Cox, Castle & Nicholson possesses unparalleled experience in the field of retail development. The attorneys on our retail team effectively and efficiently handle all aspects of retail development, including complex acquisitions and dispositions of improved and unimproved land, the documentation and negotiation of reciprocal easement, development, construction management and similar agreements, and the negotiation and documentation of complex and routine lease transactions.
We have extensive experience in representing developers in connection with acquiring, developing, constructing, leasing, financing, and disposing of all types of retail projects including regional malls, entertainment/lifestyle centers, community centers, neighborhood centers, and mixed-use projects. Our attorneys are experts in, among other things, sales and acquisitions, design, engineering and construction contracts, reciprocal easement agreements, development and management agreements, listing agreements, and leasing. When appropriate, our retail attorneys work closely with the firm's other real estate attorneys who have special expertise in areas such as financing, land use, zoning, and environmental matters, hazardous waste and asbestos, insurance coverage, bankruptcy, tax, and construction law, to provide more comprehensive legal services to our retail developer clients.
As the development of a retail center sometimes involves the sale of parcels to department stores and anchor and pad-site retailers, we also have extensive experience in the representation of developers and retailers in the sale and acquisition of portions of land within a retail center and the preparation of corresponding purchase and sale agreements, reciprocal easement agreements, development agreements, and other agreements common to the acquisition, development, and construction of retail projects. Such agreements range in complexity from the relatively simple reciprocal easement agreement necessitated by the sale of a pad site within a community center to the exceedingly complex construction, operation, and reciprocal easement agreements used in the development of regional malls.
Specialists In Retail Leasing For Developers And Retail Operators
With one of the largest and most complete concentrations of attorneys in California devoted primarily to retail development and leasing, attorneys at Cox, Castle & Nicholson have extensive experience in the negotiation and documentation of all types of retail leases. Our experience includes the representation of developers for premises within regional malls, power centers, entertainment/lifestyle centers, community shopping centers, and neighborhood shopping centers in a variety of different lease transactions, including build-to-suit leases, reverse build-to-suit leases, pad leases, major tenant leases, and shop leases. In addition, our attorneys have significant experience representing developers in the ground leasing of real estate.
We have successfully completed transactions (and, in most cases, multiple transactions) with virtually every national and regional tenant, including virtually all big box, major power center, and neighborhood center tenants. Based primarily on our experience and familiarity with virtually all national and regional tenants and our resulting understanding of the fundamental needs of retailers, we are able to complete retail leasing transactions in an incomparable, thorough, expeditious, and cost effective manner.
In addition, certain members of our retail team have extensive experience in representing retailers (both large and small) in connection with practically every facet of leasing or purchasing land for retail operations, from national retailers to regional small shop space operations, health club operators and restaurants.
Our retail attorneys are actively involved with the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives (ACRE), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), and other real estate trade organizations which, together with the depth of exposure to all varieties of real estate transactions, has enabled our attorneys to understand our clients' business objectives and the current real estate market. We closely monitor all federal and state legislative and regulatory developments concerning retail, office, and industrial leasing and development issues. We pride ourselves on our ability to keep abreast of and contribute to the rapidly changing legal environment for the real estate development community.