LOS ANGELES-USC has renewed for 160,000 square feet at MarinaTowers in Marina del Rey, and law firm BuckleySandler has expandedto 11,967 square feet at 100 Wilshire in Santa Monica in tworecently signed Westside L.A. office leases. The USC deal is thelargest office lease in West Los Angeles this year, according toBrookfield Properties, owner of the Marina Towers.

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Marina Towers is composed of two 12 story buildings, one calledMarina Towers North at 4640 Admiralty Way and one called MarinaTowers South at 4676 Admiralty Way that were built in 1972 and1970, respectively. The two towers total 380,000 square feet andare owned by a joint venture between affiliates of BrookfieldProperties and Goldrich & Kest.

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The USC space houses the university's Information SciencesInstitute, a research and development center for informationprocessing, computer and communications technologies. The instituteis a unit of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering, one of thenation’s largest university-affiliated computer researchinstitutes.

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USC was represented by Howard Feuerstein of Travers Realty andSteve Walbridge and Eric Duncanson of Cushman & Wakefield. JohnBarganski and Chris Dillavou of Brookfield Properties representedMarina Towers. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

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In the BuckleySandler lease, the law firm is now leasing a fullfloor at the 100 Wilshire building. The new lease increases itsspace from 2,293 square feet to 11,967 square feet. CBRE's MattPerlmutter and Ben Gary of the Beverly Hills office represented thetenant in the transaction, which is valued at almost $7 million.The landlord, Douglas Emmett, was represented by Eric Olofson andScott Menkus of Cushman and Wakefield.

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BuckleySandler has rapidly added to its team of financialservices regulatory, transactional, litigation, and enforcementattorneys since its formation in March 2009 with the merger ofBuckley Kolar LLP and a group of 15 lawyers led by Andrew Sandler,a former partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP,and co-chair of BuckleySandler.

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Clinton Rockwell, BuckleySandler's Los Angeles managing partner,comments that the firm is "taking advantage of an opportune time inthe Los Angeles real estate market to lock in our space needs forat least the next 10 years." The building BuckleySandler willoccupy was commanding the highest rents in Los Angeles just acouple of years ago. "As vacancy on the Westside has increased andlease rates have dropped, BuckleySandler was able to lock in abeneficial long-term rate, and in doing so, position themselves forcontinuing growth," said Perlmutter.

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