Nancy Olson is head of the Real Estate Group in Skadden’s Chicago office and is active in all areas of the firm's real estate practice.


Ms. Olson advises on real estate investment trust (REIT) formation, structuring and related transactions, financings, portfolio and single-asset acquisitions and dispositions, joint venture transactions, private equity investment, real estate fund formation and investment, leasing, distressed asset workouts and reorganizations, and real property development. She is a member of the firm’s REIT Group.

Ms. Olson represents both lenders and borrowers in connection with her real estate finance practice. She advises clients with respect to secured and unsecured loans, lines of credit and construction loan facilities, including for REITs and other clients owning and leasing office properties, industrial properties, hotels and resorts, shopping centers, and residential and mixed-use properties, and has extensive experience advising lenders and borrowers in connection with debt restructuring transactions in and out of bankruptcy. Ms. Olson also represents numerous investors with respect to real property acquisitions and dispositions and U.S. and international private real estate fund, partnership and joint venture investments, and real estate funds in connection with their formation and financing transactions.

Ms. Olson has represented various clients on significant transactions, including:

  • a Singapore sovereign wealth fund in its investment in a $1.3 billion joint venture to acquire 1 million square feet of space in the Time Warner Center in New York and the related financing;
  • Brookdale Senior Living Inc. in its $2.8 billion merger with Emeritus Corporation and its $1.2 billion opco/propco joint venture with HCP, Inc.;
  • Newcastle Senior Living in its $725 million loan from Goldman Sachs and in various acquisitions, dispositions and financings of senior housing communities, including pursuant to a $1 billion sale/leaseback transaction and a $233 million opco/propco acquisition;
  • the largest investor in Mexico Retail Properties (MRP) in the disposition by MRP of 49 properties and the related management business to Fibra Uno for $1.8 billion, the largest-ever real estate deal in Mexico;
  • Holiday Retirement Corp. in its $1 billion sale of 29 senior housing communities and in its $550 million sale/leaseback of 21 senior housing communities; and
  • U.S. Airways in the acquisition and disposition of real estate assets and related leasing transactions at major U.S. airports.

Ms. Olson has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. She also was named as one of Crain’s Custom Media’s “Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago” in 2017 and also was recognized among the “Women of Influence” in the July/August 2013 issue of Real Estate Forum.



  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law, Chicago, 1996
  • B.A., Northwestern University, 1993


  • Illinois

Nancy M. Olson