Yoel Kranz is co-chair of the firm’s nationally recognized REITs and Real Estate M&A practice. He has over 20 years of experience in advising public and private companies in corporate mergers and acquisitions, and serves as ongoing corporate and securities counsel for a diverse group of public companies, including numerous REITs. Mr. Kranz represents or has recently represented a variety of NYSE-listed and other public companies, such as Medical Properties Trust, Empire State Realty Trust, Gaming & Leisure Properties, AvalonBay Communities, Mid-America Apartment Communities and Phillips Edison & Company.

Mr. Kranz is listed in the national REIT category in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his work in the REIT industry.





Mr. Kranz’ practice is focused on corporate counseling and strategic advice to his clients and he regularly handles a variety of major business transactions, including public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic collaborations and commercial transactions. Mr. Kranz’ activities in recent years include representing:

  • Medical Properties Trust in its acquisition of a £1.5 billion portfolio of 30 acute care hospital facilities in the United Kingdom and its €1.6 billion joint venture transaction with Primonial Group, involving a portfolio of German healthcare assets 
  • Gaming & Leisure Properties in its $1.65 billion acquisition of Tropicana Entertainment from Icahn Enterprises and simultaneous lease of gaming facilities to Eldorado Resorts, Inc.
  • Empire State Realty in multiple transactions, including the $620 million acquisition of a 9.9% interest in ESRT by an affiliate of Qatar Investment Authority
  • Cedar Realty Trust in multiple matters, including public offerings of common and preferred stock and activist defense
  • Phillips Edison & Company in multiple corporate and governance matters, including advice with respect to its $1.9 billion acquisition of Phillips Edison Grocery Center REIT II
  • AvalonBay Communities in a $685 million public offering of its common stock on a forward basis
Professional Experience

Mr. Kranz is a member of the adjunct faculty at The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, Columbia Business School and a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School. In 2018, Mr. Kranz was a guest lecturer at Tel Aviv University Law School, teaching coursework in U.S. mergers and acquisitions practice. Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Kranz was a corporate associate in the New York and London offices of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.


Yoel Kranz is recognized by Legal 500 2022 and 2021 and Chambers USA 2021 for his work in REITs.

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J.D., 1998
University of Virginia School of Law

(member, editorial board of the Virginia Law Review)
M.A., 1995
Emerson College
RO, 1992
Rabbinical College of America


1998 to 1999 Supreme Court of Israel, Honorable Mishael Cheshin



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