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Latham & Watkins LLP, Michelle Kelban, New York, USA

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Michelle Kelban

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Michelle Kelban, global Co-chair of the Real Estate Practice at Latham, focuses her practice on all aspects of commercial real estate law, with a particular concentration on real estate finance. She represents capital providers in a range of real estate transactional structures and is a “skilled and extremely competent” lawyer who is "very knowledgeable and service oriented" according to The Legal 500 US.


Finance Partner


United States

Real estate

Within: Real estate

Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘exceptional and responsive’ group of ‘real problem solvers’ has ‘the bench strength to get through a transaction quickly and meet tight deadlines, especially when it comes to large portfolio deals’. According to clients, the team ‘knows the hot-button issues in the market and is good at finding common ground to set a strong position between the lender and the borrower’. The firm’s key areas of expertise include M&A and capital markets transactions, private equity fund formations, mezzanine and subordinate loans and post- and pre-bankruptcy activity, and the team has recently expanded its presence in the hospitality and gaming sectors, advising on numerous transactions and joint ventures. Gary Axelrod jointly chairs the hospitality, gaming and leisure practice, and regularly represents owners and operators in the sale, acquisition and development of resort and gaming properties. Rachel Bates is also a key contact in the hospitality space, and James Hisiger and the ‘fantastically commercialMichelle Kelban are the leading figures in New York, advising a mix of lenders and borrowers on M&A and financing transactions. Notable highlights included advising ACORE Capital on the organization of approximately $1bn-worth of construction and mortgage mezzanine loans secured by various real estate assets; acting for Al Mirqab Holding on the refinancing of a construction loan for a hotel property in New York; and acting for Colony Northstar on a number of mortgage and mezzanine loans for the $1bn refinancing of its real estate portfolio. Goldman Sachs and CenterPoint Properties Trust are also active clients. In April 2018, the former co-head of Jones Day’s team Michael Haas joined in New York.

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