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Linklaters Inks Lease for First Area Location at Iconic Homer Building

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Akridge and Mitsui Fudosan America announced today that global law firm Linklaters LLP has entered into a 10-year lease for 9,900 square feet at The Homer Building at 601 Thirteenth Street, NW, in the heart of Washington, DC. Linklaters is a global law firm that advises in transactions for companies, financial institutions, and governments, and has a presence in over 27 cities around the world. The Homer Building is the first area location for the firm.

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"Linklaters is a wonderful addition to The Homer Building," said P. Brian Connolly, Senior Vice President of Akridge, which represented the Landlord in the transaction. "This firm is a perfect fit for the high-end Clients that the building attracts and is further evidence of the desirability of downtown Washington and trophy class properties such as The Homer Building."

A prominent landmark in Washington, DC commercial architecture, the trophy-class building was redeveloped and expanded by seven stories in 1990. It is home to other top-tier Clients such as BGR, Toyota, and Amgen. It has become known as an ideal blend of classic style meeting cutting edge technology. The historic features are accented by contemporary high-end amenities including concierge service, 12-story atrium, rooftop terrace, full-service fitness center, and high-efficiency building performance. The Homer Building carries three top credentials for energy efficiency including: LEED Gold, Energy Star, and most recently, BOMA 360 Performance Building designation.

Akridge's Wil Pace and Katie Gorretta, represented the building ownership in the lease, and Linklaters was represented by Phil Leibow, Greg McCavera and Matthew Coursen of Jones Lang LaSalle. Akridge developed the LEED Gold, Energy Star certified building in 1990, and retains a minority ownership interest in the asset. Akridge also provides leasing and property management for the building.

About Akridge
Akridge is a comprehensive real estate services company that provides acquisition, development, construction management, asset management, property management, leasing, and consulting services. Founded in 1974, the company has acquired or developed more than 12 million square feet of commercial space and currently manages four million square feet throughout the DC area. The industry's foremost benchmarking firm, CEL & Associates, has ranked Akridge the number one real estate firm in the country for Client satisfaction, among firms of similar size, ten times since 1999. Akridge has been honored with the National Capital Business Ethics Award, and has also been recognized as the Best Place to Work in Greater Washington by the Washington Business Journal. For more information, please visit www.akridge.com.

About Mitsui Fudosan America
Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc. (MFA), the US subsidiary of Japan's largest real estate company, is a real estate investment and development firm headquartered in New York. The company's history in the US market began in the early 1970s with its acquisition and redevelopment of the renowned Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki, Hawaii. Subsequent investments were made in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC and New York. MFA's flagship commercial property is located at 1251 Avenue of Americas in New York City, one of the city's most prestigious business addresses. For more information, please visit www.mfamerica.com.

About Linklaters
As one of the leading global law firms, Linklaters undertake the most important and challenging assignments for the world's leading companies, financial institutions and governments, helping them to achieve their objectives by solving their most complex and important legal issues.

With 27 offices in 19 countries, Linklaters builds lasting relationships with their clients, and are committed to supporting them at all times, as they adjust to changes in their markets and the regulatory landscape. The size and shape of their business is determined by their clients and the work done for them. Linklaters believes that the strength and depth of their practices, their client relationships, their sector approach, the quality of their people and their global platform give them significant competitive advantage.

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