Stuart Graiwer is a partner in the Century City office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group.
Stuart’s practice focuses on all transactional aspects of commercial real estate, and is particularly focused in the structuring of complex joint venture and partnership agreements, financing transactions, purchase and sale agreements and all aspects of development deals. Stuart handles transactions for a multitude of asset classes, including office buildings, hotels, multi-family and residential developments, industrial parks, data centers and retail projects. Stuart has developed a particular expertise in representing owners, operators and developers of studio projects having represented clients in the largest studio transactions in the country.
Most recently, Mr. Graiwer was ranked by the 2021 edition of Chambers USA for Real Estate. In 2020, the Los Angeles Business Journal named Mr. Graiwer to their “Thriving In Their 40’s” list. He was also profiled in an edition of Super Lawyers in the article “Billion Dollar Man,” which highlighted his work in commercial real estate. Daily Journal named Mr. Graiwer as one of the Top 30 Real Estate Lawyers in California from 2012-2013 and one of the Top 20 California Attorneys Under 40 in 2013. Mr. Graiwer was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016-2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law.
Mr. Graiwer earned his Juris Doctor in 2000 from Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree in 1996 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mr. Graiwer is admitted to practice law in California.
Mr. Graiwer has recently represented:
- Represented a joint venture between AECOM Capital and Combined Properties in connection with the permanent financing of the Pendry West Hollywood provided by Credit Suisse, an approximately 300,000-square-foot mixed-use hotel and condo project encompassing a full city block along the famed Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
- Silvercup Studios Associates Limited in the $500 million sale of real estate and the existing operating business of Silvercup Studios to an entity managed by Hackman Capital Partners and Square Mile Capital Management.
- Hackman Capital Partners in the acquisition, financing and creation of a joint venture with respect to Manhattan Beach Studios, a 22-acre production facility located in Manhattan Beach also known as the MBS Media Campus, and various matters with respect to acquisition and investment in the operating business associated therewith. The total deal was valued at approximately $650 million.
- Hackman Capital Partners in connection with various matters related to The Culver Studios, an independent film and television studios, including financing, development and joint venture work. When fully developed, The Culver Studios will total 720,850 square feet, including 619,850 square feet of creative office and state-of-the-art production support space, 96,263 square feet of stages, and 4,736 square feet of stage support space.
- Hackman Capital Partners in its acquisition and financing of CBS Television City, a fully operational and broadcast facility in Los Angeles, CA comprised of approximately 780,000 square feet of stage, office, broadcasting and support space on a contiguous 25-acre campus. The total deal was valued at $750 million.
- AECOM in connection with its joint venture fund with Canyon Partners. The new platform, AECOM-Canyon Partners, will focus on developing large-scale, institutional quality commercial real estate projects.
- J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc., in connection with the sale of 800 5th Avenue, an office building located in downtown Seattle. The total deal was valued at approximately $540 million.
- Blackstone in its acquisition and financing of an approximately $155 million office building in Seattle.
- Blackstone in its acquisition and financing of a $260 million multifamily asset in Oakland, Calif.
- JPMorgan Investment Management Inc. in connection with its development in the Rainier Square mixed-use project in Seattle, with Wright Runstad, with a total capitalization of approximately $600 million.
- JPMorgan Investment Management Inc. in connection with its development of the mixed-use Redwood City project in Redwood City, Calif. with Greystar, with a total capitalization of approximately $500 million.
- Affiliates of AIG Global Real Estate in connection with a multi-asset class development program, including the acquisition, financing and entry into joint ventures for multifamily, office and hotel transactions.
- AECOM in its combined partnership in the multiple-layer capital stack financing for the acquisition and development of the former House of Blues site on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. The development will consist of a mixed-use hotel and condo project. The total capitalization was approximately $500 million.
- CBRE in its acquisition, financing and entry into a joint venture in connection with a 30-asset medical office building with Kayne Anderson and MB Health Care. The total deal was valued at approximately $650 million.
- CBRE in its acquisition, financing and entry into a joint venture in connection with a 70-asset grocery-anchored shopping center portfolio with the existing owner, Merlone Geier. The total deal was valued at approximately $1.2 billion.
- CBRE in its acquisition, financing and entry into a joint venture in connection with a U.S. medical office building portfolio. The portfolio comprises medical office buildings across 10 states with key concentrations in Atlanta and Chicago, totaling 1.4 million square feet of existing space and a 150,000-square-foot-development project.
- Wynn Las Vegas in connection with spinning off all of the retail properties within Wynn and Encore into a joint venture with Crown Retail, which acquired a 50% interest for approximately $470 million. This deal was featured in The Wall Street Journal.