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Alexandra R. Cole

Alexandra R. Cole

Perkins Coie LLP

Chicago, IL, USA

Alex Cole focuses her real estate practice in the areas of real estate transactions and development , hospitality, international real estate, project finance and construction law. She is routinely involved in large real estate acquisitions (hotel, office and retail) and represents all the various parties in the construction and development process. Some of Alex's past projects include: Sale of the Bardessono Resort & Spa, Purchase and Sale of Dolce International Hotels, Park Hyatt Australia, purchase and disposition of The Carlyle in a transaction including the sale of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts and four other hotels, Fairmont Hotel and Canadian Pacific Hotel merger, numerous buildings in Illinois Center, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, The Harold Washington Library, California Plaza in Los Angeles, McCormick Place Expansion and Hotel, Underwater World at Pier 39, Warsaw Financial Center, and the construction and renovation of numerous plants, industrial complexes, hotels, shopping centers and other commercial projects in the United States and Europe. Her clients include REITS, family offices and private equity funds.



Counsel to Broad reach Capital Partners

Representation of Broadreach Capital Partners' sponsored funds and $700 million private REIT in acquisition  of various hospitality assets and restructure of CMBS facility for major resort holding.

Represented  Purchaser  of Gra11ite and Limestone  Quarries

Represented SPO Partners & Company in the $420 million purchase of 12 limestone and granite quarries primarily in Georgia and Tennessee.

Representation of Clll Capital Partners

Representation of Clll Capital Partners as special servicer in restructure and settlement of loans secured by multiple hotel properties.

Counsel to LifeStorage

Representation of LifeStorage since its inception in acquisition and financing of self-storage real estate portfolios across the United States.


Representation  of Hotel  Owners

Full service of representation of hotel owners in development and ownership of hotels including structuring, financing and negotiation of all project agreements including hotel management agreements.

Riverwalk  Casino & Hotel, Vicksburg, M S

Represented Rush Street Gaming, LLC in its negotiation of purchase and sale documentation for the disposition of the Riverwalk Casino & Hotel, Vicksburg , Mississippi.

Counsel to DiNapoli Capital  Partners

Representation of this real estate fund in the development of standard equity entity documents and the closing of acquisitions , financings and dispositions in its portfolio of hotels, office buildings and senior housing facilities.

Rosewood Hotel s & Resorts LLC

Representation of the owners in the sale of Dallas-based Rosewood Hotels & Resorts LLC hotel management company and five North American properties under Rosewood management for $800 million to China-based New World Hospitality and individual investors. Properties sold in the transaction included the Carlyle Hotel in New York, NY, the Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, NM, Rosewood Little Dix Bay in the British Virgin Islands, the Rosewood Crescent Hotel and the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek , both in Dallas, TX. The Perkins Coie team had acquired all of these assets from the various owners in transactions dating back to 1997 (transaction received the "M&A Deal of the Year Award" at the 2012 ALIS Conference).

Lord s Hotels

Representation of new hotel brand concept in its branding agreements and business structure.


Counsel to A. Epstein & Sons International Inc.

Representing A. Epstein & Sons International Inc. in all aspects of its real estate activities , including its corporate real estate, its development activities in the U.S. and Europe and its design and construction business.

Counsel to Optima  Inc.

Representing the company in all aspects of its Design Build activities in Illinois and Arizona developing innovative residential properties

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1979
  • DePauw University, B.A., cum /aude, 1976


  • German


  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Member, Vice Chair of Hospitality Subcommittee
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Lawyers," in Construction, 2005 - present; Real Estate, 2013 - 2014 ; Leisure & Hospitality, 2013 - present
  • Listed in the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's Leading Lawyers Network as Illinois Leading Lawyer
  • Listed as an Illinois Super Lawyer as published by Law & Politics, 2005 - present
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2006 - Present: Construction Law; Real Estate Law
  • Received "Women in Real Estate 2010 Career Achievement Award," presented by the Illinois Real Estate Journal


  • Real Estate & Land Use Practice, Perkins Coie LLP, Chair, 2005 - 2011
  • Hospitality Industry Bar Association, Founding Board Member, President
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, Steering Committee Member, 2007 - present, President, 2013
  • CREW Network, Board of Directors, 2001 - 2002
  • CREW Chicago, Board of Directors, 1999 - 2000


  • Altheimer & Gray, Partner, 1988 - 2003, Real Estate Practice Chair
  • Antonow & Fink, Partner , 1985 - 1988, Associate, 1979 - 1985



Representing the Private Owner, Including Financing the Project

Attorney Publications

I/ CLE, Chapter 3


04 08 2016

The S tory of a M echauics Lien Claim: From Client M eeting to Trial

Speaking Engagements

ISBA Construction Law Section I Chicago, IL


02.22 2016 - 02.24.201 6

Capitalizing  Your Project  - M aximizing Value

Speaking Engagements Hospitality Law conference

02.22.2016 . 02.24.2016

Hotel M anagement Agreements: Key Terms and Points For Negotiation

Speaking Engagements Hospitality Law Conference


The Great Debate: Arbitration v Litigation

Speaking Engagements

Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys I Northbrook, IL


Use of Joint Ventures in the Construction and Development Process

Speaking Engagements

Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys


CREW  Resilient  Leadershi p  Workshop

Speaking Engagements GE Capital I Chicago, IL

04 .18 2012

Keeping the Inn-M a tes From Running The Hotel - Short and Long Tenn Concerns In Mixed -Use Developments

Speaking Engagements

AC REL (American College of Real Estate Lawyers)


Special Issues i11 Defaulted Loans

Speaking Engagements

PLI (Practicing Law Institute)


Special Issues i1t Hotel Developme11t Projects

Speaking Engagements

PLI (Practicing Law Institute)

01.20 10, 07 2010

Distressed Hotel/Work-Out Track: Pre-Default Consideration for  H otel Lenders

General Events Panelist

ALIS  (Americas  Lodging Investment Summit)


Second Annual Hotel Seminar: Navigating Troubled Times in the Hotel Industry

General Events

Perkins Coie Conference

Alexandra R. Cole is associated with the following items:
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Commercial Real Estate Financing 2018, Thursday, April 19, 2018, Chicago, IL

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