Real Estate

Sale / Leasebacks

When monetizing your real estate holdings, it is important to have counsel who not only have the experience to handle all the legal and business aspects of a sale / leaseback transaction, but also the know-how to protect your interests. Whether you own one property or thousands across the country, our attorneys will guide you through the transaction and help keep everyone on track.

Since 1998, Mintz Levin has been a national leader in the field of sale / leaseback transactions, both individual and long-term program deals. For example, we have been responsible for a national program of site acquisition and development for a major retailer that has resulted in multiple sale / leaseback transactions involving more than 3,500 stores with an aggregate value in excess of $12 billion. These transactions often include more than 100 retail locations in multiple states. Our attorneys oversee all aspects of these very complex transactions, which involve both 144a and private placement financings. The Mintz Levin team handles all the transaction elements — from deal structuring and negotiations, to the documentation of acquisition, leasing, and other transactions, to the management of the title, land use, and environmental due diligence process, and oversight of related securities law matters.

Quick Facts


  • 525 lawyers in 8 offices
  • Core concentration for the firm
  • 35+ real estate attorneys
  • 25+ years of experience in sophisticated, large-scale real estate, acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and leasing transactions
  • Practice and attorneys recognized by Chambers USA for real estate law
  • Strategic real estate consulting services with our consulting affiliate, ML Strategies, LLC
  • Senior lawyers include a Former Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Integrated group of attorneys and professionals with environmental law, litigation, energy and clean tech, tax law, and government relations experience

Areas of Focus


Rankings & Recognitions

  • Practice and attorneys recognized by Chambers USA for real estate law

Representative Experience

  • Represent CVS Caremark in its sale / leaseback transactions involving more than 2,400 of the company’s retail properties located in over 40 states with an aggregate value in excess of $9 billion.
  • Represented CVS Caremark in the largest retail sale / leaseback transaction in the nation’s history, a transaction that involved 340 stores with an aggregate value of $1.5 billion.
  • Represent Elan Pharmaceuticals in the sale / leaseback of its 120,000-square-foot campus in San Diego, California.
  • Represented Tufts Medical Center in the sale / leaseback of three buildings on the Tufts Medical Center Boston campus with an aggregate value of $150 million.

Representative Clients

  • CVS Health Corporation
  • Tufts Medical Center