Megan C. Zaidan

Partner

Direct:  216.619.7845
Fax:  216.916.2339

mzaidan@walterhav.com

Focus Areas

Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2011
    • Member, The George Washington International Law Review
    • Thurgood Marshall Scholar
    • Presidential Merit Scholar
  • Kent State University, B.A., 2008, summa cum laude

Licensed to Practice

  • Ohio

Overview

Megan is a partner in the Real Estate group and in the Business Services group.  She represents clients in a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, retail, industrial, and office leasing, and real estate finance.

Experience

REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT & FINANCE
  • Representation of borrowers in new loan transactions, defeasance, and assignments of loans.
  • Representation of a public non-traded REIT in the redevelopment of a regional mall in Northeast Ohio.
  • Representation of lenders in construction and permanent loan transactions, forbearance agreements, and workouts.
  • Representation of NYSE-listed REIT and privately-held companies in connection with ground-up developments and re-developments of shopping centers in multiple states.
REAL ESTATE
  • Representation of a publicly-traded company in the portfolio sale-leaseback of over 100 retail stores nationwide
  • Representation of publicly-traded and privately-held companies in the acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, and leasing office, industrial, and retail space.
  • Representation of a publicly-traded company in the management of its national real estate portfolio of office and industrial properties.
  • Preparation and negotiation of leases, purchase and sale agreements, and ancillary documents, including deeds, escrow instructions, notice letters, SNDAs, estoppels, and amendments.
LEASING
  • Representation of a publicly-traded company in a multi-site sale-leaseback of industrial facilities
  • Representation of NYSE-listed REIT in various retail leasing matters, including anchor tenant, in-line, and ground leases.
  • Representation of landlords and tenants in retail, office, and industrial leases.
BOND FINANCING
  • Representation of a regional port authority in connection with conduit lease financing.
  • Representation of developers of various mixed-use projects utilizing bond financing.
BUSINESS SERVICES
  • Counsels clients regarding entity selection.
  • Experienced in entity formation and drafting organizational documents.
  • Representation of NYSE-listed REIT in connection with the acquisition and disposition of shopping centers in multiple states.

Recognition

  • September 2018 – Recognized by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of Northeast Ohio’s Notable Women in Real Estate
  • 2017-2019 – Selected to Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Area of practice: Real Estate.
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Recent Articles

Presentations

  • ICSC Law Conference October 2018 – Whose Lease is it Anyway? Strategies for Negotiating with a Franchisee and Franchisor
  • O’Neill Bankruptcy Institute – May 2018 – Leasing 101: Common Provisions & Why They Matter
  • ICSC OH, KY, IN, MI, PA Retail Development & Law Symposium – March 2018 – Unicorns: Searching for Financeable and Functional Ground Leases
  • ICSC Law Conference October 2017 – Three’s a Crowd: Negotiating a Lease with a Franchisor and Franchisee
  • ICSC OH, KY, IN, MI, PA Retail Development & Law Symposium – March 2017 – Leasing Survival Kit: Five Lease Provisions that are Critical to Surviving a Lease Negotiation
  • Sterling Education Services – September 2015 – Commercial and Residential Landlord-Tenant Law
  • ICSC Law Conference October 2014 – Pitfalls of Outparcel Sales: Avoiding Future Problems

Associations

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • NAIOP, Northern Ohio Chapter
  • Associate Board Member, The Centers for Families and Children

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