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Dara Newman Histed



Dara Newman Histed represents developers, landowners, and investors in commercial real estate transactions. Her clients execute transactions ranging from complex tax credit and affordable housing deals, to market-rate housing transactions, both involving joint ventures, development agreements, acquisitions, financings, and refinancings. Her practice is focused on Massachusetts and the Washington DC area.

What do you focus on?  

Acquisition, financing and development

I work with developers and owners on all aspects of acquiring, financing and developing multifamily housing. I recently worked with a developer to recapitalize and rehabilitate a 967-unit affordable apartment complex in Boston, Massachusetts. As another example, I work closely with the country’s largest apartment owner to sell its investments in affordable housing communities financed with low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs).

Joint venture transactions and general real estate transactions

I work with developers and institutional investors to draft and negotiate joint venture agreements for companies that are acquiring, developing, and operating multifamily properties across the country, some located within opportunity zones.

I represent landowners and developers with their general real estate transactions and assist on all aspects of real estate sales or acquisitions, including negotiating purchase and sale agreements and loan documents as well as managing the due diligence review process.

Land use and permitting

Another important part of my practice is land use and permitting work for buildings of all sizes. In one recent project, I helped obtain the needed permits and approvals to construct a market-rate apartment building in the Boston area.

What do you see on the horizon?

The Massachusetts governor is aiming to produce 10,000 multifamily housing units annually through 2020, especially dense developments near urban centers and public transportation. I am excited to work with the developers creating these units, helping the Commonwealth retain its talented young residents and provide housing for its aging population.

Publications

  • “Careers in Real Estate: Advice from Practitioners,” Urban Land Institute (panelist)
  • If You Can’t Build It, They Won’t Come: Condominium Construction Moratoria and Gentrification,” Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 3 (2008) (author)

Presentations

  • “Affordable Housing Investment,” BISNOW Mulifamily Annual Conference East (BMAC), McLean, VA, November 28, 2018

People on the Move

Affordable Housing Finance | February 10, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the affordable housing space highlights the promotions of Los Angeles Community Development partner Sonia Nayak, Washington, DC, Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Dara Newman Histed, and New York City Affordable Housing and Real Estate partner Dana Roper, all of whom officially joined the NP partnership this month.

Movers & Shakers

The Deal | February 04, 2020

This column of notable executive moves in the legal industry included a write-up on the promotion of Nixon Peabody’s 2020 new partner class: Laura Bacon, Shariff Barakat, Katie Baynes, Robert Fisher, Kimberly Harding, Brian Mahoney, Sonia Nayak, Dara Newman Histed, Morgan Nighan, Chris Porzio, Rachel Pugliese, Dana Roper, and Peter Trimarchi.

Career Tracker: Lawyers on the Move

Reuters Legal | February 03, 2020

This roundup of personnel moves in the legal industry highlights the 13 members of Nixon Peabody’s 2020 new partner class: Laura Bacon, Shariff Barakat, Katie Baynes, Robert Fisher, Kimberly Harding, Brian Mahoney, Sonia Nayak, Dara Newman Histed, Morgan Nighan, Chris Porzio, Rachel Pugliese, Dana Roper and Peter Trimarchi.

Don't miss it: Nixon Peabody pilots Tegna’s $105M TV stations deal

Law360 | August 23, 2018

Washington DC partner and team leader John Partigan is mentioned in this article for leading the deal team in Tegna Inc.’s $105 million acquisition of local television stations in Ohio and Texas. The deal team also included partners Sean Clancy, Brian Kopp, Jean McCreary and Denise Pursley; counsel Todd Shinaman; and associates Pierce Han, Dara Histed, Carolyn Lowry and Dana Stanton.

Contact

Dara Newman Histed

Partner

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8272

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1079


Fax: 866-647-4018

Boston College Law School, J.D., cum laude

Haverford College, B.A.

Massachusetts

District of Columbia

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