Robert Keane Jr, the former vice chairman of Paul Hastings’ real estate practice, has partnered with Kirk & Ellis in Los Angeles.
“I had been at Paul Hastings for my entire career. It’s a great firm, and I have many close friends and colleagues there. But Kirkland offered me a unique opportunity on an incredible platform for private equity real estate work. The chance to work across that platform and enhance the business even further is very appealing,” Keane said in a statement.
Keane joins LA real estate partners including Kevin Ehrhart and Albert Stemp, the latter of whom joined in June from Proskauer Rose. Keane works for private equity firms, opportunity funds and others real estate-related transactions.
Commenting on the growth of the field, he added:
“In 2019, a major real estate asset in Los Angeles is more likely to be owned and/or financed by a sovereign wealth fund, foreign investor or global bank than by a local investor or developer,” he said.
“So, the real estate business has had to learn to compete on a global scale and the attorneys who are active in this market have had to adapt as well.”
Jeffrey Hammes, chairman of Kirkland’s global management executive committee, added:
“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.”