Latham & Watkins LLP

REITs Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Boasts impressive strength on both transactional and securities matters in relation to REITs, alongside sophisticated spinoff, compliance and REIT conversion practices. Demonstrates experience in relation to roll-up IPOs. Brings to bear its complementary capabilities in real estate, tax and corporate law, to provide comprehensive counsel on matters ranging from the structuring and formation of REITs to public offerings and private placements of debt and equity.

Strengths A client values that "we are able to rely on their wealth of experience and smart lawyering to deliver a fantastic service for us."

"They are super smart lawyers with an understanding of how business deals get done,"reports an interviewee.

Work highlights Advised Phillips Edison & Company on the merger between Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT I and Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe
Ana O'Brien
as "a very good, thoughtful, thorough practitioner," highlighting her "intelligence, responsiveness and problem-solving." She is esteemed for her deep understanding of the taxation of REITs.


Julian Kleindorfer
is acclaimed for his in-depth knowledge of leading M&A and securities offerings. Clients value that "he has a tremendous amount of experience" and is "absolutely fantastic to work with; super responsive, business-focused and always helpful."

Clients appreciate that
Lewis Kneib
is "a terrific lawyer" who "delves into the details, navigates complex problems and presents solutions in a clear manner." He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in capital markets transactions.


William Cernius
is recognized for his longstanding experience in debt and equity offerings. Sources declare that "he's exceptional" and "an accomplished REITs lawyer in all respects."