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Associate General Counsel - Real Estate and Finance
May 30, 2018
Full Time - Other
5-7 years experience
GGP has an immediate need for an Associate General Counsel within our Legal Real Estate Group at our Corporate Office in Chicago, IL.
GGP Inc. is a leading real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates high-quality retail properties that provide an engaging experience in an outstanding environment. Our regional shopping centers are destinations for retail, lifestyle, dining, entertainment and so much more. We are an S&P 500 company, headquartered in Chicago, with retail properties in 40 states spanning from Hawaii to Maine. At GGP, values matter. Our passionate team is comprised of experts across a range of specialties that share a goal to ensure our properties are continuously evolving and innovating to meet the needs of our communities. Our company culture celebrates collaboration, encourages an entrepreneurial spirit and values diversity. We are very proud to retain premier talent who are in it to win it. We invite you to be part of our success story.
GGP’s law department seeks an experienced, energetic commercial real estate attorney. This attorney will proactively support GGP’s broad commercial real estate transactional activities. GGP’s law department handles a wide variety of complex transactions in-house, partnering with its clients on all facets of a transaction from the letter of intent stage through the closing. The law department’s focus on partnering with its clients, a strong commitment to quality legal representation, and a collegial team atmosphere make GGP an outstanding place to pursue one’s career by practicing sophisticated commercial real estate law.
Structure, draft, negotiate, manage and close:
transactions and documentation relating to anchor store and big box development, including retail, multi-family and office leases, ground leases, sales, acquisitions, land swaps, subdivisions, reciprocal easement agreements, declarations of covenants and conditions, development agreements, supplemental agreements, easement and license agreements and an array of other development related agreements.
transactions and sale agreements for individual and multi-property / portfolio acquisitions and dispositions and coordinate all aspects of the transaction and closing process, including conducting due diligence, monitoring contingencies, reviewing and preparing title objections, conducting title and survey and environmental reviews, clearing title and survey matters, and prepare closing documents.
sophisticated real estate finance transactions through closing, including individual and portfolio mortgage loans, construction loans, mezzanine loans, corporate facilities, and loan servicing matters.
Structure, draft, negotiate and review:
joint venture agreements, contribution agreements, and property management and leasing agreements.
big-box retail leases with sophisticated national tenants.
commercial condominium documents, planned unit developments, zoning changes and variances, entitlement procurement, annexation agreements, municipal financing and incentive agreements, subdivision agreements, and development agreements for both retail and mixed-use projects.
Conduct documentation research of rights, obligations and restrictions contained in existing leases, reciprocal easement agreements and other complex property agreements, and provide both technical and practical analysis and recommendations to internal clients concerning legal issues, including preparation of documentation necessary to secure third party approvals.
Select, retain, and manage the activities of outside counsel as necessary to effectively leverage expertise, including oversight of transactions and documents and review of legal fee budgets and staffing.
A J.D. from a leading law school, with proven academic success.
A minimum of 6 years of relevant transactional and commercial real estate experience with a law firm and/or corporation.
Proven ability to independently, and on a “first-chair” basis, structure, draft, negotiate, manage and close sophisticated real estate, development and financing transactions.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong negotiation ability, with an eye toward pragmatic, mutually beneficial outcomes.
Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to interface with colleagues at all levels, by virtue of professional competence, personal integrity, and personal style.
Outstanding client management skills, with an ability to inspire confidence and trust with a variety of clients.
Proven ability to handle stressful situations, a diverse and high volume workload, and provide client service in a calm and professional manner.
Flexibility and strong analytic and problem solving ability.
Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
Proven success in managing multiple tasks and priorities.
A dedication and commitment to practicing law in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
GGP is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
About GGP Inc.
GGP is an S&P 500 real estate company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. Our mission is to own and operate best-in-class retail properties that provide an outstanding environment and experience for our communities, retailers, employees, consumers, and shareholders. We promote long-term success by adhering to a set of common values.