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William G. Murray

William G. Murray

Title: Chair

Company: Global Real Estate Group - Orrick

Location: San Fransisco, California

Educational Background:

BS, Political Science, Utah State University, 1972

Huntsman School Interactions:

National Advisory Board Member 2008-2014
Lecturer, Real Estate Finance, 2017


Bill Murray spent his professional career in real estate finance, retiring as the chair of the Global Real Estate Group at Orrick, where he focused on negotiating and documenting acquisitions and financing transactions, including substantial work for pension fund advisors, construction and long-term lending, ground leasing, sale-leaseback financing, synthetic leases, and development transactions. He was also responsible for the leasing of numerous large retail, office, hotel and resort and industrial complexes and extensively involved in the workout of troubled financing transactions.

Mr. Murray's experience includes representing numerous buyers, sellers, and developers of real property, including pension funds, individual developers, domestic institutions and foreign investors. He was active in numerous projects involving securitization of real estate assets, real estate investment trusts, public-market financing of real estate companies and pension fund investment in real estate. Mr. Murray also has considerable expertise with large-scale land development projects including representing lenders and developers in numerous golf course and resort projects.

A significant portion of Mr. Murray's practice was devoted to representing pension funds and other tax-exempt entities and the advisors to such funds and entities. This work involves traditional buying and selling for such entities, negotiating and drafting co-investment vehicles, as well as negotiating and drafting agreements for the creation of investment funds.

Before joining the firm, Mr. Murray was a partner in the Real Estate Group at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

He is a member of the San Francisco Bar Association; State Bar of California; American College of Real Estate Lawyers; Real Estate Advisory Board, Haas School of Business, University of California; Advisory Board, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics; Lambda Alpha National Land Economics Society. He is also the author of over thirty articles and papers on various aspects of real estate transactions.

He graduated cum laude from USU in 1972 with a bachelors' degree in political science with a minor in history. He is married to Billie, who is also a USU alum. They reside in Bountiful, Utah, and in Paradise, Utah.

Related Huntsman News Articles:

Voice: William G. Murray (Huntsman Alumni Magazine Spring 2014)