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Alvin Katz

Partner
alvin.katz@kattenlaw.com
Chicago Office
p+1.312.902.5530
f+1.312.577.8611
Overview

Alvin Katz has a widely diversified practice representing real estate investors and developers in joint ventures and partnerships, acquisitions and dispositions of real property, debt and equity financings, and management and leasing transactions. During his 40 years practicing law, Alvin has been involved in virtually every aspect of the real estate industry. In recent years his practice has focused primarily on representing both equity capital providers and sponsors in real estate joint ventures and related transactions. His clients include real estate private equity funds and investment advisers as well as real estate developers and operators.

Alvin is consistently ranked in the top tier of Chicago real estate lawyers by Chambers USA, which quotes clients who praise his "exceptional intelligence" and describe him as "a really good lawyer with great business sense," "[f]antastic … stellar at explaining key points during transactions … a go to lawyer who is at the top of his game" and "a smart and sophisticated attorney who absolutely deserves his top-tier ranking" whose "experience is nearly unparalleled." Legal 500 calls him "an absolutely first class lawyer" with “tremendous expertise in fund formation and joint ventures” and says that Alvin “comes up very frequently” among the real estate lawyers clients mention most, quoting clients who describe him as “a really big name in the market,” and “outstanding … as good as it gets.” Alvin is a frequent speaker at real estate industry conferences and continuing education programs for lawyers and real estate professionals. In recognition of his accomplishments in real estate law, he has been selected for membership in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Shown below is a selection of Alvin’s engagements.

Recognition

Chambers USA - Top Ranked , 2004–2018
Best Lawyers in America, 2006–2019
Super Lawyers, 2005–2018
Legal 500, 2010–2016

Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers

Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers

Leading Lawyers Network

Leading Lawyers Network, 2003–2013; Top 100 Real Estate-Related Lawyers, 2015
Who's Who Legal, Real Estate, 2017

The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers

The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers, 2014
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Presentations
January 2013
Making Outsized Returns in an Illiquid Asset Class, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
May 2012
Looking to Core and Core-Plus Assets, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
January 2012
Increasing Deal Flow in an Evolving and Challenging Climate, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
October 2011
Exiting the Joint Venture, The American College of Real Estate Lawyers Fall Meeting
June 2011
Strategies for Fund Investing Today, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
January 2011
Positioning for Opportunities in 2011, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
June 2010
Where Are the Outsized Returns Today?, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
January 2010
How Does the Fund Model Need to Evolve?, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
September 2009
Updating Your Playbook for Negotiating Key Lease Provisions, Advanced Commercial Real Estate Leasing Conference presented by Law Seminars International
June 2009
What Will It Take to Get Back in the Market?, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
January 2009
Making Money in a Recessionary Environment, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
October 2008
US Residential Distress: On Sale or Too Risky?, European Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
September 2008
Negotiating Key Lease Provisions, Advanced Commercial Real Estate Leasing Conference presented by Law Seminars International
July 2008
Two Heads Are Better Than One: Evaluating Joint Ventures for Distressed Assets, Symposium on Distressed Real Estate presented by Information Management Network
May 2008
Navigating the World of Uncertainty, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
March 2008
The Dance of Negotiation, Advanced Real Estate Purchases and Sales Conference presented by Law Seminars International
January 2008
Outlook for Opportunistic Investing, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
May 2007
Fund Sponsors Strategy Roundtable, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
January 2007
Fund Sponsors Investment Strategy Roundtable, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
September 2006
Negotiating Key Lease Provisions, Advanced Commercial Real Estate Leasing Conference presented by Law Seminars International
July 2006
Evaluating Joint Venture Options, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
January 2006
Where Are Your Investments on the Return Scale?, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
June 2005
Joint Ventures: Exploring the Keys to Successful Partnerships, US Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing Forum presented by Information Management Network
January 2005
What Is Your Investment Strategy?, Forum on Real Estate Opportunity and Private Fund Investing presented by Information Management Network
June 2004
Structuring Successful Joint Ventures, Real Estate Opportunity Fund Forum presented by Information Management Network
January 2004
Structuring the Joint Venture Investment, Institutional Real Estate Investment Forum presented by Strategic Research Institute
2003
Structuring Real Estate Investments Under ERISA, for the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries
January 1, 2003
Current Issues in Negotiating Commercial Leases, presented by Practicing Law Institute
2003
Negotiating the Anchor Tenant Lease, presented by the Chicago Bar Association
2003
Negotiating Commercial Leases: How Owners and Corporate Occupants Can Avoid Costly Errors, presented by Practicing Law Institute
Alvin  Katz

Education

  • JD, Stanford University Law School
  • BA, University of Michigan, with high distinction and honors

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Recognition

Chambers USA - Top Ranked
2004–2018
Best Lawyers in America
2006–2019
Super Lawyers
2005–2018
Legal 500
2010–2016

Guide to the World's Leading Real Estate Lawyers

Leading Lawyers Network

2003–2013; Top 100 Real Estate-Related Lawyers, 2015
Who
Real Estate, 2017

The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers

2014
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Memberships

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation, Trustee
  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture, Board of Overseers
  • Lambda Alpha International, Ely Chapter
  • Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Director
  • Pension Real Estate Association
  • Ravinia Festival, Annual Fund Committee
  • Stanford Law School, Board of Visitors
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Lawyers Committee
  • Urban Land Institute
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