Sushma Malhotra

CEO & Founding Principal

5201 Great America Parkway, Suite 455 Santa Clara, California 95054 USA
+1 (408) 656-9858

Silicon Valley, California

Commercial real Estate


Sushma Malhotra, CEO & Founding Principal

Sushma founded S5 Advisory Inc. in 2012 after a decade of working in brokerage with an exclusive focus on tenant representation. Prior to her work in brokerage, Sushma worked for a Fortune 500 corporation for over 20 years managing their real estate worldwide, including their manufacturing facilities, labs, and operations.

Since she comes from the end user side herself, Sushma has a unique perspective, with a deep understanding of the tenant’s point of view, which allows her to lead her clients in making prudent real estate decisions.  Her clients range from startups to publicly traded companies with national and global real estate needs.

Sushma believes in formulating short-term as well as long-term strategies that align with her client’s business plans and she has become a trusted partner to her clients leading them through the ups and downs of business cycles.  Sushma strongly believes real estate can make or break a company as it is a top expense for most.

Sushma’s negotiating style is to create win-win scenarios. Her extensive and diverse experience in financial analysis, transaction structuring, lease negotiations and management skills enable her to provide sound leadership and guidance to a variety of clients including tech companies in software, hardware, communications, clean-tech, medical device, and life sciences industries. 

Sushma holds a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Environmental Sciences.

Affiliations and Acknowledgments:

  • Recognized as Business Journal “Women of Influence” 2011
  • Recognized as Business Journal “Women of Distinction” Honoree, May 2006
  • Charter Member of the Indus Entrepreneurs(TIE)
  • Southwest YMCA Board Member
  • ICC Board Member


Tenant Representation

• Project Management

• Dilapidations & Reinstatement (Restoration)

• State & Local Incentives

• Build-to-suits & Development

• Sale Lease-backs

• Commercial Condos

• 1031 Exchanges

• SBA Financing Expertise

• Purchase & Owner/Users

• Subleasing, Assignment, Disposition

• Leasing and Renewals

• Lease Audit & Advisory

• Site Selection

• FASB & Accounting Consulting

Practice Areas

• Office

• Law firms

• Non-profits

• Government & Institutions

• Co-working & office sharing

• Work/Live

• Data-center & Colocation centers

• Biotech & Life-sciences Laboratories

• Medical & Dental

• Flex & R&D Showrooms

• Distribution centers

• Warehouse & Storage

• Light manufacturing & Shop

• Industrial

Following are some interesting facts about San Francisco and its commercial real estate market…

  • San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Axis a few miles away.
  • San Francisco is the sixth most populous city in the United States and the fourth most populous in California. 
  • San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern Callifornia. 
  • As of 2020, San Francisco has the highest salaries, disposable income, and median home prices in the world at $1.7 million.
  • San Francisco is also the headquarters of five major banking institutions and various other companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., Gap, Inc., Fitbit,, Dropbox, Reddit, Square, Inc., Dolby, Airbnb, Weebly, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Yelp, Pnterest, Twitter, Uber. Lyft, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation and Craig's List. 
  • A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman's Wharf, and its Chinatown district.