Michael Haas, Global Co-Chair of the Real Estate Practice and partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins, is a recognized market leader in real estate private equity and finance. Mr. Haas represents private equity firms, asset managers, and real estate companies on sophisticated, market-defining transactions.
Mr. Haas represents clients on complex real estate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, financings, workouts, and restructurings. He negotiates joint venture agreements and large portfolio transactions. He also counsels clients in relation to distressed assets and workouts.
Mr. Haas serves on the board of the Basser Leadership Council for the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. He is former president of the board of trustees for the Joseph and Florence Mandel Jewish Day School and a former board member for The Cleveland Jewish Community Foundation, B’nai Jeshurun, the United Jewish Community’s National Young Leadership Cabinet, and the Historic Warehouse District Board.
He is a current member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the American Bar Association (Real Property Section). Mr. Haas is noted as “top tier” in The Legal 500 US 2015. He is also named a Rising Star in Ohio Super Lawyers.
Mr. Haas’ representative experience includes representation of:
- The Blackstone Group in several matters, including in connection with the:
- Acquisition of two multifamily properties in Las Vegas, Nevada for US$115 million*
- Joint venture with DDR in connection with the sale of a retail shopping center in Kyle, Texas*
- Acquisition of five multifamily housing facilities in the Dallas, Texas area*
- Sale of a three building office campus totaling approximately 267,007 square feet at 1900/1950/2000 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo, California*
- DDR Corp. in its spin-off of a portfolio of 50 assets, comprised of 38 continental US assets and the entirety of the Puerto Rico portfolio into a separate publicly-traded REIT to be named Retail Value Trust (“RVT”)*
- Pershing Square Capital Management on its investment in General Growth Properties*
- StepStone Group LP in connection with the (i) formation of a joint venture with Milhaus and the acquisition by such entity of five multifamily developments located in Indiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and (ii) 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*
- Invitation Homes L.P. in connection with the sale of a portfolio of single family homes in Georgia*
- ShopCore, an affiliate of The Blackstone Group, in its disposition of the West Broad Marketplace shopping center in Richmond, Virginia*
- Brookfield Asset Management Inc. in its US$854.5 million acquisition of a portfolio of office and industrial sites*
*Matters handled prior to joining Latham