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Frank Schwem

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Finance and Projects


Frank Schwem has broad experience in the financing sector and a market leading position in real estate financings. In particular, he advises both financiers and borrowers on real estate acquisition and development financings including residential, commercial, single assets, portfolio and warehouse financings. As regards restructuring advice, Frank advises on loan portfolio sales, re-financings, debt add-on structures as well as liability related advice for directors and shareholders. Frank is listed in JUVE, Chambers and Legal 500 Germany as a leading lawyer in the field of real estate financing. Frank is co-head of the Financial Services sector at DLA Piper

Germany: Banking and finance

Lending and borrowing

Within: Lending and borrowing

With ‘outstanding industry knowledge’, DLA Piper ‘provides the full package’ and focuses on advising companies and financial institutions on acquisition finance, while handling project finance work in the energy and infrastructure sectors constitutes another central pillar of the practice. In this segment, ‘flexible and well-versed’ counsel Robert Hofbauer assisted DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale with the project financing for the offshore wind farm project Nordlicht in Norway, and advised Norddeutsche Landesbank on the project financing for one of Marguerite’s wind farm projects in Sweden valued at €60m. Team head Torsten Pokropp is ‘precise and highly experienced’ and ‘consistent’ real estate finance expert Frank Schwem is ‘an extremely strong negotiator’. The team added counsel Sven Seibold from Hogan Lovells International LLP in late 2017 but lost former practice head Wolfram Distler to Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in September 2017.

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Germany: Real estate and construction

Real estate

Within: Real estate

‘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 Mühlen; 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-Thüringen 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.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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