M'Lou

Patton Bell

Shareholder
303 Colorado Street, Suite 2600
Austin, TX 78701-3924

Overview

M’Lou is a member of the Corporate & Securities, Finance and Real Estate Practice Groups. Most recently, she served as the Managing Shareholder of Munsch Hardt’s Austin office and as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. M’Lou’s broad transactional practice focuses on corporate, real estate and finance transactions for publicly- and privately-held companies. She has experience in multiple industries, having worked closely with clients in the retail, hospitality, franchise, health care, software and commercial real estate development industries.

She routinely represents both buyers and sellers in all types of corporate and real estate transactions. She regularly assists clients in business organization, reorganization and business succession planning, and has represented clients related to such diverse matters as public-private partnerships, franchisee area development and lease agreements, on-airport leasing and development, lending and alternative financing, asset and stock purchases and dispositions, the formation and governance of condominium regimes, the negotiation of government contracts and the leasing of retail, office and industrial space. She is also routinely called upon to assist clients in the acquisition, development, construction, leasing and disposition of income-producing properties.

M’Lou routinely serves as general counsel to many of her clients. As needed, she assists them with letters of intent, contract development and negotiation, financing, construction and development and the many other matters that arise during the life of a project. Corporate representation includes appropriate entity selection and the inclusion of appropriate management, buy-sell and other safeguards in limited partnership, limited liability company, voting and other agreements. Throughout her representation, M’Lou provides input regarding risk allocation and helps to find solutions to legal issues as they arise. She also assists clients in developing and implementing exit strategies, either on an entity or project-specific basis or as part of an overall disposition plan.

Education

Admission

Achievements

  • Austin Business Journal – 19th Annual Profiles in Power – Central Texas Women of Influence (2013 Nominee)
  • CREW Austin – Top Woman in Commercial Real Estate in Austin (2001-2012)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, AV Preeminent®, Peer Review RatedTM
  • Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation and Travis County Women Lawyers Association – Corporate/Transactional Attorney of the Year (2014); Pathfinder Award (2007)
  • Memberships

    • Austin Bar Association, Business, Corporate, Tax and Real Estate Sections
    • Central Texas Girl Scouts, Lone Star Council (Formerly First Vice Chair of Board of Directors, Chair of Property Committee)
    • CREW Austin (Past President)
    • Foundation for the  Education of Young Woman, Austin Chapter (Former member of Board of Directors)
    • Girl School of Austin (Trustee, 2018-Present)
    • Greater Austin First Tee (Former member of Board of Directors)
    • St. Matthews Episcopal Church
    • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate and Probate and Trust Law Sections
    • Texas Bar Foundation (Life Fellow)

Overview

M’Lou is a member of the Corporate & Securities, Finance and Real Estate Practice Groups. Most recently, she served as the Managing Shareholder of Munsch Hardt’s Austin office and as a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. M’Lou’s broad transactional practice focuses on corporate, real estate and finance transactions for publicly- and privately-held companies. She has experience in multiple industries, having worked closely with clients in the retail, hospitality, franchise, health care, software and commercial real estate development industries.

She routinely represents both buyers and sellers in all types of corporate and real estate transactions. She regularly assists clients in business organization, reorganization and business succession planning, and has represented clients related to such diverse matters as public-private partnerships, franchisee area development and lease agreements, on-airport leasing and development, lending and alternative financing, asset and stock purchases and dispositions, the formation and governance of condominium regimes, the negotiation of government contracts and the leasing of retail, office and industrial space. She is also routinely called upon to assist clients in the acquisition, development, construction, leasing and disposition of income-producing properties.

M’Lou routinely serves as general counsel to many of her clients. As needed, she assists them with letters of intent, contract development and negotiation, financing, construction and development and the many other matters that arise during the life of a project. Corporate representation includes appropriate entity selection and the inclusion of appropriate management, buy-sell and other safeguards in limited partnership, limited liability company, voting and other agreements. Throughout her representation, M’Lou provides input regarding risk allocation and helps to find solutions to legal issues as they arise. She also assists clients in developing and implementing exit strategies, either on an entity or project-specific basis or as part of an overall disposition plan.

Experience

  • Office Building Disposition

    Represented a Texas-based company in the sale of an office building on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas.

  • Asset Disposition

    Represents an air cargo developer that owns the major on-airport cargo facility at Austin-Bergstrom Internal Airport in the sale of substantially all of its assets.

  • Securities Disposition

    Represented the owner of a storage facility for commercial and air freight carriers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in the sale of its membership interests to dNATA

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