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King & Spalding Represents Morgan Stanley Real Estate's Prime Property Fund in $2 Billion Acquisition

04 May 2007

ATLANTA, May 4, 2007--King & Spalding, a leading international law firm, represented Morgan Stanley Real Estate and its flagship core real estate investment vehicle, Prime Property Fund, in its recent acquisition and financing of three trophy office assets in downtown San Francisco—One Market Plaza, One Maritime Plaza and 150 California Street.

The towers aggregate more than 2 million square feet of A/A+ office space and were purchased from Blackstone Real Estate Advisors for approximately $2 billion, as a follow-on transaction to the $39 billion Blackstone/EOP merger consummated a few months ago. The acquisition of One Market Plaza included preferred equity and senior debt financing structures that required several weeks to complete. The firm was engaged as fund general counsel for Prime Property Fund in 2004, and we have assisted Morgan Stanley as it has grown the Fund's assets from approximately $2 billion in 2004 to over $8 billion in 2007, the San Francisco office acquisition being one of the highlights of these efforts.

Some of the lawyers who have worked regularly on these matters, including the San Francisco office portfolio, are:

Real Estate
Timothy Goodwin (partner, Atlanta)
Timothy Sullivan (associate, Atlanta)

Peter Genz (partner, Atlanta)
Mark Davis (associate, Atlanta)
Svetoslav Minkov (associate, Atlanta)

Donald Kohla (partner, Atlanta)
Jan Marsh (consultant, Atlanta)

About King & Spalding
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