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Biography

Christina is the Practice Group Leader for Real Estate at Frost Brown Todd and serves on the firm’s Compensation Committee. With over twenty years of diversified experience in commercial real estate, her practice focuses on the acquisition, disposition, leasing, development and financing of retail, shopping center, restaurant, office, industrial and warehouse projects with an emphasis on representing clients in the franchise/hospitality and healthcare industries.

Ancillary to her real estate practice, she also represent clients in the telecommunications industry, including telecommunications carriers, wireless equipment vendors and service providers, hotels, universities and entrepreneurs with respect to cell site leases, acquisitions and dispositions, Distributed Antenna System (“DAS”) agreements, license and marketing agreements, easement agreements and revenue share agreements.

Christina is also a member of the Board of Managers of Frost Brown Todd’s title agency, Multi-State Title Agency LLC. Multi-State is an agent for six title insurance underwriters including Chicago Title Insurance Company, Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, First American Title Insurance Company, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company and Stewart Title Guaranty Company.

She is also active in the local community. Most notable among her civic and charitable contributions is her service to the American Red Cross, Cincinnati Ballet Company and American Heart Association.

Other Info About Christina

Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Represented publicly traded real estate investment trust in the sale of an industrial/warehouse portfolio of properties in a deal valued at just under $1 billion.

Represented New York-based investment firm conducting title due diligence for the acquisition of 3,000 residential assets in a compressed time frame for a transaction valued at $500 million.

Represented private equity firm in acquisition of publicly held restaurant operation involving 270 locations across 32 states in a transaction valued at $335 million.

Represented major department store in sale of property located at a mixed-use project in greater San Francisco, California metropolitan area and short-term leaseback.

Represented developer in numerous land acquisition and build-to-suit lease transactions with nation’s largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland and West Virginia.

Represented regional healthcare system in its acquisition of an existing facility located on a 70-acre campus, which involved negotiation of a complex separation plan and master services utility agreement to address the cost allocation and separation of electricity, chilled water, compressed air and steam for the facility and the portion of the property retained by the seller.

Represented publicly traded restaurant operation in disposition of 80 locations in 3 states in a deal valued at $175 million.

Represented privately held restaurant operation in acquisition of 76 locations in 3 states.

Represented regional telecommunications provider in leasing of over 200,000 square feet of Class A office space for consolidated corporate headquarters.

Represented national department store chain in connection with all aspects of its retail real estate portfolio.

Represented publicly held regional telecommunications company with all aspects of its real estate portfolio.

Represented purchaser of industrial park property for construction of a multimillion-dollar fulfillment center.

Represented corporate client in negotiation of a building lease in Southeast Asia.

Represented restaurant franchise owner/operator in acquiring locations throughout the region through lease or purchase.

Represented corporate clients in acquisition and disposition of shopping center, office, industrial, data center, and warehouse space.

Represented retailers, financial institutions, hotel operators, developers and owners in connection with commercial leases, including ground leases and sale-leaseback transactions.

Represented clients in the purchase and sale of business and assets, entity formation, and business strategy and planning.

Represented nonprofit organization regarding leasing of its headquarters, including a long-term ground lease.

Education

Law School

Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1995
Moot Court Society, National Team
Hispanic Law Students Association, President

Undergraduate School

Indiana University, B.A., 1992

Bar Memberships

Christina is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio

Kentucky

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Leadership Cincinnati, Class 40

WE Lead, Class II

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class XIV

Cincy Magazine, Cincy Leading Lawyer, Real Estate

Cincinnati Ballet 45th Anniversary Honoree

Inspiring Arts Volunteer of the Year, Inspire Cincinnati/Cincinnati Enquirer

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers

International Council of Shopping Centers

Commercial Real Estate Women

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

American Heart Association, Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team (2015 – 2016); Open Your Heart Committee (2016 – 2020)

American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, Board of Directors, Board Officer and Chair of Leadership Development Committee (2011 – 2020); Alumni Advisory Board (2020-present)

University of Cincinnati Real Estate Center, BEARE Board Member, Board of Executive Advisors in Real Estate (2020 – present)

Building Industry Association of Northern Kentucky, Member (2020 – present)

Cincinnati Ballet Company, Board of Trustees & Executive Committee (2004 – 2012); BRAVO!, President (2004 – 2012); Sustaining Trustee (2012 – present); Étoile, Chair (2017 – 2018)

Commercial Real Estate Women, Board of Directors, Sponsorship Liaison (2017 – 2019)

Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA, Member (2009 – 2015)

International Council of Shopping Centers, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania (“OKIMP”) Retail Development & Law Symposium, Planning Committee (2018 – present)

Xavier University, Williams College of Business, Executive Mentor (2007 -2013)

Firm Committees

Christina serves or has served in the following leadership role(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Real Estate Practice Group Leader

Compensation Committee, Member

Finance Committee, Former Member

Nominating Committee, Former Member

Presentations

Christina was invited to speak at the following events:

Keynote, “A Retail Conversation: Trends, Education and Lending,” ICSC+Law Symposium, Columbus, OH, March 3, 2023

Speaker, “Re-Engineering the Traditional Shopping Center REA: What’s Past is Prologue, or Is it?,” ICSC U.S. Law Conference, Orlando, FL, October 28, 2022

Speaker, “I Will Survive (and Thrive): Getting through the Pandemic as a Retailer,” ICSC OKIMP Retail Development & Law Symposium, Columbus, OH, 2021

Speaker, “That was Then, This is Now:  Dealing with Existing REAs in Today’s Evolving Retail Centers,” ICSC OKIMP Retail Development & Law Symposium, Columbus, OH, 2019

Roundtable Leader, “Outparcel Development: Approvals, Restrictions and Challenges -OH MY!” ICSC U.S. Law Conference, Orlando, FL, 2018

Roundtable Leader, “Pop Goes the Retail Shop: Leasing Considerations,” ICSC U.S. Law Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2017

Speaker “The Clock is Ticking! Pop-Up Leasing in an Evolving Retail World,” ICSC OKIMP Retail Development & Law Symposium, Columbus, OH, 2017

Roundtable Leader, “Didn’t See that Coming: Implied Operating Covenants,” ICSC U.S. Law Conference, Hollywood, FL, 2016

Major Publications

Christina is an author or contributor to the following publications:

September 14, 2020
CDC Orders Freeze on Residential Evictions until December 31, 2020

April 14, 2020
Issues Facing the Commercial Leasing Industry during the COVID-19 Pandemic

March 26, 2019
Frost Brown Todd 2019 Leadership Appointments Include Five Women

June 24, 2011
Christina M. Sprecher Elected to American Red Cross Board of Directors

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