Amy H. Wells

Partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Amy H. Wells

Amy H. Wells

Partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP

Biography

Amy is the co-lead partner of Cox, Castle & Nicholson's Institutional Investor Team, and has more than twenty-five years of experience representing institutional investors in all aspects of complex real estate and private equity investments. She is well versed in the issues that are of particular concern to institutional investors. Her knowledge of current market terms make her highly effective in accomplishing her client's investment goals.

Structuring Complex Real Estate Investment Deals

Amy has extensive experience in all types of real estate and private equity transactions, particularly structuring, documenting, and negotiating strategic relationships such as joint ventures and commingled funds, as well as fiduciary relationships between institutional investors and their consultants and advisors. She is highly sophisticated in multi-state and multi-property transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, as well as property related transactions such as leasing, financing, construction, and management agreements on all property types.

Advisor To Public Pension Funds

Amy works extensively with public pension funds on their investment activities, and is experienced in working with in-house counsel, investment committees and boards, as well as the outside consultants and advisors frequently used by public pension funds in their investment activities. She understands the relationship between the investor, in-house counsel, its advisors, consultants, and outside counsel, and works efficiently and effectively with the investor and all of its various service providers. Known for her business acumen and effective legal advice, Amy has structured, documented, and negotiated hundreds of real estate and private equity transactions for public pension funds, including joint ventures, commingled funds, advisory relationships, acquisitions, dispositions, lending, leasing, and other investment activities. Her clients include many of the largest state sponsored retirement systems as well as many city and county retirement systems.

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Chief Executive Officer at Assets Investment Management

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Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc.

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Amy H. Wells
Partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1988

UCLA School of Law is the youngest top law school in the nation. After more than 60 years, our school has never felt bound by outmoded ideas of how law should be taught or studied. Instead, beginning in the 1950s, UCLA created its own tradition - a tradition of innovation.

BA, cum laude
Class of 1978

In 1887, the year a group of knowledge-thirsty Presbyterians founded "The Occidental University of Los Angeles, California," a Kansas prohibitionist named Harvey Wilcox purchased a ranch just west of the city, naming it Hollywood. Tuition in 1888, the year Oxy opened its doors, was $50. The new college wasn't exactly swamped with applicants: 40 students enrolled that fall. Southern California's oldest football rivalry? Not UCLA-USC. Oxy and Pomona first squared off in 1895 -- preceding those other guys by more than 30 years. Student body president Clarence Spaulding became Oxy's first Rhodes Scholar in 1908. Today, Oxy still has more Rhodes Scholars (10) than USC (9). Big changes came to campus in 1926: freshmen were required to live on campus for the first time, and the Oxy basketball team had to adjust to playing indoors after Alumni Gymnasium was built. Sammy Lee '43's first gold medal in diving at the 1948 London Games wasn't Oxy's first Olympic hardware: Tigers have won a total of seven medals. If Oxy were a country, we'd be tied with Israel and Tunisia. In 1992, with the nation's eyes on Los Angeles during the largest riots the country had seen since the '60s, Occidental was recognized on the front page of The Wall Street Journal for its forward-thinking stance on diversity. A knight who hits people with a chicken? A commanding officer of a naval base and the Girl Scouts? The James Dean of disability studies? There are some brilliant characters among our notable alumni.

Memberships
Member
Current

Founded in 1979, the Pension Real Estate Association (PREA) is a non-profit trade association for the global institutional real estate investment industry. PREA currently lists over 700 corporate member firms across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Our members include public and corporate pension funds, endowments, foundations, Taft-Hartley funds, insurance companies, investment advisory firms, REITs, developers, real estate operating companies and industry service providers.

Member
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THE PURPOSE OF THE ORGANIZATION IS TO PROVIDE ATTORNEYS FOR PUBLIC PENSION PLANS WITH A MEDIUM TO EXCHANGE INFORMATION, ADVANCE KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION, AND FOSTER SOUND PRINCIPLES, PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES IN THE FIELD OF PUBLIC PENSION PLANS.

Career History
Partner
Current

Cox Castle & Nicholson delivers strategic legal counsel and services to developers, public agencies, energy companies, lenders, investors, joint ventures, pension funds, landlords, tenants, corporations, high net-worth individuals and others in the management of their complex real estate, business and litigation challenges. Founded in 1968, the firm has more than 130 attorneys in offices in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco.

Awards & Honors
2016
Super Lawyers - Southern California Super Lawyer
2015
Super Lawyers - Southern California Super Lawyer
2014
Super Lawyers - Southern California Super Lawyer
Other Affiliations

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