Julian Kleindorfer is Global Co-Chair of Latham & Watkins' REIT Industry Group. He primarily advises on corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general company representation. He has been recognized repeatedly by Chambers USA as a Star Individual and in The Legal 500 US Hall of Fame for his expertise in REITs, including corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Julian clerked for Judge Anthony Scirica on the US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Kleindorfer brings significant experience to transactions in the real estate, hospitality, and gaming industries, including:

  • Registered equity and debt offerings and 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
  • Net Lease Office Properties
  • Phillips Edison & Co.
  • 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$150 billion in proceeds.

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

  • W.P. Carey in the spin-off of 59 office properties into Net Lease Office Properties, a separate, publicly-traded real estate investment trust that was listed on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Hersha Hospitality Trust in its US$1.4 billion acquisition by KSL Capital Partners
  • INDUS Realty Trust in its US$868 million acquisition by Centerbridge and GIC
  • Digital Realty Trust in its US$1.7 billion acquisition of a 55% interest in Teraco Data Environments, a South African colocation and data center services provider, and related joint venture arrangements
  • Nestlé SA in its acquisition of a majority stake in plant-based protein powder maker Orgain Inc., and related joint venture arrangements
  • Hersha Hospitality Trust in its US$505 million sale of seven of its non-core Urban Select Service properties outside of New York
  • Nestlé Health Sciences in its acquisition of The Bountiful Company 
  • The Special Committee of Brookfield Property Partners LP in the acquisition of the minority by Brookfield Asset Management Inc. for US$6.5 billion in cash, stock, and preferred stock 
  • Ares Management in its acquisition of Black Creek, a non-traded REIT management platform
  • Ares Management in its US$2.9 billion acquisition with Pretium Partners, of Front Yard Residential, a home rental company
  • Ares Management in its joint venture with Pretium Partners
  • Cole Office & Industrial REIT II in its US$4.9 billion merger with Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT
  • Invitation Homes in its agreement to form a US$375 million venture with Rockpoint Group
  • Nestlé in its sale of the Buitoni pasta brand to Brynwood Partners
  • Cole Office & Industrial REIT II in its terminated US$5.9 billion merger with CIM Real Estate Finance Trust, Inc.
  • Simon Property Group in its US$3.4 billion acquisition of Taubman Centers, a real estate investment trust, and acquisition of an 80% stake in Taubman Realty Group
  • Digital Realty in its US$8.4 billion acquisition of InterXion Holding, a European colocation and data center services provider
  • Digital Realty Trust in its US$1.4 billion sale of its North American Data Center Portfolio to Mapletree Investments
  • Eastdil Secured Management in its management-led buyout from a multinational financial institution
  • Digital Realty in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of Ascenty Data Centers e Telecomunicacoes, the premier Brazilian data center provider
  • Digital Realty in its US$1.2 billion joint venture with Brookfield Infrastructure to invest in Ascenty Data Centers e Telecomunicacoes
  • Spirit Realty Capital in its US$3 billion taxable spin-off of Spirit MTA REIT
  • Nestlé in its strategic investment Before Brands
  • Spirit Realty Capital in its US$2.7 billion asset sale by SMTA REIT
  • Kennedy Wilson in the sale of Meyers Research's business
  • Nestlé USA in its acquisition of Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Nestlé USA in its acquisition of Chameleon Cold Brew
  • Digital Realty in its US$7.6 billion acquisition of Dupont Fabros Technology
  • Phillips Edison in its US$6.3 billion merger with Phillips Edison Grocery REIT II
  • Phillips Edison in its US$1 billion sale of its real estate assets to Phillips Edison Grocery Center Operating Partnership
  • Guidance Software in its US$350 million sale to Open Text Corporation
  • Sentio Healthcare Properties in its US$825 million sale to Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors
  • InvenTrust Properties Corp. in its spin-off of Highland REIT to its shareholders
  • Xenia Hotels & Resorts in its spin-off of US$4 billion in full service hotel assets from Inland American Real Estate Trust
  • Westwood Financial Corporation in its private roll-up of 80 retail properties with a value in excess of US$1.2 billion
  • 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
  • Digital Realty Trust in its US$1.89 billion acquisition of Telx
  • Recruit Co. in its acquisition of Attero Staffing
  • Hudson Pacific in its acquisition of a US$3.7 billion portfolio from The Blackstone Group
  • The Special Committee of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II 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
  • Kennedy Wilson, Inc. in its US$1.8 billion acquisition of a real estate loan pool from the Bank of Ireland
  • 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
  • Recruit Co. in its acquisition of Advantage Resourcing US and Europe for US$410 million
  • Recruit Co. in its acquisition of Staffmark Holdings for US$295 million
  • 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
  • Adecco SA in the acquisition of MPS Group, Inc. for US$1.3 billion
  • Pathmark Stores in its sale to The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. for US$1.3 billion

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, National Merit Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa

Languages Spoken

  • German
  • Japanese
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June 25, 2019 Recognition

California Trailblazer: Julian Kleindorfer

Los Angeles partner featured for advising real estate investment trusts (REITs), a key sector in the California economy, within his diverse corporate practice.