Julian Kleindorfer

  • Partner
  • Ejulian.kleindorfer@lw.com
  • 355 South Grand Avenue, Suite 100
  • Los Angeles, CA 90071-1560
  • USA
  • T +1.213.891.8371
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA
  • T +1.212.906.1621


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 significant experience to transactions in the real estate, hospitality, gaming, and insurance industries, including:

  • 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.
  • Essential Properties Realty Trust
  • Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc.
  • InfraREIT, Inc.
  • MGM Growth Properties LLC
  • MPG Office Trust, Inc.
  • National Storage Affiliates Trust
  • Rexford Industrial Trust, Inc.
  • Spirit MTA REIT, 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$70 billion in proceeds.

In the mergers and acquisitions area, Mr. Kleindorfer has in recent years represented:

  • Digital Realty in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of Ascenty, the premier Brazilian data center provider
  • Digital Realty in it joint venture with funds managed by Brookfield Infrastructure relating to Ascenty
  • Phillips Edison in its US$6.3 billion merger with Phillips Edison Grocery REIT II
  • Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. in its spin off of US$3 billion in triple net real estate to Spirit MTA REIT, Inc.
  • Digital Realty in its US$7.6 billion acquisition of Dupont Fabros Technology
  • Phillips Edison in its US$1 billion sale of its real estate assets to Phillips Edison Grocery Center Operating Partnership
  • Sentio Healthcare Properties in its US$825 million sale to Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors
  • Primary Provider Management Co.,a management service organization, in its sale to Clayton, Dublier & Rice, a private investment firm
  • 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

Thought Leadership

  • Executive Summary: Court Decision Helps REITs Strategize for Successful Acquisitions in the Face of Shareholder Litigation -  September 01, 2015
  • Court Decision Helps REITs Strategize for Successful Acquisitions in the Face of Shareholder Litigation -  April 16, 2015
  • CFTC’s Clearing Deadline May Loom for Certain REITs -  June 07, 2013


  • REIT Roll-Up and M&A Transactions -  July 15, 2013
Mr. Kleindorfer is "a brilliant legal thinker,“ adding that "he has experience and knowledge with REIT issues that is matched by only a small number of attorneys in the country.”Chambers USA 2019
Bar Qualification
  • California
  • New York
  • 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
  • REITs
  • Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Capital Markets
  • Public Company Representation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions