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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: Real estate and construction

Real estate

Within: Real estate

DLA Piper’s ‘excellent service level is based on its strong interdisciplinary co-operation, professional work ethic and high levels of experience and commitment’, while clients also praise the team’s ‘quick response times, which are maintained even when dealing with high volumes of transactions’. In 2017, the team was faced with several significant changes: together with three lawyers, former team head Carsten Loll moved to Linklaters, while new and ‘very knowledgable and service-oriented’ practice co-head Lars Reubekeul, who provides Superdry with long-term advice on its European expansion, joined the firm from King & Wood Mallesons along with Florian Biesalski and five other lawyers. The new arrivals boosted the practice’s Asia capabilities and bring additional experience in dealing with data centre transactions. Other frequently recommended individuals include co-team head Fabian Mühlen, who has ‘strong negotiation skills and deep sector-specific knowledge’, and counsel Christian Lonquich, who is noted for his ‘tremendous transactional experience and economic understanding’. Together, they advised Deutsche Fonds Holding on the sale of all shares in the property 20 Moorgate in London to Asian Growth Properties. Other key members of the team include ‘assertive, experienced and well-connected’ financing partner Frank Schwem ), the ‘calm, factual and extremely knowledgableTorsten Pokropp and the ‘solution-oriented’ Martin Haller, whose ‘work effort is tireless’ . The latter two advised Aareal Bank and Allianz Real Estate on the granting of an Europe-wide real estate loan to Invesco Real Estate.

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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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