Mayleng S. Watson


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  • The University of North Carolina School of Law, JD, with Honors; Comments Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 2001
  • Wofford College, BA, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1998
  • North Carolina

Alumni Executive Council, Wofford College, 2014-present

Vice Chair, United Way Community Building Council, 2008-2009

Board of Trustees, Myers Park United Methodist Church

Mayleng represents a wide range of clients—from Fortune 500 companies to educational institutions to government entities—in complex real estate transactions involving office, retail, industrial, institutional, residential and mixed use properties. She devotes much of her practice to advising clients outside the real estate industry in the acquisition, leasing, rezoning, development, management and disposition of real estate facilities supporting their core businesses. In addition, Mayleng represents lenders and borrowers in connection with construction and permanent financing and has extensive experience in loan workouts and other transactions involving distressed real estate assets.

Mayleng has achieved efficiencies for her clients in the negotiation and administration of real estate agreements by developing standard procedures and forms, including a form lease agreement for the owner of a 30-story office tower, a leasing issues checklist for a corporate real estate group and an owners association management agreement for a bank OREO group.

Mayleng is an active volunteer in the local community and has a particular interest in matters concerning the homeless. Her practice has included the pro bono representation of two non-profit agencies in the acquisition of group homes to provide transitional housing for homeless families and individuals.

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Mayleng S Watson
T: +1 704 343 2242F: +1 704 444 8873201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

Representation of a national cable operator in the lease and purchase of office facilities, retail service centers and hub sites in Texas, Ohio, New York, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Counsel to national and regional financial institutions in the stabilization and disposition of retail and residential developments acquired by foreclosure and deed in lieu of foreclosure.

Representation of a community college in a property exchange with a private developer in connection with the college’s construction of educational facilities adjacent to a future retail site, involving the sale of air rights to accommodate construction above the college’s improvements, the documentation of shared maintenance and use agreements for a common loading dock, parking deck and driveway, the negotiation of cross-easements and cross-restrictions to accommodate zero lot line construction and the petitioning of the city for the abandonment of a former alleyway.

Local counsel to borrower in the $935 million acquisition financing of a regional hotel chain.

Development of a condominium structure for an existing building owned by a private college to accommodate the sale of affordable staff townhomes adjacent to campus, including the drafting of a declaration of easements and restrictions to segregate the condominium site from the remainder of campus, the organization of the owners association and the development of a form of sale contract and related option, right of first refusal and right of first option agreement in favor of the college.

Representation of a global financial institution in the purchase and development of new banking centers.

Representation of one of the nation’s largest school districts in the rezoning of sites to accommodate elementary and middle school uses, including a joint school and single family development.

Named to "North Carolina Rising Stars," Real Estate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2012, 2013

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Panelist, "Leasing & the Effects on Tenants in Buildings with a Financially Stressed Landlord," CresaPartners Educational Luncheon, December 2011
Speaker, "Landlord-Tenant Law: Leases, Evictions & Litigation," Sterling Education Services Seminar, March 2010