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Purchases & Sales of Real Property

Washington

Sale-leaseback of Seattle Times headquarters and sale of historic building

Represented the Seattle Times Company in the sale-leaseback of Seattle Times Headquarters building, a multiple block sale in South Lake Union area of Seattle to Vulcan, Inc. and the sale of historic Troy Laundry building to Touchstone Corporation.

Acquisitions of assisted living facilities

Represented Emeritus Corporation in acquisitions of multiple assisted living facilities in the Pacific Northwest, including a $140 million acquisition of 24 assisted living properties and a $68 million acquisition of nine other assisted living properties.

Purchase of downtown Seattle office building

Represented Texas-based real estate fund in purchase of First & Stewart Building near Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

Purchase of ground leasehold interest in Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle

Represented the owner of The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, in a purchase of the ground leasehold interest and hotel management agreement with Fairmont Hotels.

Acquisition of railroad use easements and rights of way for Sound Transit

Represented Sound Transit in its acquisition of $260 million railroad use easements and $32 million railroad rights of way from BNSF Railway.

Acquisition and development of Bellevue’s Tateuchi Center

Represent non-profit arts organization in its acquisition, financing and construction of 2,000 seat performing arts center in downtown Bellevue.

Sale to Microsoft for potential second campus

Represented owner of 63 acres sold to Microsoft as potential second campus.

Sale to Swedish hospital for Issaquah campus

Represented owner in sale to Swedish Medical Center for new 20-acre campus at Issaquah Highlands.

YWCA affordable housing project

Represented owner in sale to YWCA for Family Village at Issaquah with 146 affordable units and related child care, office and community service facilities.

Retail/Entertainment Center

Represented owner in sale of property for 15-acre cinema-anchored entertainment center.

Sale and transfer of development rights; Bellevue College

Represented City and master developer in multi-party, multi-parcel land sales and exchanges for new Bellevue College campus and preservation of open space for Mountains to Sound Greenway in Puget Sound area.

Sale of master plan community development property/entitlements

Represented master developer in sale of 450-acre master planned community and related development agreement and entitlements.

Oregon

Office project - sale of KOIN Center

Represented the seller of the KOIN Center in one of the largest real estate transactions in Portland in 2007; retained by the purchaser to continue representation of the KOIN ownership on leasing and development of the planned 100 Columbia building next door. Gene represented the original developer of this project and has worked on it continuously for almost 25 years.

Olympic Mills Commerce Center redevelopment

Represented J & R Group in the purchase of Rentrak office building and renovation, and conversion of 100,000-square-foot cereal mill to create the Olympic Mills Commerce Center in the Portland central eastside district, and in capital restructuring including new market and historic tax credits.

Medical school campus development

Represented Samaritan Health Services on in development of its new medical school campus including urban renewal infrastructure financing, build-to-suit leases and sale of pads in Lebanon, Oregon.

Wind farm site acquisition

Represented Caithness Energy in site acquisition and financing for Shepherds Flat wind farm, including ground leases and financing for a 330-turbine project in Oregon.

Acquisition and disposition of timberlands

Represented various timber companies and natural resources investors in the acquisition and disposition of timberlands in Oregon, including Section 1031 like-kind exchanges.

California

Purchase of office building in San Francisco Financial District

Represented the purchaser of 100 Pine Street, a 33-story office building in San Francisco’s Financial District.

Land acquisition for transit-oriented, mixed-use development

Negotiated a land purchase from the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority for the development of a LEED certified, high-density, mixed use, transit-oriented development with approximately 800 residential units, including acquisition of entitlements, contracting and environmental matters; and negotiation of disposition and development agreements with the Transit Authority.

Acquisition of three San Francisco hotels

Represented an international investor in the "off-market" acquisition of three San Francisco hotels from a foreclosing lender.

Purchase of acute care hospital

Represented a major health care system in Southern California in its purchase of a general acute care hospital located in the San Fernando Valley.

Purchase of San Diego office building

Represented the purchaser of controlling interests in a private REIT owning the Palm Terrace office building near San Diego.

Purchase of Southern California industrial facilities

Represented the purchaser of industrial facilities in Anaheim, Redlands, and Chula Vista, Calif.

Acquisition of retail center

Assisted international investors, American Pacific International Capital, in the purchase of China Village, a 350,000 square foot Asian-themed retail center in Fremont, Calif.

Alaska

Sale of Alyeska ski resort

Represented Seibu Alaska, Inc. in the sale of the Alyeska Ski Resort (the premier ski resort in Alaska), including the ski resort, a four-star Westin hotel and a golf course.

Acquisition of Anchorage office building

Represented one of the largest banks in Alaska in its acquisition of a major office building in downtown Anchorage.

Around the Country

Acquisition of shopping center

Represented international property developer in the acquisition of Tri-County Mall, a regional shopping center, at a Sheriff’s sale in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Purchase of high rise office and retail buildings

Represented the purchaser of interests (held through a private REIT) in the UBS North American headquarters building on Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and prospective of another high-rise office and retail building on Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, with gross asset values of more than $2 billion.

Acquisition and sale of interests in Tysons Corner Center and the Shops at North Bridge

Represented a sovereign wealth fund in its acquisition of a controlling interest and sale of minority interests in joint ventures owning and operating Tysons Corner Center, a two million-square-foot mall in Fairfax County, and adjacent retail and office properties, and purchase of a 50% interest in The Shops at North Bridge, a 550,000-square-foot retail center on the “Magnificent Mile” of North Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

Acquisition of 50 percent interest in multi-family real estate operating company

Represented an institutional investor in its acquisition of a 50 percent interest in one of the largest privately held developers and managers of market-rate and affordable multi-family housing projects in the United States, with apartment complexes in 13 states and assets exceeding $3 billion.

Acquisition of apartment and condominium properties in Bahamas, Chicago, New York, Texas and Hawaii

Represented a Texas public employee pension fund in the acquisition and development of apartment and condominium properties in downtown Chicago, the Bahamas, the Upper West Side of Manhattan and College Station, Texas, and the sale of a shopping center in Honolulu.

Purchases and sales of apartment complexes in multiple states

Represented a New York-based investment advisor and fund sponsor in the acquisition or sale of apartment complexes in California, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

Acquisition of manufacturing company

Acquisition of Jore Corporation, a tool manufacturing company, from bankruptcy estate in District of Montana.
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