A name partner of the firm, Anton Natsis is Chair of Chair of Allen Matkins’ Global Real Estate Group’ Global Real Estate Group and is one of the top real estate attorneys in the United States. His practice focuses on development, leasing, purchase and sale, and portfolio investment sales, and joint venture transactions involving office, retail, and industrial projects, as well as arbitrating numerous fair market value disputes, CAM disputes and other significant landlord/tenant disputes. He also has extensive experience in debt, equity, and joint venture workouts, and the purchase of distressed assets and distressed debt. Tony is continually sought out by some of the largest national land owners, such as J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Blackstone Real Estate, Brookfield Properties, HCP, Vornado Realty Trust, HPP, The Irvine Company, Boston Properties, Equity Office Properties, Kilroy Realty, Inc., Beacon Capital Partners, Westbrook Partners, Swift Realty Partners, Callahan Partners, Hines Interests, Forest City, LBA, John Buck Company, Stockbridge Real Estate, Digital Realty, Lincoln Properties Company, CIM, and Westfield Corporation. He represents many governmental entities, including the LAUSD, State of California, and City of Anaheim. Tony is also frequently retained as counsel for major national office tenants, such as AT&T, Citicorp, the FDIC, AIG, The Walt Disney Company, the Los Angeles Times, and several well-known technology companies.
A frequent lecturer and author, Tony is the chief consultant for the California Continuing Education of the Bar Commercial Leasing Series, the legal education reference book on leasing for California attorneys, is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School for a course covering commercial real estate transactions, and has spoken before such national real estate groups as ULI, Georgetown Leasing Institute, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, and BOMA. Tony is a founding board member of The Ziman Real Estate Center, which is governed under the joint auspices of the UCLA Anderson School of Business and the UCLA Law School.
In this decade alone, Tony has closed commercial office leases exceeding 50 million square feet, and he has worked on real estate purchase contracts with a total consideration of more than $20 billion and on development transactions with a total consideration in excess of $20 billion. Since 2006, Tony has represented clients in office building portfolio investment sales transactions involving over $75 billion of consideration.
One of Tony’s most significant transactions is the largest real estate acquisition deal in the history of the United States. He provided extensive real estate services in connection with Blackstone Real Estate’s purchase of Equity Office Properties Trust, at that point the largest owner of office space in the U.S. other than the Federal Government, for $43 billion. Subsequently, Blackstone contracted to sell over 50% of the properties it purchased with such sales closing in the first and second quarter of 2007. Tony assisted Blackstone in its acquisition due diligence related to EOP and the subsequent sales of the properties. The transactions related to this deal included Maguire Properties’ purchase of Blackstone/EOP in Orange County for $2 billion, Irvine Company’s purchase of Blackstone/EOP in San Diego for $1 billion, Morgan Stanley’s purchase of Blackstone/EOP in San Francisco for $2.5 billion, and Beacon Capital Partners’ purchase of Blackstone/EOP Seattle for $6.3 billion.
He also worked as landlord’s counsel on the two largest leases in the history of the City of San Francisco, the 750,000 RSF lease by Kilroy Realty Corp to Dropbox and the 725,000 RSF lease by Boston Properties to Salesforce, and he worked on the largest lease in the history of the Western Region on behalf of a well-known technology tenant, a 1,900,000 RSF in the Silicon Valley.
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