Choate Sponsors Prominent Forum for Real Estate GCs

Choate Event Announcement

 | September 30, 2013

Event:  3rd Annual Real Estate General Counsel Forum East
Organization:  Information Management Network
Location:  New York


Choate was a silver sponsor of the Information Management Network’s Real Estate General Counsel Forum East, a two-day event focused on the most pressing issues that real estate in-house counsel face, and what key strategies they can employ to address these challenges effectively.

David Currie, partner in Real Estate, moderated the panel “Property Acquisition: Due Diligence, War Stories & Checklists.”  The panel examined specifics for different asset classes, as well as note vs. property acquisitions, sources of acquisition, titles issues, earnest money contracts, and inspection and survey review.  The panelists also discussed document changes, new negotiation issues and potential trouble spots, portfolio/company acquisitions vs. single property, practical purchase and sales agreements, and acquisitions outside the US.

Douglas Gooding, chair of Choate’s Finance Group, moderated the panel “Foreclosure & Bankruptcy: Offensive and Defensive Xs & Os Before & During Litigation,” which addressed topics including:  the foreclosure and loan assumption process, pre-negotiation agreements, working with receivers, workout litigation, comparing judicial vs. non-judicial issues and timelines, deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure, standstill agreements, expert witnesses, subcontractor and mechanic lien issues, the cost of early vs. late settlement, countersuits and liens, headline cost, advising the board, and settlement agreements.

IMN is a global organizer of institutional finance and investment conferences.  This event brought together in-house legal professionals at funds, REITs, operating companies, banks, lenders, institutional investors and corporations, alongside industry consultants, service providers & outside counsel.


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