Charles L. Menges


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  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, 1977
  • The College of William & Mary, AB, 1974
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

American College of Real Estate Lawyers:  Fellow

American Bar Association:  Member, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; Member, Section of Business Law; Member, Legal Opinions Committee, Section of Business Law; Chair, Committee on Legal Opinions in Real Estate Transactions, Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

Virginia Bar Association:  Member, Real Estate Section; Member, Business Law Section; Past Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Member, Real Estate Section Council; Past Chairman, Real Estate Section Opinion Letter Committee; Past Chairman, Real Estate Section Legislative Committee

Virginia State Bar:  Member, Real Property Section

Working Group on Legal Opinions: Member, Law Firm Advisory Board

Charlie counsels clients on business transactions, primarily in the real estate industry and in the banking and finance sector. Resident in the Richmond office, his practice ranges from locally based matters to multistate and national transactions to international projects.

In real estate, Charlie handles commercial real estate transactions of all types, including the leasing, sale, purchase, development, financing and management of office buildings, retail projects and industrial properties. He also represents clients in connection with planned communities such as residential subdivisions, golf-course communities and mixed-use projects. He has extensive experience in representing real estate investment trusts (REITs), in forming and representing joint ventures and other types of entities in the real estate industry, and in handling large portfolio transactions.

Charlie also represents owners, developers and lenders in the hospitality and resorts industry, including negotiating purchase and sale agreements, management agreements and franchise agreements. He also advises hotels, private resort clubs and other hospitality clients on meeting contracts, vendor relationships, membership issues and other matters.

In the banking and finance area, Charlie represents institutional lenders and corporate borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, whether real estate-based or otherwise, including asset-based loans, unsecured investment-grade lending, syndicated credits of various types, lease finance transactions, M&A financings, conduit lending/securitization, sale of loan portfolios, loan workouts and restructuring, and portfolio mortgage loans.

Charlie co-chairs the firm’s Opinion Committee and has lectured extensively on opinion practice.

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Charles L Menges
T: +1 804 775 4331F: +1 804 698 2119Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

Representation of public company in refinancing newspaper and television broadcast assets with syndicated credit facilities and public debt issuance in the aggregate amount of more than $900 million.

Representation of hospitality finance group of major bank in loans to finance hotels in California, Florida and New York.

Representation of hospitality REITs in acquiring and financing hotels in various states.

Representation of convenience store company in acquisition of 220 additional locations and syndicated credit facilities in the aggregate amount of $235 million and real estate loan in the amount of $39.1 million.

Representation of Fortune 500 public company in connection with $4 billion unsecured syndicated credit facility.

Representation of seller in sale of destination resort and conference center near Williamsburg, Virginia.

Representation of a lending syndicate in a $220 million revolving credit facility for public hotel company owning boutique urban hotels in New York and Florida.

Representation of public company in connection with Chapter 11 bankruptcy of world-renown destination resort in West Virginia and sale of resort.

Representation of closely held non-destructive testing company in connection with $160 million secured credit facility.

Representation of borrowers and lenders as local counsel in numerous financing transactions in various states in connection with syndicated credit facilities, Rule 144A private placements, registered public debt offerings, M&A transactions and real estate loans, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HUD loans for multifamily and assisted living facilities.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, Banking and Finance Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2010-2017

Named to "Virginia Super Lawyers," Real Estate, Banking, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2006-2013

Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Co-author, "Compliance Concerns Complicate Credit Agreements," Just Anti-Corruption, September 4, 2015
Author, Attorney Opinion Letters, Real Estate Transactions in Virginia, Virginia CLE Publications, May 2012
Panelist, "Fault Lines in Hotels," ACREL Midyear Meeting, March 28, 2014
Panelist, "2014 Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate: An Introduction to Third Party Opinion Letter Policy & Some Practice Pointers for Transactional Attorneys," ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, March 19, 2014
Panelist, "Enforceability Opinions and Their Qualifications," ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, January 15, 2014
Lecturer, "Local Counsel Opinions for Real Estate Lawyers," 35th Annual Advanced Real Estate Course, Texas Bar CLE, July 12, 2013
Lecturer, "Third Party Opinion Letters," 17th Annual Advanced Real Estate Seminar, Virginia CLE, March 1, 2013
Moderator and Panelist, "Local Counsel Opinions," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 5, 2012
Moderator and Panelist, "Special Issues in Real Estate Opinions," Working Group on Legal Opinions Spring Seminar, May 22, 2012
Moderator and Panelist, "Understanding and Negotiating Legal Opinions for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac," 23rd Spring Symposia of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Section, American Bar Association, May 3, 2012
Lecturer, "Closing Opinions of Inside Counsel in Real Estate Transactions," Association of Corporate Counsel Real Estate Committee, February 16, 2012
Lecturer, "Debt Facilities - A Few Basics," Dominion Resources, Inc., October 26, 2011
Moderator and Panelist, "HUD Legal Opinions in Multifamily Mortgage Loan Transaction: Understanding the New Opinion Form," American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Section eCLE Program, July 13, 2011
Moderator and Panelist, "Opinions to Federal Agencies: Does Customary Practice Matter?," American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August 8, 2010