About Cristian Kelly

In structuring transactions and crafting agreements, Cristian Kelly focuses on making the underlying business deal a reality. Cristian protects his clients’ strategic interests while taking a practical and collaborative approach to drive transactions across the finish line.

Strategic guidance with a sharp focus on business

Cristian manages a broad range of transactional issues on behalf of his clients. His practice includes the purchase, sale, financing, leasing and ground leasing of commercial real estate; the development of joint ventures and other investment structures; and the drafting and negotiation of related agreements. Cristian’s transactional perspective is enhanced by his diverse background in litigation and regulatory matters.

Practice Focus

  • Real estate acquisitions, dispositions and joint venture
  • Real estate finance and lending

Representative Experience

  • Joint ventures and development
  • Represented co-GP and fund manager in negotiating joint ventures and securing senior debt financing and preferred equity investments on multiple office and residential properties. *
  • Represented co-GP in negotiating a joint venture for the development of an industrial property in Fontana, California.
  • Represented LP investor in a residential development in Miami.
  • Represented sponsor in the development of residential and mixed-use properties in the greater Chicago area.
  • Represented owner in analyzing title issues and coordinating with government stakeholders in preparation for a development in National Landing, Virginia. *
  • Lending
  • Represented lender in financing multiple industrial portfolios in the Midwest.
  • Represented purchasers in the issuance of private placement notes secured by an NHL arena.
  • Represented lender in financing of shopping center in Oxnard, California. *
  • Construction financing
  • Represented owner in obtaining construction financing for a mixed-use development in Riverdale Park, Maryland. *
  • Represented lender in financing the construction of student housing in Blacksburg, Virginia.
  • Hospitality
  • Represented owner in obtaining senior and mezzanine financing on a two-hotel property in downtown Atlanta. *
  • Represented lender in bridge financing for a boutique hotel and members-only club in West Hollywood. *
  • Life sciences
  • Represented pharmaceutical manufacturer in sale and leaseback of multiple office and laboratory facilities in the greater Boston area. *
  • Repurchase agreements and loan-on-loan financing
  • Represented originators and secondary lenders in various commercial real estate loan-on-loan financings and repurchase transactions.
  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Represented owner in the sale of the retail portion of a new mixed-use development in The Yards, Washington, DC. *
  • Leasing
  • Represented various commercial landlords in negotiating office leases in the Washington, DC area. *
  • Represented developer in negotiating lease terms with the German Federal Foreign Office concerning a new office property in Washington, DC. *
  • Pro bono
  • Represented nonprofit housing provider in negotiating a contract to provide off-site affordable housing in connection with a new residential development in Washington, DC. *
  • Represented Latino community nonprofits in negotiating the purchase and build-out of a new headquarters and in leasing office properties in the Washington, DC area. *
  • Represented a Cuban refugee in appealing the denial of her asylum application before the Board of Immigration Appeals.
* Experience prior to Katten


  • Liquidated Damages in the Nation's Capital
    July 2019