Michael Haas, Global Co-Chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice, represents private equity firms, real estate asset managers, and public and private real estate companies in sophisticated, market-defining transactions.

A widely recognized market leader in real estate private equity and finance, Mr. Haas helps clients successfully navigate their most complex deals in the United States and internationally. He brings broad experience across a range of asset classes, including multifamily housing, industrial and logistics facilities, senior housing, retail spaces, data centers, and office buildings.

Mr. Haas’ work includes: 

  • Mergers, acquisitions, and dispositions 
  • Joint ventures 
  • Financings 
  • Workouts and restructurings, including in relation to distressed assets

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Haas delivers strategic and creative advice to clients. In particular, he leverages his in-depth market knowledge and vast network of connections to help clients achieve their business objectives.

Mr. Haas is regularly recognized as an accomplished practitioner in his field, including by The Legal 500 US and Chambers USA, and Best Lawyers in America.

Mr. Haas plays an active leadership role in numerous community organizations and nonprofits. He currently serves on the board of the Basser Leadership Council for the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. Mr. Haas is a recipient of the Tree of Life Award, the highest humanitarian award given by the Jewish National Fund, and has been honored by the Basser Center. He is a current member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the American Bar Association (Real Property Section).

Mr. Haas’ experience includes advising:

  • Apollo on the €1 billion investment in a residential real estate portfolio controlled by Vonovia
  • Oak Hill Advisors in a multi-party, multi-tiered joint venture and related acquisition of an equity interest in, and mortgage financing of, 110 North Wacker Drive, a 55-story, 1.5-million-square-foot Class-A office tower in Chicago representing a total asset value of US$1 billion
  • Stonepeak Partners in its:
    • US$5.65 billion acquisition of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    • Joint venture with Andover Properties in connection with the creation of a new platform focused on acquiring assets in the US manufactured housing sector
    • Joint venture agreement with Stonemont Financial Group for the development of three industrial buildings in the greater Charleston, South Carolina area
    • Acquisition of 20% interest in an existing joint venture that indirectly owns and acquires on a programmatic basis student housing assets in certain jurisdictions within the USA
  • The Blackstone Group in several matters, including in connection with the:
    • Acquisition of the remaining stake in Applegreen, an Ireland-based operator of a petrol forecourt retailer, for US$871 million
    • Acquisition by a consortium of investors led by Blackstone of US motorway operations of HMSHost, a subsidiary of Autogrill
  • Invitation Homes in its:
    • US$450 million term loan under a warehouse facility structure in order to acquire single family homes
    • US$250 million equity investment to launch Pathway Homes, a new company that provides unique housing solutions that address critical needs in the US residential sector
    • Joint venture with Rockpoint Group to acquire and renovate single-family homes in premium neighborhoods
    • Joint venture with Rockpoint Group to acquire single-family homes to operate as rental residences
    • US$900 million term loan facility for SFR Javelin, a real estate investment trust (REIT)
  • Brookfield Asset Management in a US$766 million purchase of WashREIT’s 12 office assets located in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia, representing its entire office portfolio, excluding Watergate 600
  • AGC Equity Partners in its:
    • Proposed purchase by client from Hunter Properties of Phase IV of the Coleman Highline located at 1199 Coleman Avenue and 1193 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA
    • Acquisition of logistics centers subject to single tenant triple net leases
    • Purchase of newly constructed office headquarters of Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia, PA
    • Joint venture with Iron Mountain Incorporated to design and develop a 280,000 square foot, or 27 megawatt, hyperscale data center currently under development in Frankfurt, Germany
    • Acquisition of five warehouses located in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee
    • Acquisition and refinancing of The Squaire at Frankfurt Airport, the largest German mixed-use project in 2019
  • Brookfield Asset Management in its:
    • Sale of a majority interest in four subsidiaries of Capital Automotive, an owner of auto dealership properties, to KKR for US$143 million
    • Joint venture with Fundamental Income to create Fundamental Income Properties, a new net lease platform
    • US$854.5 million acquisition of a portfolio of office and industrial sites
  • A sovereign wealth fund in its:
    • Investment in an Austria-based company that owns and develops retail properties, amid the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Investment in an international owner and developer of retail properties
    • Acquisition of a minority stake in a real estate owner and developer
  • Garrison Investment Group and Miramar Capital Advisors in their assumption of fund and asset management roles and commitment to make loans for the repositioning of a portfolio of 15 office and hotel properties for US$400 million
  • MC Real Estate Partners in an acquisition by a joint venture of a fully leased office building in Washington, D.C.’s East End submarket for US$106 million
  • Corten Real Estate Partners on a strategic venture with Gencom and Provenance Hotels for a portfolio of eight hotels across the United States
  • H.I.G. Realty Partners in an acquisition by a joint venture with Lincoln Equities Group of the life sciences campus in New Jersey
  • StepStone Group in several matters, including the:
    • Strategic investment of Anchor Health Properties, an owner, manager and developer of healthcare real estate across the U.S. Anchor will use the investment to fund future platform growth, as well as to enhance its balance sheet and credit reserves
    • US$300 million equity commitment to recapitalization of Asia Capital Real Estate’s Fund III, an investment in Asia Capital Real Estate’s Fund IV, and the creation of a Fund IV co-investment vehicle
    • US$103.15 million purchase and financing of a 366-unit apartment community in Colton, California
    • Joint venture to acquire membership interests in existing partnerships owning light industrial properties in California and Nevada
    • Co-investment with KKR for the acquisition of a 49-property, 90%-occupied stabilized senior housing portfolio located throughout New England
    • Platform joint venture with Ashland to purchase a 244-unit affordable housing property in Virginia
    • Platform joint venture with Ashland to purchase membership interests in an entity that indirectly owns a 353-unit affordable housing property in New York
    • Fund formation focused on special situations secondaries and recapitalizations of real estate vehicles
    • Formation of a joint venture with Milhaus and the acquisition by such entity of five multifamily developments located in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee
    • Formation of an additional development joint venture with Milhaus for the acquisition of a multifamily development project located in Missouri and capital commitments for the acquisition of additional multifamily development projects

*Certain matters above were handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • New York
  • Ohio


  • JD, Cleveland State University - Marshall College of Law, 1994
  • BA, Syracuse University, 1991