Cristian Kelly is a corporate associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Kelly represents clients on complex transactions in a wide variety of deal structures, asset classes and industry sectors.  He advises on real estate joint ventures, acquisitions, dispositions, development, and finance.

Mr. Kelly’s practice includes, among other things:

  • Asset and entity-level transactions, transfers, and recapitalizations
  • Joint ventures, partnerships, and other investment vehicles
  • Portfolio and single asset acquisitions and dispositions
  • Development projects
  • Borrower-side financing transactions
  • Management agreements and development agreements

Mr. Kelly’s experience includes advising:

  • Private Equity firm in negotiating a joint venture for the development of a 2,000+ acre data center campus
  • Sovereign wealth fund in negotiating a joint venture for the acquisition and development of a logistics portfolio
  • National data center operator in the strategic acquisition of a regional operator
  • Developers in acquiring land for the development of logistics and distribution facilities
  • Hospitality owners in acquisitions and dispositions of resort hotels
  • Hospitality owners in negotiating restaurant management agreements
  • Sovereign wealth fund in negotiating a joint venture for the acquisition of a technology-centric office portfolio
  • Major pharmaceutical in the sale and leaseback of lab and office facilities*
  • Various commercial landlords in negotiating office leases*
  • Institutional lender in the issuance of a private note placement secured by an NHL arena*
  • Lender in bridge financing for a boutique hotel and members-only club*
  • Nonprofit housing provider in negotiating a contract to provide off-site affordable housing in connection with a new residential development (pro bono)*
  • Latino community nonprofits in negotiating the purchase and build-out of a new headquarters and in leasing of office properties (pro bono)*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois


  • JD, New York University School of Law, 2014
    cum laude, Law Review
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • German