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Sutherland Represents TIAA-CREF Through $200 Million Acquisition

August 30, 2004

ATLANTA (August 30, 2004) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP has represented longstanding client TIAA-CREF, one of the nation's largest commercial property owners, through a $200 million acquisition of the Pinnacle Office Building and the adjacent Two Live Oak Center, both built by Cousins Properties Incorporated and located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta, GA.

The transaction closed on August 2, 2004, taking only 45 days from contract signing to closing and involving due diligence and title review.  The acquiring entity is ND Properties, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of TIAA-CREF.  As part of the sale, TIAA-CREF has retained Cousins to lease and manage the buildings.

The Sutherland team was lead by Victor P. Haley, a partner in the firm's Atlanta office and a leading attorney in the firm's Real Estate Group.  Counsel Ellen S. Smith and associates William A. Palmer III and Churchill H.D. Hooff, assisted in the deal.  Each of the attorneys  practices in the firm's Atlanta office.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a national law firm known for solving challenging business problems and resolving unique legal issues for many of the nation's largest companies.  Founded in 1924, the firm has grown to more than 375 lawyers with offices in Atlanta, Austin, Houston, New York, Tallahassee and Washington.  For further information about the firm, please visit:  sutherland.com.

TIAA-CREF is a national financial services group of companies and the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. With more than $320 billion in combined assets under management (June 30, 2004), TIAA-CREF ranks 68th on FORTUNE magazine's list of largest companies (April 2004). Further information can be found at tiaa-cref.org.

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