Ian O’Banion is a partner and a member of Nixon Peabody’s Real Estate, Finance and Community Development practice team. He represents developers, investors, lenders and property owners in a variety of commercial transactions including real estate and general corporate matters.
Ian is a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects.
Drawing on my experience as an architect in California, I advise clients with respect to real estate development matters from the purchase of raw land to the formation of design and construction agreements. I am also part of the firm’s land use and zoning team that thinks strategically about the challenges in California presented by climate change, as well as our clients’ related opportunities for financing, sustainability measures and resource conservation in order to stay ahead of the challenges and to build smarter more resilient communities.
I represent lenders, loan services, and borrowers in complex real estate finance matters from loan originations to modifications, workouts and foreclosures. My commercial real estate finance work involves a range of asset classes including office, hospitality, multi-family residential, agricultural, industrial and retail. I assist clients with a variety of real estate finance transactions, such as loans for the acquisition of real property, mezzanine loans, bridge loans, construction loans, securitized loans, and defeasances.
I assist clients with acquisitions and dispositions of all types of commercial real estate from office buildings to vineyards, including sale-leaseback transactions. Additionally, I counsel both landlords and tenants regarding commercial real estate leases, ground leases, and lease modifications.
I assist companies with entity formation issues as well as corporate transactions such as mergers and asset acquisitions involving real property. Additionally, I advise companies regarding corporate governance, financing, and general business services.
The current market holds many opportunities for strategic real estate investors, developers, and lenders. Repurposing existing buildings and assets for new and creative uses is just one of the successful models we’re pursuing with clients.
This article featuring partner-level promotions in the first quarter of 2023 mentions Chicago Project Finance & Public Finance partner Julie Seymour’s appointment to NP’s Management Committee. The article also highlights members of the 2023 new partner class: Boston Intellectual Property partner Ravi Braich; Long Island Healthcare partner Jason Chimon; Washington, DC Community Development Finance partner Emily McKinney; New York City Complex Disputes partner Alper Tosun; and Affordable Housing & Real Estate partners Julia Casteleiro, Ari Glatt, and Kathie Soroka of New York and Ian O’Banion from San Francisco.
This article covering S&P Global Mobility’s purchase of automotive pricing and incentive intelligence company Market Scan, mentions NP for advising Market Scan in the sale. The NP deal team was led by San Francisco Corporate partner Lior Zorea, leader of the firm’s West Coast Emerging Companies and Venture Capital team. The team also included Corporate partners Christian Hancey of Rochester and Shahzad Malik of Los Angeles; San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate partners Ian O’Banion and Alison Torbitt; Corporate counsels Michael Fitzpatrick of Boston and Matthew Goedert of San Francisco; Washington, DC Complex Disputes counsel Brian Whittaker; Rochester Cybersecurity & Privacy counsel Jenny Holmes; Corporate associates Robert Pethick of Boston and Brian Kenney of Washington, DC; and Washington, DC Construction & Real Estate Litigation associate Martha Medina.
This article highlighting recent personnel moves from around the affordable housing sector includes the promotions of Affordable Housing & Real Estate partners Julia Casteleiro and Kathie Soroka of New York City and Ian O’Banion of San Francisco, and Community Development Finance partner Emily McKinney of Washington, DC.
This article spotlights the 2023 new partner class, which includes Long Island Healthcare partner Jason Chimon; Boston Intellectual Property partner Ravi Braich; New York City Complex Disputes partner Alper Tosun; Affordable Housing & Real Estate partners Julia Casteleiro, Ari Glatt, and Kathie Soroka of New York and Ian O’Banion from San Francisco; and Washington, DC Community Development Finance partner Emily McKinney. The article also quotes CEO and Managing Partner Steve Zubiago.
San Francisco Affordable Housing & Real Estate associate Ian O’Banion wrote this contributed article outlining new legislation affecting the sale of real estate in San Francisco, including a statewide rent control law and a local measure granting certain nonprofits the first opportunity to purchase buildings or land that go up for sale.
University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (Business Law Certificate; CALI award recipient for excellence in Real Estate Transactions, Corporations, California Construction Law, Legal Research & Writing and Federal Income Taxation; McAuliffe Honor Society)
University of Oregon, B.Arch., summa cum laude
Named to the 2024 list of “Ones to Watch” by The Best Lawyers in America© for Real Estate Law in San Francisco, CA; listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch since 2022.
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