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O’Melveny’s real estate team helps clients build and reshape the landscape around the world, with an eye toward minimizing investor risk while maximizing return. We focus on crafting innovative, practical strategies through interdisciplinary collaboration with our lawyers in the key related areas of finance, tax, sales and acquisitions, and environmental compliance. Our clients include purchasers, sellers, and developers, ground lessors, major hotel-management companies, franchisors and franchisees, construction and term lenders, and equity investors, including opportunity funds and pension advisors.

We have advised clients in diverse transactional structures, including participating and mezzanine debt, entitled and unentitled land development deals, acquisition and development projects, housing joint ventures, and apartment, multifamily, and condominium development and conversions. Our clients rely on us for all facets of their transactions, from due diligence investigations and deal structuring to closing and on-going asset management support.

  • What Sets Us Apart
    • Experience with landmark, master-planned communities ranging from 30 acres to 300,000 acres
    • Deep relationships with city councils, planning commissions, boards of appeal, and county, state, and federal regulatory agencies
    • Expertise in all aspects of environmental regulation and compliance
    • 40-year history of guiding our private real estate investment trust (REIT) clients and their investors through shifting market conditions and legal frameworks
  • Industry Reach
    • Health care properties
    • Hospitality industry
    • Land use and entitlement
    • Master-planned communities
    • Mezzanine debt and structured finance
    • Mixed-use developments
    • Public-private partnerships
    • Real estate funds
    • Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)
    • Residential development and finance
    • Retail industry

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

O’Melveny assisted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in acquiring site control rights for its new US$300 million Motion Picture Museum in Los Angeles. Read

Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)

O’Melveny advised AEG on the negotiation of the master leases and counseled in the financing, development, and operating structure for the US$1.5 billion L.A. LIVE Project, a sports and entertainment center in downtown Los Angeles, which includes office, retail, hotel, and entertainment components. Read

Homeinns Hotel Group

O’Melveny represented Homeinns, the largest operator of economy hotels in China, in its US$1.12 billion go-private deal with a consortium of investors including BTG Hotels Co. and its own executives. Read

Kennecott Land Company

O’Melveny represented Kennecott in the entitlement and development of its initial 4,200-acre, innovative mixed-use community for over 10,000 housing units in South Jordan, Utah. Read

Lehman Brothers Holdings

O’Melveny represented a subsidiary of Lehman Brothers Holdings in restructuring its ownership of the Culver Studios, a historic movie studio in Los Angeles, and the ultimate sale of the studio property. Read

Value Rock Realty Partners

O’Melveny represented ValueRock in its over US$100 million acquisition of the Hawaii Kai Towne Center, one of the premiere retail properties in Hawaii, and in its purchase of several shopping center properties in California. Read
    • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 
    • Anschutz Entertainment Group
    • Beach Point Capital Management 
    • California High Speed Rail Authority
    • Irvine Company
    • Lehman Brothers Holdings
    • Lennar Homes of California
    • The Macerich Company
    • ValueRock Realty Partners