Benjamin Spiess

Benjamin Spiess

Ben Spiess is Of Counsel in the Corporate and Real Estate practice groups. He represents clients in all aspects of corporate and real estate transactions, including mergers, equity and asset transactions, joint ventures, corporate reorganizations, financing and governance. Ben’s commercial real estate practice includes leasing, purchase and sale, land use and zoning, ANCSA and public lands. Ben is a member of the Stoel Rives Arctic Law practice area and is active in Arctic policy and development.

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Eight Things to Remember When Reviewing an Access Easement

An access easement is a key link in the legal chain when builders need to cross another’s land to develop property. A poorly drafted easement could hobble an entire development.  Counsel should always be consulted to avoid the crippling impact of a development held hostage.  Here are eight tips to remember in reviewing an access … Continue Reading

SNDAs – How to Handle from the Tenant’s Perspective

At some point, almost every tenant of a commercial lease is asked to sign a Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreement (an “SNDA”). Generally, the SNDA comes from the landlord’s lender sometime after the tenant’s lease has been signed and the term has commenced. It can be a complex document with onerous provisions for a tenant, … Continue Reading

When “Non-Binding” LOIs Become Binding

A letter of intent (“LOI”) is often the first document in a proposed deal – a summary of a range of key terms or concepts for negotiation toward entering into a final, formal agreement. But what seems like a simple document can be much more than a mere list of possible terms to be discussed … Continue Reading
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