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Baker Donelson's Real Estate and Finance attorneys offer extensive experience and sophisticated legal counsel across a wide spectrum of real estate and economic development transactions.

Practice Overview


Foreign companies looking to establish a presence in the U.S. face many of the same issues that native companies do: how to find the best location, acquire the property, structure financing, obtain the necessary permits and licenses for both construction and operation, deal with zoning issues and much, much more. Baker Donelson's Real Estate and Finance attorneys offer extensive experience and sophisticated legal counsel across this wide spectrum of real estate and economic development transactions.

Our clients include both large and small industry participants that develop and finance a wide variety of real estate projects, including retail, health care, office, multi-family, industrial, hospitality, mixed-use developments, urban renewal projects and natural resources. Our skill in this area led to the Firm's Real Estate practice being listed as a top national practice by U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firm."

Baker Donelson’s multidisciplinary economic development group includes attorneys in real estate as well as tax, public finance, public policy and other groups who provide inbound companies with on-the-ground, strategic counsel, capitalizing on our long-standing relationships and experience with state and local government entities, economic and community development groups, chambers of commerce, industrial development boards and utility providers. We work with industrial development agencies and departments of economic and community development, revenue, transportation, environment and conservation to secure economic incentives for our clients, including Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreements, tax increment financing (TIF) arrangements and tax-sharing agreements.

By partnering with skilled local professionals in international locations, we can provide similar services to U.S. businesses looking to do business in other countries. With this approach, you can be assured of assistance provided by experienced professionals highly knowledgeable in location-specific requirements, all coordinated by your U.S.-based Baker Donelson team.

Representative Matters
  • Advised aerospace materials manufacturer on facility expansion projects in multi-year, multi-phase expansion of more than $400 million in capital investment.

  • Advised large food processor on plant expansion projects in Louisiana and North Carolina, including state and local incentives negotiation, transportation analysis and infrastructure financing.

  • Advised national-level food processor on multi-state site selection process for plant location.

  • Guided Japan-based global logistics company in their regional headquarters move to Memphis, Tennessee.

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