Jeffrey D. Diener

Partner

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Overview

Jeff Diener works with his clients on matters that include the acquisition, finance, sale, development, management, restructuring and bankruptcy of hospitality, life science, technology and other real estate assets and businesses both domestically and internationally. His experience also includes joint venture structuring and formation, in addition to representing secured and unsecured creditors, buyers and debtors in various distressed company situations and in bankruptcy matters. Jeff enjoys collaborating with clients who are disrupting the real estate space.

Jeff has broad experience working on hospitality transactions and represents real estate developers, corporations and capital providers through negotiating all aspects of owning (including through joint venture), operating, constructing and developing real estate projects of all types. He gained international experience while spending years abroad working in Asia and Europe. Jeff is Co-Leader of the firm's Hospitality team.

Select Experience

  • Represented real estate investor and Treasure Island owner in the US$825 million acquisition of MGM Resort's Circus Circus hotel and casino property located on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • The owners of the 1,254-unit Gateway, one of San Francisco's largest apartment complexes, in closing a US$550 million, 10-year financing.
  • Cando Partners and Wilshire-Canon Properties in connection with their US$143.6 million sale of a Beverly Hills office building to Douglas Emmett.
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Experience

  • Represented real estate investor and Treasure Island owner in the US$825 million acquisition of MGM Resort's Circus Circus hotel and casino property located on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • The owners of the 1,254-unit Gateway, one of San Francisco's largest apartment complexes, in closing a US$550 million, 10-year financing.
  • Cando Partners and Wilshire-Canon Properties in connection with their US$143.6 million sale of a Beverly Hills office building to Douglas Emmett.
  • A joint venture in the US$150 million refinancing of a resort located in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
  • Life sciences company in the US$580 million acquisition of its South San Francisco campus.
  • Tech company in a lease assignment to WeWork Companies Inc. for 450,000 square feet of space at an office complex in Mountain View, California.
  • A tech company in its US$250 million acquisition from Yahoo! of approximately 48.5 acres in Santa Clara, California.
  • Tishman Speyer on the acquisition of 33 Holborn, a landmark nine-story leasehold office building in London, UK.
  • Strategic Hotels and Resorts in the £125 million sale of the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in London, UK.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers UK (2014)
  • Legal 500 UK (2012 to 2015)

Memberships

  • Hot.E Hotel Investment Conference Europe: Hospitality conference planning committees (2012 to 2015)
  • ULI - European Hotel & Resort Council: Former Co-chair

Prior Positions

  • UCLA School of Law: Faculty, co-taught "Business Deals"
  • Temple University Law School (Japan campus): Adjunct professor of law

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • California
  • District of Columbia

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 2001
  • M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management, 2001
  • B.A., Cornell University, 1995

Languages

  • Russian