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Christian Keilich’s ‘strong’ real estate team at Clifford Chance serves as first contact point for many national and international clients, providing a wide range of real estate law advice. Keilich took over as practice head following the departure of highly regarded Cornelia Thaler in January 2019. Together with Thomas Reischauer, he advised RFR on the sale of the Primus real estate portfolio, consisting of several properties and project developments, to Signa for circa €1.5bn. Reinhard Scheer-Hennings advised CA Immo, WPI and another pension fund on the sale of high-rise office Tower 185 in Frankfurt to Deka Immobilien for €775m and Gerold Jaeger assisted Capstone Asset Management with the acquisition of the Zalando headquarters in Berlin from the project developer UBM Development by way of a forward deal. Fabian Böhm is also noted and Kristina Jaeger was made up to partner in April 2018.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s highly regarded practice is considered to be ‘one of the best for real estate transactions’ and also stands out for its ‘excellent negotiation skills’. The seven-strong team predominately handles transactional work alongside financing matters in the office, retail, logistics, hotels and residential asset classes. In headline work, team head Johannes Conradi assisted HafenCity Hamburg with the bidding process and contract negotiations for the sale of the Elbtower project and Niko Schultz-SĂŒchting advised Norges Bank on the acquisition of the new Axel-Springer headquarters by way of a forward asset deal and on its subsequent lease to Axel Springer. With Timo Elsner in the lead, the team also acted for Blackrock on the acquisition of the Kustermannparks from Ares Management. In finance, the practice advised AXA on the acquisition of a nursing home portfolio for €180m.

Handling the full remit of real estate law, Greenberg Traurig Germany is praised for its ‘deep understanding of the market’ and its ‘solution-oriented and earnest’ advice. The team, which is led by the ‘well-connected’ and ‘outstanding personality’ Christian Schede, who is also noted for his ‘broad expertise’, increased its bench strength significantly by adding ten associates in 2017 and expanded at partner level with the promotions of Wencke BĂ€sler and Anika Mitzkait. In significant work, the team advised Oxford Properties and Madison International Reality on the acquisition of the Sony Center in Berlin for €1.1bn, and, in co-operation with its Amsterdam office, assisted Dream Global REIT with entering the Dutch market and the acquisition of Merin’s commercial real estate portfolio. ‘Outstanding lawyer and very good negotiator’ Florian Rösch advised several joint ventures on various real estate transactions and project developments. Peter Schorling is ‘an extremely talented lawyer’ and Claudia Hard is best known for her real estate finance expertise.

CMS covers the full remit of real estate law including transactions, project developments, finance and asset management. Team head Sebastian Orthmann recently advised Universal Investment Luxembourg on the acquisition of a portfolio consisting of 90 properties for €697m as part of a share deal with German and Luxembourg structures. In another highlight, Volker Zerr assisted Allianz with the acquisition of the office project The Icon Vienna from Signa by way of a forward deal. On the financing side, Marc Seibold assisted Correo Munich Real Estate with the financing of the acquisition of the Correo Quarter in Munich by Deutsche Pfandbriefbank and Landesbank Hessen-ThĂŒringen Girozentrale. Heinrich Schirmer is another key figure.

Hengeler Mueller stands out for its clear international focus: the team has a core focus advising foreign funds, especially those from the US, on the full spectrum of real estate law. Martin Geiger advised the Bank of America Merrill Lynch on the financing of the acquisition of a Europe-wide portfolio by Ares Management, and Daniel Kress, who divides his time between Frankfurt and London, assisted Goldman Sachs with the acquisition of the 42-property Artemis portfolio from Savills Fund Management. Thomas MĂŒller advised Axel Springer on the sale of the new Axel-Springer building to Norges Bank Real Estate Management for €425m and on the sale of Axel-Springer-Passage. It also advised Blackstone Group on the acquisition of the Goodman Azurite portfolio for €640m.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘highly professional and proactive and provides very good strategic advice’. Tim Brandi and ‘analyst par excellence’ Hinrich Thieme recently assisted CapitaLand Commercial Trust and CapitaLand with the acquisition of Frankfurt-based commercial property Gallileo and team head Roland Bomhard advised Commerz Real on the sale of Eschborn Plaza to various institutional investors by way of an asset deal. Other highlights include assisting Berlin Hyp with the financing of the acquisition of the Cologne-based office and hotel complex Triforum by GEG German Estate Group. With particular experience in hotel property transactions, Marc Werner advised Art-Invest on the acquisition of two luxury hotels in Cologne and Baden-Baden. In January 2019, Martin Haase was promoted to the partnership and Markus Franken was appointed counsel.

With ‘a widely experienced’ team, McDermott Will & Emery RechtsanwĂ€lte Steuerberater LLP provides ‘a well above-average service with excellent outcomes’, while also receiving praise for its ‘excellent understanding of the market and other business-related matters’. The highly regarded and ‘very experienced’ Jens Ortmanns, who ‘is not only very experienced but also very emphatic’, heads the practice, which increased its bench strength in 2017 by adding Oliver Hahnelt from Ashurst LLP in April and counsel Simon Weiß from Allen & Overy LLP in October; and, in January 2018, it expanded at partner level with the promotion of Philipp Grenzebach. Gregor Lamla, who has ‘a strong commercial understanding’, assisted Signa with the acquisition, financing and project development of the Elbtower project in Hamburg valued at €700m, while the client also received advice on the acquisition and financing of the Primus portfolio consisting of five properties from RFR for €1.5bn. Other work includes advising long-term client Art-Invest on the sale of DĂŒsseldorf-based project development Fürst & Friedrich by way of a forward deal.

Recognised for its ‘very good knowledge of the market’, the team at Noerr is considered a good contact for cross-border real estate transactions and financing matters and is jointly led by Alexander Goepfert, who is praised for his ‘economic understanding, excellent market insight and extensive transactional experience’, and Annette Pospich, who made partner in January 2018. Goepfert assisted Apollo Global Management with the development of a Europe-wide logistics portfolio, while Pospich advised Real I.S. Group on the acquisition of a mixed-use property in Munich for circa €190m. In other work, the team assisted GEG German Estate Group with the acquisition and financing of the Japan Center from Commerz Real for €280m. Clemens Schönemann was promoted to the partnership in early 2018 and in January 2019, real estate financing expert Karsten Fink was appointed senior counsel. In other team changes, Florian Ehrich joined Morrison & Foerster LLP and RenĂ© Dubois moved to Dentons in summer 2018 and senior associate Bernd BĂ€umer joined Ashurst LLP as counsel in November 2018.

Commended for its wide-ranging expertise in real estate finance, the team at Allen & Overy LLP is also experienced in real estate transactions and project developments; clients praise the practice for ‘having a good feel for the right timing of a deal’ and for providing ‘business-oriented advice’. The ‘excellent’ Olaf Meisen recently advised a consortium of banks on the financing of the acquisition of four cross-border and German-wide portfolios consisting of 270 logistics properties by several subsidiaries of the Blackstone Group from M7 Real Estate. In other work, Jochen Scheel’s team assisted Patrizia with the acquisition of a portfolio consisting of 85 retail properties in the grocery sector from PGIM Real Estate for €400m, and advised a joint venture from the automotive sector on various real estate law matters pertaining to cross-border infrastructure required for a new technology. Finance group head Peter Hoegen is another key individual. Retail and logistics sector expert Christian Hilmes made partner in May 2018.

‘Top’ firm for real estate matters Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is led by Roland Fabian and specialises in advising national and international investors on transactions, most notably those involving the office and retail asset classes. In recent work, Carsten Bremer, who is ‘a calm negotiator and has a keen eye for detail’, advised Allianz Real Estate on the sale of a mixed-use property to a well-known real estate investor. Other highlights include advising Aurec Asset Management on the sale and financing of the Eschborn Plaza in Frankfurt for €236m by way of an asset deal, and assisting Techspace Property with the long-term lease of two commercial properties in Berlin. The ‘very competent’ Tina Siebenhaar and Stephan Krampe, who ‘works quickly and thoroughly while also understanding business relationships very well’, are also noted. InfraRed Capital Partners and HansaInvest are also clients.

As well as its expertise in real estate transactions and financing matters in the nursing home, logistics and other specialist property sectors, Dentons is also experienced in residential real estate work. In 2017, the ‘excellent’ team led by Dirk-Reiner Voß handled several mandates for new clients including Harrison Street Real Estate, a real estate investment company, which the team advised on the acquisition and financing of a German-wide micro-living apartment portfolio from MPC MĂŒnchmeyer Petersen Capital. Jan Hellner assisted TLG Immobilien with the acquisition of a nationwide portfolio consisting of 27 convenience shopping centres, supermarkets and discounters from a private investor and an institutional fund. In financing, Bernhard Gemmel acted for Berlin Hyp and Deutsche Postbank in three parallel international financing transactions to fund Bouwfonds European Real Estate Parking Fund III’s acquisition of a cross-border real estate portfolio valued at €250m. Other key individuals include Volker Mergener, who has ‘the ability to reconcile both legal aspects and commercial objectives’, and RenĂ© Dubois, who joined the team in July 2018 from Noerr.

‘Top’ firm DLA Piper provides ‘a high-quality service at competitive prices’, while also being ‘pleasant to work with’. The team frequently handles real estate financing, transactions and project development work and has particular expertise in the hotel, logistics and specialist properties asset classes. The ‘pragmatic’ Lars Reubekeul provides ‘impeccable advice’ and jointly heads the team with ‘good and highly economically minded negotiator’ Fabian MĂŒhlen; the latter recently advised Barings Real Estate Advisers on the acquisition of an office property in Berlin from Westbrook Partners and, in equally significant work, the practice assisted Helaba Landesbank Hessen-ThĂŒringen with the financing of the acquisition of an office property portfolio from Corpus Sireo Real Estate. The latter mandate was led by Frank Schwem, who is praised for his ‘excellent work and high level of expertise’. Martin Haller, who is ‘always reachable and very pleasant to work with’, assisted Mondelēz International with the sale of a research and development centre in Munich to UBM. Counsel Sven Seibold joined the team from Hogan Lovells International LLP in December 2017 and Christian Lonquich made partner in May 2018.

The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at Gleiss Lutz attracts praise for its ‘very good service coupled with a well-structured approach’. Team head Tim Weber advised Blackstone on the sale of the logistics platform Logicor to China Investment and assists real estate company RFR with several transactions including its recent acquisition and financing of a portfolio consisting of 15 Karstadt retail objects for €700m. Helge Kortz acted for Aareal Bank in financing the acquisition of three properties by Singa that had formed part of the Primus portfolio and Johannes Niewerth advised Mirae Asset Global Investments on the acquisition of the Taunusanlage 8 office building in Frankfurt. Claudia-Maria Wirth joined Beiten Burkhardt and Yvonne Kerth moved to Dannecker & Kerth Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB RechtsanwĂ€lte.

Görg Partnerschaft von RechtsanwĂ€lten mbB’s ‘efficient and solution-oriented’ real estate team including main contacts Jan Lindner-Figura and Markus Heider is well versed in handling transactions in all asset classes. Heider assisted Situs and CR Investment Management with the structuring and sale of the Sanchez portfolio consisting of 110 properties and the team also advised Deka Immobilien on the acquisition of the Campus Towers in Hamburg’s HafenCity by way of a forward share deal, and provides regular advice to Arab Investments on leasing and financing matters pertaining to its German property portfolio. In early 2018, Damian Tigges, ‘tough negotiator’ Christoph Mönig and Heiko Hofmann were promoted to the partnership and Bettina Krause joined the firm from Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Graf von Westphalen’s ‘excellent’ and ‘very well-informed’ real estate team is led by Lorenz Czajka and has been increasingly active for family offices and individual investors in transactions and project developments, most notably in the hotel and leisure asset classes, which constitutes a particular area of strength for the team. It advised a US hotel chain on the sale of holiday homes, and, in equally significant work, the practice assisted a foreign asset management company with the acquisition of five specialised retail parks for €260m, and acted for a Swiss investor on the acquisition of a mixed-use property by way of a forward asset deal. The ‘objective and precise’ Christian Zerr, who is also ‘pleasant to deal with’, joined the team in September 2017 from Hogan Lovells International LLP.

GSK Stockmann has ‘a very good understanding of real estate law and the underlying business objectives’, enabling the team to provide ‘well founded and professional advice on all relevant matters’. The team, which is led by Dirk BrĂŒckner, focuses on real estate transactions and project development work, particularly with regards to the hotel, nursing homes, logistics and retail asset classes, and increased its bench strength in March 2018 by adding Johann Rumetsch from Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP, while, in January of the same year, the ‘quick and proactive’ Christoph Strelczyk was made partner. Rainer Werum advised Corestate Capital Transactions on the acquisition of five project developments by way of a forward asset deal worth €600m and assisted Deka Immobilien Investment and real estate investment trust WestInvest Gesellschaft fĂŒr Investmentfonds with the acquisition of high-rise office Tower 185 in Frankfurt am Main. Monique Franke advised Swiss Life on matters pertaining to the acquisition of a retail portfolio.

Sandra Kamper heads the team at Jones Day, which focuses on providing assistance with sales, acquisitions and financings of logistics, office, hotel and residential properties. The practice recently advised Pears Global Real Estate Germany on the sale of a mixed-use portfolio consisting of 49 properties to a specialised fund, and assisted a foreign investor with its German market entry and the acquisition of a logistics portfolio. Nicole Kadel and Christian Trenkel acted for Renewable Energy on the acquisition of a nationwide portfolio consisting of onshore wind farms and solar power plants.

The ‘flexible and business-minded’ Frankfurt-based real estate team at King & Spalding LLP is led by Mario Leißner and provides ‘high-quality advice’. Sebastian Kaufmann provides ‘well-founded advice’ and counsel Henning Aufderhaar has ‘an in-depth commercial understanding and structured approach’; the latter assisted JP Morgan Asset Management with its lease of the Openturm office tower in Frankfurt. In other significant work, the team acted for Beos on the sale of a portfolio for circa €500m. In early 2018, Sven Wortberg moved to Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP.

The main contacts for real estate work at Latham & Watkins LLP are Christian Thiele and Holger Iversen as well as Torsten Volkholz, who made partner in early 2018. Thiele assisted Angelo, Gordon & Co. with the sale of three residential portfolios by way of a share deal and Volkholz advised Bouwfonds European Real Estate Parking Fund III on the acquisition and financing of a pan-European portfolio of multi-storey car parks. The team also acted for Ares Management on the sale of a German residential property portfolio.

The ‘very good’ team at Linklaters provides ‘very quick response times’ and ‘professional and competent advice’ and is also ‘pleasant to work with’. With the addition of DLA Piper’s former real estate practice head Carsten Loll, who joined in March 2017, the team was able to expand its client roster significantly; it now includes, among others, asset manager BlackRock, which it recently advised on the sale of the Logicor platform to China Investment Corporation. Other clients include BNP Paribas and WealthCap. Michaela Sopp assisted LaSalle Investment Management with the financing of the acquisition of a real estate portfolio. Wolfram KrĂŒger heads the practice.

‘Adapting its approach to match every project perfectly’, P+P Pöllath + Partners’ four-strong team is also praised for its ‘very good service level and cost-effective approach’. It has a strong profile for transactional work in the residential, office, hotel, nursing homes and logistic properties asset classes. The ‘well-versed and flexible’ Matthias Durst, who is also ‘a strong negotiator’, and the ‘highly regarded and very experienced’ Stefan Lebek are the key contacts: Durst advised long-term client Hines on the sale of the Mercedes-Benz Bank building in Stuttgart, and assisted ZBI Group with various portfolio transactions, while Lebek acted for NPS Korea on the sale of the Sony Center in Berlin for €1.1bn. Project development expert Marcel Guenoub made partner in January 2018.

Taylor Wessing’s ‘always available’ team provides ‘excellent response times, which are guaranteed even for last-minute requests’. It also receives praise for its ‘excellent interdisciplinary communication’, enabling the practice to handle various transactions and project development instructions in the logistics, residential and hotel sectors. The ‘reliable’ team is ‘very experienced’ in advising German and international clients; recently, it advised the British real estate investment group CLS on the acquisition of a German-wide portfolio consisting of 12 office buildings from ZĂŒblin for €152m, assisted Garbe Industrial Real Estate with the sale of a portfolio consisting of three logistics project developments by way of a share deal, and advised long-term client Commerz Real on several hotel transactions. ‘Solution-oriented’ team head Anja Fenge, whose ‘strength in negotiating is not hampered in difficult or time-critical situations’, and Martin Bartlik, whose ‘deep expertise in the hospitality sector’ and ‘detailed knowledge of real estate transactions’ make him ‘an ideal partner for complex matters and negotiations’, are recommended.

With transactional work at its core and particular knowledge in the office, retail and hotel asset classes, White & Case LLP provides ‘very practical and solution-oriented’ advice based on its ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Holger Wolf and local partner Andreas van den Eikel recently assisted new client Edge Technologies Deutschland with the sale of an office building development in Berlin by way of a forward share deal. In equally important work, Thomas Flatten advised Cerberus Capital Management on the acquisition of a portfolio of performing and non-performing real estate-backed loans as part of the acquisition of HSH Nordbank. Bombardier and NestlĂ© Deutschland are also clients. After losing several team members to Norton Rose Fulbright in early 2017, two of counsels followed their former colleagues at the end of the same year, while Michael RĂŒtzel moved to Deutsche Bank. Endrik Lettau is the main contact.

The real estate team at Ashurst LLP stands out for its ‘quick response times, a strong business sense and excellent industry knowledge’, leading to frequent instructions from predominately international clients on real estate transactions and financing. While the arrival of Filip Kurkowski from Baker McKenzie in early 2018 boosted the team’s real estate financing capabilities, the team lost Hendrik Theismann to Norton Rose Fulbright and Sebastian Schoon to Gibson Dunn in summer 2018. Recently, the team assisted two BVK real estate funds with matters pertaining to the refinancing of a commercial real estate portfolio provided by Landesbank Baden-WĂŒrttemberg and totalling €340m. Together with the ‘excellent’ Sven Nickel, team head Liane Muschter, who provides ‘practical and targeted advice while also handling negotiations in a very competent and professional way followed by the quick implementation of solutions’, advised long-term client Triuva on the acquisition of the K1 office property in Hamburg’s HafenCity from CBRE Global Investors. Corestate and Hamburg Trust are new clients. In November 2018, counsel Bernd BĂ€umer joined the team from Noerr.

Beiten Burkhardt is dedicated to assisting foreign investors with transactions and tenancy law matters. Since 2010, Florian Baumann, who clients recommend for his ‘quick response times, extensive expertise and excellent advice on difficult issues’, and Frank OprĂ©e have been advising a leading asset manager on various real estate transactions and asset management issues pertaining to a portfolio of 30 properties. In other highlights, the team assisted Mohammad Omar Bin Haider Group with the acquisition of a former US barracks and Stefan Fink advised a client on the acquisition of a commercial property for circa €150m. In 2017, the team added Claudia Wirth from Gleiss Lutz and a team from HauckSchuchardt consisting of three partners and one associate.

In summer 2017, Eversheds Sutherland increased its reach by merging with DĂŒsseldorf-based firm Grooterhorst RechtsanwĂ€lte, while also adding finance expert Stefan Schramm from Simmons & Simmons LLP in May 2018 as well as Stefanie Fuerst and counsel Annette Griesbach from Latham & Watkins LLP in December 2017 and October 2018 respectively. Griesbach recently assisted new client Garbe Industrial on the acquisition of a former Ikea logistics building in Wahrbrink, while Thomas Ziegler assisted Invesco with the financing of the acquisition of a pan-European hotel portfolio from Apollo Global for €530m, and advised Real I.S. on the acquisition of Viennese commercial property Wien Westbahnhof A3 by way of a share deal. Other clients of Gerhard Molt’s team include Axa Investment Managers and BNP Paribas Real Estate.

FPS is particularly active in the transactional and financing space. In recent highlights, Hendrik Sandmann advised Barings Real Estate Advisers on the acquisition of the Kettcar portfolio consisting of five office and retail properties for over €100m, while the same client also received assistance with the sale of the office and retail property Loft 193 in Frankfurt. In finance, the team acted for Raiffaisen Bank International on the refinancing of a mixed-use portfolio of 36 individual properties. Associate partner Lars Voigt joined the team in June 2018 from Hengeler Mueller.

Goodwin’s ‘very good’ Frankfurt-based real estate team has substantial experience in retail, logistics and office property transactions. In a recent highlight, and in co-operation with its London office, team head Peter JunghĂ€nel advised the seller on the sale of the Gramercy Property Europe logistics portfolio to AXA Investment Managers for circa $1.1bn, while co-head Marc Bohne assisted Barings Real Estate Advisers, as part of a joint venture with an international fund, with the sale of an office property to TLG Immobilien for €97.2m. Slate Asset Management is a long-term client.

At Heuking KĂŒhn LĂŒer Wojtek, clients receive ‘speedy and high-quality advice’, which ‘points out any potential risks’. In 2017, the team co-led by Frankfurt-based Thomas Nickel and DĂŒsseldorf-based Stephan Freund increased its bench strength by adding Wolfgang StĂŒrzer from HFK RechtsanwĂ€lte LLP and Frank Baßler from KPMG Law Germany, while also promoting Kathrin Therese Paulet and Florian Arnold to the partnership. In recent highlights, Peter Vocke acted for Domicil Real Estate Group on the acquisition and the financing of two residential real estate portfolios in Ingolstadt and Hannover. The team also assisted a construction company with the sale of a residential real estate portfolio by way of a share deal.

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH focuses on advising companies and family offices on transactions and project developments. During the research period, the ‘proactive and committed’ real estate practice received a significant boost by adding Elmar Bickert from Lambsdorff RechtsanwĂ€lte and Michael Wichert from P+P Pöllath + Partners in early 2018, while Carsten Richter, Nina Klotz-Hörlin and Simone Schultheiß were promoted to the partnership. In other team changes, Volker Mattausch left the firm in April 2018 to work as a judge, while counsel Nora Byra joined WALCH RITTBERG NAGEL RechtsanwĂ€lte und Steuerberater Partnerschaft mbB in December 2017. ‘Highly regarded’ Munich-based Jan Dittmann provides regular advice to Matrix Immobilien on various sales and acquisitions of project developments including the acquisition of the Ostsee hotel project. Other highlights include assisting the city of Munich with matters concerning the renovation of the Deutsches Museum and advising a foreign investment company on the acquisition of a residential project.

The team at K&L Gates LLP, which is led by Felix Greuner, has ‘wide-ranging and deep expertise’, enabling the practice to ‘provide advice on a large variety of matters’. It recently advised a Threestones Capital Group fund on the acquisition of several nursing homes for €110m, while Florens Girardet assisted Rockspring PIM with its nationwide sale of five retail properties. The group also advised an English family office on the restructuring of a portfolio worth hundreds of millions of euros. Kristina Baurschmidt is rated for her ‘wealth of experience’ and ‘clear strategic approach’.

With transactional work at its core, Mayer Brown LLP receives praise for its ‘strong negotiation skills’ and handles real estate sales and acquisitions in all asset classes. In significant work, counsel Philipp Schaefer and team head Fabian Hartwich advised an asset manager on the acquisition of an office building in Bonn as part of a sale and leaseback transaction, and assisted Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. with the acquisition of Berlin-based shopping centre Neumann Forum from RI Partners. Martin Heuber assisted Natixis Pfandbriefbank with the €157m financing of the acquisition of Eschborn Plaza. Hotel property expert Joachim Modlich is also noted.

Norton Rose Fulbright is rated for its ‘high level of know-how’ and focuses on transactional work in the hotel and logistics sectors and on project development and financing work. ‘Goal-oriented negotiator’ Patrick Narr ‘handles deals confidently’; Maren Stölting, team head Stefan Feuerriegel, Thomas Hopf and of counsel Sven-Christoph Riepke are also noted. Katrin Scheicht moved to Pusch Wahlig Workplace Law in May 2018 and counsel Matthias Fischer joined Allen & Overy LLP in August 2017. Hendrik Theismann joined from Ashurst LLP in August 2018 along with four of counsels.

Raue LLP’s strength lies in handling real estate transactions and project development work. The Berlin-based team is led by Klaus Goecke and provides ‘a great service’; it recently advised the seller on the sale of shares in a real estate company to the subsidiary of a leading foreign investor, while Cornelia Gorn advises long-term client Corpus Sireo on the acquisition of medical centres, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. BIM Berliner Immobilien Management is another key client, which the team regularly assists with various real estate matters.

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein is particularly active in transactions and financing matters and recently advised Gerch Group on issues pertaining to the financing of the Deutz area project development in Cologne provided by Deutsche Pfandbriefbank. Nadejda Kysel led this matter, while Angela KlingmĂŒller advised two institutional investors on the sale of a nationwide portfolio consisting of 18 properties for €70m, and Maximilian Gutsche assists a German investor with contentious lease matters.

At Baker McKenzie, the group advises national and international clients on real estate sales and acquisitions as well as the financing of residential, commercial and specialist properties. In recent work, Frankfurt-based Kathrin Marchant advised a consortium consisting of Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, Landesbank Baden-WĂŒrttemberg and ING Wholesale Banking on the financing of the acquisition of the Sony Center in Berlin. Key contact Florian Thamm assisted Al Zayani Investments with the acquisition of the Kreiller 214 project development in Munich and acted for an Asian pension fund on the acquisition of a German logistics portfolio. Filip Kurkowski joined Ashurst LLP in early 2018.

The team at BMH BrĂ€utigam & Partner provides ‘an excellent service’ and ‘reacts with lightning speed’ when handling transactional and financing matters. The team provides regular advice to Signa Group and ‘very experienced and assertive transaction lawyer’ Boris Reschucha recently led assistance to the client with a bidding process and the financing of a high-rise property project in Berlin. Other recent highlights include advising new client Freo-Gruppe on several transactions and various tenancy law issues. Alexander Nast, who made partner in January 2018, is rated for his ‘excellent economic understanding’.

BRL Boege Rohde Luebbehuesen focuses on transactions, project development and financing work. The team around practice head Marc Biebelheimer advised new client Haspa Projektentwicklungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft on various real estate matters including the financing of long-distance train station Hamburg-Altona am Diebsteich, which is still under construction, and assisted MIB AG Immobilien und Beteiligungen with the acquisition of a shopping centre by way of a share deal. Jörg Siecke is another key member of the team.

Buse Heberer Fromm’s team lead by Markus Ruhmann predominately acts for German clients, including project developers, asset managers and insurance companies, on transactions as well as residential, commercial and specialist project development matters. In recent work, the team advised GP+Q on the development of holiday homes totalling €70m.

Hamburg-based boutique Jebens Mensching LLP is best known for handling transactions and project developments. Highlights included advising Deka Immobilien on the sale of the Duo office building in DĂŒsseldorf and assisting Momeni Group with the sale of the Springer Quarter project development to various pension funds. Philipp Jebens is noted.

Achim Meier’s ‘excellent’ real estate practice at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH handles transactions alongside tenancy law matters and receives praise for its ‘balanced strategies to resolve issues’. In recent highlights, the practice assisted Ärzteversorgung Niedersachsen with the acquisition of the Springer Quarter in Hamburg, and advised Real I.S. on the sale of the office property Holle-Karree. Michael Kunkel was made up to partner in July 2017 and Stephan Finck in July of the following year.

The four-strong team at Möhrle Happ Luther is ‘very efficient’ and ‘highly recommended for complex matters’ including transactions, project development and tenancy law matters. ‘Well-versed transaction lawyer’ Anne Schöning and the ‘internationally experienced’ Oliver Reimann advised a German real estate company on the acquisition and project development of an office and retail building in Berlin, while Simon Golshan assisted Magna Asset Management with the acquisition of a residential project by way of a forward share deal. It regularly advises HafenCity Hamburg on the sale of construction fields.

Rödl & Partner’s real estate practice places significant emphasis on transactional work. The team provides regular advice to a German real estate company and recently assisted the client with the due diligence and the acquisition of a portfolio consisting of 22 predominately commercial properties as part of a sale and leaseback structure. Practice head Harald Reitze assisted an institutional investor from southern Germany with the acquisition of a nationwide office and technology portfolio from Gieag Immobilien and advised PIC Real Estate on the sale of an office property in Erlangen.

Simmons & Simmons is considered a good contact for transactional and asset management-related work involving the logistics, office and residential asset classes. Matthias Wagner17144}, who clients rate for his ‘speedy response times and practical advice’, assisted M7 Real Estate with asset management issues and various transactions including the sale of the Karstadt logistics centre for €90m. {Oliver Beyer advised Immofinanz on the sale of a portfolio consisting of office buildings.

Andreas Helm’s team at Wagensonner has tenancy law, transactional and project development work at its core and focuses on logistics and office real estate, acting for private and public sector clients. It recently assisted a project developer with the sale of a mixed-use construction project in Hamburg, and advised an asset manager on the acquisition of a development site in Munich.

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