Kirkland & Ellis is bolstering its real estate ranks this summer.
Kirkland is adding Robert M. Keane Jr. from the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings, where he was vice chair of the firm’s real estate practice. He’ll be in downtown Los Angeles as a partner in Kirkland’s real estate practice group.
The firm in recent weeks also hired Andrew Van Noord, a real estate capital markets specialist from Jones Day’s Dallas office, to be a partner there. And Albert W. Stemp joined in Los Angeles in June as a real estate practice partner.
Jeffrey C. Hammes, chairman of Kirkland’s global management executive committee, said in a statement that Keane is a leader in the private equity real estate space.
“Kirkland is committed to growing our transactional offerings on the West Coast, and Bob’s extensive experience advising on market-leading private equity real estate transactions will be invaluable to our clients in Los Angeles and beyond,” Hammes said.
Keane’s practice is concentrated primarily on representing private equity firms, opportunity funds, companies, investment banks, commercial banks, non-regulated lenders and pension funds in real estate-related equity investments and other areas.
Van Noord also represents clients in complex real estate transactions, including private equity real estate fund formations and transactions.
Stemp had been a partner in Proskauer’s Los Angeles office prior to joining Kirkland. His experience was in the area of advising private equity firms and other institutional investors in complex real estate-related transactions.