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Douglas Stanford

Counsel
+1.305.539.3309
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Douglas Stanford is a commercial transactions and finance attorney with national scope and experience in all aspects of real estate and asset-based commercial transactions and contract law.

Mr. Stanford’s practice is concentrated on complex purchase and sale and financing transactions; mergers, acquisitions and restructurings; private equity transactions, capital formation and structuring; commercial real estate ownership, leasing and financing; mortgage and asset-based lending; and loan workouts and restructurings.

Mr. Stanford’s services include negotiation of joint venture agreements, asset and real estate buy/sell agreements, leases, and asset and real estate-based financing documentation. His transactional work often involves capital sourcing and portfolio vehicle entity formation and structuring, including limited partnership and limited liability company joint venture relationships, and private equity funds, both domestically and internationally.

Within these areas of concentration, Mr. Stanford has substantial experience in acquisition, financing, development, ownership and leasing of retail shopping centers and big box retailers with emphasis on supermarket and grocery retailers; commercial and medical offices; restaurants, hotels, resorts and golf courses; multifamily housing including market rate, student, senior and HUD projects; warehousing and distribution; manufacturing and industrial including food and beverage production; and agribusiness with emphasis on dairy and timber production.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Stanford was of counsel and a real estate business lawyer in the Orlando and Miami offices of another international law firm. He was a member of the firm’s real estate and finance & financial institutions practice and hospitality & leisure industry team.

Achievements

  • Peer Review Rated as AV® preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© since 2006 for his work in real estate, including Best Lawyers in Orlando and Best Lawyers in South Florida.
  • Recognized in the 2003–2010 editions of Chambers USA for his work in real estate law.
  • Recognized as a leading expert in real estate by The Legal 500 in 2007.
  • Included among the 2009 top transaction and finance lawyers by The Legal 500 in the Florida real estate and construction category.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Hong Kong Association of Florida (HKAFL)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
  • South Florida Manufacturers Association (SFMA)
During his career, Mr. Stanford has provided legal representation as lead or co-counsel on many high profile transactions for international, national and regional clients.  Representative transactions and projects in his primary practice areas have included:

Hospitality and Leisure
  • Golf and country club operation and management, Destin, Florida and Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida -- representation of golf course/golf club owners/operators in advising on operations, management, financing and use and access matters.
  • Hotel Acquisitions, Key West, Florida, Miami, Florida and Miami Beach, Florida -- Representation of national hotel operators in acquisition of existing hotel properties, including local permitting and licensing matters.
  • Hotel Financing, Miami Beach, Florida -- Representation of international ownership group in financing of existing luxury boutique hotel with national bank lender.
  • Hotel Joint Venture, Destin, Florida -- Representation of luxury hotel/entertainment harborwalk developer in structuring new joint venture with equity contribution partner, and subsequent representation of JV in restaurant and retail leasing and entertainment licensing.
  • Resort Community, Orlando, Florida -- Representation of international developer in development and financing of luxury residential resort community with international joint venture partners and U.S. based bank financing.
  • Restaurant Leasing, Florida and North Carolina -- Representation of national fast food chain in development and leasing of new restaurant locations.
Loan Workouts and restructuring
  • Golf & Country Club Developer, Tampa, Florida -- Representation of international banking group in loan forbearance, workout and restructuring relating to golf course and country club operations, and adjacent luxury residential subdivision building lots.
  • Real Estate Partnership, Jacksonville, Florida -- Representation of national bank in loan workout and restructuring of line of credit and mortgage loan facility to real estate partnership secured by multiple office and pre-development parcels in downtown Jacksonville.
  • Regional Homebuilder, Orlando, Florida -- Representation of national savings and loan association in loan forbearance, workout and restructuring relating to residential subdivision development and lot sales, including private plan of liquidation outside of bankruptcy.
  • Green Energy Manufacturer/Producer, Orlando, Florida - Representation of national bank in loan forbearance, workout and restructuring relating to solar panel manufacturing and solar farm operations.
  • National Apparel Retailers, Jacksonville, Florida headquarters -- Representation of national bank in loan forbearance, workout and restructuring relating to women’s apparel retailer and athletic shoes and apparel retailer, including private plan of liquidation outside of bankruptcy.
  • National Grocery Retailer, Southeastern U.S. - Representation of troubled national retail grocery chain in pre-bankruptcy planning, lease restructuring and leasehold assignments/dispositions, and bankruptcy reorganization debtor-in-possession and exit financing with national bank.
Multifamily Residential
  • HUD apartments, Tallahassee, Florida -- Representation of national developer in Housing and Urban Development (HUD) backed financing of low income/student housing.
  • Elder care facilities- Multiple Florida and Georgia locations -- Representation of Owner/Operator in disposition of multiple senior housing/elder care facilities to international purchaser/operator.
  • Luxury apartments, Destin, Florida -- Representation of developer in joint venture structuring and refinancing of luxury apartment complex with national bank lender.
  • Luxury apartments, Miami, Florida -- Representation of developer in joint venture structuring, financing and development of luxury apartment tower constructed above grocery store and multi-level parking garage, including air rights leasing and joint owner operating agreement.
  • Multifamily developer financing - Multiple Florida and Georgia locations -- Representation of international banking group in providing credit enhancement for master credit facility to national apartment developer, including subordinated mortgages on multiple existing apartment properties.
  • Student housing, Orlando, Florida and Tallahassee, Florida -- Representation of national student housing developer in permitting, planning, development and construction of student housing serving nearby public universities.
Office
  • Medical Administration Office Leases, Florida, Indiana and Texas -- Representation of national healthcare insurance provider and administrator in leasing of call center and clerical space in suburban office locations.
  • Office Building, Tampa, Florida -- Representation of private equity fund purchaser/operator in joint venture and portfolio entity structuring in acquisition of low rise single-tenant office building, including financing with national bank lender.
  • Office Building and Garage, Phoenix, Arizona -- Representation of public REIT purchaser in acquisition of majority joint venture partnership interest in single-tenant office owner.
  • Office Building and Garage, Miami Beach, Florida -- Representation of public REIT purchaser in acquisition of LLC membership interest in single-tenant office owner, including limited partnership structuring for “Up REIT” transaction with seller’s principals.
  • Office Parks, Jacksonville, Florida and St. Johns County, Florida -- Representation of developer/owners in refinancing of multi-building office parks with large national insurance company and pension fund lenders.
  • Office Tower and Garage, Charlotte, North Carolina -- Representation of developer in financing with pension fund lender, and new construction relating to multi-tenant office tower, including air rights for garage skywalk.
Retail and Shopping Centers
  • Joint Venture Restructuring, Destin, Florida -- Representation of joint venture partner in restructuring of “town center” style mall owner/operator limited partnerships, and subsequent construction financing with national bank lender.
  • Retail Leasing, California, Oregon and Washington -- Representation of regional alcoholic beverage retailer in development and leasing of new store locations.
  • Grocery Chain Acquisitions, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi -- Representation of national supermarket chain in multiple acquisitions of regional retail grocer company assets and store lease locations.
  • Retail Leasing, Florida -- Representation of regional specialty grocery chain in development and leasing of new store locations.
  • Sale-Leasebacks, Southeastern U.S. -- Representation of national retail supermarket chain in structuring and closing of sale-leaseback transactions under bond-type leases with national insurance company purchaser/landlords.
  • Shopping Center Development, Southeastern U.S. -- Representation of national retail operator in self-development of shopping centers for big box anchor tenant and small tenant space, including related leasing and outparcel sale transactions.
Warehouse and Industrial
  • Beverage manufacturing facility, Fitzgerald, Georgia -- Representation of Owner/Operator in buy-sell transaction including documentation and negotiation of production supply agreement.
  • Dairy production and distribution plants, Hammond, Louisiana and Plant City, Florida - Representation of Owner/Operator in buy-sell transaction, including permitting and environmental remediation matters, and documentation and negotiation of production supply agreement.
  • Home appliance logistics and distribution facilities, Valencia, California, and Pomona, California -- Representation of Tenant/Operator in leasing of facilities.
  • Refrigerated foods warehouse and distribution center, Miami, Florida -- Representation of Owner/Operator in buy-sell transaction.
  • Retail distribution center, Baldwin, Florida -- Representation of Owner/Operator in ground-up permitting, planning, development, construction and financing of 640,000 square foot distribution facility, including development of private highway/rail overpass under air rights licenses and leases.
  • Retail grocery distribution centers, Hammond, Louisiana and Harahan, Louisiana -- Representation of
  • Owner/Operator in buy-sell transaction.