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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:

USU Huntsman School of Business National Advisory Board

Emeritus National Advisory Board Member 2008-2014

Biography:

Bill Murray, chair of the Global Real Estate Group, is based in the San Francisco office. He focuses his practice 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 has been responsible for the leasing of numerous large retail, office, hotel and resort and industrial complexes and has been 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 has been 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 is 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 coinvestment 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 following organizations: San Francisco Bar Association: Real Property Section, vice-chair and chair; State Bar of California: Financing subsection of the Real Property section, co-chair, 1986-87; American College of Real Estate Lawyers; California Continuing Education of the Bar: Real Property Advisory Panel, consultant, 1983-90; Distressed Business and Real Estate Newsletter: Contributing Advisory Board; Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Business, Real Estate Advisory Board; University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business, Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics, Advisory Board; Lambda Alpha National Land Economics Society; and Pension Real Estate Association Publications.

Mr. Murray is the author of over thirty articles and papers on various aspects of real estate transactions. He is also a frequent speaker for various business and real estate associations.

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.

Related Huntsman News Articles:

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