Overview

Susan J. Booth spent more than a decade as the head of Holland & Knight's West Coast Real Estate Group and has also served on the firm's Directors Committee. Ms. Booth has a national real estate practice and extensive experience in negotiating, drafting and successfully closing large commercial financing and purchase/sale transactions involving shopping centers, hotels, condominiums, office buildings, industrial parks, data centers, senior-living centers and residential, commercial and mixed-use developments. She has closed more than $1 billion in transactions over each of the past few years. Her focus is on capital-markets transactions, and clients call on Ms. Booth for her experience handling debt matters, including CMBS and portfolio loans (acquisition, development, construction, revolving, permanent, mezzanine, EB-5 and sharia compliant), co-lending and participation arrangements, as well as mortgage loan portfolio sales/acquisitions. She has also devoted a substantial amount of time to assisting lenders and borrowers in developing and implementing strategies to resolve the issues arising from non-performing real estate assets.

Experience

  • Represented OUE Limited as the buyer of the 1.4 million-square-foot US Bank Tower in Los Angeles for $367.5 million and as the borrower under a $220 million secured financing
  • Represented Digital Realty Trust Inc. in the real estate component (1.3 million square feet of data center space in 20 facilities throughout the United States) of its $1.89 billion acquisition of Telx Group Inc.
  • Represented CIT Bank N.A. as lead lender in a $334.5 million syndicated financing to affiliates of Iconiq Capital for the acquisition of a multi-state data center portfolio
  • Represented NRG Potrero LLC in the sale of the former Potrero Power Plant located on an approximately 21-acre development site in San Francisco

  • Represented Wells Fargo Bank in connection with a $304 million loan secured by both receivables and a major metropolitan office building in a unique hybrid financing
  • Represented a federal governmental entity in the workout and sale of billions of dollars of real estate mortgage and mezzanine loans that it acquired from a large (and now defunct) financial company

Credentials

Education
  • Stanford University, B.A.
  • UCLA School of Law, J.D.
  • UCLA Anderson School of Management, MBA
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • California
Memberships
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles, Board Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Trustee
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association Real Property Section, Immediate Past Chair
  • Stanford Real Estate Council, Board Member
  • UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate, Past Board Member
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Capital Markets Committee, Chair
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Capital Markets Committee, Co-Chair
  • Law 360 Real Estate Editorial Board
  • City of Hope, Los Angeles Real Estate and Construction Industries Council, Executive Committee
  • Kansas City Barbeque Society, Certified Judge
  • University of California, Los Angeles Law Review, Managing Editor
Honors & Awards
  • Marquis Who's Who in America, 2019
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers  guide, Real Estate, 2010-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law, 2013-2020
  • Expert Guides: World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers, 2013-2019
  • Expert Guides: World's Leading Women in Business Law, 2013-2019
  • The Legal 500 USA, Real Estate & Construction: Real Estate, 2011, 2014-2016
  • Southern California Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2019
  • Top 50 Women Attorneys in Southern California, Super Lawyers magazine, 2014, 2015, 2018 
  • Mathew S. Rae, Jr. Outstanding Section Leader Award, Los Angeles County Bar Association, 2017
  • Client Service All-Star, The BTI Consulting Group, Inc., 2017
  • Women of Influence (California), Real Estate Forum, June 2015
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, Women Making a Difference Nominee, 2013, 2015
  • Los Angeles’ Power Women in Commercial Real Estate, Bisnow, 2014
  • Up-and-Coming Real Estate Lawyer (nationally), Chambers Women in Law Awards, 2013
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Los Angeles, Women at the Top, 2012
  • Deal Maker of the Year in Real Estate, California Real Estate Journal, 2009
  • Commendation, City of Los Angeles, 2012

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