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Clifford Chance’s international expertise in real estate transactions and financings, project developments and the management of various asset classes continue to place it at the very top of real estate law advice. A key client is Union Investment, which the team recently advised on the transfer of the Aqua portfolio. In other work, Christian Keilich assisted Allianz Real Estate Germany with the acquisition of the pan-European Project Jewel portfolio from the Irish National Asset Management Agency; practice head Cornelia Thaler advised Brookfield Property Partners on buying 17 property parcels around the Potsdamer Plaz in Berlin from Savills Fund Management; and Thomas Reischauer advised NorthStar Realty Finance on purchasing the Trianon building in Frankfurt. Fabian Böhm was promoted to partner.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer provides ‘consistently high quality’ and, ‘under time pressure, invariably punctual advice’ on high-end and mid-cap transactions, asset management and project development. Thorsten Kleine and Timo Elsner advised Simon Property Group on the financing and acquisition of 41 Galeria Kaufhof properties. Elsner, who is a hotels expert with ‘a no-nonsense and commercial approach’, also assisted Host Hotels & Resorts with the sale of a portfolio in Europe. ‘Strong negotiator’ Niko Schultz-Süchting advised Zalando on the development of its new headquarters in Berlin. Johannes Conradi led a Europe-wide team in advising Ares Management on the acquisition of the Traction portfolio of European real estate.

Hogan Lovells International LLPhas an expert for every subject matter’ in real estate and ‘good in-house connections’. Practice head Roland Bomhard provides ‘very good team leadership’ and has ‘a solution-oriented working method’, particularly in the leisure sector. The wider team is increasingly advising on transactions and rental contracts across hotels, retail, office and logistics. Dirk Debald advised Union Investment on the acquisition of the former Karstadt building in Stuttgart. Marc Werner assisted Leopards with the sale and leaseback of its portfolio of 18 European hotels. Recently promoted partners Stefanie Kern and Norbert Heier have expertise in company relocations and project development, respectively.

First choice for complex real estate matters’, Noerr’s practice group provides ‘seamless cooperation between multidisciplinary teams’, particularly in international mandates such as advising Allianz Real Estate on the European logistics joint venture with VGP. Practice head Alexander Goepfert and ‘strong negotiator’ Holger Alfes assisted key client Vonovia with the takeover of the SÜDEWO Group. Alexander Jänecke, who has ‘a very good sense for economic correlations’, acted for DIC Asset on the sale of an office property portfolio to JP Morgan. Annette Pospich has become a key figure in asset management, where one client is Unibail-Rodamco. Investment expert Jens Kunz was promoted to partner.

CMS is noted for its ‘very good availability, industry knowledge and international cooperation in EU countries’ for large real estate transactions and financings. It covers classic asset classes such as residential and office properties and specialist real estate objects, such as advising Ellwanger & Geiger on the acquisition and restructuring of a German care home portfolio. Volker Zerr, who is ‘experienced in the management of large international teams’, acted for Allianz Real Estate in several matters, including the acquisition of the Haus an der Wien. Sebastian Orthmann has ‘negotiation skills’; Heinrich Schirmer and Matthias Kuß are also recommended.

Greenberg Traurig LLP focuses on real estate transactions, restructurings and financings, but has also seen growing work related to project developments. The ‘precise’ Peter Schorling and Florian Rösch, who is ‘reliable with a high intellectual grasp’, have been advising an international private equity investor on the acquisition of an area in the Europacity Berlin and the development of a new urban quarter. Another client was Tristan Capital Partners regarding the sale of its pan-European retail portfolio, comprising over 200 properties in six countries. The ‘constructive’ Josef Hofschroer is recommended along with practice head Christian Schede, who is ‘a well-connected lawyer with substantial negotiations skills’. Henrik Armah was promoted to partner.

Key pillars of Hengeler Mueller’s practice are real estate transactions and real estate financing. Thomas Müller and Frank Burmeister advised LEG Immobilien on the acquisition of a 13,800-unit residential portfolio from Vonovia, while Daniel Kress assisted several funds managed by JP Morgan Asset Management with the sale of the Theodor-Heuss-Allee 50 office building in Frankfurt. The team also assisted Oaktree Capital with acquiring a portfolio of commercial real estate non-performing loans (NPL) from Hypothekenbank Frankfurt secured by German property; the team also regularly advises Cerberus Capital Management on NPL transactions.

Allen & Overy LLP is recognised for its strength in real estate finance. Key figure Olaf Meisen assisted alstria office REIT with the purchase of shares in DO Deutsche Office and advised HSBC on market entry in Germany, which included the acquisition of Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz. Jochen Scheel acted for Hypothekenbank Frankfurt in an auction of a European commercial real estate loan portfolio. John Coburn’s relocation from the London office also allows the team to provide English law advice.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP provides the ‘complete range of advice for real estate transactions’ and the team has ‘knowledge of insurers as investors and their regulatory requirements’. The ‘knowledgeable’ Tina Siebenhaar advised CBRE Global Investors on the acquisition of the Glacis-Galerie in Neu-Ulm. Practice head Roland Fabian, who gives ‘comprehensive and creative advice’, worked with ‘confident negotiator’ Carsten Bremer to assist Allianz Real Estate with the purchase of Stettiner Caree office building in Berlin. Project development expert Boris Strauch joined from Dentons.

DLA Piper focuses on transactions, financings and project developments, where it combines ‘sound industry knowledge’ and ‘quick response rates’. The team advised Blackstone on the acquisition of a logistics portfolio in Central and Eastern Europe. ‘Solution-oriented and easily reachable’ finance experts Frank Schwem and Torsten Pokropp assisted Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen with the financing of the Odin portfolio. Fabian Mühlen is recommended for his ‘economic thinking’ and ‘competent adviser’ Martin Haller was promoted to partner; Lars Reubekeul and Florian Biesalski joined from King & Wood Mallesons.

Dentons provides ‘an outstanding service’, including ‘unlimited availability’ and ‘a fair price’; it has a strong reputation in the Berlin housing market, where one client is STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft. Volker Mergener regularly advises CR Investment Management on transactions and asset management; finance expert Bernhard Gemmel assisted IREIT Global with the acquisition of an office complex. Counsel Sabine Wieduwilt shows ‘personal dedication’ in transactions; her clients include AmRest and Raiffeisen Immobilien. Dirk-Reiner Voß heads the practice.

GSK Stockmann has particular expertise in the hotel sector. ‘Confident negotiator’ Monique Franke has been advising Swiss Life on the acquisition of the White Tower hotel project and ‘outstanding’ practice head Dirk Brückner has been working with Bernhard Laas to advise Competo Capital Partners on the financing, joint venture structure and sale of the 88north project in Munich. Two partner departures were offset by two partner promotions and the arrival of counsel and notary Hans-Joachim Otto from FPS.

With expertise in care home properties and factory outlet centres, Gleiss Lutz assisted Corpus Sireo with the sale of a portfolio of nursing homes to Ellwanger & Geiger and acted for Invesco on the acquisition of designer outlets Wolfsburg via a share deal with Europa Capital. Other clients include Louvre Hotels Group, Mirae Asset Global Investments and Rockspring Property Investment Managers. Tim Weber and Johannes Niewerth lead the practice.

Jan Lindner-Figura heads the team at Görg Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB, which includes recently promoted partners Silvio Sittner and Wolf zur Nieden. The firm advised DEKA Immobilien Investment on the purchase of a portfolio consisting of 51 retail properties and advised Morgan Stanley Bank on the inventory management and sale of its XXL portfolio. Other key clients include Patrizia GewerbeInvest and Realogis Real Estate.

Graf von Westphalen’s ‘well-coordinated’, ‘professional and flexible’ team includes ‘entrepreneurial thinker’ and project development expert Kurt Luka and finance specialit Andrea Torka, who worked with Lorenz Czajka to advise Sirius Facilities on the acquisition of several business parks. Wolfram Müller focuses on tenancy law, where he acts for longstanding client Credit Suisse Asset Management, and David Wende regularly advises Brack Capital Real Estate.

At Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, the ‘reliable and quick’ Karsten Kühne, routinely assists Berlin-Brandenburg International Airport with rental matters. Peter Vocke, who shows good ‘business sense’, recently advised Ardstone Capital on the sale of commercial properties and Juliane Reichelt assisted Breuninger with the Dorotheen-Quartier project and the Cloud No. 7 development in Stuttgart. The practice hired Volker H Holl from Simmons & Simmons LLP and Hanne Kara from Noerr; Christoph Nöhles was recently promoted to partner.

Jones Day focuses on real estate transactions, financing, tenancy issues and brokerage law. Key figure Lutz Hülsdunk has expertise in distressed assets and foreclosures; together with Nicole Kadel and Sandra-Christiane Kamper, he advised Blackstone on the purchase of a varied European portfolio. Other clients include CBRE Global Investment Partners and Pandox. Christian Trenkel joined from Clifford Chance.

Besides real estate transactions, two core elements of King & Spalding LLP’s practice lie in real estate finance and investment funds. Andreas Böhme is recommended alongside newly promoted partner Sven Wortberg, who works alongside Mario Leißner and Axel J Schilder to advises clients such as Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers. BMO Real Estate Partners is a new client.

Latham & Watkins LLP has ‘a broad spectrum of expertise, detailed contract design and a competent execution with outstanding market know-how’. ‘Business-oriented and pragmatic’ practice co-heads Christian Thiele and Holger Iversen advised Angelo, Gordon & Co on the purchase of a residential portfolio in the form of a share deal and assisted Morgan Stanley with several specialist retailer project developments, inventory refinancings and asset sales. Torsten Volkholz has expertise in real estate finance; ‘quick’ tenancy law expert Annette Griesbach is ‘a very good negotiator’; Stefanie Fuerst is also recommended.

While McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP continues to advise on traditionally strong asset classes such as office and retail properties, it has seen increased real estate transactions related to specialist properties in the hotel, logistics and healthcare sector. Holger Weiß and newly promoted partner Gregor Lamla assisted Hahn Gruppe with the acquisition of several retail parks and advised Centrum on a project development. Another highlight was advising Savills Fund Managements on the sale of a pan-European office portfolio. Jens Ortmanns leads the practice.

P+P Pöllath + Partners provides ‘proactive advice’ on portfolio and individual property transactions. The ‘thoroughStefan Lebek advised a listed real estate company on the acquisition of a care home in Frankfurt-Rebstock. Together with counsel Daniel Elbel, he also assisted Corpus Sireo with the purchase of the Stella portfolio from DEKA Investments. Matthias Durst is ‘always well prepared and fit in negotiations’ and counsel Timo Winkelmann has ‘high economic knowledge’. ‘Strong negotiatorCarsten Führling and real estate and tenancy law expert Marcel Guenoub are also recommended.

Taylor Wessing’s team has developed significantly: besides the arrival of Martin Bartlik from Hogan Lovells International LLP, it saw five partner promotions, including Adrian Birnbach, who worked alongside Thomas Fehrenbach to advise KGAL on the acquisition of two properties. Practice head Anja Fenge handled multiple portfolio transactions and financings. Patrick Brock assisted Commerz Real with the sale of a logistics portfolio and an office property. Daniel Ajzensztejn is also recommended.

White & Case LLP’s practice led by Endrik Lettau focuses on transactions and real estate finance. Thomas Flatten and Holger Wolf advised Patrizia Alternative Investments on the acquisition of a retail portfolio. Another client was Tishman Speyer regarding the purchase of The Q shopping centre in Berlin. Blackstone and Daimler regularly seek the firm’s advice on transactions, stock management and project developments.

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