Industrial and Office

Overview

“ Kojaian Management Corporation’s commitment to quality extends beyond its office, industrial, and retail developments to its choice of professional partners. And in real estate law, you need the best people — those who are committed equally to expediency and excellence in every detail. ”

C. Michael Kojaian, Executive Vice President
Kojaian Management Corporation, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 

Honigman's Industrial and Office Practice Group within the firm's Real Estate Department is an experienced and multi-faceted team of attorneys responsible for assisting clients in the development of millions of square feet of commercial office space throughout the United States. Chief among our practice attributes is our ability to provide business-focused representation incorporating the wide spectrum of issues that may arise in a commercial transaction, including incentives and tax credits, remediation of environmentally challenged properties and sustainable development.

Our services to clients include office and industrial acquisitions, entitlements, financing, construction, leasing and disposition.  We represent office owners and corporate users in lease negotiation of single-user or multi-tenant facilities, those entering into build-to-suit arrangements and those entering into ground leases. We also represent companies that construct or rehabilitate Class A headquarter buildings in city centers, along with firms developing corporate campuses in greenfields on the outskirts of suburban communities. Our team provides guidance to developers of landmarks such as the Renaissance Center and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in Detroit, Michigan. Our projects frequently encompass unique elements like public/private partnerships, office condominiums, mixed use components and conservation easements.

Honigman's industrial sector experience includes traditional manufacturing and assembly facilities, as well as distribution, warehouse, research and development, and flex buildings. We provide counsel to other property types such as medical campuses, medical office buildings, surgi-centers, self-storage and mini storage facilities, museums, hotels, restaurants, racetracks and educational facilities.

A significant component of our practice is the development of facilities for warehousing and supply chain distribution and delivery of raw materials, parts and retail goods. Our attorneys assist companies in the development and leasing of increasingly sophisticated and environmentally friendly warehouse and distribution facilities. These transactions typically involve major infrastructure improvements, reciprocal easements with adjoining landowners, supply contracts and intermodal transportation components.

Our Industrial and Office Practice Group also concentrates on the sale and redevelopment of excess manufacturing facilities, including the decommissioning of existing manufacturing and assembly plants. These divestitures of real estate and equipment include such projects as tying off utilities, redirecting easements, modifying arrangements with municipalities, renegotiating incentive packages and appealing real estate tax assessments.

We recognize that developers, investors and users have distinct business and investment goals when it comes to developing, owning or occupying office and industrial properties. These groups often form joint ventures that are one-off arrangements involving complex negotiations related to financing, rates of return, governance, buyout and transfer rights. Our team has extensive experience in forming LLCs and other ownership entities, enabling us to craft optimum arrangements for minimizing state taxes and meeting clients' objectives. We are also active in creating private equity real estate funds to acquire, operate and monetize office and industrial properties on an opportunistic basis.

Our attorneys also frequently assist in the development of airport hub facilities and helping film production companies lease offices, editing rooms, and otherwise underused warehouse and industrial space for film production and post-production.

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