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Jerry Walsh, a partner who serves as head of the Real Estate Group, is based in Los Angeles. He advises public and private entities, developers, companies and institutional lenders (including commercial banks, pension and opportunity funds and their advisors) on the acquisition, construction, development, entitlement, financing, leasing, restructuring and disposition of master planned communities, hotel, golf and resort projects, mixed use projects, corporate campuses, and commercial and retail centers.
Jerry is particularly recognized for his work in connection with the acquisition, restructuring and realization of distressed debt in the real estate and hospitality markets. Clients seek him out for the most complex distressed debt transactions, including securitized and mezzanine debt intercreditor workouts and the establishment of mezzanine debt lending platforms. Jerry led a multidisciplinary Orrick team in one of the most sophisticated real estate debt transactions that was restructured in 2013, involving a series of complex transactions and multi-state litigation. In the 2017 California Real Estate category, a client told Chambers USA that Jerry is "practical and technically great, and he understands how to get a transaction done."
In addition, Jerry leads Orrick’s hospitality practice and advises global opportunity, hotel and pension funds and advisors in connection with the acquisition, repositioning and disposing of hotel portfolios throughout the United States. He advises on acquisitions, joint ventures, financing, rebranding, disposition and negotiation of hotel management agreements, shared services and amenities agreements, and franchise agreements, including termination of hotel management and franchise agreements involving brands such as Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, St. Regis, Renaissance, Luxury Collection, Westin, Kimpton and other Sheraton/Starwood brands.
Jerry's representative clients include Cisco Systems, Inc., Cornerstone Advisers LLC, JMA Ventures, LACERA, The Newhall Land and Farming Company, Walton Street Capital, and Westbrook Partners.
Before joining Orrick, Jerry was a partner with a magic circle firm and chairman of the real estate group of a prominent national law firm.
In complex real estate
transactions, Nicole remains focused on managing moving parts and different
business interests while remaining dedicated to protecting her client in every
One of Nicole’s strengths as a lawyer is her balanced approach to dealmaking – advising on restructurings, workouts, foreclosures, mortgage and mezzanine financing, construction contracts, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions. She represents real estate investment funds, banks, developers and corporate clients. Nicole understands the complexity of a real estate deal, and with her strong background in corporate finance, she can examine nuances in contracts and work to ensure that the legal documents accurately reflect the deal at-hand.
She serves as a relationship co-lead for one of our largest real estate clients, Hackman Capital Partners. Nicole also works closely with Colony Capital, Westbrook Partners, Walton Street, Wells Fargo and has deep relationships with CoreVest.
Besorah Won is an attorney in the Los Angeles office and a member of Orrick's Public Finance Department.
Besorah serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter's counsel on transactions involving general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, certificates of participation and various land secured financing structures.
Prior to joining Orrick, Besorah served as a fellow with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.
SueAnn Yue, an attorney in the Los Angeles office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.
SueAnn represents issuers, sponsors, placement agents, servicers, underwriters, and other market participants in connection with both public offerings and private placements, asset acquisitions and sales and the negotiation of lending facilities.
Her practice encompasses a variety of asset-backed securities, including credit and charge card receivables, residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS), agency and government sponsored mortgage loans, and tax lien-backed securities.
SueAnn advises clients on the implications of financial markets regulation, including the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. SueAnn is also an editor of Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review.