Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Mike Polentz is a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office and chair of the real estate practice group. His practice focuses on acquisition, land use, leasing, development, construction, alternative energy, and business and commercial law.
Representing buyers, sellers, investors, lenders, developers and contractors in commercial, office, industrial, residential, vineyard/winery, hotel, fractional interest, infrastructure and alternative energy transactions, Mike negotiates and documents transactional, development, construction, acquisition, disposition, public-private partnership, power purchase and financing documents and performs and manages complex due diligence investigations. In addition, he advises clients on CEQA compliance and growth control measures, development conditions and exactions, redevelopment, zoning, rezoning, subdivisions, planning, variances, annexations and construction.
Mike has extensive experience in negotiating and documenting commercial, retail, industrial and residential space, ground, out-parcel, in-line, single-tenant and multitenant leases and built-to-suit transactions for landlords, tenants and brokers. He is well versed in the formation of partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies; general corporate governance; negotiating and preparing merger, acquisition, buy-sell and employment agreements; assisting in securing licenses and regulatory approvals from federal and state agencies; and negotiating and preparing distribution, supply, marketing, intellectual property, joint venture, and vendor agreements.