W. Christopher Rabil

Partner

Overview

W. Christopher Rabil is a partner and real estate business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice is focused on retail, commercial and multi-family acquisition, development, leasing and finance. Mr. Rabil has experience in a broad range of commercial real estate matters, including the acquisition and disposition of multi-asset portfolios, multi-family properties, timberland, retail shopping centers, medical office buildings, and commercial buildings. He is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Real Estate Law.

Representative Experience

Mr. Rabil’s significant representations with Foley & Lardner LLP include:

  • Represented AgReserves, Inc., a for profit affiliate of the Mormon Church, in a $565 million acquisition of approximately 384,000 acres of Florida panhandle timber and rural lands, making the Mormon Church the largest private landowner in Florida.
  • Representation of a not-for-profit corporation in connection with a $40 million transaction resulting in the purchase, financing and subsequent refinancing of an 11-story office building at 509 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
  • Represented investors in connection with a majority equity investment in Blu Atlantic, a development of a 117-unit multifamily community in Delray Beach, Florida.
  • Representation of real estate developer in connection with an $18 million bulk commercial and residential condominium acquisition and related disposition.
  • Representation of a hospital affiliate in connection with the $22 million sale of four multi-family buildings (381 units) in Brooklyn.
  • Represented Gilman Paper Products and The Howard Gilman Foundation in the $35 million refinancing of its six sawmills in Florida and Georgia in connection with the reorganization of Gilman Building Products.

Recognition

Mr. Rabil was recently recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in the area of real estate (2015). In 2010, he was named a Florida Trend Legal Elite "Up and Comer." He was also selected for inclusion in the 2016-2017 Florida Super Lawyers - Rising Stars® lists.

Publications

Mr. Rabil co-authored the article, "Delaware Supreme Court Upholds New NOL Pill," published in Delaware Corporate, a Westlaw Journal/Thomson Reuters (October 18, 2010).

Education

Mr. Rabil earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law (high honors, 2004), where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida. He was valedictorian of his class in graduate school, and received highest honors in his undergraduate career.

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Rabil is a member of the Florida Bar, American Bar Association, the Urban Land Institute and the Jacksonville Bar Association.

Representative Matters

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Represented an affiliate of Starwood Capital in connection with the $149 million sale of the Fort Lauderdale Westin Beach Resort & Spa to DiamondRock Hospitality.
A team of Foley attorneys from across 8 offices represented AgReserves, Inc., a for profit affiliate of the Mormon Church, in a $565,000,000 acquisition from The St. Joe Company of approximately 384,000 acres of timber and rural lands in the Florida panhandle. The land includes the majority of The St. Joe Company’s timber holdings in Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla Counties. AgReserves intends to maintain timber and agricultural uses of the lands. This acquisition makes the Mormon Church the largest private landowner in Florida. In a transaction that spanned 8 months, a team of Foley attorneys guided AgReserves, Inc. through real estate, antitrust, title, environmental, tax, corporate and other legal obstacles, in connection with the acquisition of the property.
Represented Gilman Paper Products and The Howard Gilman Foundation in the $35 million refinancing of its six (6) sawmills in Florida and Georgia in connection with the reorganization of Gilman Building Products.