Calfee’s practice group represents a wide range of clients including developers, investors and syndicators, institutional lenders, individuals, and corporate clients in connection with matters related to the acquisition, disposition, construction, development, leasing, and financing of real property assets. In addition to conventional purchase, sale, loan, and lease transactions, this practice encompasses the formation of investment syndications, joint ventures, and economic development incentives, the structuring of synthetic leases and tax-deferred exchanges, and the representation of clients in complex multi-site and multi-state transactions, including:
- Master development programs
- Joint ventures and syndications
- Site acquisition and control
- Building and zoning compliance
- Environmental due diligence and compliance.
Calfee’s Government Relations and Legislation practice is respected for its political savvy and effectiveness, legal expertise, honesty, and relationships with all levels of local, state, and federal government and on both sides of the political aisle. Since 1988, our full-service lobbying group has appeared before the Ohio General Assembly, statewide elected officials, executive agencies, commissions, and departments of the state and federal government. We advocate for our clients in a strong, clear voice that makes an impact. Further, we assist clients with the following:
- Analysis of public policy perspectives
- Legislative strategy, development, and implementation
- Creation of coalitions
- Development of “grassroots” support programs.
We represent clients in all aspects of transactions, financings, and debt structures. The firm's commercial finance attorneys counsel financial institutions and borrowers in analyzing, structuring, documenting, and negotiating all aspects of finance in private, public, syndicated, international, and governmental settings. Our diversified backgrounds enable Calfee attorneys to understand all aspects of securing financing for a project.
Calfee is regarded as one of the foremost bond counsel firms in the State of Ohio. With more than 30 years of experience in this field, we regularly represent Ohio municipalities, counties, townships, the State of Ohio, special districts, and other political subdivisions as bond counsel, issuer's counsel, and special counsel, and we serve as underwriters' counsel to various local and national investment bankers. We assist clients with the following:
- Public/private investment funds
- New community authorities
- Historic rehabilitation credit projects
- Conduit financing
- Tax increment financing
- Tax abatement
- Special assessments
- Governmental loans and grants.
We were among the first firms to serve as bond counsel in connection with the issuance by a port authority of bonds payable from municipal tax increment financing revenues and "backed up" by voluntarily imposed special assessments paid to the municipality. This novel structure permitted the financing of a public parking facility adjacent to an inner-ring suburb's retail center.