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He was very strong and instrumental in getting a complicated transaction over the finish line. I really enjoyed working with him. He stands out in his ability to navigate us through everything.

- Chambers USA 2018

George A. Pincus is a Shareholder in the Real Estate Department and serves as a member of the Firm’s Board of Directors. As a transactional real estate lawyer, his practice focuses on the following areas:

  • Office, industrial, retail and build-to-suit leasing, representing both landlords and tenants. As part of his leasing practice, George advises clients in the pharmaceutical and life/bio sciences industries, including for profit businesses and private educational institutions, leasing both laboratory and pharma processing facilities.
  • Purchase and sale transactions for both buyers and sellers of office, industrial, retail, multifamily and vacant/developable land projects.
  • Real estate finance transactions, with an emphasis on representing borrowers and developers in construction loans, term loans and refinancings with banks and life lenders, CMBS loans from securitized lenders, and multifamily loans from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
  • Real estate private equity transactions, including the formation of real estate investment funds and representing developers and equity investors in the negotiation of joint venture agreements and development services agreements.
  • Real estate development matters, including the drafting and negotiation of reciprocal easement and operating agreements for office and industrial parks and retail shopping centers, easement and restrictive covenant agreements.
  • Distressed debt transactions involving the purchase of defaulted mortgage loans from lenders and special servicers.

George has been actively involved in NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association for many years and has served in a variety of leadership positions in NAIOP’s local, state and national organizations. He has published articles on commercial leasing topics and teaches continuing education classes and webinars sponsored by the Florida Bar, NAIOP, and other real estate professional organizations on commercial leasing, real estate transactions, finance and development.

With depth of experience in representing landlords, tenants, buyers, sellers, developers, borrowers, funds and investors in real estate and real estate related private equity transactions, George is a solution-driven attorney who recognizes the importance of closing deals for his clients.

Representative Experience

Leasing

  • Coordinate the national leasing program for one of the world’s largest collectors and processors of blood plasma products, including negotiation of leases for plasma collection centers, logistics centers and laboratory space. George also represented the company in the negotiation of both a 150,000 square foot corporate headquarters lease and a 44,000 square foot divisional headquarters lease.
  • George and his team represent the owner of a 600,000 square foot LEED Platinum, Class "A" office building in downtown Miami, Florida, and have completed numerous lease transactions for the landlord, including a 60,000 square foot multi-floor lease with a national private banking institution, a 20,000 square foot lease with a regional law firm, and a 15,000 square foot lease with an international banking company.
  • Represented the landlord in the negotiation of a 150,000 square foot lease with an international law firm, a 60,000 square foot lease with an international accounting firm, and a 25,000 square foot lease with a national law firm in a downtown Miami, Florida mixed use project.
  • Represented a private educational institution as tenant in an 80,000 square foot lab space lease in a specialty bio-sciences building in a new life sciences park in Miami, Florida.

Purchase, Sale and Financing Transactions

  • Represented the seller in the disposition of a portfolio of four multifamily apartment projects in Nashville, Tennessee for $69 million, which required the defeasance of three mortgage loans.
  • Represented a real estate opportunity fund in the purchase and Fannie Mae mortgage financing of a $25 million multifamily apartment project in Tampa, Florida.
  • Represented a real estate opportunity fund in a series of office building purchases and related mortgage financings in South Florida in excess of $100 million.
  • Represented the developer in the negotiation of a joint venture agreement and development services agreement and the construction loan for a ground up multifamily apartment complex in Broward County, Florida valued at over $65 million.
  • Represented a Florida based private equity fund in the acquisition of and related mortgage financing of a $9 million shopping center in Orlando, Florida.
  • Represented the developer in a $250 million construction loan for a mixed use office, hotel and retail project in downtown Miami, Florida.
  • Represented a joint venture between a pension fund sponsored private equity fund and a Florida-based capital fund in the acquisition and financing of office and retail properties in excess of $100 million in value.
  • Represented the borrower in the restructuring of a $65 million mortgage loan, encumbering 12 multifamily properties in 6 different states to permit the debt to be sold in the CMBS markets.

Private Equity and Joint Ventures

  • Handled the formation of a Florida-based private equity fund and the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of office buildings for the fund.
  • Represented the equity investor in a joint venture for the development and construction of a Brickell Avenue luxury condominium project.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association
    • National Board of Directors, Past Member Delegate
    • Past Vice President for Legislative Affairs and Past Present, NAIOP of Florida
    • Past President and Past Vice President Public Affairs, NAIOP of South Florida
    • Member, National Committees on Tax & Finance and Continuing Education
    • Member, Forum on Life Sciences and Health Care Real Estate Development
  • The Florida Bar
    • Real Property and Probate Law Section’s Committee on Landlord/Tenant Law, Member
  • Executive Board of Directors - Miami Dolphins Cycling Challenge 2010 – present
    • Provide pro bono legal advice to and assist in the organization of a 140-mile charity bicycle ride sponsored by the Miami Dolphins’ charitable foundation
    • Completed 140-mile bike rides over the past 4 years through Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties to raise money for University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Real Estate, 2014-2018
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2007; 2010-2011
  • Florida Trend Magazine - Legal Elite, 2007
  • South Florida Business Journal - Best of the Bar Award, 2005
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications & Presentations

Events: Chasing Yield: Thinking Outside the Box in a Risk-Reward Environment
FSU Real Estate Network’s 22nd Annual Real Estate Trends Conference|October 2016

Events: Client Meet and Greet
Stearns Weaver Miller Fort Lauderdale Office|September 2008

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