Philip G. Skinner

Partner

Fax: 404.873.8799
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Phil is a partner in the Real Estate practice and leads the Office industry team and is a lead real estate partner in the Cross-Border practice.

Phil focuses his practice on the representation of owners, developers, investors, landlords and tenants in the acquisition, joint venture, development, financing and leasing of all types of commercial real estate, with a particular focus on office leasing, joint venture formation, representation of foreign investors, cross-border transactions, distressed real estate transactions, and on the development, financing and leasing of mixed-use projects and office buildings. Such work also includes the negotiation of office leases, build-to-suit leases and headquarters leases; the negotiation of joint venture documentation between developers and investors; the representation of developers on complex multi-property assemblage transactions; and the preparation and negotiation of complex declarations of protective covenants, operating agreements and reciprocal easement agreements. Phil is a frequent author and lecturer on topics including office lease negotiations, legal and business issues in mixed-use projects, joint venture formation, cross-border real estate transactions, distressed real estate transactions, the negotiation of brokerage and commission agreements, the negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, and commercial real estate industry trends, among other topics.

Since 2000, Phil has presented a seminar titled “Lease College,” which is designed to educate targeted audiences in negotiating office leases. He has presented “Lease College” to such organizations as the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, Carter & Associates, Cushman & Wakefield, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, NAI Brannen Goddard, Richard Bowers & Co., and Colliers International, among other brokerage firms.

Experience

  • Represented Holder Construction in a 56,000+ RSF office lease completed July, 2015, for premises in the new, to-be-built Riverwood 200 office building in the NW/Vinings submarket.

  • Represented Bennett Thrasher in a 62,500+ RSF office lease completed July, 2015, for premises in the new, to-be-built Riverwood 200 office building in the NW/Vinings submarket.

  • Represented Six Continents Hotels, Inc., an affiliate of International Hotels Group, on a 488,000+ RSF U.S. headquarters office lease transaction completed in June 2015.

  • Represented a foreign investor in structuring first of five proposed joint ventures for the investment in to-be-developed multi-family apartment projects in the southeastern U.S., completed in April 2015.

  • From 2008 to present represented Crocker Partners and its affiliates on office leases in the following buildings in metropolitan Atlanta: Ashford Perimeter in the Central Perimeter submarket; Cumberland Center II in the NW/Vinings submarket; Deerfield Pointe I and II and 5900 Windward Parkway in Alpharetta submarket; Prominence in the Buckhead submarket; and Regions Plaza in the Midtown submarket.

  • Represented The William Carter Company (Carters/Oshkosh) on a 288,000+ RSF U.S. headquarters office lease transaction completed in December 2012.

  • Represented a foreign investor in structuring a joint venture for the $45 million acquisition of limited liability company interests pertaining to a commercial condominium in New York City.

  • Represented five foreign investors in structuring joint venture with U.S. company for acquisition of multifamily apartments and closed on their first acquisition for $45 million apartment project in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Represented owner/developer in the preparation and negotiation of two long-term sports-use anchor tenant leases for to be developed mixed-use project.

  • From 2010 to present represented owner/developer of Lake Point® project, a 1,200+ acre assemblage for a mixed-use development north of Atlanta, including joint venture transactions, land acquisitions, project financing, preparation of declaration of covenants, restrictions and easements on the project, parcel sales and on two long-term youth sports-use anchor tenant leases.

  • Represented institutional owners in connection with leasing and management of portfolio of multiple office and office/warehouse buildings, including a 355,000 square foot office/warehouse lease.

  • Representing tenant Intercontinental Hotel Group, in a 350,000 square foot national office headquarters lease negotiation.

  • Representing owner/developer in the preparation of declaration of covenants, operating and easement agreements, and air-rights sales contracts, for to-be-developed mixed-use urban redevelopment project.

  • Representing a foreign equity investor, Profimex Ltd., in structuring joint venture with U.S. based developer of office/flex properties and closing acquisition and financing of first development in North Carolina, and in structuring the joint venture for the acquisition of three office/flex buildings in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, and closing the acquisition and financing of same.

  • From 2007 to present represented KBS and its affiliates on office leases in the following buildings in metropolitan Atlanta: 171 17th Street in the Midtown submarket; Great Oaks Center in the Alpharetta submarket; Hartman I and II in the Alpharetta submarket; Overlook I in the NW/Vinings submarket; and Royal Ridge in the Alpharetta submarket.

  • Represented owner/developer in development, financing and leasing of Atlantic Station, a 137-acre mixed-use Brownfield redevelopment project in Atlanta.

  • From 2002 to 2010 represented the owner of the Atlantic Station project on office leases in the following buildings: 171 17th Street, 201 17th Street and 271 17th Street in the Midtown submarket.

  • Represented owner, Mills Corporation, in the closing of $180 million construction/development financing for a regional mall development.

  • Represented purchaser RTM Inc. in an acquisition of a 354-store chain of Arby’s retail stores, and on other 100+ unit chain store acquisition transactions.

Credentials

  • Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor
    • Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
  • Michigan State University, Bachelor of Science
  • State of Georgia 1978
    • American Bar Association—Section of International Law, Cross-Border and Real Estate Practice Committee Vice-Chair
    • International Bar Association—Section  of Cross-Border Real Estate, Officer; Section of Real Estate, Planning Committee for the 2009–15 Annual Meetings, and 2009-15 Real Estate Seminars
    • The National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
    • Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors
    • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

Recognition

  • Georgia Super Lawyers (Real Estate) 2004–20
  • Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law), 2012–2021
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2007–11, 2013–2020