Austin Thies, Associate


Austin Thies focuses his real estate practice in land acquisitions, dispositions, development, and construction. He also focuses on real estate financial transactions for facilities purchases and development using a variety of financing methods, including representing borrowers in tax-exempt bond structures.

Austin's relevant experience includes:

  • Representing commercial clients and national REIT clients in both single-site and large-scale portfolio transactions of commercial and industrial properties.
  • Representing charter schools and other nonprofit corporations in connection with school facility acquisition and development using tax-exempt bond issuances. 
  • Negotiating, drafting, and analyzing all documentation related to real estate and financing projects, including purchase agreements, commercial lease documents, diligence materials, title and survey, and customary closing documents.
  • Drafting and negotiating documents in connection with tax-exempt bond financing matters, including bond applications, disclosure statements for use in public offering documents, state intercept letters, trustee notices, trust indentures, loan documents, and financing agreements.
  • Providing detailed analysis of matters involving significant issues arising from review of leases, title documents, third-party reports, and other diligence items.
  • Providing representation and counsel involving ancillary matters such as corporate compliance, operational compliance, and best business practices.

Austin's recent representative experience includes:

  • Served as borrower’s counsel in over $350 million collective tax-exempt bond-financed transactions for education development revenue issuances used for refunding, acquisition, and new construction projects – primarily representing charter-school corporations in Arizona.
  • Represented a real estate and infrastructure owner, operator, lender and developer in connection with the $1.3 billion sale of 428 properties to a real estate investment trust.
  • Represented real estate and infrastructure owner, operator, lender and developer in connection with the $625.3 million sale of 18 industrial properties to a property trust.
  • Represented a fitness company in the acquisition of approximately 500 other fitness studio locations, analyzing terms and significant risks presented in existing retail leases to be assumed by client.
  • Represented a real estate investment trust in connection with the $150 million acquisition of 46 restaurant properties from multinational real estate company.
  • Represented a commercial client relating to the $650 million sale of client's multi-tenanted office building, focusing on contracts, assignability, and corporate structuring.
  • Represented a national grocery-store chain with construction projects for use with client’s online ordering operations on a national and widespread scale.

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Education and Honors

  • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law (J.D., 2010)
  • University of Arizona (B.A., summa cum laude, 2006)

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona
  • Colorado

Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch," Real Estate Law, 2022, 2023
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