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    • Serge Hoffman - Allen & Overy Luxembourg

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Allen & Overy Luxembourg handles a range of real estate matters for a wide spectrum of clients, including developers, real estate funds and end-users. Counsel Serge Hoffman  has handled numerous real estate projects for Fonds d’Urbanisation et d’AmĂ©nagement du Plateau de Kirchberg and is a core member of the team that also includes AndrĂ© Marc.

Able to call upon the expertise of lawyers from complementary practice areas, including investment funds and corporate, Arendt & Medernach provides a 'knowledgeable and supportive service' to real estate entities at every stage of the value chain of their projects. Christian Point has 'vast knowledge of all aspects related to real estate and construction'; he recently advised Allianz on the €178m acquisition of the Vertigo Real Estate Complex. Pierre Beissel regularly handles transactional work for real estate funds/investors, including SIGNA Prime Selection, which he advised on its acquisition of a real estate portfolio across Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Munich from RFR Holding. Claude Niedner is recommended for real estate fund structuring.

Headed by the 'excellent' Albert Moro , Clifford Chance provides a 'client-friendly and pragmatic service' across the full spectrum of real estate matters, including on the acquisition and disposal of properties, and on the formation of regulated and unregulated real estate funds. Counsel Sébastien Schmitz  is recommended.

Headed by the 'very well-respected' Martine Gerber-Lemaire, and leveraging the expertise of practitioners from within the firm's banking, corporate and tax departments, Dentons provides overarching expertise to clients engaged in property transactions, involving offices, retail, residential and retirement homes. Gerber-Lemaire is regularly involved in high-profile mandates, including her recent work for AG Real Estate on the €40m sale of the Centre Descartes building to German private equity firm Blue Colibri. Senior counsel Christel Dumont is also recommended.

Elvinger Hoss Prussen acts for a wide range of real estate entities engaged in international acquisitions and disposals, as well as domestic development projects. Cintia Martins Costa provides financing, corporate and fund structuring expertise to real estate funds, including Nordic Real Estate Partners, which she recently advised on the €1.1bn financing for the acquisition of a pan-Nordic portfolio of 49 real estate properties through a Luxembourg acquisition structure. LĂ©on Gloden continues to act for property developer Codic on a high-profile shopping center project in Luxembourg city center. Nathalie PrĂŒm-Carré has expertise in urban planning law.

The 'flexible and supportive' team at KLEYR GRASSO has a strong reputation in the real estate sector across both funds-related corporate matters and "bricks and mortar" mandates, including advice on lease agreements. Real estate investment firm Corestate Capital is a client. Yasmine Poos is regarded as 'an expert on commercial tenant law', and is a key member of the team that also includes the 'reliable and proactive' François Collot. Patrick Chantrain left the firm.

Effectively tapping into specialist industry knowledge, in addition to strengths across banking, funds and corporate, Linklaters LLP's multi-disciplinary real estate team is well hedged across the gamut of work in the sector. Counsel Anton Cox and Patrick Geortay recently advised Fidelity International on the acquisition, from Seshat Capital, of all the shares in Seshat airport (which owns the Atoz “Aerogold Center” 13,400 square meter building). Hermann Beythan handles structuring work for real estate funds as part of his broad-ranging investment fund practice; he recently advised CBRE on the establishment of a new closed-end value added real estate investment vehicle, investing in European markets.

Leveraging the expertise of two partners that are steeped in the nuances of the real estate sector and also able to tap into the knowledge of corporate, financing and tax practitioners, Baker McKenzie is well-positioned to handle both domestic and international mandates by virtue of its vast network of offices. Jean-François Trapp has strong ties with numerous real estate investment firms and developers and is a key member of the team that also includes Jean-François Findling.

DSM Avocats A La Cour advises a wide range of stakeholders, including funds, banks, developers and contractors, on corporate real estate, zoning and planning, and real estate acquisition projects. Mario Di Stefano  is well-versed in local real estate development matters and heads the two-partner team that also includes the 'responsive and knowledgeable' Renaud Le Squeren , who regularly employs sophisticated financing structures to facilitate transactions in the sector.

Utilising the expertise of lawyers within the firm's tax, funds, litigation and banking teams, in particular, Loyens & Loeff's multi-disciplinary team handles broad-ranging contentious and non-contentious work in the real estate space for public authorities, investors and multinational corporates. 'Client-oriented' team head Véronique Hoffeld's diverse workload has recently included reviewing and updating lease agreements on behalf of a major multinational corporate with offices in Luxembourg, and representing an international bank on the sale of an office building in the center of the country's financial district.

MOLITOR Avocats à la Cour SARL's Stéphanie Juan advises investors, developers, owners and public authorities across all facets of real estate matters, including on any concomitant zoning and environmental issues that may arise. The 'well-connected' Paulo Da Silva and Jacques Wolter regularly handle real estate and construction litigation.

Benefiting from 'deep knowledge of the Luxembourg real estate industry and legal framework', Thewes & Reuter is particularly accomplished in relation to litigation arising in the sector, as well as on any public law related matters, including planning and building permits. Marc Thewes is an 'excellent business partner for any issue in relation to real estate'.

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