Experience

LightBeam Tax Credit Equity Financing

Arranged conventional and tax credit equity financing for LightBeam Energy’s project development backlog of 10 megawatts of solar power generation. The 10 megawatts of solar power generation are part of a six project Agreement to Proceed (ATP) LightBeam Energy entered into with the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA).

American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Strand Theater Project

Assisted American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in developing the Strand Theater, a new performing arts facility on Market Street. Tasks have included real estate transactional representation, tax exempt entity formation and qualification, land use entitlements and New Market and Historic tax credits expertise.

First Security Building, Salt Lake City

The $20 million rehabilitation of the First Security Building in Salt Lake City, Utah involved both the Historic Tax Credit and the New Markets Tax Credit.

San Francisco Ferry Building

Represented the developer in development agreement, ground lease and entitlements for the San Francisco Ferry Building, an $80 million federal historic tax credit renovation project under the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).  We negotiated a complicated transaction with the Port of San Francisco, including a ground lease and development agreement, and obtained myriad entitlements for the project from the City of San Francisco, the State Lands Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service.  We also negotiated several complicated lease buyouts and handled a proposed condemnation proceeding.

Berkeley-Albany YMCA Teen Center

Assisted with the acquisition, construction and New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) Program, which permits taxpayers to receive a credit against federal income taxes for making qualified equity investments in designated Community Development Entities (CDEs). 

Cavallo Point, Sausalito

Represented the developers and owners of Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker in Sausalito, CA with the rehabilitation of historic buildings and in securing federal historic tax credits for the project.

Citizen Hotel, Sacramento

Represented the developers and owners of the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, CA with the rehabilitation of the historic building and in securing federal historic tax credits for the project. We also assisted with construction financing and negotiations with the local redevelopment agency.

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Financing and tax credit investment for rehabilitation of historic structures at Fort Mason in the San Francisco Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Assisted with the National Parks Service lease. 

Fox Tucson Theatre, Tucson

The $15 million rehabilitation of the Fox Tucson Theatre in Tucson, Arizona involved a tax-exempt sponsor / developer in which we were nevertheless able to syndicate both the Historic and New Markets Tax Credits.

Freight & Salvage Performance Venue, Berkeley

Assisted Freight & Salvage with New Markets Tax Credits program in the development of a performance venue run by the Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music.

International Center to End Violence Conference Center, San Francisco

Secured Historic Tax Credit for the $20 million rehabilitation of the International Center to End Violence Conference Center in the center of the Presidio in San Francisco, California.

Langham Hotel, Chicago

Secured Historic Tax Credit for the over $200 million rehabilitation of a five star hotel in Downtown Chicago.

One Kearny Office Building, San Francisco

Secured Historic Tax Credit for the $75 million rehabilitation of the One Kearny office building in downtown San Francisco, California.

Piers 1.5, 3 & 5, San Francisco

Secured Historic Tax Credit for the $50 million rehabilitation of Piers 1.5, 3 & 5 in San Francisco, California.

The Exploratorium, San Francisco

Represented this San Francisco science education facility with federal historic tax credits and construction documentation and insurance program structuring.

White Stag Building, Portland

The $30 million rehabilitation of the White Stag Building in Portland, Oregon involved both the Historic Tax Credit and the New Markets Tax Credit.

Firm Highlights

News

Farella Braun + Martel Advises on Sale of 2,300-Acre Foote Ranch

Farella Braun + Martel represented a trust that owned 50% of the iconic 2,300-acre Foote Ranch in Sonoma, California in disputes with the ranch’s co-owners and in the subsequent $23.7 million sale of the...

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California Supreme Court Ruling Clarifies That the Notice-Prejudice Rule Is a Fundamental Public Policy That May Override Choice of Law Provisions

In  Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company , the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule [1]  is a fundamental public policy...

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Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Data Miner's Injunction Against LinkedIn

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with data analytics company hiQ Labs, Inc. and upheld an injunction barring LinkedIn from blocking it from accessing information made publicly available by the professional networking site’s users...

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3 Lessons For Calif. Insureds From Late-Notice Rule Decision

In Pitzer College v. Indian Harbor Insurance Company,[1] the California Supreme Court resolved two previously open questions in insurance law: (1) it concluded that the notice-prejudice rule[2] is a fundamental public policy of California...

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CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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California's AB5 Codifies Stricter Rules for Independent Contractors - What Employers Need to Know

On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB5, codifying the ABC test for distinguishing employees from independent contractors and expanding its application beyond California’s Wage Orders. While AB5 does not...

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Changing Climate, Changing Laws: Addressing CEQA’s New Wildfire Risk Requirements in Project Development

Wildfires pose an increasingly serious threat to the public and environment in California. So it should be no surprise that the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) amended Appendix G of California Environmental...

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Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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Kelly Matayoshi Installed as President of UC Hastings College of the Law Alumni Association Board of Governors

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