Purchase + Sale of Real Estate Assets


Morrison & Foerster’s Real Estate Group handles acquisitions and dispositions of all types of real estate assets, including real property interests, equity interests in real property-owning entities, and mortgage-secured loans. Our clients include U.S. and non-U.S. developers, institutional investors, opportunity funds, pension funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and financial institutions, among others. We have experience with the purchase and sale of real estate assets related to all types of uses, including office, commercial, industrial, multi-family, hospitality, and specialized uses, such as energy.

We handle acquisitions and dispositions of real property assets and portfolios in both traditional formats and tax-efficient structures, including like-kind exchanges (multi-property and multi-party exchanges, as well as non-simultaneous, build-to-suit and reverse exchanges), and transactions structured to minimize property taxes and transfer taxes. We also regularly assist both our REIT and non-REIT clients in roll-ups and similar transactions involving the contribution of real estate projects and real estate partnership interests into UPREITs and their operating partnerships.

We represent real estate industry clients in the bulk acquisition and disposition of real estate assets, such as REO properties and performing and non-performing loan portfolios. We have also assisted clients in the purchase and sale of real assets through auction and other bidding procedures.

We advise non-real estate industry clients in connection with their corporate real estate needs, including acquisition, development, expansion, and redevelopment of headquarters facilities, manufacturing plants, and other facilities. We also assist corporate clients in a variety of different industries with the disposition of surplus real property, including bulk dispositions of operating and surplus real properties (such as former manufacturing facilities and bank branch locations).

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2018
National: Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
Los Angeles: Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
New York: Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
San Jose: Real Estate Law (Tier 1)
San Diego: Litigation - Real Estate (Tier 1)


Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017
Japan: Real Estate: International Firms
Japan: Real Estate: Domestic
China: Real Estate: International Firms


Chambers USA 2017
California: Real Estate
New York: Real Estate: Mainly Corporate & Finance
Nationwide: REITs


Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017
Japan: Real Estate: International Firms and Joint Ventures
China: Real Estate: Foreign Firms


Legal 500 US 2017
Real Estate
Real Estate Investment Trusts
Land Use/Zoning


Here is what they say about us:

"MoFo is truly the best firm I have ever hired"
(Chambers USA)

“‘excellent on finance matters’ and possesses ‘deep industry knowledge’”
(Legal 500 US)


"The team is strong, they work efficiently and are always available"
(Chambers USA)


"An outstanding team of very knowledgeable lawyers"
(Legal 500 US)


"The strongest real estate law team...second to none"
(U.S. News & World Report)

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