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A thriving real estate practice with an excellent and responsive team. - Chambers USA

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Goldberg Kohn’s Real Estate Group is respected as one of the best real estate departments in Chicago. The depth of the firm’s practice encompasses every aspect of commercial property transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, developments, financings, construction, sale and leasebacks, space leasing, ground leasing, renewable energy generation and distribution, workouts and bankruptcies and environmental issues, including consulting with clients regarding environmental site assessments, voluntary remediation programs, status liability for environmental cleanup, and other property-related environmental concerns. Our experience includes virtually all types of real estate, including office, apartments, retail, industrial, condominiums, hotels and senior housing, including independent, assisted, skilled and memory care facilities.

The firm's real estate practice doesn’t stop at Chicago's borders. Goldberg Kohn real estate attorneys have represented owners, developers, lenders, investors and tenants in connection with projects all over the country, including senior and mezzanine debt, sale-leaseback financings, sales and exchanges and leases. The firm’s national capabilities are enhanced by a longstanding membership in Meritas, an affiliation of nearly 200 carefully selected independent business law firms across the world. This connection allows Goldberg Kohn to serve its clients' needs wherever they arise.

The transactions on which Goldberg Kohn's real estate lawyers work are often large and particularly complex, many involving multiple jurisdictions. However, as the firm’s real estate client base runs the gamut, from small entrepreneurs to large banks and multinational corporations, the transactions they work on also include many “middle market” deals. The firm has extensive experience representing institutional lenders in balance sheet and CMBS lending, as well as negotiating and closing syndicated loans, including pari passu and tranched loan syndications, intercreditor agreements and agreements among lenders.

Goldberg Kohn represents a range of owners of and investors in commercial real estate. For these clients the firm will advise on matters of: entity structuring, including preferred equity, pari passu joint ventures and limited liability company organization; capital formation, including equity syndication; development, including entitlement, covenants, conditions, easements and restrictions; leasing; debt financing; purchase and sale; and reorganization.

Goldberg Kohn's Real Estate Group, in conjunction with the firm's Litigation and Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Groups, has extensive experience in representing lending institutions in dealing with all phases of distressed commercial real estate loans - from portfolio analysis to REO disposition. The firm has represented banks, pension funds, insurance companies and other institutional lenders, and worked on all property types from single-family suburban land development to downtown office buildings. Goldberg Kohn has represented numerous institutional creditors in negotiated restructurings, bankruptcies, foreclosures and receiverships of distressed investments and REO disposition. The firm's litigation and bankruptcy attorneys, in conjunction with the Real Estate Group, have also represented numerous institutional mortgagees in enforcing their lien rights in out-of-court restructurings, foreclosures and in Chapter 11 cases.

Goldberg Kohn attorneys are well versed in the specific laws and legal techniques associated with distressed real estate loans, including mortgage foreclosure, consent foreclosure, deed in lieu of foreclosure, single asset bankruptcy, including, UCC sales, springing guarantees, consolidations and spreaders, lock boxes, participating mortgages, debt to equity conversions, secured debt to mezzanine conversions, mezzanine debt foreclosure, debt sales, receivership mortgagee in possession, non-recourse carve-out analysis and collection, and ground lease terminations.

For more information about our Real Estate Group, please contact Adam Laser at 312.201.3931 or via e-mail at



Attorneys At Law

55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792
Tel: 312.201.4000
Fax: 312.332.2196


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