Ankenman, C. Gregg

C. Gregg Ankenman
Attorney

t: 510.834.6600
f: 510.834.1928
gankenman@wendel.com

Education

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law; J.D.

Brigham Young University; B.A. Economics, magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi

Admissions

State Bar of California

Practice Areas

Business
Real Estate

  • Profile
  • PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS
  • AFFILIATIONS
  • Recognition
  • INSIGHTS

Raised by a real estate broker and investor, Gregg has been absorbing the nuances of property deals since childhood. He earned his real estate license at age 18. Today, Gregg offers clients a lifetime of real-world experience and deep legal insight to real estate matters.

Commercial Real Estate

Gregg has extensive experience in real estate and business transactional work, including commercial real estate leases, sales, exchanges, and financing. He has handled hundreds of commercial lease transactions for retail, office, industrial, agricultural, and telecommunications sites. Gregg also advises developers, landlords and property owners with matters such as sales, acquisitions, development, property management, and financing. He has counseled jewelry store chains, restaurants, fitness club operators, apparel chains and manufacturing companies in numerous real estate asset and business acquisitions.

Management and Leadership

Gregg has served in leadership positions in bar and industry organizations, held various leadership roles at the firm, and currently chairs the firm’s Transactional Department.

Long active with National Retail Tenants Association (NRTA), Gregg has a deep understanding of the issues facing the retail industry. He has served as NRTA’s general counsel, received its Founders Service Award, and co-chairs the curriculum committee working to provide retail, office, corporate, industrial and franchise tenants with real estate education training.

Gregg has written extensively on legal real estate issues, authoring chapters on retail leasing, office leasing, real estate finance practices and real property sales transactions volumes for California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). He served as chief consultant on CEB’s Retail Leasing: Drafting and Negotiating the Lease.

Community and Social Connection

Praised as dedicated and responsive to clients, Gregg is also committed to community engagement. He chairs the Wendel Rosen Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee and is an active volunteer and leader with nonprofit and community groups, advancing humanitarian, sustainability and social issues.

Gregg volunteers with Baragwanath Blessings Inc., a nonprofit organization (founded by his daughter Colette) that helps babies and children around the world, including supplying babies in Latin America, Africa and Asia with hand-made hats and blankets and operating nutrition programs and medical clinics in Guatemala. Long interested in music, he is head roadie for his musician-son Dan and sings bass in the Oakland Interfaith Community Choir.

  • Assist retailers in acquisitions of stores and chains from other retailers
  • Develop and direct implementation of systems for efficiently handling a large portfolio of lease transactions for fast-growth retailers
  • Negotiate leases for high-end U.S. retail mall and street front locations for a large London, England-based apparel retailer
  • Handle complex real estate acquisitions and lease transactions for regional industrial/office developer
  • Represent regional banks in loan enforcement, foreclosures, workouts and disposition of RE
  • Represent major office building owners in leasing matters and representation of real estate investors in real acquisitions and sales, as well as 1031 tax-deferred exchanges

National Retail Tenants Association

  • General Counsel, 1998 to present
  • Board of Governors, 2011 to present
  • Ethics Committee; chair, 2002 to 2007
  • Curriculum Committee, Annual Conference; member, 2005 to present; co-chair, 2019

International Council of Shopping Centers

  • Member, 1995 to present

Institute of Real Estate Management

  • Member, 2018 to present

State Bar of California

  • Real Property Section; member, 1988 to present

Alameda County Bar Association

  • Real Property Section; member, 1988 to present; board of directors, 1995 to 2000
  • Legislation Committee and Delegation to California State Bar Conference of Delegates, 1988 to 1998; chair, 1992 to 1994

California Continuing Education of the Bar

  • CEB Real Property Advisory Committee, 2012—2015
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Humanitarian Service Award 2014
  • National Retail Tenants Association, Founder’s Service Award 2005

Publications

What Are Landlords Thinking?

What Are Landlords Thinking?

07/18/2019 | National Retail Tenants Association

[This article was originally published in the National Retail Tenants Association publication “Tenants In-Common” in July 2019.] Ever wonder just what landlords are thinking? I know I have. Probably most…

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Hot Tips for a Tenant to Green its Space

Hot Tips for a Tenant to Green its Space

10/15/2015 | Oakland Business Review

by C. Gregg Ankenman and Daniel B. Myers Companies of all shapes and sizes ranging from office and commercial tenants to those in the retail sector continue to look for…

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The Changes Ahead for Commercial Real Estate

The Changes Ahead for Commercial Real Estate

08/13/2014 | San Francisco Daily Journal

On August 13, 2014, real estate attorneys Daniel Myers and Gregg Ankenman's article appear in the Daily Journal. The article discusses several of the trends influencing the commercial real estate…

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Gregg Ankenman Offers Glimpse into the Mind of a Landlord

Gregg Ankenman Offers Glimpse into the Mind of a Landlord

12/09/2019 | California Centers

In his byline article “What are Landlords Thinking?!” for California Centers, Partner C. Gregg Ankenman gives tenants a better understanding of retail landlords’ perspectives and concerns. Gregg comments on topics…

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SF Business Times Recognizes Firm for Corporate Philanthropy

SF Business Times Recognizes Firm for Corporate Philanthropy

07/17/2019 | San Francisco Business Times

As a leading law firm in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, Wendel Rosen LLP has been long committed to corporate philanthropy. We are beyond honored to be recognized as the…

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Gregg Ankenman in WREB and Shopping Center Business

Gregg Ankenman in WREB and Shopping Center Business

07/01/2015

Wendel Rosen attorney Gregg Ankenman was quoted on the subject of grocery anchors and shopping center landlords in the July issues of both Shopping Center Business and Western Real Estate Business….

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Education

University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law; J.D.

Brigham Young University; B.A. Economics, magna cum laude, Phi Kappa Phi

Admissions

State Bar of California

Practice Areas

Business
Real Estate