Press Release

Latham & Watkins Expands Real Estate Practice in Los Angeles

September 19, 2022
Matthew Friedrich brings diverse experience advising private and institutional real estate investors, developers, and operators in commercial real estate transactions.

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Matthew Friedrich has joined the firm’s Los Angeles office as a partner in the Real Estate Practice and member of the Corporate Department. Friedrich represents private equity investors, operators, and developers on a range of complex commercial real estate transactions and financings.

“Matt is a welcome addition to Latham, our Los Angeles office, and the West Coast region,” said Larry Seymour, Office Managing Partner in Los Angeles. “Matt’s knowledge of the market locally as well as his robust experience across all types of real estate transactions nationally adds valuable capabilities that will help us continue to meet growing demand in the area.”

Friedrich advises on ground-up construction, programmatic and single-asset joint ventures, and acquisitions, sales, and financings across asset classes and geographies.

“As we continue to expand globally and in key markets such as Los Angeles, we are thrilled to add Matt to our team to serve our local client base and our national clients on both West Coast and national transactions,” said Michelle Kelban, Global Co-Chair of Latham’s Real Estate Practice. “His experience with complex real estate transactions integrates seamlessly with Latham’s offerings and our extensive REITs Industry Group, and his presence on the West Coast further strengthens our position as a premier full-service real estate practice.”

“As a former Latham associate, rejoining the firm as a partner is like coming home,” said Friedrich. “In addition to being attracted to the collegial culture, Latham’s integrated global platform spanning the spectrum of transactional practices is a great complement to my practice. I look forward to building upon the strong foundation that already exists, while serving clients on a range of complex and cutting-edge real estate deals.”

Friedrich’s addition follows the announcement that Carsten Loll will join the Real Estate Practice next month, splitting his time between Latham’s Frankfurt and Munich offices, and bolstering the firm’s private equity real estate capabilities and growth in Europe. Also, earlier this year, David Freedman joined the firm’s New York office, adding depth to the firm’s capabilities in commercial real estate lending transactions and structured financing transactions.

Friedrich received his JD, magna cum laude, from Loyola Marymount University and his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He joins Latham from Winston & Strawn in Los Angeles.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes to Editors

1 Latham & Watkins operates worldwide as a limited liability partnership organized under the laws of the State of Delaware (USA) with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in Israel through a limited liability company. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Firm of Salman M. Al-Sudairi, a limited liability company, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.