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Julian T. Kleindorfer

Julian T. Kleindorfer

Latham & Watkins LLP

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Julian Kleindorfer is global co-chair of Latham & Watkins' REIT Industry Group. His practice focuses on corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and general company representation. Mr. Kleindorfer brings particular expertise to transactions in the real estate, hospitality, gaming and insurance industries.

  • Registered equity and debt offerings
  • Private placements
  • Public and private acquisition transactions
  • Board counseling and representation of special committees
  • REIT roll-up and IPO transactions 
In the corporate finance area, Mr. Kleindorfer has represented numerous issuers and investment banks, including in many significant REIT IPO and first-time issuer transactions, such as those of:
  • American Assets Trust, Inc.
  • American Homes 4 Rent
  • Chatham Lodging Trust, Inc.
  • Colony Starwood Homes
  • CyrusOne Inc.
  • Digital Realty Trust, Inc.
  • Douglas Emmett, Inc.
  • Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.
  • InfraREIT, Inc.
  • MGM Growth Properties LLC
  • MPG Office Trust, Inc.
  • National Storage Affiliates Trust
  • Rexford Industrial Trust, Inc.
  • Spirit Realty Corporation 
Mr. Kleindorfer continues to be active on equity and debt offerings for the above companies and numerous other real estate and hospitality companies and has advised on securities offerings raising in excess of US$50 billion in proceeds. 

In the mergers and acquisitions area, Mr. Kleindorfer has in recent years represented: 
  • Digital Realty in its pending US$7.6 billion acquisition of Dupont Fabros Technology
  • Phillips Edison in its pending US$1 billion sale of its real estate assets to Phillips Edison Grocery Center Operating Partnership
  • Sentio Healthcare Properties in its pending US$825 million sale to Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors
  • LifeStorage in its US$1.35 billion sale to Sovran Self Storage
  • InvenTrust Properties Corp. in its spin-off of Highland REIT to its shareholders
  • Digital Realty Trust in its US$1.89 billion acquisition of Telx
  • Hudson Pacific in its acquisition of a US$3.7 billion portfolio from The Blackstone Group
  • Xenia Hotels & Resorts in its spin-off of US$4 billion in full service hotel assets from Inland American Real Estate Trust
  • Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II (special committee) in its US$4 billion sale to NorthStar Realty Finance Corp.
  • Nestlé USA in the sale of its PowerBar Business to Post Holdings, Inc.
  • Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft in its sale of Windsor Health Group, a managed healthcare service provider, to The WellCare Management Group
  • InvenTrust Properties Corp. in the sale of its net lease portfolio to affiliates of AR Capital for US$1.9 billion
  • J.P. Morgan in connection with the merger of MAA and Colonial Properties Trust with a transaction value of US$8.6 billion
  • MPG Office Trust, Inc. in its merger with an affiliate of Brookfield, with a transaction value of US$2.3 billion
  • Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. in its US$7.4 billion merger with Cole Credit Property Trust II
  • Realty Income Corporation in its US$2.9 billion acquisition of American Realty Capital Trust
  • Confie Seguros in its sale to an ABRY partners fund
  • Kennedy Wilson, Inc. in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of a real estate loan pool from the Bank of Ireland
  • The special committee of CNA Surety Corporation in connection with the purchase by CNA Financial Corporation of the minority interest in CNA Surety for US$475 million
  • American Assets Trust, Inc. in its roll-up acquisition of more than US$1.7 billion in real estate assets
  • Health Net, Inc. in the sale of its Northeast business to Oxford Health Plans, LLC for more than US$600 million
  • Nestlé USA in its purchase of Kraft’s North American pizza business for US$3.7 billion 
JD, Yale Law School, 1994, Editor-in-Chief, Yale Journal of International Law
BA, Yale University, 1990, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa; National Merit Scholar

Bar Qualifications

California, New York 

German, Japanese

Recognition Highlights

Mr. Kleindorfer has been recognized repeatedly by Chambers USA (Band 1) and in The Legal 500 US guide for his expertise in corporate finance and the area of real estate investment trusts and corporate finance, and by Best Lawyers in America in the securities law category.

Mr. Kleindorfer is described as “exceptional,” “knows the field inside and out,” and “has the temperament and understanding of the industry to provide really accurate counsel” by Chambers USA.

Chambers USA
writes that Mr. Kleindorfer is "very experienced and easy to work with, a smart guy and a hard worker" and "is highly sought after by major underwriters and REITs for his expertise in M&A and capital markets work." The guide also notes that he “is ‘highly knowledgeable,’ ‘well respected,’ and 'excellent on IPOs'.” He “wins very high praise from market commentators for the ‘formidable competition’ he offers on the West Coast in the REIT space. ‘He nailed the tax and securities aspects in a way that was efficient, practical and down to earth,’ according to a one greatly impressed peer.” 

Chambers USA
also describes Mr. Kleindorfer as “a great project manager and an extremely practical, solutions-oriented lawyer." Clients say "He's very smart, and really able to resolve problems."

One of 319 lawyers in the US named to BTI Consulting’s 2017 Client Service All Star Team, based on nominations from executives and general counsels at Fortune 1000 companies.
Julian T. Kleindorfer is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Treasury Department Issues Final Regulations on Real Property Definition for REIT Purposes (September 12, 2016) - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2017, Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment REIT M&A and Strategic Transactions – Dissecting Cutting Edge Deal Strategies and Tactics - Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Monday, January 22, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio REIT M&A and Strategic Transactions – Dissecting Cutting Edge Deal Strategies and Tactics - REIT M&A and Strategic Transactions – Dissecting Cutting Edge Deal Strategies and Tactics, Monday, January 22, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg REIT M&A and Strategic Transactions – Dissecting Cutting Edge Deal Strategies and Tactics - REIT M&A and Strategic Transactions – Dissecting Cutting Edge Deal Strategies and Tactics, Monday, January 22, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Real Estate M&A and REIT Transactions 2018, Friday, January 26, 2018, New York, NY

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