Christopher J. Preate

Christopher J. Preate, a Member of the Business Law Department in the Real Estate Practice Group, joined the firm’s Philadelphia office in December of 2000. He concentrates his practice on local, regional and national transactions, including joint venture arrangements; project finance transactions; office, industrial and retail leases; transactions involving the development of office, retail and other commercial uses; financing and work-out transactions; and municipal land use matters. His clients include investors and owners in restaurant, multi-family properties, office buildings, educational assets, commercial retail sites and retail shopping centers.

Recent representative matters:

Representation of a private joint venture in its $28,520,000 construction loan from a regional bank in connection with the development of a design build education facility
Representation of a non-profit corporation in its $37,500,000 construction to permanent loan from a regional bank
Representation of multifamily investors in the acquisition and financing of multifamily projects
Representation of an investor group in the development of a multi-million dollar restaurant complex
Representation of a public agency in the acquisition, leaseback and development of a state of the art distribution facility valued at $216,000,000
Representation of a joint venture in the acquisition and development of an assemblage of commercial properties for national and regional retail end users
Representation of a private real estate fund in a $60,000,000 credit facility from a regional bank for purposes of acquiring educational related real estate assets
Representation of a non-profit corporation in the negotiation of a construction agreement totaling $11,000,000
Representation of a joint venture acquiring a 70,000 square foot suburban medical office building
Representation of a landlord in connection with a 105,000 square foot turn key lease to a division of a fortune 500 company

Christopher is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED accredited professional with a comprehensive understanding of green building practices, principles and goals.

Christopher received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Scranton in 1993 and earned his law degree, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in 1996. Christopher is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Florida and is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, New York, Philadelphia and Lackawanna County Bar Associations.

Christopher was named a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Law and Politics.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Real Estate, 2) Office/Retail/Industrial Leasing & Development, 3) Real Estate Finance, 4) Zoning and 5) Land Use & Development
Law School Widener University School of Law (J.D.,1996)
Education University of Scranton (B.S., 1993)
Bar Member / Association Florida State Bar Association, Pennsylvania State Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association, New York State Bar Association
Most recent firm Cozen O Connor
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