Real Estate Transactions & Development

We help you structure, negotiate and close complicated real estate deals with future-focused, business-grounded advice and practical solutions.

Our approach

Real estate investment remains attractive relative to other asset classes in the United States. We help clients maximize and manage their institutional real estate properties and transform development and land use challenges into success stories.

Acquisitions and dispositions

Acquiring and disposing of real estate assets is complicated. You want someone at the table who is sensitive to the goals of all parties, and will strive to achieve the impossible—that is, make every stakeholder walk away feeling victorious. We bring experience, not ego. And we want to help get your deal done.

We provide clients a complete range of commercial real estate acquisition and disposition services. We can help with every aspect, from negotiating agreements to addressing environmental issues to anticipating tax implications. And we’ve worked on every kind of public or private financing.


We handle commercial leasing for tenants, landlords, subtenants and lenders and have handled leases of every conceivable type and configuration. These include special leasing situations, such as those for health care, biotechnology, airport, seaport, energy, rooftop solar and telecommunications facilities as well as government leases. Leasing transactions can also give rise to environmental, zoning and permitting issues, so we provide counsel these issues and perform any necessary due diligence. We advise and assist lenders with lease reviews for real estate financing transactions.

Sustainable development

We work with developers, investors and other real estate industry participants to understand public and private sustainable development tools, requirements and systems, including LEED®, green building acts and other standards. We collaborate with our clients to incorporate these protocols and regulations into development, management and investment programs.

We also assist with incorporating green financial incentives, including renewable energy and other tax credits (such as wind, solar and biomass) into these programs.

Who we work with

  • Developers
  • Investors
  • Borrowers and lenders
  • Landlords and tenants
  • Owners and operators
  • Buyers and sellers

Montana Highlights

Big Sky Business Journal | April 09, 2018

Nixon Peabody is mentioned in this roundup of major Montana business news for its representation of Eagle Bancorp Montana, Inc., in its acquisition of Ruby Valley Bank in Twin Bridges, Montana. Nixon Peabody’s deal team was led by Public Company Transactions partner Lloyd Spencer and senior counsel Ray Gustini and included Public Company Transactions partner Sean Clancy, Real Estate partner Colette Dafoe, Energy & Environmental Group partner Jean McCreary, and Labor & Employment partners Jeff Gilbreth, Yelena Gray and Tom McCord.

Interest in historic preservation growing in Detroit

WDET-FM (NPR Detroit) | October 12, 2017

In this radio segment about the increase of rehabilitation investment and construction in Detroit over the past few years, Washington DC tax credit finance and syndication partner David Schon discusses how to take advantage of historic preservation tax credits for the city’s historical buildings.

Industry leaders cautiously optimistic post-election

Affordable Housing Finance | November 21, 2016

New York City Affordable Housing strategic policy advisor Deborah VanAmerongen is quoted in this article about impacts the election may have on the New York City affordable housing industry. In the article, Deborah emphasizes that President-elect Trump knows real estate finance, is from New York, and likely understands the importance of affordable housing programs.

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