Related Professionals: Cristina M. Shea Thuy T. Nguyen

SAN FRANCISCO (March 8, 2017) Global law firm Reed Smith LLP recently represented Blue Shield of California in the negotiations and closing of a new multi-million-dollar headquarters office lease. Blue Shield will be moving from its current location at 50 Beale Street in San Francisco to occupy approximately 200,000 square feet of space in the new, soon- to-be constructed office building located at 601 12th Street in Oakland, CA. Developer Shorenstein will deliver the high rise tower to Blue Shield for fit out in January 2019 and Blue Shield will begin occupancy later that year.

“Given that Blue Shield has been headquartered in San Francisco for more than 78 years, this is an exceptionally important transaction for them and for the City of Oakland,” said lead Reed Smith partner Simon Adams. “As one of the largest Oakland office deals in a decade, this commitment and transaction will allow the new tower to be funded and constructed. We also want to thank all those individuals that worked so hard to bring this to fruition, including Blue Shield’s broker Tom Maloney at Jones Lang LaSalle.”

The Reed Smith team included lead partner Simon T. Adams, partner Cristina Shea, and associates Rana Ansari and Thuy Nguyen.

Read the Blue Shield of California press release.

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