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Higher Education

Contact: Brad Bedingfield

Addressing the needs of educational institutions is a core practice area for Hemenway & Barnes. Recent and ongoing matters include advice and counsel on a variety of areas including :

  • Corporate governance
  • Endowment issues and planning
  • Planned giving
  • Gift documentation requirements and policies
  • Personnel and compensation matters
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and other corporate transactions
  • Political activity and lobbying
  • Real estate
  • Tax-related matters

More specifically, private and public colleges and universities have recently sought our help in:

  • Negotiating, accepting and managing complex charitable gifts, including charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and gifts of interests in real estate and closely-held businesses.
  • Advising on administration of endowment and restricted funds, including appropriations, terminations, and cy près or deviation actions.
  • Reviewing, drafting and negotiating contracts and leases.
  • Developing and updating conflicts of interest, political activity, and other organizational policies.
  • Complying with federal grant requirements.
  • Providing tax analysis and assisting with navigating complex tax regulations and procedures, including unrelated business income tax (UBTI).
  • Serving as real estate counsel advising on all phases of the development process, including acquisition and disposition, land use, zoning, permitting, environmental analysis, financing, and construction.
  • Interpreting and implementing new federal statutes and regulations.
  • Developing board policies and advising on board disputes and governance issues.
  • Advising on mergers, affiliations and dissolutions, including conducting legal due diligence, negotiating and drafting terms, assisting with federal and state regulatory approval, and related corporate governance issues.

The leaders of this practice area, Brad Bedingfield and Eleanor Evans, are much in demand to present at bar and industry forums on relevant issues to the higher ed community. Members of the firm belong to the National Association of College and University Attorneys and also serve on boards of colleges and educational institutions.

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