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John Murray
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John Murray has extensive experience as lead attorney in representing and counseling clients in all aspects of business transactions and general corporate and operational matters. John’s practice routinely includes representation related to mergers and acquisitions, asset purchase and sale agreements, business formation and governance (including limited liability companies, corporations, partnerships and joint ventures), real estate (including purchase, sale, leasing, development, establishing condominium and common interest communities, and related matters), commercial and real estate financing (including construction financing, working and negotiating with lenders relating to business financing, acquisition loans, loan workouts, and deeds in lieu of foreclosure), employment matters, and other business and commercial transaction matters. John routinely provides advice and counsel to client organizations in all phases of their life cycle, including the initial formation and structure of the organization; advising on routinely arising business issues; tax matters; and ownership transition or disposition.

 

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Real Estate (Sample Transactions)

  • Represented local automotive dealership group in the acquisition of over 120 acres of adjacent real estate for the establishment and construction of an automotive park. Representation included: drafting and negotiating purchase agreements for acquisition of property from over a dozen separate owners; working with land planners, architects, and town planners to cause the annexation of land into local jurisdiction; facilitating zoning of property for automotive sales and service usage; negotiating with national REIT to secure acquisition and construction financing; representing client in establishing a metropolitan district and serving on its Board; and negotiating the sale of several commercial parcels within the project to third-party purchasers.

  • Represented several clients in establishing over a dozen separate multi-phased condominium development projects in Colorado, including assistance in: real property acquisition and financing; establishing the condominium project under the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act (CCIOA); obtaining HUD/FA/VHA financing certification; and documenting the project’s phases through construction.

  • Represented client in the acquisition of 15 acres of commercial real estate, including working with client’s land planners and architect to annex the real estate into local jurisdiction and to obtain zoning that allowed automotive use, and working with the client’s water attorney to adjudicate water rights associated with the real estate.

  • Assisted client (who was a guarantor on a construction loan) in assuming management of the general contractor company; assisted client in completing the subject construction project, enabling sale of condos and fulfillment of client’s related loan obligation.

  • Represented numerous clients in the acquisition of rental apartment communities (several thousand units) in the Denver metro area, and the conversion of the rental units into condominiums under CCIOA.

  • Represented several local property/business owners in sale/leaseback transactions with national REITs.

  • Represented local land company, initially a 50% tenant-in-common owner of a historic Denver office building, in the acquisition of the other owner’s interest in the building, in the subsequent conversion of the building into business condominiums, and in the sale of all established condominium units (and certain retained development rights) to third-party purchasers.

  • Represented client in long-term structured loan default workout with national REIT, including: the sale of over a dozen automotive dealership/brokerage operations; negotiating a deed-in-lieu transaction with REIT (allowing client’s shareholders to recognize significant capital losses to off-set capital gains); and negotiating with REIT for final settlement and release for all guaranties of client shareholders.

  • Represented client in acquisition of a number of distressed condominium projects. Negotiated with applicable HOAs to establish easement rights for future residents in the undeveloped property to utilize roads, facilities, and other common areas controlled by HOA by way of a cross-access easement.

  • Represented a number of clients who utilized IRS Code Section 1031 tax free exchange statutes to sell commercial real estate and exchange the proceeds on a tax-free or materially tax-reduced basis for qualified replacement real estate.

  • Developed sophisticated development and conveyance plan for client seeking to build three townhome units on two lots. Played key role in convincing the lender of the plan’s viability.

 

Mergers and Acquisitions (Sample Transactions)

 

  • Represented Colorado-based telecommunications company in a number of merger and acquisition (“M&A”) transactions, including: acquisition of all the membership interest in a Baltimore telecom company; acquisition of substantially all the operating assets of an Austin telecom and data center operator; acquisition of all of the membership interest in a Chicago company that owned and marketed dark fiber; acquisition of all the membership interest in an Atlanta telecom and data center operator; acquisition of all of the membership interest in a Texas colocation and infrastructure company; acquisition of all the membership interest in a multi-state data center and monitoring service; acquisition of all the membership interest in holding company owning two California-based data centers; and acquisition of the operating assets of a New Jersey data center.

  • Represented Minnesota telecommunications company in a number of M&A transactions, including: acquisition of substantially all the operating assets of a Denver telecom company; bidding process for the acquisition of a distressed telecom company; acquisition of all of the membership interests in two Cleveland telecom companies; acquisition of all of the membership interest in several Boulder telecom companies; and acquisition of substantially all of the operating assets of a telecom company.

  • Represented Denver-based architecture and engineering (A&E) company in the sale of all of its membership interest to a national A&E company including long-term employment agreements for principals.

  • Represented Denver-based printing company in the sale of substantially all of its operating assets. Then, represented former owners in the re-acquisition of the same assets following the purchaser’s default.

  • Represented Denver-based company providing cleaning and paper supplies in the sale of substantially all of its operating assets to its primary competitor.

  • Represented local oil and gas service company with offices in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana in the sale of substantially all operating assets to a public company.

 

Practice Areas
Mergers and Acquisitions
Real Estate
Business & Corporate
Banking, Lending & Financial Institutions
Natural Resources
Construction Contracting
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