Allen Lynch leads the Real Estate group’s Seniors Housing and Care team. He represents capital providers and developers in several asset classes and operators of seniors housing and care communities.
For developers of New England properties, I provide site acquisition, entitlement, due diligence, condominium formation and closing services. For domestic and international capital providers, I structure and negotiate joint ventures, conduct legal due diligence, advise on risk mitigation, negotiate and document financings, obtain regulatory approvals and handle acquisitions and dispositions of real property and operating assets throughout the U.S. As a representative example, I provided many of these services to Archstone in the complex development of Archstone Boston Common, a large mixed-used project and the first of its kind in the city in more than 20 years.
In the multi-family sector, I serve as the lead dispositions and workout counsel to the country’s top asset managers for institutional investors in affordable housing communities selling assets developed under the Section 42 tax credit program. For Boston Capital, ranked as the largest apartment owner in the U.S., I’ve handled more than 1,000 disposition transactions and numerous special assets matters. In the seniors housing and care space, I have more than 15 years of experience representing parties in transactions and operations engagements ranging from single property matters to several of the most notable transactions in the industry involving publicly traded and privately held clients. Representative engagements range from leading a team that closed a $93M bond offering for North Hill Communities, Inc. (which owns and operates one of the largest and most successful continuing care retirement communities in Boston) to representing an institutional owner in a large multi-state workout of a master-leased portfolio of skilled nursing facilities.
My many years of service on the boards of large for-profit and nonprofit seniors housing and care operators, coupled with my active industry involvement and teaching at the Erickson School of Aging Studies, enable me to provide forward-looking business insights and legal solutions to my clients.
I’ve been closely following the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health care related real estate and seniors housing and care product types, driven by the migration of reimbursement from a fee-for-services basis to an outcomes basis. As millions more Americans enter the health care system and the country’s population ages rapidly, I’m developing strategies for my clients—in particular investors in and operators of seniors housing and care properties—to proactively identify opportunities and lessen their risk in this new world order.
Allen is the author of the chapter entitled “Land Use Issues” in the HDR Affordable Seniors Housing Handbook.
He was the principal author of the white paper “Risky Business: The Enforceability and Use of Negotiated Risk Agreements,” which received the first place award in the Seniors Housing and Care Journal published by Johns Hopkins University and the National Investment Center for the Senior Housing and Care Industry.
Author of the alert “Arbitration Agreement for Skilled-Nursing Wrongful Death Claim is upheld by SJC” Seniors Housing and Care Alert, May 7, 2007.
Johns Hopkins University, Graduate School of Business, Senior Housing and Care Certificate
University of New Hampshire School of Law, J.D.
Hartwick College, B.A.
In 2013, Allen was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Massachusetts Super Lawyer.
Board of Advisors, Itacit, Inc., a next-generation technology company that has developed a comprehensive, multilingual workforce optimization cloud platform for companies in the health care space.
Allen is a member of the principal trade organizations in the senior housing and care industry. He has served on several committees and task forces of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry, most recently on the Oversight Committee for the Future Leaders Council and the Fall Conference Planning Committee.
He served for eight years as an independent director of Senior Living Management, LLC, which through an affiliate owned and operated over 90 skilled nursing facilities.
Allen is an Executive Education Fellow at the Erickson School of Aging Studies at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, where he has been the lead instructor of the course “Risk Management for Seniors Housing and Care,” and is a regular guest lecturer in other courses at the school.
Allen has also served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, as president of a community association and member of the planning board in his hometown.
He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Hebrew SeniorLife (serving on the Housing Committee), a leading nonprofit provider of health care and housing to seniors in the metropolitan Boston area and beyond.
Allen has also been an active participant in the American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation endurance athlete program, through which he has raised thousands of dollars for ACS.
Allen regularly represents artists on a pro bono basis through Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.