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Corporate Counsel, Americas Development & Corporate Affairs - Managed Duties: Focus on providing legal services in all phases of owned or managed development projects throughout the region. Deal with a broad array of topics, including real estate development, debt and equity financing and guarantees, joint ventures, residential licensing, mergers and acquisitions, risk-management, and employee related issues. Report directly to the Vice President and Senior Counsel responsible for corporate owned real estate in the Managed Development Group. Provide legal services for the acquisition, disposition, development, and financing of new lodging and residential products, including: providing advice on proposed transactions with respect to confidentiality agreements, structuring the transaction, letters of intent, and trade area restrictions; drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, ground leases, license agreements and development agreements, handling legal due diligence, coordinating with other members of the development team, monitoring compliance with local zoning requirements, drafting and negotiating closing documents, overseeing closings, and following up on post-closing matters; drafting and negotiating management and related agreements and coordinating various conversion matters on the takeover of existing properties; drafting and negotiating ownership structuring agreements, including joint venture, condominium, and finance documentation; drafting and negotiating documents involved with multi-unit refinancings, sale/leaseback, and sale/manage back transactions; providing advice on miscellaneous real estate matters affecting lodging development and operations (e.g., condemnations, easements, restrictions, and land use); and providing advice on miscellaneous real estate matters affecting residential licensing and development.
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Qualifications: Excellent academic record with a law degree from a top law school; Active Bar membership; 5+ years legal experience, preferably transactional experience; Proven contract drafting and negotiating skills; Ability to expeditiously identify and analyze issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason; Ability to work under stressful conditions with owners, lenders, and partners of properties in financial distress; Strong interpersonal skills, and ability to interact effectively and work diplomatically with individuals at all levels; Ability to foster relationships and individual accountability across the organization; Excellent written and oral communication skills; Excellent conflict management skills, and ability to influence without coercion; Ability to identify opportunities for improvement and to facilitate the implementation of creative solutions; Ability to work independently, take ownership of and effectively resolve problems; and Ability to expeditiously identify and assess issues and provide legally sound recommendations consistent with good business practices and reason. Familiarity with real estate acquisition, financing and development techniques and practices is preferred. An independent and creative attorney with the ability to manage, structure, negotiate, and execute multiple complex transactions; draft hotel management, lease, and related agreements; supervise outside counsel; understand and resolve local law issues; work effectively with owners, developers and lenders; and coordinate tax, insurance, intellectual property, and construction issues.
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