Global co-chair of real estate practice and hospitality, gaming & leisure industry group at Latham & Watkins
Substantial experience advising on international projects
Ranked Band 1 for Real Estate and for Leisure and Hospitality in Chambers USA 2021
Gary Axelrod, global co-chair of the real estate practice and the hospitality, gaming & leisure industry group at Latham & Watkins, advises clients on many of their most complex and highest-profile real estate transactions. Nationally recognized as a leading real estate lawyer, he delivers creative and strategic counsel to real estate private equity sponsors and funds, institutional investors, operating companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and entrepreneurial developers.
His experience spans all types of transactions and asset classes, with a particular focus on hotels, resorts, and gaming properties. He also brings substantial experience advising on international projects, including in Canada, China, Dubai, India, Abu Dhabi, and Mexico.
Axelrod’s practice includes:
Complex single-asset acquisitions and dispositions
Portfolio acquisitions and dispositions
Entity-level mergers and acquisitions
Joint ventures, including platform and strategic joint ventures and public-private partnerships
Debt and equity financings
Bankruptcies and restructurings, including complex asset-level and corporate-level restructurings
Axelrod is regularly recognized for his notable legal work by industry publications, including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 US, Law360, Leading Lawyers Network, and Super Lawyers Magazine. He is ranked Band 1 for Real Estate and for Leisure and Hospitality in Chambers USA 2021.
Based in Chicago, Axelrod also supports community causes by serving as a board member for the Anti-Defamation League, Midwest and assisting clients on a pro bono basis, including in connection with community outreach programs.
These are some of the reasons that we named Axelrod to our National grouping of Lawyers in Real Estate. These are real estate attorneys who have distinguished themselves in both their practice and the larger community.
Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces.
Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications.
Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).