Nicole Walsh



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 market cycle.

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 DigitalBridge, Westbrook Partners, and Walton Street and has deep relationships with CoreVest.

Recognized in The Legal 500 US 2021 directory as a key lawyer in the Real Estate category, a client stated that they had “nothing but positive things to say” regarding their experiences working with Nicole on real estate transactions.

  • Nicole’s recent engagements include advising:

    • Westbrook Partners on their visionary transformation of St. John’s Terminal in Manhattan, which has included the financing of the buy-out of Fortress Investment Group for a majority stake in the property, obtaining necessary ULURP approvals for development and air rights from Hudson River Park Trust, the sale of the south unit for commercial purposes and the proposed development of the remaining unit.
    • An international opportunity fund in a joint venture for the mixed-use development of 152 luxury high rise condominium units, a 50,000 square foot cultural component to be occupied by the Mexican Museum in San Francisco and the public and private use of the Jessie Square parking garage. We represented the joint venture on the construction loan and preferred equity investment, which provided financing for the development of the mixed-use project, and the G-Max contract with Webcor for the construction of a new tower and renovation of the existing Aronson Building at 706 Mission in San Francisco.
    • A joint venture between an operator-sponsored opportunity fund and operator-sponsored syndication regarding the $81.5 million acquisition and financing of a potentially environmentally compromised industrial property housing four buildings totaling over 540,210 square feet on over 22 acres of land located in El Segundo, California the leaseback of all four buildings, and the acquisition of three adjacent parking lots.
    • An international opportunity fund in a joint venture with a local real estate development company for the acquisition, construction, financing and disposition of four infill development sites located in Oakland and Berkeley, California for the purpose of building 375 multi-family units and over 40,000 square feet of retail space, with a market value in excess of $350 million.
    • Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers on the $250 million sale of the Ihilani JW Marriott Hotel at Ko’Olina.
    • Two separate Hackman Capital Partners-sponsored syndications in the sale of the Beats by Dr. Dre corporate headquarters campus and an adjacent building in Culver City.
    • LACERA on the $224.1 million sale of the St. Regis Princeville Resort and Makai Golf Club. We previously advised on the acquisition and related financing, as well as the renovation and conversion of the Resort to a St. Regis and the renovation of the Makai Golf Club.