MIAMI—Akerman is moving its offices fromSunTrust International Center to Swire's BrickellCity Centre Green. The top 100 US law firm will become the leadoffice tenant at the complex, occupying 108,000square feet—a full 80% of the class office spacein one of the two office buildings under construction at the $1.05billion mixed-use development.

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Akerman will take up occupancy in 2015 and have its name atopthe Brickell City Centre Green building. Akerman and Swire have astrong relations, with the international law firm playing a keyrole in the development as real estate and land use counsel for theAsian company. Tere Blanca of BlancaCommercial Real Estate, with support fromAlexander Cahlin and DavidValdez, represented Akerman in the deal.

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“That Akerman has chosen Brickell City Centre for its Miamioffice is an honor,” says Megan Kelly, executivevice president of Swire. “Miami has developed into a worldwidecenter for finance and trade, and this very prestigious tenancywill strengthen Brickell City Centre's positioning relative to themarket opportunities that Miami's evolution is creating."

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Coupled with the healthy demand for class A officespace in Brickell, Brickell City Centre recently signedSaks Fifth Avenue as retail anchor and thefirst residential tower, Reach, is over 70%sold. The remaining office building, known as Two,will be completed in early 2016.

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“We see Brickell City Centre as a remarkable, mixed-useenvironment that will offer our people and our clients a trulyunique experience,” says Andrew Smulian, Akermanchairman and CEO. “These new offices will provide Akerman with theopportunity to apply design thinking to not only where we work buthow we work. Our objective is to create an efficient, dynamic spacethat encourages collisions of discovery and innovation—hallmarks ofour law firm and our client-centered culture."

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The Miami office space will be located on theEast block of Brickell City Centre at 98 Southeast Seventh Street,with direct access to the Eighth Street Metromover station. Termsof the transaction were not released.

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Tere Blanca, the founder, president and CEO ofBlanca Commercial Real Estate, is usually on thelandlord side, but the firm has been expanding it tenantrepresentation practice. The Akerman deal is a nice win for Blanca.She's bullish on the future of Miami's office scene. She recenttold Forum, “Miami is a brand that is appealing to C-suiteexecutives and their workforces.”

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