Leading Real Estate Partner Joins Latham & Watkins in Chicago

Robert Fernandez brings extensive experience representing both institutional lenders and borrowers in complex real estate transactions.

May 15, 2019

Latham & Watkins LLP1 is pleased to announce that Robert Fernandez has joined the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Real Estate Practice. Fernandez represents clients on a range of sophisticated real estate transactions, with a particular focus on financings, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, commercial leasing, and real estate development.

“Bob is a widely respected and accomplished real estate lawyer, and we are thrilled to welcome him to our expanding global practice,” said Robert Buday, Global Co-Chair of Latham’s Real Estate Practice. “His experience advising on large, complex real estate transactions across asset types is perfectly complementary to our platform. The diversity of Bob’s practice, including handling both debt and equity transactions, and representing large institutional lenders as well as real estate investors and borrowers, will be of tremendous value to our clients.”

Fernandez’s real estate financing experience includes a variety of senior debt, mezzanine, and equity financings involving investment funds, REITs, biomedical research facilities, industrial real estate properties, hotels, office buildings, and shopping center developments throughout the US. Additionally, his experience in commercial real estate acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures covers a variety of asset types, including high-rise offices, hotels and resorts, multifamily developments, industrial facilities, data centers, medical offices, and retail properties.

Cathy Birkeland, Office Managing Partner of Latham & Watkins in Chicago, added: “We are delighted to welcome Bob to the Chicago office, where he joins our market-leading Real Estate Practice. He is a recognized leader in complex real estate transactions not only in Chicago, but across the US, and his diverse background and set of capabilities further demonstrates our commitment to serving our clients in this important sector.”

“I am excited to join Latham’s premier Real Estate Practice and to leverage the firm’s integrated global platform to serve my clients,” said Fernandez. “The firm’s extraordinary culture and commitment to growing in line with clients’ needs drew me to Latham, and I look forward to contributing to the ongoing growth of its leading Real Estate Practice.”

Fernandez joins Latham & Watkins from Dentons in Chicago. He received his JD from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and his BA from DePaul University. 

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

Notes to Editors

1 Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as an affiliated partnership conducting the practice in Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Robert Buday, Global Co-Chair, Real Estate Practice, 312.777.7050

Cathy Birkeland, Chicago Office Managing Partner, 312.876.7681


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