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Though it took nearly five months, when Gilead Sciences Inc. completed its $123 million purchase of its Foster City campus, Carol Schwartz was disappointed. “It was wonderful fun,” Schwartz said. “I said, ‘OK, can we do it again?’” Schwartz heads the real estate group for Burlingame’s Carr, McClellan, Ingersoll, Thompson & Horn, a 30-lawyer firm that specializes in estate and investment planning. The Gilead real estate deal, which closed Friday, was a departure for Schwartz from her usual practice of representing individuals and small investor groups in real estate transactions. Carr, McClellan did some leasing work for Gilead earlier this year and must have made an impression. The biopharmaceutical company tapped the firm again when it decided to buy 16 buildings from the Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust. The deal included eight buildings Gilead already occupies and a total of 496,000 square feet of office and laboratory space. Based in Foster City, Gilead makes medicine to fight infectious diseases. Gilead’s purchase of the corporate campus was also the biggest such deal Schwartz has done. Schwartz rounded out her deal team at Carr, McClellan with partners Norman Book Jr. and Lisa Stalteri. Associate Darcy Edmonds Hoellwarth pitched in as well. San Francisco’s Greene Radovsky Maloney & Share represented Equity Office Properties. In the lead there was partner Thomas Prestwich. A pair of in-house lawyers was instrumental as well. Gilead’s senior corporate counsel Jeffrey Hessekiel and Equity Office’s in-house counsel Brooke Kenevan played a role on the deal team from Chicago. INTUIT / IMS Mountain View’s Intuit Inc. relied on in-house counsel for its $116 million cash acquisition of Innovative Merchant Solutions. Based in Calabasas, IMS provides credit and debit card processing services for small businesses. Intuit, which sells personal finance, accounting and tax preparation software, said the acquisition would give its customers a broader range of payment options. In-house attorney Eric Mogensen led Intuit’s deal team. Robert Steinberg, a partner at Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro‘s Los Angeles office, represented IMS. Working on the deal with him were partners Stephen Goldstein and Burton Mitchell, associate Michael Steuch, and Robert Goon, a former Jeffer, Mangels partner who now has his own firm in Santa Monica.

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