Areas of Specialization


Recent Transactions





Recent Transactions


February 2012: Helen Sedwick represented RNM Properties in the sale of fourteen commercial buildings totaling more than 842,000 square feet to an investor group based in New York and Marin County. This was the largest commercial real estate transaction in the North Bay since 2006. For more information see, Investors Buy 14 Petaluma, Rohnert Park Buildings

Helen is also an author. For more about her books, go to www.helensedwick.com

Representing Landlords

  • RNM Properties in leasing over a million square feet of office, R&D and retail spaces, including transactions with such tenants as Infineon, Sony Systems, Dun & Bradstreet, Lawyers Title, Starbucks, McAfee Software, Marsh Insurance, Ann Taylor, Orvis, Extreme Pizza, Babson College, Kaiser Hospitals and various national law firms, including Tucker Ellis & West and Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold. BVL represented RNM in negotiating with CamelBak for its new headquarters in Petaluma. BVL also represented RNM in negotiations with Thermo Fisher Scientific for its new facility in Petaluma and with Calix Networks for its lease renewal; both transactions involved significant allowance and build-out issues. BVL represented RNM in negotiating a thirty-five year, 120,000 square foot lease with The Sobrato Foundation, a ten-year, 50,000 square foot lease with The American Bottling Company (Dr. Pepper, Snapple, 7-Up), a ten-year, 40,000 square foot lease for the headquarters of Athleta, a division of The Gap, as well as a number of smaller lease transactions.

  • Berkeley Land Company in negotiating leases and renewals with Bank of America, AC Nielsen, Fidelity Title and Digital Fountain.

  • Bridge Housing in negotiating a retail lease with 99 Cents Only, the anchor tenant at Mandela Gateway in Oakland.

  • Menlo Equities in lease transactions throughout California, including against such tenants as Deluxe Media, State Compensation Insurance, Chili's Restaurants and 24 Hour Fitness.

  • Fruitvale Transit Village in the leasing of its retail spaces at the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland.

    Representing Tenants

  • Numerous bio-tech clients, including Favrille, Monogram Biosciences, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Revance, Biofocus, and Reliant Technologies in leasing and subleasing transactions throughout California against such landlords as Alexandria, Slough, BioMed Realty, Kilroy and The Irvine Company, including leases involving multi-million dollar laboratory buildouts. Recently, BVL has been active in assisting bio-tech companies in successfully terminating or renegotiating their lease obligations.

  • Sunpower Corporation in negotiating its 240,000 square foot headquarters/R&D/warehouse facility lease at the historic Ford Plant in Richmond.

  • Clover Stornetta is leasing its office headquarters in Petaluma.

  • Mira Vista Golf and Country Club in negotiating a long-term ground lease and operating agreement with Century Golf http://centurygolf.com/.

  • Magellan Health Services in negotiating leases for new facilities.

  • The Skoll Global Threats Fund and The Ploughshares Fund in negotiating leases at The Presidio in San Francisco.

  • Central Payment, one of the fastest growing companies in Marin County, in relocating to larger offices in San Rafael.

  • The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in its successful negotiations with The City of San Francisco, Stockbridge Capital and Alexandria Real Estate regarding payment of operating expenses.

  • Small and large office, medical and R&D tenants throughout California against such landlords as Hines Holdings, Shorenstein Properties, Seagate Properties, Simons & Woodard, Equity Office Properties, RREEF, Morgan Stanley, Sobrato Partners, Legacy Partners, Peery-Arrillaga Properties, and Pacific Eagle Holdings.

    Sales, Acquisitions and Financings

  • RNM Properties in the acquisition of almost its entire portfolio throughout the Bay Area, including Lakeville Business Park in Petaluma and the award winning First Street Center in San Jose. Also represented RNM in the sale of the Fountaingrove Golf Club, the Miner Family Winery, and various office and R&D properties.

  • Labcon, North America, in acquiring from its landlord its office/manufacturing facility in Petaluma. BVL also represented Labcon in negotiating a multi-million dollar solar installation at the site.

  • Gracepoint Berkeley Church in a transaction involving the exchange of properties in Alameda.

  • Shogakukan Inc., a Japanese company, in selling 295 Bay Street in San Francisco.

  • Sistema in acquiring its new headquarters/warehouse in Petaluma.

  • A large Burger King franchisee in acquiring various properties throughout the Western States, including the purchase of 15 existing Burger King properties through a bankruptcy auction.

  • Various fast food franchisees in acquiring restaurant pads from large retailers including Wal-Mart and Home Depot.

  • Roy Estate Wines in obtaining secured financing from Silicon Valley Bank to expand its Napa winery operations, and its subsequent sale/leaseback of the vineyard property.

  • Various medical and veterinary providers in acquiring their own buildings.

  • Purchasers of notes and deeds of trust in default.

  • A private investor in the possible acquisition of 7,500 acres of timber land in Mendocino County and the negotiation of a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy.

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