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Lauren A. Rico

Lauren A. Rico


Lauren Rico represents private equity funds, insurance companies, commercial banks, developers and other institutional investors in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions.

Lauren's national real estate practice focuses on acquisitions and dispositions of real estate and interests in real estate; complex single-asset and multi-asset real estate financing transactions and construction loans; the creation of joint ventures for the ownership, development and management of real estate assets; workouts and restructurings; and commercial leasing. She has experience in transactions involving a wide variety of asset classes, including office, multifamily, hotels and resorts, marinas, senior housing/assisted living, manufactured housing, retail and industrial properties.

Areas of FocusReal Estate
Bar admissionsDistrict of ColumbiaNorth Carolina
CourtsUnited States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina


Representative Transactions
  • Represented a private equity real estate fund in obtaining a US$200 million portfolio loan secured by nine properties with multifamily, industrial and retail uses, located in six states; an approximately US$100 million portfolio loan secured by 10 grocery store anchored retail properties located in 4 states; and a US$185 million portfolio loan secured by 16 industrial properties located in 7 states
  • Represented a real estate opportunity fund in obtaining over US$300 million in annual construction loan originations in connection with the acquisition and development of multifamily and senior housing/assisted living facilities located all over the US
  • Represented a life insurance company in providing a US$267 million acquisition mortgage loan secured by an office building located in the District of Columbia
  • Represented a real estate opportunity fund in obtaining over US$200 million multi-phased construction financing of land located in Silicon Valley, developed through a joint venture into the corporate campus of a major entertainment company
  • Represented an insurance company as buyer in the acquisition and US$146.5 million construction financing of a development parcel located in the District of Columbia to be developed into the new headquarters of a US government agency. The project was purchased through a joint venture between the insurance company and a pension plan administrator
  • Represented a real estate opportunity fund in the approximately US$157 million acquisition and renovation financing of two marinas and related facilities located in Fort Lauderdale, while successfully navigating complex environmental, structural and operational issues in connection with the closing
  • Represented a real estate core plus fund in the US$118 million acquisition of a multifamily apartment project with ground floor retail, located in Philadelphia and acquired through a joint venture structure
  • Represented a real estate opportunity fund in the acquisition, financing and subsequent refinancing and sale of several boutique resort hotels located in South Beach and the Florida Keys
  • Represented a national commercial bank in financings of hotels located in San Diego, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and New England
  • J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law 2009
    Editor in Chief, Pepperdine Law Review
  • B.A., Wake Forest University 2006


  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Next Generation Partner, Real Estate (2023)
    • Recommended, Real Estate (2022)
  • Chambers USA
    • Up and Coming, District of Columbia Real Estate (2023)
    • Associate to Watch, District of Columbia Real Estate (2022)