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Lindquist & Vennum's clients are owners, managers, investors and developers of commercial, industrial and mixed-use properties throughout the United States. The development projects we work on involve everything from raw land to shopping centers to downtown office complexes. We work with major lenders to negotiate appropriate lending and loan restructuring. We also handle real estate joint ventures, syndications, sale and lease-back agreements, and formulate other arrangements to finance acquisition, development, and construction projects.

Lindquist's attorneys' experience in dealing with public agencies helps clients plan for and achieve compliance with regulations concerning planning, zoning, and environmental impacts, as well as address other constraints on real estate development and land use.

The group has received a Tier 1 Metropolitan ranking in the 2016 Best Law Firms rankings and is home to one of the largest concentrations of Minnesota State Bar Association Board Certified Real Property Law Specialists.


Development Related Matters

  • Represent Total Wine & More with their Midwest expansion, handling all real estate and liquor licensing matters.
  • Represent United Properties in its development and leasing operations.
  • Guide buyers during the acquisition of nine Twin Cities grocery locations vacated by Rainbow Foods.
  • Complete lease transactions for 10 Sportsman’s Warehouse retails sites and an updated round of financing totaling $235 million related to the company’s IPO.
  • Represent Warner Properties in the sale of a $43 million 400 unit vintage apartment building portfolio to a national private equity investor.
  • Advise The Beard Group affiliates in the acquisition, development, construction, and operation of a $20 million apartment building project in Osseo, MN.
  • Act as local counsel for an international private equity firm with Minnesota projects in 2015 in excess of $5 billion.
  • Represent national senior housing provider in $91 million restructuring and refinancing of multiple MN properties.
  • Advise a regional senior housing developer and operator, in six (6) new and expansion projects in MN, ND, IA and FL.
  • Represent multiple affordable housing developers and providers in acquiring and or developing over 450 affordable housing units in MN.
  • Represent tax-exempt charter school borrowers in over $300 million in revenue bond financing for real estate and facilities.
  • Represent and provide counsel to wind power and solar power entities throughout the U.S. on all real estate related matters involving the siting, development and operation of renewable energy projects.
  • Serve as real estate counsel for the Metropolitan Council on regional mass transit light rail project initiatives.
  • Represent Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc., an industry leading national LTL freight carrier, in connection with the acquisition, development, renovation and management of its portfolio of regional and sub-regional freight delivery service centers throughout the United States.
  • Represent United Properties and its affiliates in connection with the acquisition and development of senior housing cooperatives and apartment projects in the Twin Cities area.
  • Served as local counsel to a New-York based hotel chain in a $65 million purchase of a locally owned hotel in the heart of Minneapolis’ entertainment district.
  • Serve as counsel on the land registration for a mixed use housing project adjacent to the new Vikings Stadium - U.S. Bank Stadium.

Transactional Construction

  • Serve as outside general counsel to one of the five largest national contractors in Minnesota.
  • Negotiate construction contracts on behalf of general contractors, owners, tenants, and subcontractors.
  • Guide more than a dozen public charter schools through the process of purchasing sites and constructing facilities.
  • Represent the owner in a $50 Million+ sale of a multi-tenant office building in Bloomington, MN.
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