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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)

Form 8-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): March 20 , 2017

 

 

BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST

BRANDYWINE OPERATING PARTNERSHIP, L.P.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in charter)

 

 

 

Maryland

(Brandywine Realty Trust)

  001-9106   23-2413352

Delaware

(Brandywine Operating Partnership, L.P.)

  000-24407   23-2862640

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(Commission

file number)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

555 East Lancaster Avenue, Suite 100

Radnor, PA 19087

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(610) 325-5600

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):

 

Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))

 

Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))

 

 

 


Item 8.01 Other Events.

Brandywine Realty Trust (“Brandywine”) today filed a prospectus supplement to the prospectus dated March 20, 2017 that relates to the offering of its common shares under its “continuous equity” offering program that commenced on January 10, 2017 and was previously disclosed in Brandywine’s and Brandywine Operating Partnership, L.P.’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 10, 2017 (the “Prior 8-K”). Specifics of the program are incorporated by reference from the Prior 8-K. The filing was made to continue this offering under the new shelf registration statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-216822) that it and Brandywine Operating Partnership, L.P. filed today.

The legal opinion of Pepper Hamilton LLP relating to the legality of the shares offered by the prospectus supplement and the legal opinion of Pepper Hamilton with respect to certain tax matters are attached as Exhibit 5.1 and Exhibit 8.1, respectively, to this Current Report.

 

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description

  5.1    Opinion of Pepper Hamilton LLP regarding the legality of the shares offered.
  8.1    Opinion of Pepper Hamilton LLP with respect to certain tax matters.
23.1    Consent of Pepper Hamilton LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
23.2    Consent of Pepper Hamilton LLP (included in Exhibit 8.1).

 

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Signatures

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrants have duly caused this report to be signed on their behalf by the undersigned, hereunto duly authorized.

 

BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST
By:  

/s/ Gerard H. Sweeney

  Gerard H. Sweeney
  President and Chief Executive Officer

 

BRANDYWINE OPERATING PARTNERSHIP, L.P.
BY:  

BRANDYWINE REALTY TRUST,

ITS SOLE GENERAL PARTNER

  By:  

/s/ Gerard H. Sweeney

    Gerard H. Sweeney
    President and Chief Executive Officer

Date: March 20, 2017

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit No.

  

Description

  5.1    Opinion of Pepper Hamilton LLP regarding the legality of the shares offered.
  8.1    Opinion of Pepper Hamilton LLP with respect to certain tax matters.
23.1    Consent of Pepper Hamilton LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1).
23.2    Consent of Pepper Hamilton LLP (included in Exhibit 8.1).

 

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Section 2: EX-5.1 (EX-5.1)

EX-5.1

Exhibit 5.1

 

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3000 Two Logan Square

Eighteenth and Arch Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799

215.981.4000

Fax 215.981.4750

March 20, 2017

Brandywine Realty Trust

555 East Lancaster Avenue, Suite 100

Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087

Re: Registration Statement on Form S-3

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as counsel to Brandywine Realty Trust, a Maryland real estate investment trust (the “Company”), in connection with the offer and sale of up to 16,000,000 common shares of beneficial interest, par value $0.01 per share (“Common Shares”) of the Company, covered by the Company’s Registration Statement on Form S-3 (Registration No. 333-216822) (as the same may be amended and supplemented, the “Registration Statement”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). The Common Shares will be sold pursuant to (i) the Sales Agency Financing Agreement, dated as of January 10, 2017, among the Company, Brandywine Operating Partnership, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”) and RBC Capital Markets, LLC; (ii) the Sales Agency Financing Agreement, dated as of January 10, 2017, among the Company, the Operating Partnership and Jefferies LLC, (iii) the Sales Agency Financing Agreement, dated as of January 10, 2017, among the Company, the Operating Partnership and Barclays Capital Inc. and (iv) the Sales Agency Financing Agreement, dated as of January 10, 2017, among the Company, the Operating Partnership and BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC (collectively, the “Sales Agency Financing Agreements”).

In connection with our representation of the Company, and as a basis for the opinions hereinafter set forth, we have examined originals, or copies certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of the following documents (hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Documents”):

1. The Registration Statement, including the Prospectus dated March 20, 2017 therein (the “Prospectus”) and the Prospectus Supplement, dated March 20, 2017, related to the offer and sale of the Common Shares (the “Prospectus Supplement”);

2. The Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust of the Company, as amended and supplemented through the date hereof (the “Declaration of Trust”), certified as of a recent date by the State Department of Assessments and Taxation of Maryland (the “SDAT”);

 

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3. The Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company, as amended through the date hereof;

4. A certificate of the SDAT as to the good standing of the Company, dated as of a recent date;

5. Resolutions adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Company, or a duly authorized committee thereof, relating to the offer and sale of the Common Shares (the “Resolutions”), certified by an officer of the Company as being complete, accurate and in effect;

6. The Sales Agency Financing Agreements;

7. Such other documents, records, instruments, and matters as we have deemed necessary or appropriate to express the opinion set forth below, subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications stated herein.

In expressing the opinion set forth below, we have assumed the following:

1. Each individual executing any of the Documents is legally competent to do so.

2. Each individual executing any of the Documents on behalf of a party (other than the Company and the Operating Partnership) is duly authorized to do so.

3. All Documents submitted to us as originals are authentic. The form and content of all Documents submitted to us as unexecuted drafts do not differ in any respect relevant to this opinion from the form and content of such Documents as executed and delivered. All Documents submitted to us as certified or photostatic copies conform to the original documents. All signatures on all Documents are genuine. All public records reviewed or relied upon by us or on our behalf are true and complete. All statements and information contained in the Documents are true and complete. There has been no oral or written modification of or amendment to any of the Documents, and there has been no waiver of any provision of any of the Documents, by action or conduct of the parties or otherwise.

4. The Common Shares will not be issued or transferred in violation of any restriction on ownership and transfer set forth in Article 6 of the Declaration of Trust or other organizational document of the Company.

5. A sufficient number of authorized but unissued Common Shares will be available for issuance when the Common Shares are issued and sold under the Sales Agency Financing Agreements.


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Subject to the foregoing, it is our opinion that, as of the date hereof, the Common Shares have been duly authorized by all necessary action on the part of the Company and, upon issuance, delivery and payment therefore in the manner contemplated by the Sales Agency Financing Agreements, the Common Shares will be validly issued, fully paid and non-assessable.

The foregoing opinion is limited to the substantive laws of the State of Maryland and we do not express any opinion herein concerning any other law. We express no opinion as to compliance with any federal or state securities laws, including the securities laws of the State of Maryland, or as to federal or state laws regarding fraudulent transfers. We assume no obligation to supplement this opinion if any applicable law changes after the date hereof or if we become aware of any fact that might change the opinion expressed herein after the date hereof.

No opinion is rendered as to matters not specifically referred to herein and under no circumstances are you to infer from anything stated or not stated herein any opinion with respect to which such reference is not made.

This opinion is being furnished to you for your submission to the Commission as an exhibit to a current report on Form 8-K (the “8-K”), to be filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about the date hereof. We hereby consent to the filing of this opinion as an exhibit to the 8-K and to the use of the name of our firm therein and under the section “Legal Matters” in the Registration Statement, Prospectus and Prospectus Supplement. In giving this consent, we do not admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required by Section 7 of the Securities Act.

 

Very truly yours,
/s/ Pepper Hamilton LLP
PEPPER HAMILTON LLP
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Section 3: EX-8.1 (EX-8.1)

EX-8.1

Exhibit 8.1

 

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3000 Two Logan Square

Eighteenth and Arch Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799

215.981.4000

Fax 215.981.4750

March 20, 2017

Brandywine Realty Trust

555 East Lancaster Avenue, Suite 100

Radnor, Pennsylvania 19087

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as counsel to Brandywine Realty Trust, a Maryland real estate investment trust (the “Company”), and to Brandywine Operating Partnership, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Operating Partnership”), in connection with the offer and sale by the Company from time to time of up to 16,000,000 common shares of beneficial interest, $0.01 par value (the “Common Shares”) of the Company, pursuant to the Company’s prospectus supplement dated March 20, 2017 (the “Prospectus Supplement”) to the prospectus dated March 20, 2017 included in the registration statement on Form S-3 (No. 333-216822) (together with all pre- and post-effective amendments thereto to date, the “Registration Statement”). All capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the Registration Statement.

The opinions expressed herein are based on the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), Treasury regulations thereunder (including proposed and temporary Treasury regulations) and interpretations of the foregoing as expressed in court decisions, legislative history and administrative determinations of the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) (including its practices and policies in issuing private letter rulings, which are not binding on the IRS, except with respect to a taxpayer that receives such a ruling), all as of the date hereof. This opinion represents our best legal judgment with respect to the probable outcome on the merits and is not binding on the IRS or the courts. There can be no assurance that positions contrary to our opinion will not be taken by the IRS, or that a court considering the issues would not reach a conclusion contrary to such opinions. No assurance can be given that future legislative, judicial or administrative changes, on either a prospective or retroactive basis, would not adversely affect the opinions expressed herein.

In rendering the opinions expressed herein, we have examined such statutes, regulations, records, certificates and other documents as we have considered necessary or appropriate as a basis for such opinions, including: (1) the Registration Statement (including the documents incorporated therein by reference); (2) the Amended and Restated Declaration of Trust of the Company, as amended or supplemented through the date hereof; and (3) the Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership, as amended or supplemented through the date hereof, of the Operating Partnership.

 

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In rendering the opinions expressed herein, we have relied upon written representations as to factual matters of the Company and Operating Partnership contained in a letter to us dated March 20, 2017 regarding their consolidated assets, operations and activities (the “Management Representation Letter”). We have not made an independent investigation or audit of the facts set forth in the Management Representation Letter or in any other document. We consequently have relied upon the accuracy of the representations as to factual matters in the Management Representation Letter. After inquiry, we are not aware of any facts or circumstances contrary to, or inconsistent with, the representations that we have relied upon or the other assumptions set forth herein. Our opinion is limited to the tax matters specifically covered herein, and we have not addressed, nor have we been asked to address, any other tax matters relevant to the Company, the Operating Partnership or any other person.

We have assumed, with your consent, that, insofar as relevant to the opinions expressed herein:

(1) Company has been and will be operated in the manner described in the Management Representation Letter and the Registration Statement (including in the documents incorporated therein by reference);

(2) all of the obligations imposed by the documents that we reviewed have been and will continue to be performed or satisfied in accordance with their terms; and all of such documents have been properly executed, are valid originals or authentic copies of valid originals, and all signatures thereon are genuine;

(3) all representations made in the Management Representation Letter (and other factual information provided to us) are true, correct and complete and will continue to be true, correct and complete, and any representation or statement made in the Management Representation Letter “to the best of knowledge,” “to the knowledge” or “to the actual knowledge” of any person(s) or party(ies) or similarly qualified is true, correct and complete as if made without such qualification; and

(4) all documents that we have reviewed have been properly executed, are valid originals or authentic copies of valid originals, and all signatures thereon are genuine.

Based upon, and subject to, the foregoing and the discussion below, we are of the opinion that:

1. Commencing with its taxable year ended December 31, 1986, the Company has, since the effective date of its REIT election, been organized and operated in a manner so as to qualify for taxation as a REIT under the Code, and the Company’s proposed method of operation will enable it to continue to qualify for taxation as a REIT.


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2. The discussion in the Registration Statement under the heading “Material Federal Income Tax Considerations” to the extent that it describes provisions of federal income tax law and regulations or legal conclusions with respect thereto, is correct in all material respects.

We assume no obligation to advise you of any changes in our opinion subsequent to the date of this letter. The Company’s qualification for taxation as a REIT depends upon the Company’s ability to meet, on a continuing basis, through actual annual operating and other results, the requirements of the Code, including the requirements with regard to the sources of its gross income, the composition of its assets, the level of its distributions to shareholders and the diversity of its share ownership. We will not review the Company’s compliance with these requirements on a continuing basis. Accordingly, no assurance can be given that the actual results of the Company’s operations, the sources of its income, the nature of its assets, the level of its distributions to shareholders and the diversity of its share ownership for any given taxable year will satisfy the requirements under the Code for qualification and taxation as a REIT.

This opinion letter has been prepared for your use in connection with the Prospectus Supplement, including submission to the Securities and Exchange Commission as an exhibit to a current report filed on Form 8-K (the “Form 8-K”), to be filed by Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on or about the date hereof, and speaks as of the date hereof. We do not purport to express any opinion herein concerning any law other than the federal income tax law of the United States. We consent to the filing of this legal opinion as an exhibit to the Form 8-K and to the use of the name of our firm therein and under the section “Legal Matters” in the Registration Statement, including the prospectus and Prospectus Supplement. In giving this consent, we do not admit that we are within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Securities Act of 1933.

Very truly yours,

/s/ Pepper Hamilton LLP

PEPPER HAMILTON LLP

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