American Assets Trust, Inc. $525 Million Acquisition of La Jolla Commons


Stroock & Stroock & Lavan and Latham and Watkins advised on the deal

American Assets Trust, Inc. (NYSE: AAT) has successfully closed on the acquisition of La Jolla Commons, consisting of two trophy office towers, an entitled development parcel and two parking structures, located in the preeminent University Town Center submarket of San Diego, California.

The two LEED platinum office towers at La Jolla Commons were built in 2008 and 2014, respectively and total approximately 724,000 square feet. One tower, consisting of approximately 421,000 square feet, is 100% leased to credit-rated LPL Financial. The other tower, consisting of approximately 303,000 square feet, is approximately 72% leased to such major tenants as U.S. Bank National Association, Paul Hastings LLP and Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP, among others.

La Jolla Commons is walking distance to a range of high-end destination dining, high-scale retail and entertainment and has the benefit of ready access to San Diego’s major freeways and a soon to-be-completed Mid-Coast Trolley line.

Latham and Watkins advised American Assets Trust, Inc. witha team including James Mann and Jeffrey Gonzalez.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan represented the seller with a team including Loryn Arkow (Picture) and Ankush Israni.

Involved fees earner: Jeffrey Charles Gonzalez – Latham & Watkins; James Mann – Latham & Watkins; Loryn Arkow – Stroock; Ankush Israni – Stroock;

Law Firms: Latham & Watkins; Stroock;

Clients: American Assets Trust Inc.; Hines;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti