Matthew J. Bove


Matt Bove is the chair of the real estate practice group. He has extensive experience in sophisticated real estate transactions representing some of the Bay Area’s most active developers and investors in acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, construction, and financing. His practice covers a wide range of property types, including office, retail, industrial, hospitality, luxury resort and cultural institutions.

Matt is a business-minded attorney who strives to keep the client’s goals at the forefront while minimizing potential transactional and market risks. He is able to efficiently apply his expertise in completing large, complex transactions to effectively represent clients in a broad array of industries in transactions of all sizes.

Matt is a member of the Real Estate and Environmental Law sections of the State Bar of California, the Urban Land Institute, the Bay Area Council, and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR).

Matt received his undergraduate degree in political science from Purdue University and his law degree from the Loyola University-Chicago School of Law.

Property Acquisitions and Dispositions
Matt represented Flynn Properties, Inc. in the purchase of Solage Calistoga, a luxury resort in Napa Valley, and assisted in the negotiation of a joint venture between Flynn and Auberge Resorts, the acquisition loan and the hotel management agreement.

Matt also represented Flynn Properties, Inc. in connection with two significant transactions in San Francisco’s South of Market (SoMA) area. Matt handled the acquisition, financing, leasing and eventual sale of 808 Brannan Street and 572 7th Street in San Francisco, the headquarters of Pinterest. Matt also assisted Flynn with the acquisition, leasing, and disposition of 200 Kansas Street, which closed in the first quarter of 2015.

Matt represented the buyer of 225 Bush Street, a 560,000 square foot historic office building located in San Francisco’s Central Business District that was originally the headquarters of Standard Oil, in connection with the acquisition, joint venture, property management and loan negotiations. With a price of $350 million, this sale was one of largest office sales in San Francisco in 2014.

Leasing Transactions
In today’s robust leasing market, Matt handles major leasing transactions for both landlords and tenants. Matt regularly negotiates significant retail leases with national tenants and represents the owners of downtown properties with their office leasing programs.

Restaurant Transactions
As a former chef, Matt has a particular interest and expertise in restaurant transactions. He regularly represents the Bay Area’s largest cultural institutions (California Academy of Sciences, Exploratorium, SFMOMA, San Francisco Zoo, Monterey Bay Aquarium) and corporate clients in their food service negotiations.

Conservation Transactions
Matt represents many large landowners in connection with conservation easement transactions. In addition to his active representation of the 270,000 acre Tejon Ranch in conservation and land use matters, he represented the Girl Scouts of Northern California in connection with the sale of conservation easements involving two active Girl Scout camp properties: the 270-acre Skylark Ranch near Año Nuevo and the 142-acre Camp Butano Creek near Pescadero to the Sempervirens Fund, a nonprofit land conservation organization. The funding will allow the Girl Scouts to renovate and keep the camps open for future generations while protecting old-growth forests and endangered species that exist on the properties in perpetuity.

Matt received the 2009 California Lawyer Clay Award in recognition of his expertise in the negotiation of the Tejon Ranch conservation and land use agreement. The Tejon Ranch agreement, which was entered into with some of the country’s preeminent environmental organizations, is considered a landmark achievement that balances development and conservation on the largest private landholding in California. The Tejon Ranch transaction was also named the 2008 Real Estate Deal of the Year by the California Real Estate Journal.