Joshua P. Hanna, P.C. - Partner

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Joshua P. Hanna, P.C.

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Professional Profile

Joshua Hanna is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he focuses on complex real estate transactions including joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions as well as financing, development, management and restructuring of real estate assets. He advises private equity funds, REITs, foreign pension funds and other institutional investors in transactions involving various asset classes, including office, retail, multifamily, industrial, hospitality and community living.

Josh has been recognized as a leading real estate lawyer by Chambers USA and was also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in 2018–2019. In Chambers USA, Josh has been described as “very thoughtful, analytical and he thinks outside the box” in their 2018 edition, “commercial and knowledgeable” in their 2017 edition and “extraordinary” in their 2016 edition. In 2015, Chambers USA noted that Josh “has an increasingly prominent presence in the real estate market and is described by his clients as ‘a rising star who’s super-confident and gets things done.’” The 2015 edition of The Legal 500 U.S. noted that clients described him as “outstanding.”

Representative Matters

  • U.S. private equity fund in connection with its roll-up sale of a $3.2 billion portfolio of U.S. select service hotels to a newly formed investment fund comprised of sovereign wealth funds and other investors

  • Middle-eastern sovereign wealth fund in joint venture for $3 billion combination stock and asset purchase of a 55 million square foot industrial portfolio

  • U.S. publicly traded homebuilder in $2.2 billion equity club venture with six prominent institutional investors, comprised of foreign pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and insurance companies

  • U.S. private equity firms in sale of a national provider of data center colocation, interconnection and cloud enablement solutions for $1.886 billion

  • Australian REIT in phased sale of 75 percent interest in joint venture owning 86 U.S. retail centers with a combined value of $1.73 billion

  • Australian superannuation fund in acquisition of a 49% joint venture interest in eight Washington, D.C. office buildings, with an aggregate value of over $1.4 billion, and a Boston office building valued at over $600 million

  • U.S. senior housing and health care REIT in $790 million acquisition and master lease of independent living facility portfolio, and in a $267 million programmatic joint venture with a state pension plan to acquire and develop senior housing facilities and medical office buildings

  • Australian superannuation fund in its investment in a 50% interest in a $1 billion equity programmatic joint venture with a multinational construction, property and infrastructure company to develop and operate multifamily properties in gateway U.S. cities

  • U.S. private equity fund in its purchase and master lease with major outdoor retailer for the $534 million sale/leaseback of 20 outdoor goods retail properties and 3 distribution facilities

  • Australian superannuation fund in $400 million equity investment in programmatic joint venture to develop and operate multifamily projects valued at over $1 billion in major U.S. markets

  • U.S. open-end real estate fund in $360 million sale of 19 private REITs, as joint venture partners, with a national operator, which owned a multifamily portfolio in New York City consisting of 32 buildings and over 1000 units

  • U.S. private equity firm in $225 million programmatic joint venture with non-traded REIT to acquire and operate grocery-anchored shopping centers

  • Australian investment bank in $100 million equity investment and programmatic joint venture with national operator to acquire and operate manufactured home communities with an aggregate value in excess of $500 million

  • U.S. development and investment firm in 50/50 joint venture to develop 437,000 square foot trophy office building within 4.2 million square foot mixed-used development in Northern Virginia

  • National event sponsor in private offering and structuring of investment vehicle to acquire and develop largest ski resort in U.S. by acreage

Other Distinctions

Josh was selected for The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law in 2018–2019.

Josh was recognized in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2015–2018 for Real Estate.

Josh was named to Law360's 2014 “Rising Stars” list for real estate. The list honors outstanding attorneys under 40.

He was recognized in the 2014, 2015 and 2018 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. for Real Estate.


Moderator, “The Future of Spec Development,” Bisnow National Industrial and Logistics Summit Midwest: Chicago, August 1, 2018

Moderator, “Driving Business: An Economic Outlook From the Commercial Sector,” Marcus & Millichap Multifamily Forum: Chicago, April 19, 2018

Moderator, “Owner’s Roundtable,” Bisnow Multifamily Annual Conference Midwest, November 29, 2017

Moderator, “Multifamily Breakout Session,” IREJ 15th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference, January 18, 2017

Moderator, “Investing Secrets: Getting Deals Done in Today’s Environment,” Bisnow Multifamily Annual Conference Midwest, November 30, 2016

Presenter, “Structuring Programmatic Real Estate Joint Ventures: Structures, Deal Sharing and Exclusivity, Pooling Variations,” Strafford Webinar, May 19, 2016

Presenter, “Real Estate Joint Ventures: Current Topics and Trends,” ICSC Law Conference, October 18, 2013

Moderator, Third Annual Bisnow Chicago Multifamily Summit, March 13, 2012

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