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  • Education
    • J.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 1978
    • B.A., summa cum laude, University of California-Los Angeles, 1974, Phi Beta Kappa; Dean's Honor List
Clients and prospective clients seek out Lisa Quateman for her experience and capabilities in capital markets transactions and regulatory matters. Lisa’s concise and in-depth analysis of clients’ matters linked with her commitment to high quality and prompt service have earned her a loyal clientele.

Lisa served as the founding Managing Partner for Polsinelli’s Los Angeles office from its inception in 2011 through January 2016. During that period of time the office grew five-fold and established a strong presence in the local community.

A trusted advisor to in-house counsel and business executives, Lisa has attracted public and private companies, management teams, entrepreneurs, property owners, nonprofit organizations, financial institutions, utilities, and government entities. Lisa has developed specialized expertise in the areas of public government assisted finance, representing parties on all sides of these transactions. With that perspective, Lisa:
  • Advises business owners and executives on transactions and compliance matters 
  • Serves as bond, disclosure, underwriters’, trustees’ and bank counsel in public offerings of over $75 billion of tax-exempt bonds 
  • Was Special Counsel to the FDIC in hundreds of commercial loan workouts and restructurings, loan enforcement, asset securitizations, portfolio dispositions and structured transactions
  • Handles numerous cross-border capital market, financing and contractual matters
  • Advises on government contracting matters under federal, state and local laws, including certification matters for women-owned businesses
  • Is involved with the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of real property of all types, including serving as trustee of a commercial real estate portfolio
  • Represented water and power utilities, airports and seaports in financing and real estate transactions
  • Is counsel to several banks, preparing and amending loan documents, and negotiating loan restructuring and workouts
  • Is Bank counsel to private banks and private wealth divisions of commercial banks in loan transactions and trust real estate matters
  • Counsel to U.S. affiliate of European global conglomerate in development of the nation’s largest electric vehicle car sharing program.
  • Counsel to water, power and gas utility companies in finance and indenture matters.
  • Counsel to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Ontario International Airports in over $9 billion of public debt offerings to build and refurbish airport terminals and facilities. 
  • Bond Counsel to the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank in the refinancing of $200 million of bonds for the construction of headquarters facilities for California System Operator Corporation. This results in interest rate savings and lowered costs for California’s electric utility ratepayers.
  • Counsel to a private equity portfolio company management team in the $100 million sale of an international consumer products business to another private equity company, negotiating on their behalf for favorable co-investment and employment arrangements.
  • Seller’s counsel in the sale of a mortgage banking company to a bank subsidiary, negotiation of all agreements including ongoing employment of owners by buyer.
  • Buyer’s United States counsel for a German multinational consumer products business in its acquisition of two United States entities.   Collaborated successfully across oceans and time zones, with parties in New York, New Jersey, Germany, Canada, and England. 
  • Successfully served numerous issuers and underwriters in financings for water and power utilities, airport and port transactions, general government finance and numerous transactions with novel and complex structures.
  • Counsel to banks regarding FDIC loss share matters, including advising about compliance with loss share agreements and developing a documents for the management and disposition of portfolios
  • Real estate counsel to the seller of a 40-acre parcel of land, where the land is in a coastal zone and environmentally impacted, to a prominent shopping center developer.  In this transaction, Lisa developed, negotiated and documented a purchase and sale agreement which contains a creative way to structure the purchase price during a long-term escrow, while the buyer/developer is obtaining entitlements and financing. 
  • Providing Disclosure Counsel services to the State of California Department of Veterans Affairs so that money may be raised to lend to U.S. Veterans, enabling them to acquire homes at favorable interest rates.
  • Worked on the development and financing of the Alameda Corridor, a 20-mile “freeway” for freight trains, completed on time and within its $2.4 billion budget. Drafted the Use Permit, which operated to grant real estate interests from the cities of Los Angeles and Long Beach to the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority. Led several significant real estate transactions and have worked on every public debt offering.
  • Counsel to real estate owners and operators, handling the full range of purchase, sale, leasing, financing, and construction issues. Clients include owners of shopping centers, industrial buildings, net leased retail investments, vacant land, office buildings, and multifamily residential properties.
  • For over 15 years, counsel to one of Japan’s largest auto makers, working on matters involving vehicles, but also as outside counsel to the trading company affiliate, in international commercial and financing transactions involving parties in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Brazil and elsewhere.
  • Real estate counsel of choice for Los Angeles’ leading business management and entertainment law firms, handling real estate transactions for entertainers and others in show business.
  • Disclosure Counsel for the Department of Airports for the City of Los Angeles (LAWA) in connection with its role in the issuance of approximately $1.2 billion private activity bonds issued to finance the development by LAX Integrated Express Solution's (LINXS) of a new Automated People Mover Project at Los Angeles International Airport. Proceeds of the Bonds, together with $263 million design-build loan facility, over $1 billion in milestone payments from LAWA under a design-build-operate-finance-maintain arrangement and approximately $96 million in developer equity are expected to be used to pay project costs during construction. The project is being procured by LAWA as an availability-based 30-year DBFOM public private partnership (P3) concession, the largest of its type for the nation’s second busiest airport.
  • Counsel to purchaser in the $20+ million acquisition of two college-adjacent multifamily apartment buildings comprising 171 units.
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Featured, PRNewswire
June 23, 2020
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April 9, 2019
eAlerts Updates
February 2019
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Presenter, 2017 Institute of Internal Auditors Los Angeles Conference
October 2, 2017
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Co-Presenter, The Bond Buyer's California Public Finance Conference; Carlsbad, CA
September 25-27, 2017
eAlerts Updates
March 21, 2017
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October 13, 2015
eAlerts Updates
August 25, 2014
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Polsinelli; British American Business Council and L.A. Transatlantic Law Council
September 11, 2013
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Co-Authors:  Lisa Greer Quateman and Tracey M. Ginn
May 2013
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