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Richard F. Warren


Representative Experience

Representation in the acquisition of a portfolio of buildings' leases in Tennessee.
Representation of merchant banking firm in the negotiation of new leases for property in Nashville, Tennessee.
Representation in numerous dispositions of office buildings, including one in Washington D.C., two in Dallas, one in Orlando and one in Phoenix.
Represented Hines Interests in the construction and development of a mixed use facility under a ground lease from Vanderbilt University on it s campus.
Assisted a local developer in acquiring this suburban office building from Aid Association for Lutherans, negotiating new leases, and then reselling it.
Representation of numerous Nashville banks in making construction and term loans to build or acquire office, retail and industrial properties.
Continuing representation of Hewlett-Spencer, LLC, a private developer in utilizing Tennessee’s Public Building Authority Act to develop multiple elementary, middle and high schools on a turn key basis in Cumberland County, Wilson County and Robertson County, Tennessee, and a criminal justice center in Wilson County.
Negotiated a ground lease for the developer and subsequent retail leases with multiple tenants including three restaurants and a bank and a construction and term loan with a local bank to finance the project.
Representation in the ground leasing of the proposed site of a new office building in Nashville, Tennesee to Hal Barry Properties of Atlanta.
Representation of life insurance companies and other permanent lenders in making loans secured by office, industrial and retail properties in Nashville, Middle Tennessee and in other parts of the country.
Continuing representation of this Houston based investment fund in its acquisition and development of urban infill sites in Nashville, including zoning and entitlement issues as well as lease negotiations and other development activity.
Representation of private equity firms that raise equity from investors for real estate investment. Assisted one client with the acquisition of a series of apartment projects across the Southeast and Midwest, including project financing of each acquisition. Represented a Midwestern firm in acquiring large industrial properties across the Southeast as well as an industrial park in Hammond, Louisiana, and a suburban office park in Montgomery, Alabama.
Representation of the United Methodist Publishing House in its publishing and retail bookstore operations as well as three general agencies of the United Methodist Church headquartered in Nashville in both their business activities and matters of church polity.
Represented the owners of a telecommunications business based in California in the sale of the company to Black Box Network Enterprises, Inc.
General corporate representation of the largest franchisee of Shoney’s restaurants in Knoxville and the surrounding area. Assisted the senior management of the company in organizing an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) that acquired the 17 restaurant chain from the founders of the company, including arrangement of financing through Bank of America and the resolution of multiple tax and operational issues.
Assistance with a number of different businesses as retiring shareholders transferred their ownership to minority shareholders, senior management or third parties, including counseling on related financial and personal issues, often working with estate planning attorneys to fit this transaction into an overall estate plan.