Real estate in France

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance 's 11-lawyer team has high-end expertise assisting leading real estate investors and fund sponsors with the market's largest transactions. The outstanding practice recently stood out out by advising on many of France's most prominent office-tower transactions through its key involvement in the Tour Majunga, Tour Ariane, Tour Prisma, Tour Blanche and Tour Aurore deals in Paris-La Défense. The team also worked on large domestic and cross-border portfolio transactions and notably provided assistance on two major hotel asset deals. Finally, the practice completed work in the logistic and retail sectors and advised on the setting up of major property funds, including the establishment of the first two investment funds dedicated to Grand Paris urban development projects. François Bonteil and Alexandre Couturier are in charge. Also involved are counsels Anne-Sophie Plé and Karen Bortolotti. Leading complementary tax expertise is also available.

Testimonials

‘A leading team on the real estate market.’

‘The team is customer-oriented.’

‘Excellent at all levels, from associate to partner.’

‘François Bonteil is one of the best lawyers – if not the best – and dealmakers on the French market. He has excellent knowledge of clients’ expectations and of the real estate industry.’

Key clients

AEW Ciloger

Allianz Real Estate

Amundi

Axa IM

Benson Elliott

Blackstone Real Estate

BNP Paribas REIM

CDC Investissement Immobilier

Colony NorthStar

Crédit Suisse Asset Management

DWS

Fortress

Gecina

GIC

HSBC REIM

Icade

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Klépierre

La Française REM

LaSalle Investment Management

Maple Knoll Capital

Partners Group

Patrizia

PGGM

Primonial REIM

Prologis

Scaprim

Schroders

Swiss Life REIM

Union Investment Real Estate

Westbrook

Work highlights

  • Advised AEW Ciloger, acting on behalf of CNP Assurances, on the share-deal acquisition of the Code building.
  • Advised AEW Ciloger on the share-deal acquisition of Tour Prisma, a high-rise office building located in La Défense.
  • Advised Amundi Immobilier and Mirae Asset Daewoo (the JV) on the acquisition and financing of the Majunga Tower in La Défense.
  • Advised La Française REM and Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe (CMNE) on the formation of an investment vehicle dedicated to the Grand Paris property development projects.

De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

The very impressive De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has a large and highly experienced team of 25 lawyers, able to tackle the most high-profile investment, financing, corporate and tax property matters. The firm recently advised on a large volume of landmark office, retail, hotel and residential transactions, including large portfolio deals, on behalf of a diverse client base made up of the market’s leading players. The group notably assisted Apollo Global Management with the €470m acquisition of a 32 shopping asset portfolio from Casino. The team includes high-profile duo Emmanuel Fatôme and Paul Talbourdet who co-head the practice, Pierre Gebarowski, who is a reference for real estate finance, and leading tax expert figures Emmanuel Chauve and Alexandre Blestel. Also involved are Yannick Le Gall, Katia Belhiteche, corporate partners Nicolas Favre and Eric Muller, and counsel Nicolas Bricaire. Victoria Mikolajczyk has been promoted counsel in 2019. Guillaume Rossignol left the profession.

Testimonials

‘The firm has a great track record and experience and excellent knowledge of the legal environment.’

Key clients

AAREAL BANK AG

ACCOR INVEST

ALLIANZ

ALTAREA COGEDIM

AMUNDI IMMOBILIER

APSYS

AXA IM

BATIPART

BLACKSTONE

BNP PARIBAS

CARREFOUR / CARMILA

CEETRUS

CHEYNE CAPITAL

COVIVIO

CREDIT AGRICOLE

DEKA BANK

EMERIGE

EQT

GALIMMO

GECINA

GENERALI

GOODMAN

GROUPAMA

HENDERSON PARK

ING

NATIXIS

PGIM

SOCIETE GENERALE

TISHMAN SPEYER

Work highlights

  • Assisted Apollo Global Management with the €470m acquisition of a 32 shopping asset portfolio from Casino.
  • Advised AXA IM on the acquisition of a 75% stake in Paris’ second largest shopping centre called Italie Deux.
  • Advised Henderson Park on the acquisition of hotel Westin Paris-Vendôme.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I.

Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. 's stellar 40-lawyer team allows the firm to handle a high volume of transactions for a wide base of clients, including many leading French and international investors, developers and banks. The practice was recently involved in several landmark transactions, notably advising on high-end retail and residential portfolio deals. The practice also helped with the negotiation of strategic partnerships and advised on many major office and retail property asset transactions, as well as on new significant urban development projects and major lease negotiations. The property finance expertise also ranks among the finest in France and is entrusted by banks and investors to advise on the structuring of their largest transactions. Finally, the firm also undertakes complex corporate and fund formation work. Frédéric Nouel heads a practice which combines many experienced partners including: Stanislas Dwernicki, Eric Martin-Impératori, Renaud Baguenault de Puchesse, Bertrand Oldra, Christopher Szostak, Hugues Moreau, Jean-François Levraud and Nicolas Planchot . Kamel Ben Salah, Rémi Tabbagh and Laetitia Lemercier all provide high-end real estate property expertise. Counsel Constantin Miliotis is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Frédéric Nouel

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely agile and diligent. It is very reactive, very thorough and professional.’

‘An always responsive and efficient team with top expertise in all real estate matters.’

‘The team is made up of dedicated experienced partners with a class of brilliant associates.’

‘The team has strong knowledge of the real estate market and understands perfectly clients’ needs. It is always quite responsive.’

‘The team shows strong execution capabilities, extensive market knowledge, and an ability to interact with other departments to cover the whole spectrum of a real estate finance transaction.’  

‘Frédéric Nouel demonstrates great business understanding and versatility. His advice is also always very precise.’

 ‘Hugues Moreau provides fast, very efficient and enjoyable services.’

‘Bertrand Oldra is a very business oriented professional. His appeasing approach is an asset during difficult and tense negotiations.’

‘Christopher Szostak has a very business oriented approach and wide expertise. His commitment and dedication are a key component to his clients’ success. He always finds solutions to close up a deal.’

‘Remy Tabbagh is a great professional who has fine understanding of clients’ motives and constraints.’

‘Jean-François Levraud shows a very pragmatic and business oriented approach. He also shows a very good fighting spirit during negotiations.’

‘Nicolas Planchot puts himself into the shoes of investors. He is extremely strong at incorporating corporate and strategic considerations into real estate deals.’                   

 ‘Counsel Constantin Miliotis is talented and provides fast and accurate analysis.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

Swiss Life Management Partners

ICAMAP/ICAWOOD

EURAZEO Patrimoine

Emerige

Groupe Casino

Groupe Monoprix

McArthuglen European Development Limited

Nuveen

Oxford Properties

Westbrook Partners

APICIL

JP Morgan Asset Management

GLL Real Estate Partners

Les Nouveaux Constructeurs & Aermont Capital

AccorInvest

Brookfield

Infrared Capital Partners

Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank,

BNP Paribas,

Société Générale

Amundi

Mirae

CACIB

ING

HELABA

Natixis

Work highlights

  • Advised various real estate funds managed by Swiss Life Asset Managers entities in connection to the financing of the €1.7bn acquisition of 72 % of Terreïs’ assets consisting into a portfolio of 28 prime Parisian office assets.
  • Assisted ICAWOOD with the structuring and negotiation of €750m fund, managed by ICAMAP.
  • Advised Casino Group on the €970m sale of 50 hypermarket and supermarket properties.

Lacourte Raquin Tatar

At Lacourte Raquin Tatar, a strong team of about 30 lawyers forms the real estate practice, providing the full spectrum of expertise to a first-class client base consisting of many high-profile French and international property investors and developers. The practice regularly works on the market's largest investment and portfolio transactions and also advises on major lease transactions and development property work. Its great complementary M&A and tax expertise also helps the firm to earn top instructions on complex property share deals and partnerships projects. Recently, the group completed a high volume of transactions and was involved in most of the market's landmark deals, including advising on the purchases of Tour Majunga, the CBX tower in La Défense, and the sale of the Ariane tower. Practice head Jean-Jacques Raquin is one of the market's most recognised figures. Other key names include the highly recommended Emilie Capron and Cyrille Bailly, Damien Grosse, who focuses on property development, litigation expert Alexis Le Lièpvre and Guillaume Jeannet. Also involved are urban planning law expert Vincent Guinot, real estate finance specialist Cédric Bonnet and Jean-Yves Charriau, who ranks among the very top tax real estate experts in France.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Jacques Raquin

Testimonials

‘The team is very experienced, professional and constructive.’

‘The team is made up of top-class lawyers who have 360-degree real estate knowledge and who are able to cover acquisition, financing, leasing, tax and public law work. They can handle the most sophisticated negotiations.’

‘Vincent Guinot, Jean-Jacques Raquin and Emilie Capron provide remarkable support. They are available, proficient and show great pugnacity.’

‘Guillaume Jeannet is an outstanding professional who offers an out-of-the-box way of thinking that is extremely useful in tough negotiations.’

‘Cédric Bonnet knows the real estate sector very well and is fully aware of real estate financing market practices.’

Key clients

Woodeum

Amundi

Hines France

Oxford Properties

BNP Paribas

Groupe Lagardère

The Student Hotel

Groupama Immobilier

Poste Immo

Racing Arena

Gecina

Tikehau IM

Aermont Capital LLP

LaSalle Investment Management

JP Morgan AM

Unibail-Rodamco Westfield

Westbrook

Immochan

ARDIAN

Novaxia

Angelo Gordon

Tivoli Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted Amundi Immobilier with the negotiation of a partnership with a Mirae Asset Daewoo led-consortium of investors to purchase the Tour Majunga property in Paris La Défense for €850m.
  • Assisted Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield with the €464m sale of the Ariane tower.
  • Advised Hines on the €450m acquisition of the CBX tower in La Défense.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP advises an extensive client base made up of leading French and international investment property funds, developers, major banks and Middle-Eastern sovereign investors. Headed by Jean-Dominique Casalta, the practice regularly advises on the market's largest investment office and tower transactions. Recent work saw the team involved in major logistic portfolio deals and a very significant office tower development project in addition to lease and asset management work. Property transaction expert Xavier Jancène, who made partner in 2019, is the other key name in the practice. Also involved are corporate partner Frédéric Jungels, who recently completed major property M&A deals, counsel Antoine Chatry, and finance experts Julien Roux and Caroline Delavet, a counsel.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Dominique Casalta

Testimonials

‘The team is highly appreciated for its ability to advise clients on major strategic issues.’

‘A very competent team with deep knowledge of the market and its players. It is efficient, listens to real needs, is knowledgeable and available.’

‘A very strong team that works well together. The team has depth and each lawyer is competent and committed.’

‘Jean-Dominique Casalta shows excellent understanding of commercial stakes and of various related property issues. He pays great attention to details and conducts negotiations in a very efficient way.’      

‘Xavier Jancène is very committed and client-minded. He is a dealmaker.’

‘Counsel Antoine Chatry is amazing and very practical.’

‘Julien Roux and counsel Caroline Delavet are fantastic lawyers. They are brilliant, commercial and excellent at delivering an impeccable work product. Their market knowledge is top-notch and the client service is unmatched.’

‘Counsel Caroline Delavet is an amazing adviser. Her knowledge and skills are fantastic. Her dedication to client service and work ethic are incredible.’

Key clients

Ivanhoé Cambridge

Caisse de Dépôt et de Placement du Québec

GECINA

Eurosic

Unibail Rodamco

Groupama Immobilier

Deutsche Bank/Rreef Investment

Tristan Capital Partners

Icade

Colony Capital

Schroders

State General Reserve Fund of Oman

Fortress Investment Group

CBRE Global Investors

H.I.G. Capital Inc.

Sogecap

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

ING

PBB

PAREF Group

DRC Capital LLC

CBRE Global Investors

Acofi Gestion

Work highlights

  • Advised AEW Europe and Sogecap on the acquisition of the Pacific Tower (Paris, La Défense) from Tishman Speyer.
  • Advised Icade on the sale of a 49% stake in Tour Eqho in La Défense to Korean investors.
  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners on the acquisition of the Atria office property in Rueil Malmaison (Paris area) from Catalyst Capital.

Archers A.A.R.P.I.

Archers A.A.R.P.I. 's real estate practice brings together about 20 lawyers, offering a broad spectrum of expertise. The group's real estate finance bench ranks as one of the strongest in France and is retained by leading banks and debt and equity funds to advise on the market's largest financing transactions, for example the  financing of the €1.4bn acquisition of SNCF's Vesta residential portfolio on which the group advised the lenders. Other recent work saw the practice act on the €415m disposal of Sanofi's head office. The full-service practice also has strong investment expertise and handles lease negotiation work. Jean-Maurice Gaillard and Paul-Henri de Cabissole, both among France's finest real estate finance experts, and Arnaud Moutet direct the practice. The team recently strengthened its ranks by adding new forces in Marlène Benoist-Jaeger and Avi Amsellem who joined from their firm IC Avocats in 2020.

Testimonials

‘Partners provide great availability and are committed on every aspect of a transaction. They offer an exceptional quality of work.’

‘Jean-Maurice Gaillard finds innovative and strong solutions to issues.’

Key clients

Colony Capital

Aareal Bank

Ares Management

SCOR (Debt Funds)

Qatar Investment Authority

Accor Hotels

Redevco

Crédit Agricole CIB

Amundi

Natixis

Invesco

AEW (Debt Funds)

Meyer Bergman

Helaba

Work highlights

  • Assisted the lenders with the  financing of the €1.4bn acquisition of SNCF’s Vesta residential portfolio.
  • Advised Accor Hotels on the acquisition and financing of its worldwide headquarters Sequana Tower.
  • Assisted IGIS Asset Management and GeniiKanAm, acting on behalf of Korean investors, with the €415m disposal of Sanofi’s head office to Norges Bank Real Estate Management.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP advises major property and private equity funds, sponsors, major companies and French, German and international banks. The practice recently advised Korean investors on several high-profile office and logistics investment transactions. Property finance, sale and leaseback and portfolio transactions, as well as asset management work are also dealt with. The firm is among the few players in France which own a stake in a notary office. The 15-lawyer team is co-headed by the highly experienced Philippe None, Hassan Javanshir, who is a reference for complex property finance work, and new recruit Patrick Gerry, who joined as senior partner from Simmons & Simmons along with his team in 2019. Guillaume Aubatier left for King & Spalding LLP in January 2019.

Testimonials

‘The team is made up of trusted advisers who help investors manage all real estate investment risks.’

‘The team has great expertise in all fields of commercial real estate, real estate financing and real estate legal due diligence matters.’

‘The team shows remarkable negotiation abilities pertaining to high-stake and complex contracts. Team members are extremely proficient and always responsive. They have great listening skills and adapt to every situation.’

‘Philippe None is a remarkable negotiator and is solution-oriented. He has deep local expertise and commercial acumen. He has very strong experience on real estate acquisition, development and leasing matters, and has great contacts in the industry.’

‘Patrick Gerry and Pierre Roux are very knowledgeable with an established track record and a strong local network.’

Key clients

Tikehau

Cromwell

Exeter

Castlelake

Savills IM

SEDCO

P3Parks

Gazeley

Valor Rep

Immobilière Groupe Casino

Omnes Capital

Enedis

EQT Partners

Loxam

La Française Real Estate Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised EQT Real Estate I fund on the sale of the Code building to CNP Assurances.
  • Advised Savills IM on the acquisition of two outlet centres by four German funds.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has a very diverse and prestigious client base, including leading French and international property investors, sovereign banks and investors, major French and international retailers and developers, and several hospitality companies. The practice recently acted on several high-end matters, including the acquisition of several landmark office towers and a string of major office, hotel and retail transactions. Major property development projects and negotiations of commercial leases account for another significant portion of the caseload. The group offers solid property finance capabilities and strong complementary tax expertise. The 20-lawyer practice is headed by the highly regarded Marc Mariani. Hervé Jégou, Pierre-Marie Ouchet and tax partner Virginie Louvigné are the other key members. Anne Vrignaud joined King & Spalding LLP in July 2019.

Practice head(s):

Marc Mariani

Testimonials

‘Pierre Marie Ouchet is an excellent lawyer. He is very efficient and demonstrates very good negotiation skills. He always delivers high-quality work.’

Key clients

AEW

BNP Paribas

Caisse des dépôts Investissement immobilier

Generali Real Estate

Invesco

King Street

LaSalle Investment Management

Lidl

NH Investment

Poste Immo

Scaprim

Société Foncière Lyonnaise (SFL)

SOGECAP

Work highlights

  • Advised AEW on a €240m refinancing of the FONDIS fund and a € 150m financing of the RESIDYS fund.
  • Advised Invesco Real Estate on the €789m acquisition of the Capital 8 real estate complex building.
  • Advised CDC and SOGECAP on the structuring, setting up and negotiation of three joint venture agreements with COVIVIO, aimed at co-owning three portfolios composed of 32 hotels located in France and Belgium and let to Accor.

CMS

CMS covers a comprehensive range of real estate work. The large 30-lawyer team advises leading property investors and developers on major office, hotel and other asset investment transactions. The practice was recently involved in the sales of several large hotel asset portfolios and of several luxury hotels. The team also has strong know-how in property development and commercial lease work and advises major developers and prominent companies on significant renovation and urban and leisure development projects. Pierre Popesco, Philippe Riglet and Christophe Blondeau co-head the practice. Benjamin Bill, Florence Chérel and Aline Divo are also key members.

Testimonials

‘The practice provides a strong combination of skills, covering the entire needs on a real estate transaction, both from an asset viewpoint as well as from corporate and tax perspectives.’

‘The team’s main asset is their wide spectrum of knowledge in public and private law.’

 ‘The size of the real estate department allows it to handle difficult and complex deals with efficiency, even when the timing is short.’

‘Pierre Popesco provides outstanding availability and engagement. It is simply a pleasure working with him.’

‘Pierre Popesco and Benjamin Bill are really experienced professionals. They are very knowledgeable and an asset in tough negotiations.’

‘Florence Chérel is a very good lawyer regarding urban planning law and development topics. She is a very inspiring professional. She demonstrates a very technical approach of the subjects she is handling. Her knowledge is very impressive and her work is always really detailed.’

‘Aline Divo is highly knowledgeable in asset management matters.  She is pro-active, shows good faith and loyalty.’

Key clients

Amundi Immobilier

UBS Real Estate

AXA Real Estate

Societe Generale

Deka Immobilien

Vinci

Google

Lasalle Investment

Pierre & Vacances

La Française Asset Management

Aviva

Crédit Suisse

Icade

Innovalis

BMO Real Estate

Altarea Cogedim

Carlyle

Nexity

Schroder Invest

Linkcity

Whirlpool

Sodiaal

The Boston Consulting Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Argan with the €898m acquisition of Cargo Property Assets, owner of 22 warehouses, from Carrefour.
  • Advised Amundi Immobilier on the acquisition of Mosaic Parcs’ mixed-use building in Marseille from AEW.
  • Advised LBO FRANCE on a major property development project in Bagneux.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has a large team of more than 20 lawyers who provide the full range of expertise. The practice is retained by the market’s largest French and international investors, developers, insurers and assets managers to advise on landmark transactions. In recent work, the group assisted Samsung with its joint acquisition of the Lumière building in Paris, and was involved in key deals on office, logistic, hotel, retail and senior residential assets, including large portfolio transactions. Development and asset management work are other areas of strength, as demonstrated by the team's work for Unibail-Rodamco on the ongoing high-profile Sisters towers project. Additionally, the practice offers strong property financing expertise. The practice is co-headed by the highly experienced Antonia Raccat, Olivia Michaud, Antoine Mercier, Myriam Mejdoubi, Erwan Lacheteau and Lionel Rosenfeld.

Key clients

AERMONT

AEROPORTS DE PARIS

AG2R LA MONDIALE

AMUNDI

AXA REAL ASSETS IM

AXA REIMIM

BARINGS EUROPEAN CORE PROPERTY FUND GP S.À R.L.

BAYERISCHE LANDESBANK

THE BLACKSTONE GROUP INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS

BROOKFIELD

CAPGEMINI

CARLYLE

CBRE GLOBAL INVESTORS

CEGEREAL

DEUTSCHE PFANDBRIEFBANK

DTZ INVESTORS

EUROSIC

GAZELEY

GENERALI REAL ESTATE

GIM

HARRISON STREET

HILTON

IVANHOE CAMBRIDGE

NORGES BANK

NORTHWOOD

OMNAM GROUP

PREDICA

PRIMONIAL

PROLOGIS

SCHROEDERS

SOCIÉTÉ GÉNÉRALE

SOGELYM DIXENCE

TELECITYGROUP

UNIBAIL-RODAMCO

WEINBERG CAPITAL

WEWORK

WOODEUM

Work highlights

  • Assisted Samsung with the acquisition of the Lumière building in Paris, acting in a joint venture with Primonial REIM.
  • Advised AG2R La Mondiale on the acquisition and leaseback of a portfolio of 14 Monoprix real estate assets.
  • Advised Omnam Group on the acquisition, financing and hotel conversion project of the Mercuriales towers.

Fairway A.A.R.P.I.

France's thriving boutique firm Fairway A.A.R.P.I. is entirely dedicated to the real estate sector. The 31-lawyer firm houses the complete range of expertise, spanning investment, development, corporate, leasing, asset management and property financing know-how in addition to ancillary practices such as tax, environment and litigation. The firm serves a large and prominent client base, consisting of leading French and international property investors and funds, as well as industrial companies and property users. The group's work portfolio encompasses the full spectrum of property assets, including office, logistics, residential, commercial and hotel assets. Recently, the practice advised on the acquisition of several large asset portfolios, completed major office asset transactions, and assisted clients with several emblematic new urban property development projects in Paris. Other work included major financing transactions. The highly experienced Frédéric Lefébure, Aubry D'Argenlieu and Emmanuel Cazin co-head the practice. Pierre-Emmanuel Fonteilles leads the corporate property practice, while David Franco heads the property finance practice. Also involved are Neslihan Gabriel-Denizkurdu, of counsel Marie-Claire Guéna, tax partner Emmanuel Galifer, litigation partner Sabine du Granrut and Juliette Bril who handles environment matters. Franck Denis was promoted to partner in 2019.

Testimonials

‘The team is very good and provides clients with the most adequate advice on any aspect of real estate matters.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable, reliable, business- and client-oriented, open-minded and fair in their billing.’

‘The firm has an excellent practice. The whole team is dedicated and can cover every single aspect of the real estate sector.’

‘The team is made up of trusted advisers, able to think at 360 degrees.’

‘Emmanuel Cazin has great experience, is hard-working, innovates and shows high flexibility and a positive attitude. His experience makes him a top adviser.’

‘Aubry d’Argenlieu is very charismatic, very bright, very quick, always thinks outside the box. He is the lawyer and trusted adviser that every company’s board should have on its side.’

‘Fréderic Lefébure is an excellent negotiator who knows how to cool things down when negotiations are going on. He also finds the right solutions for all parties to reach a balanced deal.’

‘David Franco defends his clients’ interests with conviction. Thanks to his great strategic skills, he is able to reach his goals most of the time.’

‘Marie-Claire Guéna is an excellent technician who never gives up until a balanced agreement has been reached.’

‘Sabine du Granrut is a great litigator, a true lady of litigation.’

‘Franck Denis is a bright young partner, smart, easy-going, good network, no ego, just the right guy to have besides one’s own when negotiating sophisticated construction contracts.’

Key clients

PRIMONIAL REIM

GENERALI REAL ESTATE

BROOKFIELD

CARLYLE

ARES MANAGEMENT

BENSON ELIOTT

MATA CAPITAL

PSA

KORIAN

SCOR

TIKEHAU

LA FRANCAISE AM

HELABA

PITCH PRMOTION

SOGARIS

INVESCO

DENTRESANGLE INITIATIVES

JC DECAUX

VINCI

Work highlights

  • Advised Stam Europe on the acquisition of two logistics platforms from Casino.
  • Advised Primonial on the acquisition of 57 assets operated by B&B Hotel from Covivio’s joint venture.
  • Advised TIKEHAU CAPITAL on the €300m acquisition of a residential portfolio of 30 property assets in Paris.

Jones Day

Jones Day advises a large client base of leading French and Anglo-Saxon investors on their investments in office, logistic, hotel, retail and student residence assets. Complementary finance, fund structuring and tax expertise are also available. The practice notably advised on the landmark acquisition of the Crystal Park office building and also completed a high volume of logistic portfolio transactions. It also advised on several off-plan sales and lease transaction. Practice head Erwan Le Douce-Bercot and of counsel Carol Khoury are recommended. Associate Flavia Poujade is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Erwan Le Douce-Bercot

Other key lawyers:

Carol Khoury

Testimonials

‘The team is very available and is able to respond in very short delay.

‘The team provides perfect quality and adapted work, is very responsive, always available and extremely competent.

‘The firm shows great responsiveness. Team members have in-depth knowledge and experience of the real estate market and provide fine analyses and swift responses.’

‘The firm can handle complex and high-stake lease work matters. They are extremely available and responsive, and find solutions to issues. Their answers are precise and very reliable.’

‘Erwan le Douce-Bercot is a dealmaker. He shows great listening skills, is available and involved in every little detail to make sure all goes according to plan.

‘Associate Flavia Poujade is always very efficient and very available.

Key clients

La Française REP

CBRE Global Investment Partners Fund

AXA REIM

Unibail-Rodamco

AGC Equity Partners

Catalyst Capital France SAS, et al.

Ares Management, LLC

Sanofi

Casino-Mercialys

DWS (Deutsche Bank)

Goldman Sachs

DPK

Meyer Bergman, Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised La Française REP and Samsung Securities on the €691 million acquisition and financing of the Crystal Park building located in Neuilly-sur-Seine.  
  • Advised Catalyst Capital on its acquisition from Valream of the A-City portfolio in Rueil-Malmaison.
  • Advised DWS on the acquisition from Argan of a portfolio comprising six logistics platforms (110,000 square metres).

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP completely renewed its team in 2019. The practice is now headed by the up-and-coming Guillaume Aubatier, who joined from Ashurst LLP with counsel Dorian Scemama. The team rapidly secured a series of high-profile investment instructions from key players to advise on the market's largest office tower and logistic deals. Strategic asset management work and major urban property development projects are other areas of strength. The arrival of Anne Vrignaud from Baker McKenzie, also in 2019, added property finance expertise to the bench. Aurélia de Viry is the key tax partner. Benoît Marcilhacy has now retired.

Practice head(s):

Guillaume Aubatier

Other key lawyers:

Dorian Scemama; Anne Vrignaud

Testimonials

‘The team is proficient, versatile and highly responsive, regardless of the circumstances.’

‘The team negotiates in close collaboration with its clients.’

Key clients

CNP Assurances

La Française Real Estate Partners

AEW

M&G Real Estate

Segro Plc

WeWork

Deka Immobilien GmbH

Diderot Real Estate

Novaxia

Banque Mirabaud

Work highlights

  • Advised CNP Assurances and La Française Real Estate Partners Insurance on the acquisition of their new headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux and the disposal of their current headquarters.
  • Assisted WeWork Real estate with the letting and opening of a new WeWork centre located 104-110 boulevard Haussmann in Paris.
  • Assisted Segro Plc. Real estate with the property redevelopment of the former Gobelins Station.

Linklaters

Linklaters' seven-lawyer team, which can also rely on strong ancillary tax and finance expertise, assists many leading international property investment funds undertaking high-profile office, logistic, senior residence and renewable energy asset investments in France. The practice recently advised on several high-end transactions, including the sale of Tour Prisma. The group also advises on leases and Brexit-related work. Practice head Françoise Maigrot  is the key contact. Counsel Sylvain Canard-Volland joined Gowling WLG in March 2020.

Practice head(s):

Françoise Maigrot

Testimonials

A team of top-class professionals who are always available, can provide documents at very short notice and have a full understanding of the business world.

Françoise Maigrot demonstrates strong abilities and knowledge and amazing availability: she makes clients feel like they are the only one and she is fully committed.

Key clients

Ardian Real Estate

Northwood Investors

Invesco Real Estate

IREEF

CBRE Global Investors

Aberdeen Investors

Barings

Casino

AXA IM

JR AMC

Balzac Asset Management

SEDCO

Sogecap

Shurgard

BMO

Goodman

Ramsbury

Challenger

Lasalle Investment Managers

Work highlights

  • Assisted Invesco Real Estate, acting on behalf of Malaysian pension fund EPF, with the sale of Tour Prisma.
  • Advised JR AMC on the €160m acquisition of prime real estate office building Le Cristalia.
  • Advised Northwood Investors on the acquisition of prime office property Le Tripode – Passy-Kennedy by subsidiary Cegereal.

LPA-CGR avocats

LPA-CGR avocats offers a strong 60-lawyer practice, able to cover the full range of property matters. The firm has attracted a prominent client base made up of leading French and international property investors, leading French and German banks, leading developers and major companies, including a high-profile luxury goods company. The practice recently advised on major office and logistic asset and portfolio transactions and acted on several landmark Parisian property development projects. Additionally, the group impresses with its property finance bench which is able to advise on high-profile transactions. Silke Nadolni heads the practice. Other key members of 15-partner team include François-Régis Fabre-Falret, Florence Defradas, Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat, commercial lease expert Géraldine Piedelièvre, property finance partners Chloé Thiéblemont and Alexae Fournier-de-Faÿ, Hélène Cloëz for high-level urban planning law issues, Aurélie Dauger for development and litigation work, and tax partner Sandra Fernandes.

Practice head(s):

Silke Nadolni

Testimonials

‘The team follows a hands-on approach, and is flexible and adaptive, yet rigorous.’

‘The team focuses on achieving its clients’ ultimate goals and keeps everyone focused.’

‘The team shows high responsiveness, and has solid legal and market practice knowledge.’

‘Silke Nadolni is an excellent negotiator, is extremely responsive and available, and  provides practical and excellent advice.’

‘Sidonie Fraîche-Dupeyrat and Géraldine Piedelièvre are great professionals.’

‘Géraldine Piedelièvre is smart and a good negotiator.’

‘Chloé Thiéblemont is highly involved from the start of a deal up to its end. She is a deal facilitator and shows the capability to think out of the box to find solutions.’

‘Florence Defradas is very available.’

Key clients

PRIMONIAL REIM

ACCOR

ELSAN

AG2R LA MONDIALE

GROUPAMA

GINKGO

UFF (AVIVA GROUP)

Stam Europe

BARINGS REAL ESTATE

ABERDEEN STANDARD INVESTMENTS

GENERALI REAL ESTATE

DEKA IMMOBILIEN

RAIFFEISEN

UBS

Work highlights

  • Assisted Crédit Agricole Immobilier with an investment and shareholders’ agreement relating to the Les Lumières de Pleyel development project in Saint-Denis, France, one of the largest projects of the Grand Paris initiative.
  • Assisted Primonial Reim with the acquisition of an office building located in the Paris Region, fully pre-leased to Société Générale.
  • Advised Eternam on a club deal relating to the acquisition of a portfolio composed of more than 30 assets.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP has a compact and thriving four-lawyer team that advises on high-end investment, portfolio and partnership transactions. Headed by Jean-Louis Martin, the team is entrusted by a sophisticated client base of French and international investors. It recently advised on several landmark office and portfolio transactions. Associate Quentin Jobard provides key support.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Louis Martin

Testimonials

‘The team is well-rounded, with in-depth knowledge of all real estate issues, from corporate to construction, hotel management and tax issues. They are also extremely practical and flexible in their approach.’ 

‘Jean-Louis Martin is always available, has remarkable in-depth knowledge of all areas of real estate and is a uniquely good negotiator.’

‘Associate Quentin Jobard is also very thorough and efficient.’

Key clients

3M France

Abercrombie & Fitch

André Balazs Properties

ANF Immobilier

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Hardstone

CDC

citizenM

Constructa

Dell

Eurazeo Patrimoine

Hardstone

Hollister

Infrared

Malakoff Médéric

Tishman Speyer Properties

Virtuo Industrial Property

Swiss Life REIM

Fortress

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management

Foncière Vesta

JPMorgan

Predica

Amadeus

Groupe Choueiry

Work highlights

  • Advised Netherlands-based hotel chain citizenM on the €110m acquisition of an office building at 92 Champs-Elysées.
  • Advised Eurazeo on its €180m acquisition of the Highlight office building from Kaufman & Broad.
  • Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch on a €100m real estate financing for investor M7  linked to the acquisition of a portfolio of light industrial assets from CPI.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has an excellent eight-lawyer team that advises on large investment, portfolio and property corporate transactions. The practice counts leading French and international property investors and prominent private equity funds as its clients. Lately, the team acted on new major property development projects in Lyon. Franck Peter and Brice Engel lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Franck Peter; Brice Engel

Testimonials

‘Franck Peter is a dealmaker who is personally invested in matters. He is an outstanding lawyer and a compelling legal technician.’

Key clients

BNP PARIBAS (Fontenay SCI)

Caisse des Dépôts et CDC Investissement Immobilier

Financière Colisée

Foncière INEA

GIC

LFPI

Oaktree Capital Management

SCI EM Lyon 2022

Société Générale Insurance (formerly Sogecap)

Vinci Immobilier

York Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advised Société Générale Insurance (formerly Sogecap) on the acquisition of the OPCI Altafund which holds 27,000 square meters of office premises in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
  • Advised French Business School SCI EM Lyon 2022 on a property development contract with Altaréa Cogedim aimed at building its new campus in Lyon.
  • Advised York Capital Management on the €130m sale of a portfolio of 15 real estate properties to Blackstone.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP's five-lawyer practice is entrusted by France’s leading banks to advise on France’s most important real estate finance transactions, especially regarding major office and hotel assets. The excellent Privat Vigand is in charge.

Practice head(s):

Privat Vigand

Testimonials

The team has excellent property finance expertise, strong availability, and excellent negotiations and drafting skills.

‘Privat Vigand demonstrates excellent listening skills and looks for the best and most balanced solutions in terms of risk, timing and commercial considerations.’

Key clients

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Natixis

La Banque Postale

BNP Paribas

HSBC France

ING Bank N.V

Work highlights

  • Advised French and German banks on the refinancing of Thales’ headquarters.
  • Assisted several banks with the financing of the Hekla Tower’s refurbishment project.
  • Advised Natixis on the acquisition of a Belgian hotel asset portfolio comprising nine hotels.

Dentons

Dentons’ practice spans all aspects of real estate matters including investment, development, finance, asset management and leasing work. The practice has recently gained new international investors as clients and advised on a significant number of residential and office investment and sale-and-leaseback transactions. The practice is also sought after to help with large logistic asset development projects and transactions. In addition, major corporations and developers use the firm for asset management work, including litigation. Leading French, Anglo-Saxon, German and Middle-Eastern players are clients. Pascal Schmitz is in charge. Other key names are Véronique Lagarde and Maxime Simonnet. Finance partner Jean-Marc Allix is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Pascal Schmitz 

Testimonials

‘Maxime Simonnet is very business-oriented and knowledgeable in commercial leases.’

Key clients

Aventicum Real Estate

Cromwell Property Group

ALTAREA COGEDIM

ARGAN

BNP PARIBAS REIM FRANCE

DEKA IMMOBILIEN GMBH

EUROPA CAPITAL LLP

LASALLE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

MARATHON CAPITAL

OAKTREE CAPITAL

ORION CAPITAL PARTNERS

PAREF GESTION

PATRIZIA FRANCE

REDEVCO

SMABTP

STAM EUROPE

STARWOOD CAPITAL

UNIBAIL-RODAMCO-WESTFIELD

VECTURA

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bouygues Immobilier with the sale of a 50% interest in Les Batignolles, one of Paris’ largest green buildings.
  • Advised Marathon on the purchase of the Onyx office property.
  • Advised Indigo on the termination and negotiation of the new lease for their headquarters in Tour Voltaire.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP runs a very comprehensive practice which is able to draw strong complementary expertise from the finance, tax and corporate departments. The six-lawyer core team is especially strong in investment matters and complex partnership agreements regarding major real estate projects for which the group is entrusted by leading French and international clients. Another strong feature is the team's property planning and development expertise which is particularly appreciated by many leading luxury goods brands such as Burberry and Yves Saint Laurent. David Lacaze is in charge. Anne Petitjean is especially singled out for her property development expertise. Eric Fiszelson is noted for his property finance work. Of counsel Isabelle Augais is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Lacaze

Other key lawyers:

Anne Petitjean

Testimonials

‘The team follows a practical approach and anticipates upcoming issues.’

‘The firm is responsive and provides relevant analysis when dealing with construction issues.’

‘Anne Petitjean is a great professional whose high-level technique and business approach of matters are comforting for clients. She is a real asset to have on one’s side.’

Key clients

Amundi Immobilier

Attestor Capital LLP

BNP Paribas Real Estate

Burberry

Eternam

Générale Continentale Investissements

ICADE Santé

GLP

La Française Group

Christian Dior

Sofidy

Victoires Haussmann sgp

Yves Saint Laurent

CPPIB

Gramercy

PIMCO

Deutsche Bank

Société Générale

Tikehau Capital

Yves Saint Laurent

Work highlights

  • Advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) on its joint venture agreement with La Française’s Caisse Fédérale du Crédit Mutuel Nord Europe regarding future investments in Grand Paris development projects.
  • Advised Générale Continentale Investissements on a joint venture agreement with Lone Star to bid on the acquisition of a Parisian office building.
  • Assisted Altarea Cogedim with the development and construction of a 2,000-properties housing complex.

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP  recently completed its range of expertise by adding new investment and lease asset management proficiency through the hiring of Danièle Darmon who joined from Simmons & Simmons in 2019. Through Arnaud Guérin, the firm has strong corporate and fund formation expertise, while tax partner Pierre Appremont ranks among the best in his field. Renaud Dubois advises on construction and property development work. Guérin, Appremont and Dubois direct the practice.

Key clients

Assurances du Crédit Mutuel

Open Partners

AG Real Estate France

Etche France

Cibex

Keys Asset Management

Amundi

CDC

Poste Immo

Predica – Crédit Agricole Assurance

Work highlights

  • Assisted Crédit Agricole Assurances with the sale of a portfolio of four hotels to AccorInvest.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown’s wide range of expertise spans investment, finance, corporate, fund structuring and tax property know-how. The firm advises many leading French and international investors, especially Korean and US funds, whom it assists with a broad range of property matters, including office, logistics and hospitality-sector work. The practice is especially strong in real estate financing and notably advised on the financing of the acquisition of the CBX Tower in Paris-La-Défense. Alexandre Poupard and Erwan Heurtel co-chair the practice. Also involved are: Andrew Armfelt, finance partners Hervé Kensicher and Jean-Pierre Lee, and tax expert Olivier Parawan.

Practice head(s):

Alexandre Poupard; Erwan Heurtel

Key clients

Altarea Cogedim

BC Partners Real Estate

BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management France

Europa Capital

Générale Continentale Investissements (GCI)

GLL Real Estate Partners

GreenOak Real Estate Advisors

Heitman

Hines SGP

Ivanhoé Cambridge Europe

LaSalle Investment Management

Lone Star

Mitsubishi Estate Company

Natixis

Oaktree Capital

Socomix (Hotel du Palais / Ville de Biarritz)

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Westmont Hospitality

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hines SGP with the financing of the acquisition of the CBX Tower in La Défense, Paris.
  • Assisted Lone Star and Générale Continentale Investissements with the financing of the acquisition of Lafarge-Holcim’s former headquarters.
  • Assisted GreenOak Real Estate’s European Logistics Fund with the acquisition of Corelog’s logistics portfolio.

Racine

Racine offers a 16-lawyer comprehensive practice able to cover the full range of real estate matters, including investment and leasing work. The team advises a large and prominent client base, made of up of property companies, investors and leading user companies and asset managers, including many luxury goods brands. The team recently assisted the seller with the sale of the building housing the former well-known Colette store to Hines, and completed a major transaction in the logistic sector. The practice is co-headed by Nicolas Boytchev and Carol SantoniJean-Philippe Lorizon is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Boytchev; Carol Santoni

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Philippe Lorizon

Testimonials

‘The practice is led by talented and commercial partners who are available, efficient and not afraid to go the extra mile to close up a deal.’

‘The very responsive team has deep knowledge of the real estate market and the ability to manage claims and resolve issues.’

‘The team provides sound and practical advice on real estate and construction litigation.’

‘Nicolas Boytchev is experienced, effective, service-oriented and very efficient.’

‘Carol Santoni shows great know-how, is experienced and particularly able to assist German-speaking clients.’

‘Jean-Philippe Lorizon always defends his clients’ best interests and perfectly masters construction issues.’

Key clients

KanAm Grund

Adéo Services

Tristan Capital Partners

Gecina

BNP Real Estate

Cartier

Icade

Generali

Work highlights

  • Assisted the seller with the disposal of the building housing the former well-known Colette store.

sbkg & Associés

sbkg & Associés' Vincent Lassalle advises leading French and international investors on transactions in the office, retail, logistic, hotel, healthcare sectors, as well as on real estate financing and leasing management matters. Lassalle recently completed several deals for Real IS outside Paris, such as advising on the disposals of a portfolio of four buildings in Toulouse Blagnac leased to Airbus, and the Corner Part Dieu building in Lyon. Lassalle also assisted LaSalle Investment Management with the acquisition of a VEFA hotel residence in Courbevoie.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Lassalle

Testimonials

‘The team is really supportive and hands-on.’

‘The team is extremely proactive, client-oriented, and has a practical approach to problems.’

‘Vincent Lassalle is a very good negotiator who has detailed knowledge of the real estate sector. He is always available and very client-oriented.’  

Key clients

ACCOR GROUP

GENERALE CONTINENTALE INVESTISSEMENTS

INFRARED – HEMISPHERE

INVESCO HOTEL FUNDS

KANAM GRUND INVESTMENT

LASALLE INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

MEDIPOLE SUD SANTE / BRIDGEPOINT

REAL I.S. AG

PATRIZIA

SAVILLS ASSET MANAGEMENT

AVIVA INVESTORS

Work highlights

  • Advised Real IS outside Paris on the disposal of a portfolio of four buildings in Toulouse Blagnac leased to Airbus, and the disposal of the Corner Part Dieu building in Lyon.
  • Assisted LaSalle Investment Management with the acquisition of a VEFA hotel residence in Courbevoie.

BG2V

Practice head(s):

Quentin Leroux

Testimonials

‘The team shows great technique and responsiveness.’

‘The team is agile, flexible and remarkable in terms of availability.’

‘Quentin Leroux is a rising star and a real deal maker. He is both very effective and efficient and has excellent negotiation skills. He has deep understanding of clients’ need and is creative. He is very dedicated and helpful, and focused on delivering tailor-made solutions.’

Key clients

AEW

AXA

BABILOU

BOUYGUES IMMOBILIER

BPIFRANCE

CAISSE DES DEPOTS ET CONSIGNATIONS

COLLIERS

CONSTRUCTA

PREDICA

DEUTSCHE BANK

ELECTROLUX

EXANE

GDG INVESTISSEMENTS

GROUPE DUVAL

ICADE

ICAM School

IMMOVALOR GESTION

JLL (JONES LANG LASALLE)

KEYS REIM

LOGICOR

MOUNTPARK PROPERTIES

MUREX

SCAPRIM

SCHRODERS

SCIENCES PO

TH REAL ESTATE

VAILOG

VIRTUO

WEINBERG CAPITAL PARTNERS

Work highlights

  • Advising SCIENCES PO on the acquisition and rehabilitation of a 15,000 sqm building located in the heart of Paris in order to install the new Sciences Po campus.
  • Advising Predica on the retail and office leasing of the Grand Hotel Dieu (Lyon).
  • Assisted Nuveen with the acquisition of a logistics asset located in Troyes.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Practice head(s):

Henry Ranchon

Fieldfisher

Key clients

Bayern LB

CA-CIB

Natixis

Triodos Bank BV

Safran

Exeter

Work highlights

  • Advised debt fund Scor Real Estate Opportunistic Loans I on the junior financing of the acquisition and development of an iconic office property located 5/7 rue des Italiens by a joint venture of various family offices.
  • Advised Münchener Hypothekenbank as arranger on the financing of the acquisition of Retail 2 retail property asset located in the Paris area by a subsidiary controlled by Real I.S.

Franklin

Practice head(s):

François Verdot

Testimonials

‘The team has great knowledge of the property market and of its various stakeholders. It demonstrates fine litigation expertise in the field of commercial leases.’

François Verdot shows great professional skills, is sharp, creative, curious and flexible. He has a broad knowledge of his practice in the field of commercial leases, both from a user and an asset manager’s perspectives. He provides fine and constructive analysis.’

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC on the negotiation of a 3,000 square metres Parisian lease.

Goodwin

Practice head(s):

Sarah Fleury

Key clients

Meininger Hotel Europe

MACSF

Work highlights

  • Assisting Meininger Hotel Europe in connection with the development of an hotel to be erected in Marseille (South of France).

Hogan Lovells (Paris) LLP

Practice head(s):

Corinne Knopp

Other key lawyers:

Michaël Lévy; Laure Nguyen

Testimonials

‘The team is very pragmatic and excellent value for money. It is highly recommended.’

‘The team is able to advise on all real estate aspects and shows great reactivity and ability to find creative solutions for their clients.’

‘The team has in-depth specialist knowledge that culminates in providing great advice on very complex real estate issues.’

‘The team shows a very high level of expertise and commitment to its clients.’

‘Michael Levy is very hands on, and works fast and efficiently. He is very commercial and perfectly grasps his clients’ needs.’

Key clients

Groupama Gan Reim

Mata Capital

Caisse des Dépôts

Valor Real Estate Partners

Prologis

M&G

Fidelity International

Sagax

Barclays

Amex

Work highlights

  • Advised Mata Capital on the acquisition of an office building in Massy.
  • Advised Groupama Gan Reim on the acquisition of an office building in Angers.
  • Advised Prologis on the sale of a logistic portfolio located in France as part of a worldwide disposal of an international portfolio.

Hui Cheng Law Office

Testimonials

‘Sébastien Legrix de la Salle is responsive, has great listening skills and is a good negotiator.’

‘Jean-Marc Peyron has great experience and is responsive and creative.’

Work highlights

  • Advised CNP Assurances on the acquisition in the future state of completion of COGEDIM’s future headquarters.
  • Advised political party Les Républicains on the sale and lease-back of its headquarter in PARIS.

Jeantet

Practice head(s):

Catherine Saint-Geniest

Testimonials

‘The team is highly competent, efficient, accurate and experienced.’

‘The team has good knowledge of market’s practices and of its various players.’

Catherine Saint-Geniest is always very professional, relevant and thorough. She has excellent knowledge and perfect negotiating skills. She demonstrates strong listening skills and provide quick and practical answers.’

Key clients

LA FRANCAISE REAL ESTATE MANAGERS

Société des Centres Commerciaux (SCC) / LSGI

Work highlights

  • Advised LFREM on its acquisition of a building in Chatillon (92).

K&L Gates LLP

Practice head(s):

Edouard Vitry

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Klat; Blandine Bourelle

Testimonials

‘The team shows trust and commitment to its clients.’

‘A very diligent team that follows a practical commercial view of real estate issues and has a good understanding of real estate fundamentals, other than just the legal issues.’

‘A responsive team who also communicates very effectively through a French-English bilingual capacity.’

‘They never fail to attend to clients’ requests in a very professional and timely manner. Their availability, responsiveness and the high quality of their work are what any client would ask for.’

‘Edouard Vitry and associate Blandine Bourelle provide clear and fast advice.’

‘Edouard Vitry has great experience handling domestic and cross-borders transactions.’

‘Associate Blandine Bourelle is very responsive and hardworking.’

Key clients

Redhat

Securitas Direct

Equinix

Rockspring IM

Amazon

Marathon Asset Management

Savills Asset Management

Mount Street Loan Solutions

Boralex

Normandy Memorial Trust

Altran Technologies

Crédit Foncier

Crowe Horwath

Klesia

ICE

Clarion Gramercy

Kai Yuan Holdings

Le Premier

Parisian Property Partners

Principal Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised data center company Equinix on French real estate matters relating to a joint venture agreement with Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC to develop six data centres in Europe.
  • Advised Clarion Gramercy Europe on the financing and €175m acquisition of seven French logistics assets from Tristan Capital Partners.
  • Assisting Normandy Memorial Trust with the acquisition of lands and the construction of a British D-Day Memorial in Gold Beach (Normandy).

Norton Rose Fulbright

Practice head(s):

Jean-Pascal Bus

Key clients

ABN AMRO

BayernInvest

Crédit Agricole CIB

Certas

HUK-Coburg

KKR

Swiss Life

Vodafone

Work highlights

  • Advised HUK-Coburg on the acquisition of a stake in a fund set up by Swiss Life for the acquisition of the Terreïs portofolio.
  • Advised BayernInvest on the refinancing of a large stake of the debt subscribed by a SPV  affiliated to Invesco for the acquisition of Capital 8 trophy asset in Paris 8th.
  • Advised Swiss Life on the acquisition of 7 camping grounds from Vacanceselect

Reed Smith

Practice head(s):

Stéphane Illouz

Reinhart Marville Torre

Practice head(s):

Fleur Gaffinel; Bertrand Thouny

Key clients

KFC FRANCE / YUM! BRANDS INC.

FREY

KLEPIERRE

MCDONALDS

AVIVA INVESTORS REAL ESTATE FRANCE SA

AG2R LA MONDIALE

GENERALI REAL ESTATE S.P.A.

AEW CILOGER

VALIMMO

WERELDHAVE

AMUNDI

OBERTHUR TECHNOLOGIES

FC NANTES

MAYOLI SPINDLER LGV

SANOFI PASTEUR

ELIS

IFF LUCAS MEYER COMESTICS

MEECH DEVELOPMENT

LEON DE BRUXELLES

KRONENBOURG

GROUPE LE DUFF

BILTOKI

SERARE / COURTEPAILLE

MACIFIMO

Work highlights

  • Advised AVIVA INVESTORS on the negotiation and drafting of a commercial lease granted to Société du Grand Paris on the Moods building in St Denis.

Sekri Valentin Zerrouk

Practice head(s):

Emeline Peltier

Other key lawyers:

Pierre-Emmanuel Chevalier

Stephenson Harwood

Practice head(s):

Pierre-Nicolas Sanzey

Testimonials

‘The team is highly reliable.’

Key clients

Zoku International BV

Pradera

Archer Hotel Capital

Primonial REIM

Groupe Galeries Lafayette / Citynove

Icade

Work highlights

  • Assisted French department store chain Galeries Lafayette with the negotiation of a commercial lease with Adidas regarding the opening of a new flag ship store on Boulevard Haussmann in Paris.

Taylor Wessing

Practice head(s):

Alfred Fink

Testimonials

An efficient and available team.

Work highlights

  • Assisted German company VONOVIA with its investment in ICF Habitat Novedis.
  • Advised Invesco on the financing of the acquisition of an office building in Paris (Avenue du Coq).

UGGC Avocats

Key clients

AB SAGAX

CARLYLE REAL ESTATE

RED TREE CAPITAL

SNCF

The French State