Ashley Champion’s practice encompasses all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.
What do you focus on?
Commercial real estate
I work with property owners, investors and developers in acquiring, selling, leasing, financing and developing commercial and institutional real estate. Recently, an institutional client asked us to help it acquire a hospital campus. We quickly assembled a team of relevant disciplines and closed the transaction in short order.
Land use and zoning
Complex zoning and land use matters require dealing with and/or harmonizing the concerns of multiple stakeholders. I guide private sector clients through the maze of governmental processes and appear before municipal boards to secure the permits and approvals our clients need to move their projects forward. I also work with utility companies in large, complex projects that require coordinated teams of multiple practice areas.
As the U.S. population continues to age, demand for medical facilities has increased—and so has the need for real estate services to construct and transfer interests in these facilities. I work closely with institutions and health care providers to buy, sell and lease hospital, nursing home and medical office facilities.
What do you see on the horizon?
Currently, green initiatives are voluntary both in New York and elsewhere, but many governmental officials would like to see that change. We are working on behalf of our clients to be ready to deal with government-imposed green building standards on real estate at the local, regional and state levels.