Joshua P. Hanna

USA: Illinois

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
300 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60654
United States

Tel: +1 312-862-2059
Fax: +1 312-862-2200


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 2018–2019In 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.”

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1999
  • The Ohio State University, B.A., History, 1996, summa cum laude
Honors & Distinctions:
  • Selected for The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law in 2018–2019.
  • Recognized in Chambers USA from 2015–2018 for Real Estate.
  • Named to Law360’s 2014 “Rising Stars” list for real estate, honoring outstanding attorneys under 40.
  • He was recognized in the 2014, 2015 and 2018 editions of The Legal 500 U.S. for Real Estate.
  • 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

The members of the Real Estate Practice Group at Kirkland pursue an inter-disciplinary approach to sophisticated real estate transactions to offer our clients flexible and creative solutions to difficult problems across a broad range of transactions in the commercial real estate industry. Through extensive interaction between members of the Real Estate Practice Group and lawyers in other areas of the Firm’s practice, we offer focused, multi-disciplinary counsel on a cost-effective basis. Kirkland regularly advises real estate clients on a variety of matters including the following:

  • Acquisitions and dispositions of single assets, portfolios, majority and minority equity positions, and performing and non-performing loans;
  • Joint ventures (both one-off partnerships and platforms) involving all asset classes;
  • Complex debt restructurings and workouts and equity recapitalizations, including loan to own transactions;
  • Real estate private equity fund formations and investments including institutional and principal lead funds with particular experience in cross-border structuring;
  • First mortgage and mezzanine financing transactions; and
  • REIT formation, qualification and transaction structuring.

Real estate lawyers at Kirkland are skilled in all aspects of the representation of corporate real estate users. In addition to our participation in corporate acquisition and disposition transactions frequently involving multi-state real estate assets and related acquisition and financing issues, we are regularly involved in a wide variety of leasing, build-to-suit and other transactions for corporate real estate users of office, manufacturing and industrial properties. We have particular experience in the negotiation and preparation of complex shared-facility, reciprocal operating and other agreements required in the division of large manufacturing and industrial sites between multiple users.

For more than 100 years, Kirkland & Ellis has provided exceptional service to clients around the world in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property, restructuring and counseling matters. The groundwork has been established for another century of superior legal work and client service.

We manage our Firm as an integrated whole. Approximately 2,200 lawyers in varying practice areas work together as multidisciplinary teams to provide the full-service capabilities our clients need for the legal matters they retain Kirkland to handle.

Kirkland’s open assignment system allows each attorney to choose the practice areas and matters on which they work. This entrepreneurial approach yields higher levels of commitment, morale and results in all of our core practices.

Kirkland’s principal goals are to provide the highest quality legal services available anywhere; to be an instrumental part of each client’s success; and to recruit, retain and advance the brightest legal talent. Our Firm seeks long-term, partnering relationships with clients, to the end of providing the best total solution to the client’s legal needs.

Kirkland is a strong and dynamic institution with a strategic network of offices located in major business centers around the globe. In line with our strategy of sensible, organic growth, the Firm has expanded geographically to meet the needs of our clients while maintaining a strong focus on quality control.

Joshua Hanna is well regarded by commentators as “very thoughtful, analytical and he thinks outside the box.” His broad corporate real estate practice includes a particular knowledge of transactions with complex asset classes.
Chambers & Partners, 2018