insurers
- What the landlord needs and what the tenant needs
- ACORD forms now truly worthless! Use of Binders?
Christine Chipurnoi, James A. Fenniman, Arthur E. Pape
~ Senior Vice President, Risk Management and Insurance, Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc.
Michael A. Marra
~ Vice President, Construction Division, American Arbitration Association
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