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McKinsey Leads 72K SF of Leases at Silverstein’s US Bank Tower in LA



Silverstein Properties has inked five new office leases spanning 72,000 square feet at its flagship Los Angeles property, the U.S. Bank Tower in Downtown L.A.

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In the largest deal, management consulting giant McKinsey & Company agreed to take more than 19,200 square feet on the 69th and 70th floors of the 72-story, 1.4 million-square-foot skyscraper, according to sources familiar with the deal. McKinsey signed a 12-year lease and will move to the 1,018-foot-tall tower from its current offices at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City.

Additionally, investment bank Lincoln International struck a 10-year lease to expand to more than 27,100 square feet at the building, adding the 67th floor to its existing footprint on the 66th floor. Another investment bank, Rothschild & Co, is vacating that 67th-floor space and agreed to lease more than 8,500 square feet on the 50th floor.

Civil engineering firm Walter P Moore also inked a 10-year lease for nearly 9,400 square feet on the tower’s top floor — deemed the “highest leased office floor in California,” according to Silverstein. Walter P Moore will relocate there next summer from the nearby Aon Center at 707 Wilshire Boulevard.

National personal injury law firm Morgan & Morgan rounded out the leases, signing for more than 7,600 square feet on the 22nd floor, where it will open its first L.A. office.

The new deals come as Silverstein wraps up a $60 million renovation program at the property at 633 West Fifth Street that will transform the entire 54th floor into a tenant lounge known as The Vista, and also modernize the 1989 building’s lobby and elevators. The World Trade Center developer acquired the U.S. Bank Tower in 2020 from Singapore-based OUE Limited for a discounted price of $430 million — about one-third less than its $650 million valuation in OUE’s 2019 annual reportalbeit more than the $367.5 million that the Singapore firm paid for the property in 2013).

Earlier this year, Silverstein signed law firms Dechert and Skiermont Derby to new leases at the building spanning a combined 10,400 square feet.

Silverstein’s Jeremy Moss and Harlan Strader III led lease negotiations, with JLL (JLL)’s James Malone, Jaclyn Ward and Josh Wrobel also representing Silverstein. McKinsey was represented by JLL’s Scott Becket and Michael McRoskey, while Lincoln International was represented by Cushman & Wakefield (CWK)’s Eric Duncanson and Mark Weiss and JLL’s Kevin Bender and Lalo Diaz. Walter P Moore was also represented by Duncanson in lease negotiations, while Morgan & Morgan was represented by Duncanson and C&W’s Kevin Hammond. Rothschild & Co was represented by Weiss and C&W’s Suzanne Lee.