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SAN FRANCISCO-Buchanan Street Partners says it has assumed management of three office-focused real estate funds from locally based Maier Siebel Baber and hired nine MSB employees to handle the work. The advisory contracts include the management of three funds – M&S Real Property Fund II, M&S Real Property Fund IV and M&S Real Property Fund V – that hold a combined 1.2 million sf of class A office properties located in Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, and San Antonio, including One Oak Park (pictured). The aggregate value of the assets is approximately $175 million, according to Buchanan.

The nine MSB employees will continue to work in San Francisco, moving to Newport Beach, CA-based Buchanan’s offices at 601 California St. from MSB’s offices at 1 Embarcadero Ctr. Buchanan says it also is retaining, on at least an interim basis, all existing property managers and leasing teams currently involved with the properties.

MSB, co-founded by U.S. Trust Co. director Peter K. Maier, became an affiliate of Bank of America Corp. in April 2007 when BofA acquired US Trust. US Trust acquired MSB in 1998. Buchanan plans to retain, on at least an interim basis, all existing property managers and leasing teams currently involved with the properties. Two key retentions are Hamilton Kip, who will be the principal investment officer, and Tina Mizukami, who will oversee management of the assets in the portfolio.

Buchanan Street president/chief executive Robert Brunswick says the work strengthens the company’s presence in the Bay Area and takes it beyond the company’s traditional value-add activities into the core-plus arena. Brunswick says he will be traveling to the Bay Area more often in the near-term as the company looks to further build up its office in San Francisco. The company was founded here in 1999.

Most recently, on behalf of the California Public Employees Retirement System, Buchanan acquired the California State Automobile Association’s 600,000-sf headquarters complex on Van Ness in a joint venture with Vornado Realty Trust and Patson Cos. The JV paid $120 million for the asset, with Buchanan putting up $50 million in cash.

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