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Amy H. Wells

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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.


  • Institutional Investment & Finance

  • Real Estate


  • J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1988

  • B.A., Occidental College, 1978, cum laude


  • State Bar of California