Jeanne Fuentes-Lopez has significant experience representing foreign investors in the acquisition of U.S. real estate. By applying her expertise in corporate and tax matters to the real estate arena, Jeanne provides value-added services to international clients, most of whom are from Latin America and Europe. She regularly counsels foreigners on the diverse issues that impact their acquisition of real estate, including the holding structure that will take title to the property, estate and gift tax exposure, income tax consequences and U.S. immigration issues.
Jeanne has a broad real estate practice with an emphasis on acquisitions and sales, finance and commercial leasing. With more than ten years of experience, Jeanne has handled complex transactions involving a variety of property types, from office buildings and shopping centers to residential projects. Her work in real estate finance includes representation of financial institutions in mortgage backed loans, mortgage foreclosures, sale-leasebacks and construction loans. Jeanne also handles the leasing of office, retail and industrial properties. She represents both landlords and tenants in lease negotiations.
Representative Legal Matters
- Represented foreign investors in the acquisition of an outparcel in Houston, Texas with Bank of America as tenant.
- Represented foreign investors in the purchase of a restaurant on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Florida.
- Represented foreign investors in the purchase of a shopping center in Doral, Florida.
- Represented foreign investors in connection with three outparcel purchases, located in Central and South Florida.
- Represented a developer in the $18-million sale of 80 acres of land in Homestead, Florida for a residential project.
- Represented a group of international investors in the acquisition and development of an 11-acre mixed-use project in Homestead, Florida.
- Represented a group of South Florida investors with the purchase of a106-unit apartment complex in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
- Represented buyer in connection with the purchase and development of a 17.5-acre mixed-use town center in Doral, Florida. Representation included participating in the successful defense of the threat of condemnation and matters relating to rezoning of property. Worked with co-counsel in matters relating to the development of the mixed-use project, including the review of easement agreements, environmental reports and surveys.
- Represented a joint venture between a South Florida real estate firm and a national financial investment firm in connection with numerous sale-leaseback transactions involving gas stations located throughout the U.S.
- Represented landlords in lease negotiations with national tenants and financial institutions, including AT&T, Goodyear, H&R Block, Winn Dixie and BankUnited, among others. Representation also included assistance with landlord-tenant disputes.
- Represented landlords of Class A buildings with negotiation of lease terms, tenant renewals and agreements with on-site services such as parking and valet. Past representations have included two prominent Class A buildings in Miami’s Brickell area with a combined 1.25 million square feet.
- Represented financial institutions, including Regions Bank, Executive National Bank and Terra Bank, as well as private lenders with drafting and execution of loan documents, particularly for mortgage- backed transactions.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- International Bar Association
- Dade County Bar Association
- International Council of Shopping Centers
- Cuban American Bar Association
- Brickell Area Association
- Panelist, "Doing Business in Florida," ALFA International Seminar, May 2010
- Co-Author, “Foreign Buyers Should Take Stock Before Investing in Florida Real Estate,” Florida Real Estate Journal, July 2008