Ian O’Banion is a transactional associate and a member of Nixon Peabody’s Real Estate, Energy 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. He is also 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 California drought task force that thinks strategically about the challenges presented by the drought, as well as our clients’ related opportunities for financing, sustainability measures and water conservation in order to stay ahead of the challenges and to build smarter more resilient communities.
I assist clients with acquisitions and dispositions of all types of commercial real estate from office buildings to vineyards. I also work with lenders, loan servicers and borrowers regarding real estate financing matters. Additionally, I counsel both landlords and tenants regarding commercial real estate leases.
I assist companies with entity formation issues as well as corporate transactions such as stock mergers and asset acquisitions.
I see the trend toward urbanization continuing as people and jobs move into cities and areas served by transit. Infrastructure investment will be a key driver for new development, and there will be opportunities for creative public private partnerships in order to modernize aging urban infrastructure. Sustainability will be increasingly important. Competition for already scarce resources such as water and energy will require companies to continually improve sustainability measures in order to remain competitive; net-zero energy buildings and eco-districts will be at the forefront of this movement. Lastly, as technology continues to make the world more interconnected, this will facilitate opportunities for foreign investment in both real estate and corporate transactions.
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