Representative Experience

Assisted British financial institution in acquiring billions of dollars of office, retail, and other income-producing real estate in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.


Represented investment bank in origination and securitization of $5.5 billion+ mortgage and mezzanine loans on fee and ground leaseholds in office, hotel, mixed-use, industrial, and regional mall properties throughout the United States.


Advised a leading Ukrainian property company regarding the proposed $850 million disposal of a portfolio of property development assets to one of Ukraine’s leading real estate investment companies.

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  • Inbound U.S. Investments and Activities
    • Structured and negotiated a real estate purchase of the Apple Beats headquarters in Culver City, Calif., through a China-based investor’s joint venture.
    • Represented China-based property group/China-based investment fund joint venture in its acquisition and redevelopment of an 18-acre parcel in Burlingame, Calif., for a 760,000 square-foot tech office park.
    • Advised a well-established China-based provider of construction services and development capital in its U.S. real estate projects, including construction contract matters on major developments.
    • Represented the Saudi Ministry of Finance in the acquisition of a major land parcel in Manhattan for a new 800,000-square-foot mixed-use complex.
    • Acted for the Saudi Ministry of Finance in the acquisition of land and the development of an Islamic school in Fairfax County, Virginia.
    • Advised a Canadian developer regarding a bid to develop the consolidated FBI headquarters (a 2.1 million-square-foot project) in the Washington, DC, region.
    • Represented a Canadian developer in acquisition and development of thousands of acres of residential and mixed-use real estate projects in Virginia, Maryland, California and North Carolina.
    • Represented a Japanese company in its acquisition of a multifamily project and a multifamily development site in Fort Worth, Texas.
    • Advised a company from Japan in its acquisition of environmentally sensitive properties in four U.S. Gulf Coast states in connection with the settlement of Deepwater Horizon oil spill liabilities.
    • Acted for a consortium of British life insurance companies in acquisition, through joint ventures, of retail properties in various U.S. states.
    • Advised a UAE sovereign wealth fund regarding various real estate investments throughout the United States.
  • Projects Outside of the United States
    • Assisted an India-based conglomerate in obtaining financing in the U.S. capital markets for the development of numerous townships in India.
    • Represented a major U.S. university on the redevelopment of its facility at the University of Oxford.
    • Represented $5.7 billion resort development owner in Singapore International Arbitration Centre proceedings regarding unauthorized reuse of proprietary design in a competing 8.8 million square foot proposed development elsewhere in Asia.
    • Assisted a development company with the scheme documentation for the Pearl Qatar, including lease and sale agreements, master community, and other real estate related and joint venture documentation.
    • Represented Barwa on scheme documentation for Barwa Al Khor Project, including lease and sale agreements, and master community.
    • Assisted a Qatari bank in acquiring a commercial tower in Doha through a usufruct arrangement.
    • Represented Qatari Diyar (acting as guarantor) on bridge financing facility for Barwa Real Estate.
    • Advised Qatari Diyar on certain corporate and restructuring matters.
    • Provided guidance to Al Madar LLC in Qatar on developing a commercial tower project in Lusail, Qatar.
    • Acted for QInvest in acquiring a majority interest in a real estate development company.
    • Advised the Government of Qatar on issuing $4 billion sukuk with prime land as the underlying asset.
    • Represented an Iraqi company in the development and financing of a $2 billion airport and related infrastructure between Karbala and Najaf in the Republic of Iraq.
    • Advised a leading wastewater company in the MENA on multiple development projects.
    • Counseled a major Saudi engineering firm on its international joint ventures and partnerships, including in the United States.
    • Represented a U.S. investment bank in secured lending transactions involving prime London properties.
    • Provided guidance to a UK-based bank on secured lending transactions on prime London properties.
    • Advised a global electronics company in leasing new headquarters and leasing and disposal of premises in various cities in the UK.
    • Representing multiple clients as tenants in leasing of offices in London.
    • Advised consultants to the French government regarding a new Formula 1 circuit to host the Grand Prix of France.
    • Assisted Alberta Ltd in its purchase of distressed property in Mexico, involving complicated issues with U.S. financing, U.S. owner, Canadian purchaser with all legal rights operating through a Mexican fideicomiso.
    • Represented developer in a joint venture with ING Clarion, then ING Bank’s real estate investment arm, in development of 5,000-acre technology industrial park in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
    • Advised on US$1.5 billion Murabaha facility for a large real estate developer.
    • In addition to our lender-side work, we have represented borrowers in billions of dollars of real estate financings, much of it from non-U.S. lenders.

Practice Area Highlights

Pillsbury’s real estate team and lawyers are recognized by Chambers USA, with clients saying we offer “[t]op-flight client service,” “deep commercial awareness,” “quality of work” and “timeliness of turnaround.”


Pillsbury’s real estate team and its lawyers are repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. and praised by clients as “technically excellent,” “efficient, responsive and knowledgeable.”


Pillsbury was ranked among the top 10 “Leading Real Estate Law Firms” by Commercial Property Executive, a publication that covers the commercial real estate industry’s key trends, issues and concerns.