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Firms To Watch: Real estate

Chatham Partners LLP is well-known for the support in large-scale urban developments in Hamburg as well as high-volume leases and real estate transactions.
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP specialises in advising on investments for large property proprietors and pension funds, especially with regard to the purchase of individual properties and property portfolios.
The advice offered by Lambsdorff Rechtsanwälte includes classic real estate transactions, real estate financing, real estate law advice for investors and service providers in day-to-day operations and real estate litigation.
The Düsseldorf firm ROTTHEGE specialises in project developments, transactions and legal asset management and expanded its real estate financing expertise during the reporting period.

Real estate in Germany

Includes advice on real estate transactions and projects, real estate financing and real estate-related fund structuring, with financing advice also being dealt with in a separate ranking (real estate financing).

Clifford Chance

In the real estate sector, Clifford Chance covers the entire spectrum of investment and transactional advice. The team advises on acquisitions by way of share and asset deals, on project developments including forward deals, on financing and tax structuring as well as sales. The group is well versed in all asset categories, including special properties such as data centres and hospitals, and also advises on property repositioning and investment restructuring. Practice head Christian Kelich routinely assists with large portfolio transactions, while Fabian Böhm has particular experience in sale-and-leaseback transactions and Philipp Stoecker, who made partner in May 2021, is a key advisor for real estate investments. This service spectrum is further enhanced with cross-practice competencies, particularly at the interface with public law as well as tax and capital markets law.

Practice head(s):

Christian Keilich

Other key lawyers:

Fabian Böhm; Philipp Stoecker

Testimonials

‘Christian Keilich is a strong negotiator with a lot of experience.’

‘High level of competence, adherence to schedules and good interdisciplinary cooperation.’

‘Excellent know-how and availability!’

‘Decades of experience in a broad-based real estate team. Very good internal cooperation with other relevant disciplines such as taxes, fund structuring and Luxembourg.’

CMS

CMS ‘s real estate team boasts an impressive track record of large-volume portfolio transactions, particularly portfolios in the category housing. The group advises on numerous single asset acquisitions and sales by way of share and asset deals as well as complex forward deals. Clients benefit from the firm’s international network, especially the Luxembourg office, with frequent cooperations on the setup of joint venture structures in the project development space. While the team, led by Sebastian Orthmann, advises on all asset categories, recent activities span supermarkets, retail, logistics, care and data centres, both in the transactional as well as asset management context, the latter constitutes another mainstay for the team. Heinz-Joachim Kummer specialises in advising on project developments, national and international real estate transactions and real estate financing.

Practice head(s):

Sebastian Orthmann

Other key lawyers:

Heinz-Joachim Kummer

Testimonials

‘Sebastian Orthmann’s CMS team is extremely conscientious, but at the same time accessible to practical solutions. The consultancy is obviously driven by performance in terms of content and not by maximizing profits.’

‘Sebastian Orthmann delegates to members of his team as far as they are able to fulfill the corresponding task. This is in the interest of everyone involved. At the same time, he remains informed about the matter and can be contacted directly. That’s how it should be.’

‘Very trusting and cooperative partnership; Issues are resolved quickly and pragmatically; Linking of legal and tax issues is excellent; European cooperation very well covered.’

‘Speed, very precise, lawyers very efficient, good advice on standard market regulations in contracts, high motivation.’

‘Efficient real estate law team, many years of expertise, good conflict management, strategic advice.’

‘Very competent and reliable team.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

DIC Asset

Invesco Real Estate

Peakside Capital Advisors

Savills Investment Management

Peach Property Group

Union Investment

Valor

Panattoni

Work highlights

  • Advising Allianz Real Estate on various transactions, including the purchase of London office buildings valued at over €440 million, the purchase of a logistics facility in Vienna and the purchase of the Eiffel Square office complex in Budapest.
  • Advice to DIC Asset on the launch of their largest fund to date with a gross investment volume of €1.6 billion and subsequent advice on the acquisition of the start-up property Deka Office Hub in Frankfurt.
  • Comprehensive legal and tax advice to Invesco Real Estate on the sale of the Prime Four residential portfolio to Real IS.

Greenberg Traurig Germany

The real estate group at Greenberg Traurig Germany offers a broad service spectrum, including transactions, financing, investment advice as well as dispute resolution. All asset categories are covered as well as related environmental, planning and public law issues. A particular strength of the team is advising on large-volume and complex transactions as well as real estate funds. Practice head Florian Rösch specialises in real estate transactions and financing, project developments and real estate dispute resolution, while co-chair of the global real estate practice Christian Schede focuses on project developments, infrastructure projects and M&A transactions. Joint ventures are routinely covered by Peter Schorling . Wencke Bäsler is another key contact for real estate transactions and asset management, while Daniel Benighaus is well versed in project developments. In the area of dispute resolution, the team was recently successfully involved in the process before the Federal Constitutional Court on the Berlin rent cap.

Practice head(s):

Christian Schede

Testimonials

‘Dr. Florian Rösch: Competent, experienced, solution-oriented; consistent, charming and consensus-oriented in negotiations.’

‘The Greenberg Traurig team is excellently positioned in all necessary legal areas and is characterized by its outstanding interdisciplinary and exclusively client-oriented work.’

‘Wencke Bäsler is a very good, solution-oriented advisor in real estate transactions.’

‘Dr. Christian Schede: Great trust, reliability, professionalism.’

‘We can always rely on quick and well-founded preliminary work, any necessary representations work smoothly and without loss of information. Working together is always pleasant, we have a real service mentality and can always rely on timely support, even in very busy situations.’

‘The cooperation between the individual departments works very well and is unobtrusive for the customer. So if expertise from other colleagues is required or makes sense, this will of course be obtained and taken into account without delaying the process.’

‘The demands of the individuals on the quality of the preparation and preliminary work are very high. In addition to the actual order, the environment is often considered and included.’

‘Very demanding and complex advice as part of our real estate projects. What I value as a special strength of GT is the unique ability to empathize with the players of clients and third parties.

Key clients

AEW

Heimstaden Bostad

Ares Management

Art-Invest

Benson Elliot

Deutsche Wohnen

Dream Industrial

Garbe Industrial

OVG/Edge Technologies

Oxford Properties

Swiss Life/Beos

Tristan Capital Partners

Wertgrund

Work highlights

  • Advised Heimstaden Bostad, one of Sweden’s largest housing companies, on the purchase of a real estate portfolio in Berlin for €830 million.
  • Representation in court in a collective constitutional complaint by twelve medium-sized real estate companies and individual owners as well as selected housing cooperatives before the Federal Constitutional Court against the Berlin rent cap law.
  • Advising Velero Immobilien AG as sole counsel on the planned €500+ million IPO and the subsequent sale of the company to KKR.

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP

McDermott Will & Emery Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater LLP is ‘a full-service law firm that covers all areas of the real estate industry‘, including interfacing matters with capital markets law, investment law and restructuring. Particularly the team’s impressive restructuring practice recently gained momentum, with the advice on the sale of the real estate portfolio of the ailing department store chain Galeria Kaufhof. The team is ‘very well positioned, especially for transactions, including large-scale transactions‘ and most recently expanded its advice in the areas of transactions and project developments in the asset categories housing and logistics. Practice head Jens Ortmanns focuses on advising family offices and other investors on real estate transactions, project developments, joint ventures, leasing and financing. Ulrich Flege and Maximilian Clostermeyer regularly support large portfolio transactions as well as transactions by way of share deals, asset deals and joint venture structures. Frank Müller advises at the interface with investment law and Holger Weiß specialises in real estate financing and refinancing, project developments and questions of commercial tenancy law.

Practice head(s):

Jens Ortmanns

Testimonials

‘Not only top legal, but also a very pragmatic and entrepreneurial approach. Great understanding of service, integration of other legal experts works smoothly, but unlike other law firms, there is no impression that it is about cross-selling.’

‘The real estate law practice area is particularly well positioned for transactions, including large ones. They are able to quickly staff all relevant subject areas with technically well-qualified lawyers and, even with time-demanding tasks, quickly find the manpower required to deliver well-founded and solution-oriented results in tight time windows.’

‘We have primarily worked with Dr. Ortmanns, who is characterized by an extraordinarily high level of commitment and availability and, in addition to legal know-how, also has a very pronounced understanding of economic and technical issues. With this combination, he regularly delivers legally sound solutions that are both practical and very solution-oriented.’

‘Dr. Holger Weiß + Team: Excellent in competence, customer friendliness, sovereignty, accuracy, speed, thoroughness, reliability.’

‘A full-service law firm that covers all areas of the real estate industry. Extremely resilient and persistent, with a great deal of sensitivity for the essentials. In tricky situations with a clear opinion and strategy.’

‘Extremely analytical and clear approach. Clear recommendations are given and there is a close exchange of information. At night, at weekends, no problem – the main thing is that the customer is satisfied and the deal can be completed.’

Key clients

Art-Invest Real Estate

DIC Asset AG

Die Developer

Douglas

FIEGE Logistik Holding Stiftung & Co. KG

Fortuna Düsseldorf

GALERIA Karstadt Kaufhof

Imfarr Beteiligungs GmbH

NRW.Bank

SIGNA

Tresono Family Office

Work highlights

  • Advising the SIGNA Group on the acquisition of the GALERIA Kaufhof real estate portfolio from Hudson’s Bay Capital and subsequent transactions.
  • Advising Imfarr Beteiligungs GmbH on an off-market deal with SN Beteiligungen Holding AG for the acquisition of the Silberturm in Frankfurt am Main.  
  • Advising the FOND OF NEW CAMPUS GmbH on the project development The Ship in Cologne-Ehrenfeld, described as the most digital office development in Germany.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP 's real estate law team focuses on complex high-volume transactions, with frequent cross-border deals, by way of share and asset deals as well as acquisitions and sales across all asset categories. Various related topics are also covered, where product-specific advice is combined with regulatory competencies. The comprehensive advice covers all stages of the deal, from acquisition to syndication and secondary trading to sale and restructuring. In the project development area, the group is regularly instructed by German and international project developers and investors. Practice head Jochen Scheel supports international investors in the acquisition, sale and development of property portfolios in the categories housing, commercial, office and logistics. Christian Hilmes handles property development, leasing, asset management, collateral and restructuring issues.

Practice head(s):

Jochen Scheel

Other key lawyers:

Christian Hilmes

Testimonials

‘Broadly based team, centrally coordinated by a partner who, as the sole contact person, not only has an overview, but also has almost every detail. Back-up resources were readily available when needed at all.’

‘Dr. Jochen Scheel: Both corporate and real estate at the highest level, in every detail of the complex transaction with information and negotiation confidence, top negotiator, calm but persistent, always available and approachable. Overall outstanding.’

‘Great professional expertise in the field of project development.’

‘Dr. Hilmes is technically very good and also very well versed on an international level.’

Key clients

Aérium

Aloys Wobben Stiftung (AWS) / ENERCON

American Tower Corporation

Capital Bay

CORESTATE

ECE Real Estate Partners

Gerry Weber

Ivanhoé Cambridge

May & Co. Holding

Nuveen

Work highlights

  • Advising American Tower Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of telecom infrastructure, on the acquisition of Telxius Towers from Telefónica SA The transaction concerns around 31,000 existing cell towers in Germany, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina.
  • Advising Nuveen on the acquisition of the landmark building Cube in Berlin, an office complex that controls itself using artificial intelligence, from CA Immo.
  • Advising Gerry Weber in connection with the sale or sale-and-lease-back transaction of a logistics center in Halle, a related property exchange agreement and a comprehensive neighborhood agreement, as well as on all aspects of real estate law as part of the company’s restructuring.

Dentons

Dentons offers a full-service approach and has developed a strong foothold in transactions, both at national and international level. In addition to traditional real estate law, the group also covers related corporate and tax law issues as well as real estate financing and investment law issues. Practice head Dirk-Reiner Voß focuses on transactions and related financing issues, while René Dubois focuses on international real estate projects. David Zafra Carollo and Bernhard Gemmel, who is admitted to the bar in Germany and France, routinely cover the financing aspects of real estate transactions. Asset and property management issues are a strength of Volker Mergener and Dominik Thomer advises on the tax law structuring of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Dirk-Reiner Voß  

Testimonials

‘Long-term advice that has created a deep understanding of the client’s issues. This understanding is used very profitably – technically highly qualified and at the same time pragmatic approach – great value for money.’

‘René Dubois: Individual understanding of topics; Goal orientation.’

‘The Dentons team is extremely professional and reliable. From my point of view, a law firm should always be reliable and correct towards its clients. The cooperation is excellent. What should be particularly emphasized compared to other law firms would be the very good availability and the strength of the team!’

‘Very careful and forward-thinking for the client!’

‘The collaboration with Mr. René Dubois deserves special mention. Very committed, competent and extremely pleasant in negotiations as well as preparation and advice!’

‘Mr David Zafra Carollo is a very reliable and extremely professional partner. He always delivers on time and sticks to the agreements that have been made.’

Key clients

Vonovia

Union Investment

Principal Real Estate

PATRIZIA

Nuveen Real Estate

CTP

P3 Logistic Parks

Harrison Street

gsp Städtebau

GIC

Berliner Sparkasse / Landesbank Berlin

Kriton Immobilien / Black Horse Development

Société Générale

IREIT Global

Berlin Hyp

Harz Metall

Work highlights

  • Advising Vonovia on the acquisition of a portfolio of 1,000 apartments in Kiel. The seller is the Danish H&L Ejedndomme A/S.
  • Advising gsp Stadtbau on the acquisition of the Lurgihaus in Frankfurt am Main from Aroundtown and on the development of the Grand Tower in Frankfurt’s Europaviertel.
  • Advising Palmira Capital Partners on the acquisition of corporate real estate near Dresden in the form of a sale-and-lease-back transaction. The transaction is Palmira’s first investment for its Palmira UIC 2 fund.

DLA Piper

Due to the international network of DLA Piper, the team is well positioned for cross-border transactions, international project developments and pan-European portfolios as well as forward deals with cross-border aspects. Further strengths include the advice on real estate projects related to insolvency and supporting real estate financing issues. The two practice heads Lars Reubekeul and Fabian Mühlen focus on real estate blockchain technologies, smart buildings and data centres (Reubekeul) and advising insurers and asset managers on high-volume transactions (Mühlen). Martin Haller specialises in project developments across various asset categories, including office, retail and logistics, while Christian Lonquich routinely handles portfolio and loan transactions.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Mühlen; Lars Reubekeul

Testimonials

‘Very strong team with a very long track record with our company. The team appears fully committed in the deals. Very high level of detail with fast processing/ feedback at the same time.’

‘Dr. Martin Haller: Very confident with a lot of experience and knowledge of the market. Always calm, matter-of-fact and friendly. Very high level of competence and experience in various asset classes (office, trade, logistics).’

‘Very harmonious, well coordinated team. Annual leave abscences are handled very well. You can tell that the competencies in the team complement each other very well. Always up to date.’

‘Martin Haller: Extremely good at negotiating and a running encyclopedia, especially interpersonal very good to steer the other side correctly.’

‘A very practice-oriented team with always good solution proposals and pragmatic approaches. A real asset.’

‘Dr. Martin Haller always keeps an overview and can play the soft as well as the hard tones very well.’

‘Competent contacts who keep calm even in difficult negotiations and find the right answers/solutions. The task was completed to our complete satisfaction.’

‘Fabian Mühlen advised us as a partner, and through his competent advice he made the purchase contract negotiations a success.’

Key clients

Aviva Investors

AXA Investment Managers

Catella Real Estate

CONREN Land

GLP

Hahn Gruppe

HALLMANN HOLDING

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Hotels & Resorts

Jamestown

KINGSTONE Investment Management

MARCOL

Novapierre Allemagne 2 SCPI

Principal Real Estate Spezialfondsgesellschaft mbH

PROJECT Immobilien Gewerbe AG

The Carlyle Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the global investment company The Carlyle Group on the acquisition of a portfolio of 27 logistics properties in France and Germany. The transaction was structured as a sale-and-lease-back.
  • Advising the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Hotels & Resorts on the continuation of ten hotels of the franchisee Tidal Operations Germany GmbH (TOG) and their transfer to the new operator, the Westmont Hospitality Group.
  • Advising PROJECT Immobilien Gewerbe AG on the sale of the new office and commercial building MACHWERK74 in Berlin. The buyer is Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH in Hamburg.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Practice head(s):

Johannes Conradi

GSK Stockmann

GSK Stockmann offers both transactional and asset management support and advises asset managers, project developers and institutional investors. The team has an impressive track record in portfolio transactions structured by way of share and asset deals. A core strength is the combined real estate and corporate expertise in the reshaping of joint venture structures into forward share deals. The practice is managed by Dirk Brückner and Rainer Werum. Brückner specialises in advising on real estate joint ventures and complex share deals, while Werum focuses on regulatory issues relating to open-ended real estate funds. Philip Huperz is experienced in micro-living real estate project developments and Monique Franke is well versed in supporting retail and office real estate transactions. In cooperation with the Luxembourg office, the firm assists international investors with investment opportunities in the German real estate market via private equity funds and corporate structures structured in Luxembourg. Nadine Wachendorf (commercial tenancy law and real estate transactions) was promoted to local partner in January 2021. In January 2022, the team was also strengthened with new equity partner Martin Prothmann, previously at CMS, who has experience in real estate transactions, commercial tenancy law and asset management, as well as salary partner Frederic Jürgens from MELCHERS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaftsgesellschaft mbB, he covers the construction law interface.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Brückner; Rainer Werum

Testimonials

‘The law firm offers a complete package for all real estate law issues from a single source. Cross-location practice groups also appear to the client as a unified team.’

‘The entire team is always up to date, no loss of knowledge.’

‘Very competent and flexible, very good advice with regard to the customer’s wishes in accordance with the legal requirements.’

‘The Munich team is characterized by outstanding real estate deal expertise.’

‘Dr. Rainer Werum impresses in countless real estate transactions with excellent specialist knowledge and charming negotiation skills.’

Key clients

Ampega Investment GmbH

Art-Invest Real Estate Funds GmbH

Art Invest Real Estate und Accumulata Real Estate

AviaRent Invest AG

Centerscape

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

DekaBank Konzern

Grand Central Frankfurt GmbH

Hammer AG und Optima-Aegidius Gruppe

Invesco Real Estate

MP Holding GmbH

OFFICEFIRST Immobilien GmbH

PE & Development AVIAM GmbH

PHOENIX Real Estate Development GmbH

R&S Immobilienmanagement GmbH

Real I.S. AG Gesellschaft für Immobilien Assetmanagement

UBM Development AG

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising UBM Development AG and its joint venture partner PAULUS Immobiliengruppe on the sale of the FAZ Tower by way of a forward deal to HanseMerkur property for around €200 million.
  • Advising Deka Immobilien on the purchase of the first phase of the project in the Weißen Quartier in Munich with two office buildings from InfraRed Capital Partners (London) and Allgemeine Südboden (Munich).
  • Advising the project developers Optima-Aegidius and Hammer AG on the sale of the commercial project South Horizon (SoHo) in Munich Obersendling as part of a forward share deal to the asset manager Ampega for insurance companies of HDI Germany.

Hengeler Mueller

Hengeler Mueller's advice on real estate law is tailored to large real estate investors, international asset managers and private equity houses as well as real estate groups, including the advice on acquisition and sale transactions across all asset categories as well as negotiating rental agreements. The team has also recently become increasingly active in the context of restructuring and insolvency. Thus, Daniel Kress, a specialist in real estate financing, advised on the sale of a residual portfolio after corporate reorganisation and in the renegotiation of leases following the insolvency of a department store chain. Thomas Müller focuses on joint ventures and the sale and acquisition of large single assets and property portfolios. In the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the group assisted with pandemic-related rent reductions.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Müller; Daniel Kress

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Transactions, primarily in the commercial, office and logistics asset categories, are a cornerstone of the advisory activities of Hogan Lovells International LLP, while specialist properties are also managed. Clients, including national and international investors and project developers, are also advised on asset management and financing issues. Roland Bomhard, who focuses on real estate financing and project developments, heads the practice, which also includes Dirk Debald and Marc Werner. Debald oversees the entire life cycle of a property, while Werner is particularly well versed in drafting hotel management, lease, rental and franchise contracts.

Practice head(s):

Roland Bomhard

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Debald; Marc Werner

Testimonials

‘Goal-oriented, interdisciplinary and experienced in transactions.’

‘Roland Bomhard: Very, very experienced, helping to implement the client’s wishes and goals.’

‘Real estate law and negotiating power at a very high level.’

‘Dr. Dirk Debald is an outstanding lawyer with sophisticated expertise and great negotiating power.’

‘Outstanding specialist knowledge that goes far beyond the practical area of real estate law and is applied in a practical and solution-oriented manner. Clear recommendations for action and quick implementation of concrete suggestions. Active promotion of ongoing projects.’

‘Dr. Roland Bomhard: Can be contacted at any time and in the details. Strategic and goal-oriented negotiation. Extensive expertise that is also respected by the other side. Efficient and to the point without lengthy legal explanations.’

‘From our point of view, consulting is always a personal business. However, Hogan Lovells is in every position to achieve an exceptionally high level of advice and competence with any person! Cost structures always remain true to size and appropriate.’

‘We appreciate the almost seamless integration into our team and see them as part of our internal team as well as being available at all times. In addition to legal advice, special attention is paid to strategic and commercial aspects. We are extremely satisfied with the negotiation results achieved and the calm nature of the negotiations.’

Key clients

AEW

ARE / UBM

BNP Paribas REIM

BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH

DIC Asset

Garbe Industrial Real Estate

Hana / Mirae

HR Group

LUWIN / Medcap

MAS Real Estate

Outokumpu

PATRIZIA

Real I.S.

Signa

Union Investment

Values Real Estate

Warburg HIH

Work highlights

  • Advising Real IS AG on the acquisition of the Prime Four residential portfolio with four properties in central locations in Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt and Cologne with a total area of almost 69,400 square meters.
  • Ongoing advice to Union Investment Real Estate GmbH on the acquisition and sale of commercial real estate in Germany, such as the acquisition of the Munich office building Neue Balan Haus 27 from Allgemeine SÜDBODEN Grundbesitz AG.
  • Advising the hotel operator HR Group on the takeover of a hotel portfolio from the Vienna House Group and on the change of operator of the Hotel Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof.

Linklaters

Linklaters advises real estate managers, investors, banks, insurers and pension funds on real estate transactions and financing. The real estate law expertise is often combined with experience in the private equity sector, which is particularly useful to private equity houses in the context of real estate transactions. Wolfram Krüger, who specialises in portfolio transactions and restructuring, jointly heads the group with Carsten Loll; Loll's expertise also covers real estate transactions and the interface with private equity.

Practice head(s):

Wolfram Krüger; Carsten Loll

Testimonials

‘Large and well positioned real estate team. Good and tried and tested interdisciplinary cooperation with tax law and investment law. Good international positioning and integration, eg Luxembourg.’

‘We mainly work together with Carsten Loll. Carsten Loll is economical, results-oriented, strong in negotiations and charismatic. An excellent contact in all areas of real estate law and the interfaces: service-oriented and approachable; pleasant cooperation; well connected and recognized in the market.

‘Very strong team with very good mutual networking in the areas of real estate law, tax law and investment law. The team appears fully committed in the deals. Very high level of detail with fast processing/feedback at the same time. Supported by AI software.’

‘Dr. Carsten Loll: Very confident with a lot of experience and knowledge of the market. Always calm, matter-of-fact and friendly. Never seems stressed. Brings complicated issues to the point in a simple and understandable way.’

‘Young, committed and reliable. Problem solvers and not problem makers.’

‘Dr. Carsten Loll is deal-oriented and goal-oriented; no unnecessary negotiations.’

‘Very high level of expertise (partners and associates), very dynamic and communicative team. Management of the mandate with the appropriate resources.’

‘Well-rehearsed and experienced team that can present all topics of real estate management.’

Key clients

Blackstone

CBRE Global Investors

Union Investment

Barings

BlackRock

Quantum Immobilien

AG Real Estate und Cardif Lux Vie

Catella Real Estate

Macquarie

LEG Immobilien AG

Vonovia SE

Noerr

Noerr supports clients in real estate transactions, project developments and real estate financing as well as in real estate operations. Annette Pospich leads the team and routinely covers real estate transactions in the asset categories retail, office and logistics and also handles financial and investment law aspects. She is also well versed in setting up rental structures for commercial properties. Clemens Schönemann, who made partner at the beginning of 2021, assists with real estate disputes both in and out-of-court. At the same time, Manuel Lomb was promoted to salary partner, underpinning the prominence of real estate transactions and project developments in the international context. The interface with real estate financing was strengthened with Tim Behrens, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Annette Pospich

Testimonials

‘Annette Pospich and Manuel Lomb: well-founded, thorough, affable.’

‘Manuel Lomb is very friendly, down to earth, competent.’

Annette Pospich is competent and tough when it comes to negotiating.’

‘In addition to all aspects of real estate law, Noerr also covers the frequently relevant areas of taxes, company law, etc. very well (under the direction of the real estate lawyers). In the respective transactions, there are always very easily accessible contacts.’

‘The team has a very thorough knowledge of the real estate market and the case law in this area.’

‘They take a lot of time to go into detail and describe different approaches.’

‘Legal advice at the highest level.’

‘A very competent team with skilful negotiation skills’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Activum SG

Catella Project Management GmbH

Commerz Real

DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate

Deutsche Asset One

Deutsche Wohnen Gruppe

DIC Asset

Gateway Real Estate AG

Gazeley Germany

GEG German Estate Group AG

GoldTree Group

GSW Immobilien AG

HTB

Instone Real Estate Development

Kathrein Group

Patron Capital

Real I.S.

Redos Real Estate

Schwarz Gruppe/Kaufland

Spardabank Hessen

Toms

Union Investment Institutional Property

V-Markt

Work highlights

  • Advising Sparda-Bank Hessen eG on the acquisition of an office and hotel high-rise building on Europaallee in Frankfurt am Main, which is still under development.
  • Advising Real IS AG on the acquisition of two office properties in a prime location in Berlin for the Real IS theme fund Germany II; The seller of the office property portfolio is PATRIZIA AG.
  • Comprehensive advice to DEMIRE Deutsche Mittelstand Real Estate AG on the joint acquisition of the building known as CIELO in the prominent office complex at Theodor-Heuss-Allee 100-104 in Frankfurt am Main; in addition to DEMIRE, the RFR Group is equally involved in the transaction.

POELLATH

POELLATH focuses on real estate transactions and financing, project developments and advising joint ventures. The group has additional capacities in real estate-related restructuring advice. All aspects are covered in both the transactional and project development areas, including the letting of properties. The group is under the joint leadership of Stefan Lebek and Matthias Durst. While Lebek has particular experience with joint venture structures, Durst is particularly well versed in asset deals, share deals and unit deals.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Lebek; Matthias Durst

Testimonials

‘P+P works very service-oriented. Response and processing times are short, the technical competence and knowledge of the market are excellent. The team is well positioned, can be contacted and reached around the clock and you always feel well looked after.’

‘The lawyers are characterized by their high level of professional expertise, great flexibility and a pronounced willingness to perform. We particularly appreciate the negotiating power of Mr. Durst and Mr. Lebek.’

‘Very good service that is practice-oriented.’

‘Stefan Lebek is an outstanding consultant.

Key clients

CA Immo Deutschland

Caleus Capital Partners

Copro

Corpus Sireo

Deutsche Wohnen

DKB

Generali

Henderson

Hines

LBBW

Momeni

Quantum

VGH

Wohnbau

ZBI Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Hines/Union Investment on the sale of the Medicus portfolio in Berlin and Düsseldorf consisting of six properties by way of a combined asset and unit deal.
  • Advising Deutsche Wohnen SE on the acquisition of 40% of the shares in Quarterback Immobilien AG, Leipzig, as well as shares in various project companies.

Ashurst LLP

'Thorough understanding of transactions and empathetic negotiating skills ' characterise the real estate law team at Ashurst LLP, especially in the key areas of real estate transactions, advising regulated market participants and project developments. While the transactional support covers all asset categories, the team has recently been particularly active in the areas of logistics and housing, while advising on the acquisition of project developments is another focus. Practice head Liane Muschter supports national and international investors in portfolio transactions and related financing issues, including Islamic financing structures. Nicolas Deuerling focuses on project developments and sale-and-lease-back structures.

Practice head(s):

Liane Muschter

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Deuerling

Testimonials

‘Thorough understanding of transactions and empathetic negotiation skills.’

‘Pragmatic, goal/solution-oriented and quick reactions.’

‘Dr. Liane Muschter: Outstanding lawyer and negotiator.’

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP advises on various real estate transactions both on buyer as well as seller side. This includes complex single assets, such as retail parks, office and commercial properties, as well as the acquisition and sale of international real estate portfolios. Project developments are advised on across various asset categories. The team’s interdisciplinary approach covers all relevant interface topics, while clients also rely on other offices for cross-border matters. Practice head Roland Fabian regularly advises on tax aspects of complex international transactions. His team includes Carsten Bremer, whose clients include investors, banks, insurers and asset managers.

Practice head(s):

Roland Fabian

Other key lawyers:

Carsten Bremer

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Avignon Capital

Barings Real Estate GmbH

BentallGreenOak

CBRE Global Investors Germany GmbH

Cromwell Germany

Hines

InfraRed Capital Partners

Instant Offices

Investec Property Fund, Südafrika REIT

Sirius Facilities GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising InfraRed Capital Partners on the sale of the first phase of the WEISSEN QUARTIER project in Munich to Deka Immobilien.
  • Advising Allianz Real Estate on the sale of the new office building at An der Alster 42 in Hamburg as part of an asset deal.
  • Comprehensive advice to BentallGreenOak on the acquisition of commercial space in Paderborn along with redevelopment as a logistics property.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland advises on all stages of the project developments and offers tailored interdisciplinary practice teams for related regulatory, corporate and tax issues. A particular focus is on transaction and project development support for various asset categories, including specialist properties such as data centres and retail parks. This is complemented by relevant expertise in prop tech, co-living and co-working. Gerhard Molt, who specialises in project developments, asset management, prop tech as well as logistics and healthcare real estate, heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Gerhard Molt

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Ziegler

Testimonials

‘We work with Eversheds exclusively in real estate financing. The team works through processes very correctly and is always master of the processes. As a customer, this reliability enables us to use our capacities elsewhere.’

‘Thomas Ziegler negotiates financing documents very emphatically and his leadership through the financing enables us to leave processes completely to Eversheds at any time.’

‘Eversheds is characterized by professional competence, extraordinarily high responsiveness and targeted consulting services. In this way, our interests are efficiently pursued and maximized.’

‘Thomas Ziegler is extremely responsive and provides professional, competent and goal-oriented advice. In this way, with Mr. Ziegler, we are able to optimize the results of negotiations and secure our legal positions.’

Key clients

AXA Investment Managers

Boeing

Cyrus One

Europa Capital

Finch Properties

Microsoft

Patrizia

Stadt Wuppertal

Wealthcore

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Advising Finch Properties on a joint venture with Partners Group on the sale of the Golden House in Frankfurt to DIC Asset.
  • Advising an investment fund company on a forward asset deal for the acquisition of a property for senior living.
  • Advising an investment manager on the financing of the acquisition of several logistics properties in Europe.

Gleiss Lutz

Gleiss Lutz focuses on advising at the interface between M&A and real estate law. Accordingly, real estate transactions, including their financing, are part of the day-to-day case load. A wide variety of asset categories are covered, with a recent focus on office, logistics, care and specialist properties. In line with this orientation, practice head Tim Weber also focuses on transactions. The group also covers issues pertaining to project developments, tenancy law and asset management.

Practice head(s):

Tim Weber

Testimonials

‘Very high level of competence paired with a pragmatic approach.’

‘Tim Weber is characterized by high quality, negotiation skills and a good understanding of the economic drivers of a transaction.’

‘In 2020, at the beginning of the Corona crisis, we (exclusively) collaborated  with Tim Weber. Specifically, it was about the assessment of the legal situation regarding the obligation to (unrestricted) rent payments in closed businesses. Furthermore, Mr. Weber supported in negotiations with landlords and was a great help to us with the diverse questions in order to gain orientation on the open issues during this period. Technically top, calm and factual, can not be disturbed.’

‘Dr. Tim Weber is level-headed, thinks along economically and is available at all times.’

Key clients

Daishin Securities and Shinhan Alternative Investment Management

Europa Capital

Invesco

NAS Invest

Optimum Asset Management

Patrizia

Resolution

RFR

Swiss Life

Union Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advising the Swiss Life Healthcare V-Fonds on the acquisition of a healthcare real estate portfolio consisting of 27 properties from Threestones Capital Management SA from Luxembourg.
  • Advising RFR on the acquisition of eleven Karstadt department stores from the Highstreet consortium.
  • Advising Daishin Securities and Shinhan Alternative Investment Management on the acquisition of a 49% stake in the Frankfurt office complex FBC from Aroundtown Group.

GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB

Real estate law advice at GÖRG Partnerschaft von Rechtsanwälten mbB focuses on project developments and on transactions, including financing as well as tax and corporate law structuring. A core focus in the project development space is advising on restructuring and insolvency-related sales transactions, where Markus Heider is a key contact. He is part of the team led by Jan Lindner-Figura. Lindner-Figura primarily advises national and international project developers and investors on the sale and acquisition as well as the development and marketing of properties and real estate projects and also acts as a notary. This is complemented by commercial tenancy law expertise. In May 2021, the team was strengthened in the transactional space with the addition of Dennis Hog, formerly at DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Jan Lindner-Figura

Testimonials

‘We have been working successfully and trustingly for many years with the real estate lawyers from Görg’s Hamburg office on a large number of projects. In addition to general property-related issues, this primarily applies to larger transactions and the design of important heritable building rights and rental agreements.’

We are completely satisfied with the work of the lawyers. The real estate law practice has excellent professional knowledge, remarkable knowledge of the market and an economically thinking approach that goes beyond pure legal advice and thinks the project through as a whole.’

A partner-oriented approach, which is otherwise often only found in smaller law firms, deserves special mention. The teams are efficient, well coordinated and consistent, the integration of other departments (public law, taxes, data protection, etc.) works smoothly and from a single source. All in all a very good overall package with good value for money.’

‘Large practice group that is also able to support comprehensive portfolio acquisitions with short transaction deadlines. Particular expertise in the field of commercial tenancy law, both in the context of transactions and in tenancy law mandates.’

‘Mr. Lindner-Figura convinces with his solution-oriented and charming negotiation skills.’

Key clients

6B47 Germany

Ampega / Talanx Investment Group

BUWOG AG / Vonovia SE

Castlelake (UK) LLP

Coca-Cola European Partners

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Deutsche Rentenversicherung Bund

DFI Partners AG

DIC Asset AG

Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

Granite (Canadian REIT)

HanseMerkur Grundvermögen AG

HIE Hamburg Invest

Hillwood

HVF Hamburgischer Versorgungsfonds AöR

Instone Real Estate

Metropol Projektentwicklung GmbH / Metropol Immobilien und Beteiligungs GmbH

Oberberg GmbH

Patrizia

Real I.S. AG

Rheinische Versorgungskassen

SCP Group S.à r.l. / x+bricks AG / Real GmbH

Segro (UK-REIT)

Staycity Group

WealthCap

Weissmann Group

Work highlights

  • Advising WealthCap on the sale of the Bahnhofspassagen shopping and business center in Potsdam and the execution of the purchase agreement.
  • Comprehensive advice to the Ampega/ Talanx Group on the purchase of various forward funding project developments, on the indirect acquisition of project developments through participations in Invest-KGs, on investing in leasehold land and establishing new leasehold rights, as well as on the allocation of mezzanine financing for project developments.
  • Advising the SCP Group S.à rl on the acquisition of the real supermarket chain from Metro AG and the subsequent transition.

Goodwin

Goodwin advises comprehensively on real estate transactions and real estate financing as well as fund structuring and its restructuring. The advice covers all asset categories and serves a broad client base, which consists of real estate developers, banks, landlords, tenants, sponsors as well as asset and fund managers. Marc Bohne and Peter Junghänel jointly head the practice and focus on transactional matters. The group is also experienced in prop tech and property sciences matters.

Practice head(s):

Marc Bohne; Peter Junghänel

Testimonials

‘The entire area of real estate law at a very high level, transaction strength and the commitment of the entire team are outstanding.’

‘Competent, reliable and transaction-oriented.’

Key clients

777 Capital Partners AG

Castlelake LLP

KanAm Grund

Slate Asset Management L.P

GvW Graf von Westphalen

GvW Graf von Westphalen focuses on advising on specialist properties such as airports, hotels and data centres, but also covers various other asset categories. In particular the hotel sector experienced a noteable increase in crisis consulting  during the Covid 19 pandemic. Accordingly, the group also advised on the rental and lease contract effects of the lockdowns, bridging loans and hotel restructuring. Among the client roster are institutional investors, project developers and operating companies, which are supported in real estate acquisitions and portfolio transactions as well as in project developments, their financing and tax structuring as well as in commercial tenancy law matters. Lorenz Czajka, who specialises in real estate transactions and project developments, heads the practice. Christian Zerr, who is well versed in the hotel sector, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Lorenz Czajka

Other key lawyers:

Christian Zerr

Testimonials

‘Good, proactive availability, great expertise.’

‘Recording of complex legal facts, even from fragmentary documentation and processing, also for the legal layperson.’

‘Long years of deep trust in the expertise and professional standards of the law firm and its partners.’

‘Dr. Lorenz Czajka: Extremely good negotiator in real estate deals, who approaches the transactions with a great deal of experience and a sense of proportion.’

Key clients

Invesco Real Estate

DIC Asset AG

H-Hotels AG; 3F Management GmbH

Belle Époque Gesellschaft für behutsame Stadterneuerung mbH Belle Époque Beteiligung GmbH

Gemeinde Henstedt-Ulzburg

Nuveen Asset Management Europe S.à r.l., Germany

Ingka Group (IKEA)

Aconlog Projektentwicklung GmbH

Avila Management & Consulting AG

Bestseller Textilhandels GmbH

Chopard Deutschland GmbH Le petit-fils de L. U. Chopard & Cie SA

Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V.

Jones Day

Jones Day's client base includes all players in the real estate sector, such as institutional investors, companies and project developers. These are supported in particular in transactions, including portfolio deals, as well as in related financing, joint venture structuring and regulatory issues. All asset categories are covered. Practice head Sandra-Christiane Kamper specialises in cross-border investments, while Nicole Kadel and Christian Trenkel regularly support transactions.

Practice head(s):

Sandra-Christiane Kamper

Other key lawyers:

Nicole Kadel; Christian Trenkel

Key clients

Eastern Property Holding Ltd. (EPH)

Real I.S. AG

Suez S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising EPH European Property Holdings on the acquisition of a hotel property in Dresden.
  • Advising Real IS AG on the sale of the Hattrick portfolio, consisting of three multi-tenant commercial properties in Mannheim, Wiesbaden and Munich, to Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate.
  • Real estate law advice to SUEZ SA on the planned sale of its recycling and recovery activities in four European countries (Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Poland) to PreZero, the environmental division of the Schwarz Group.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP focuses on real estate law advice in the area of investment funds. Accordingly, German capital management companies, international investment fund managers, asset managers and German and international institutional real estate investors as well as banks are advised on real estate transactions, their financing and tax-efficient structuring as well as on regulatory issues. This focus is also reflected in the practice group management, which is headed by real estate fund and fund structuring expert Mario Leißner. Alexandra Weis is the central contact for regulatory advice related to real estate funds. The service spectrum includes clients' representation in court as well as in arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Mario Leißner

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Weis

Key clients

Hannover Leasing

PATRIZIA

Tishman Speyer

JP Morgan

AXA Investment Managers

BEOS AG

Commerz Real Investmentgesellschaft

AEW Invest GmbH

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

HANSAINVEST Hanseatische Investment-GmbH

Barings

Savills Fund Management

BMO (=Bank of Montréal) Real Estate Partners

Orion Capital Managers

2IP Institutional Investment Partners

PATRIZIA Frankfurt Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

La Francaise

Universal Investment

Union Investment

Principal Real Estate Investors

Proprium Capital

Forte Capital

Bouwfonds

Deka Immobilien GmbH

CBRE Global Investors

Allianz Real Estate

Jamestown

RAM Invest

DIC Asset AG

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Hannover Leasing on the purchase of the Weitblick 1.7 office and congress center in Augsburg for a closed domestic special AIF.
  • Advised Tishman Speyer on major transactions.
  • Advising AEW Invest on the sale of the entire portfolio of the German Cities Office fund (selection portfolio) to the British investment manager Tristan Capital Partners.

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, transactional support is a core competence, while another focus is on project developments, where investment managers and trade associations are advised on leases and negotiations are conducted with anchor tenants, among others. Stefan Feuerriegel, who was appointed Head of Germany in January 2021, heads the practice and, in accordance with the team's orientation, handles share deals, portfolio and forward transactions, project developments and the drafting of model contracts. Constanze Bandilla-Dany, who made partner at the same time, routinely advises real estate companies on the enforcement of claims against tenants or other contractual partners and also has particular experience in commercial tenancy law, where she regularly advises on retail parks.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Feuerriegel

Other key lawyers:

Constanze Bandilla-Dany

Testimonials

‘The team comprehensively covers all areas of real estate law. This also includes corporate law advice for joint ventures.’

Key clients

ADLER Real Estate AG

AEW Global Real Estate Investment Management Services / AEW Europe

Ambridge

Amundi Immobilier

BGW / VBG

Corpus Sireo

Design Offices

ECE

EDEKA Zentrale / CEV

EDGE Technologies

Fattal Group / Leonardo Hotels

Garbe Logistik

GBI AG

Greenwater Capital

Hamburg Trust

HanseMerkur / HanseMerkur Grundvermögen

IntReal

Invesco Real Estate

Kriton Immobilien

La Francaise

Momeni Real Estate

Nuveen Real Estate

Otto Family Office

P3

PATRIZIA

Profond Anlagestiftung

Real I.S.

Richard Ditting GmbH & Co. KG

Rocco Forte

Savill’s Investment Manager

Unibail Rodamco Westfield

UniCredit / Wealthcap

Union Investment

Warburg-HIH

Work highlights

  • Advising EDGE ElbSide on its sale to HanseMerkur Grund Vermögen AG.
  • Advice to Unibail Rodamco Westfield on the project development of Germany’s largest shopping center development in HafenCity, in particular on the drafting of the shopping leases and on negotiations with anchor tenants.
  • Advising the Fattal Hotel Group on a sale-and-lease-back transaction of their Hotel Leonardo Royal Berlin Alexanderplatz to Art-Invest Real Estate.

Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing advises on transactions, project developments, asset management and joint ventures, including various related topics. An interdisciplinary approach is apparent in advising on specialist properties, such as data centres and nursing homes, particularly with regard to the firm's technology and healthcare departments. Practice head Anja Fenge is well versed in drafting and negotiating contracts for complex portfolio transactions and advises regulated funds on commercial tenancy law.

Practice head(s):

Anja Fenge

Testimonials

‘Comprehensive understanding of real estate law.’

‘Anja Fenge: Technically particularly good and reliable, very service-oriented, comprehensive advice, focus on what is essential for the client.’

‘The team strength could be scaled within a very short time, just as the transaction required. English translations of very extensive contracts were produced overnight.’

‘A very competent team with an excellent service orientation.’

‘The team has various excellent lawyers who are all in the subject in question, so that there are always contact persons available who can provide information. Overall very strong!’

‘Miss Dr. Fenge combines excellent legal expertise with a great understanding of the economic context and always reflects on the impact of the decision on the client and their business relationships. This all-round view makes them very valuable.’

‘An international, interdisciplinary team with excellent negotiation skills.’

‘The team is characterized by professional competence, experience and strategic foresight – a combination that I have never experienced in working with other law firms.’

Key clients

Adina Apartment Hotels

Art-Invest

AviaRent

Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co KG

Carpus + Partner AG

Casada

Clees/Wicküler

CLS

Commerz Real

CORUM

DC Developments

DELA Lebensversicherungen N.V.

DWS

ECE Group Services

Exporo AG

Floreat

Four Parx

FRANKONIA

GARBE Unternehmensgruppe

Hamburg Trust

Harder & Partner

Helaba

Invesco

KHH Baiersdorf 1 GmbH

New Yorker Gruppe

Off White

Swiss Life Asset Managers France

VALUES. Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to GARBE Industrial Real Estate GmbH (and other companies of the GARBE Group) on various transactions, asset management and leasing issues as well as on joint ventures and regulatory issues and project developments.
  • Advising global real estate investment manager Invesco Real Estate (Invesco) on its new strategic, long-term partnership with Westmont.

White & Case LLP

The advisory services offered by White & Case LLP include all aspects of real estate law, which lead to regular instructions from international investors and real estate developers in the context of complex transactions, including large commercial and residential real estate portfolios. In these scenarios, particularly multi-party contracts, the firm offers transaction management platform Litera-Transact, which assists with due diligence and contract design. The entailing financing advice as well as the restructuring of real estate companies is also part of the consulting spectrum. Key contacts include Endrik Lettau, who also assists with real estate projects in corporate and tax law, and Andreas van den Eikel, whose focus is on commercial tenancy and real estate law. In April 2021, the team also welcomed transaction specialist Patricia Galts from Linklaters

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team, excellent knowledge of the market.’

‘Endrik Lettau: Very experienced lawyer with outstanding expertise. Extremely well connected.’

Key clients

aam2core Immobilien Gruppe

Edge Technologies Deutschland B.V.

Interxion: A Digital Realty Company

Adler Real Estate AG

x+bricks Gruppe

Corestate Capital Holding S.A.

Greenman OPEN

DIC Asset AG

p property GmbH

EWE AG

W5 Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Advising DIC Asset AG as investment manager on the acquisition of the Goldenes Haus office property in Frankfurt am Main as part of an asset deal for a regulated special fund.
  • Advising the x+bricks group on the acquisition of 120 food anchored properties with a transaction volume of around €500 million.
  • Advising Summit Group on the sale of a large part of its German commercial portfolio to Tristan Capital Partners for an initial purchase price of €1 billion.

ADVANT Beiten

ADVANT Beiten advises a broad client base consisting of family offices, project developers, investment managers, financial advisors, public bodies, insurers and banks on various real estate transactions, including portfolio and individual real estate transactions, and project developments. In addition, the team led by Klaus Legs advises on all aspects of commercial tenancy law – this area was further strengthened at the beginning of 2021 with the promotion of Florian Baumann – and represents creditors in enforcing claims. At the same time, Christoph Seidl was promoted to partner; among other things, he advises on the financing of real estate portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Beine

Other key lawyers:

Florian Baumann; Christoph Seidl

Testimonials

‘Close customer contact; Partners not only look after, but mainly work on the project content; short-term availability; high interdisciplinary competence; pragmatic solution finding; excellent cooperation between different teams to cover all legal/contractual, tax and financial issues.’

‘Florian Baumann’s team has been supporting us in day-to-day asset management and in purchases and sales for many years. With him we have a single point of contact who takes care of all our concerns and solves them for us. He always attaches great importance to speed and absolute quality.’

‘The essential characteristics of Florian Baumann ‘s work for us are a very fast processing time, excellent professional competence, very good accessibility, extremely high quality of the work delivered, comprehensive legal advice on interdisciplinary topics by involving and coordinating the various departments.

When it comes to difficult issues, Florian Baumann always highlights the legal risk associated with current practice in his assessments. Our entire team attaches great importance to his advice. Florian Baumann’s team is excellently positioned. It has set new standards in terms of quality and speed over the past few years.’

‘High customer orientation, regardless of the type and volume of advice – professional competence.’

‘Florian Baumann: Proactive legal advice in real estate transaction management and leasing management.’

‘Friendliness; Empathy; high motivation; high and interdisciplinary expertise. Much higher personal contact and much higher personal project involvement than at other law firms.’

Key clients

BEMA Gruppe und ABG Real Estate Group

Commerz Real AG

CORPUS SIREO Holding GmbH

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Glenrock International

Hellenstein SolarWind GmbH

Lakeward

M&G Real Estate (Tochterunternehmen PRUPIM Prudential Property Investment Managers Ltd.)

Mehrere ALDI Süd-Gesellschaften mit Filialen in Bayern, Baden-Württemberg, Hessen und Rheinland-Pfalz

Suzhou TZTEK Technology Co Ltd

SWT Verwaltungs GmbH

Corestate Capital Advisors GmbH

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie offers comprehensive advice on real estate transactions, including related financing and corporate real estate issues. The team has a particular specialisation in the hotel sector, where transactions as well as management and rental agreements are advised on, the key contact for this area is Ulrich Hennings. The team is led by Florian Thamm, whose expertise includes the restructuring of real estate portfolios. Niklas Wielandt made partner in summer 2020 and is experienced in commercial tenancy law.

Practice head(s):

Florian Thamm

Other key lawyers:

Ulrich Hennings; Niklas Wielandt

Testimonials

‘Fast and competent reaction to old/new legal issues/questions.’

‘High professional competence and patience with complex issues.’

‘International presence consistent with our geographic footprint; wide range of practices; Involvement/commitment/competence of the partners .’

Key clients

Equity Estate

Bayer

Berlin Hyp

Alzayani Investments

Walgreens Boots Alliance

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Flint Group /Goldman Sachs

Levi Strauss & Co

Peakside Capital

Stage Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advising Equity Estate on the sale of a logistics park in Lohfelden to Verdion European Logistics Funds 1 SCS for €28 million.
  • Advice to Berlin Hyp AG as a lender on real estate financing for the asset manager Signature Capital.
  • Advising Berlin Hyp AG as lender on a financing transaction with the RFR Group.

BMH BRÄUTIGAM

BMH BRÄUTIGAM specialises in high-volume transactions and the corporate law interface, thus, comprehensively advising  on joint ventures, complex share deals, project developments and financing. The group also has a notary’s office, which is managed by Johannes Meinel and focuses on supporting property developers, investor groups and joint ventures on building lease matters, the refinancing of real estate portfolios and partition deeds. Alexander Nast, who also works as a notary, is also experienced in commercial tenancy law. Real estate transaction expert Boris Reschucha heads the group.

Practice head(s):

Boris Reschucha

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Nast; Johannes Meinel

Testimonials

‘Compact team with excellent knowledge of corporate law and real estate law. Distinctive entrepreneurial thinking and therefore also – in the most positive sense – compact and goal-oriented advice. No problem seekers, but problem solvers with a view to the transaction to be advised. Distinctive ability to cooperate with the other side without neglecting the interests of one’s own client. Can think economically.’

‘Alexander Nast: What is impressive is his ability to quickly think his way into new topics and to recognize both real estate-specific and structural issues and to work out solutions with his clients. Highly efficient in the creation of relevant documents, always knowing which content is regulated where and how. He is always close to the topic and is always available as a contact person.’

‘Solution-oriented instead of “billable-hour”-focused. Deal supporters instead of deal breakers or complicaters like many others.’

‘Boris Reschucha: understanding of real estate far beyond the legal aspects. Pragmatic solution finder who not only keeps an eye on his customers, but also on the deal as a whole.’

‘Well staffed, very fast, competent and friendly. Good connection to the authorities!’

‘Dr. Meinel is very competent, fast and gets straight to the point. Not a typical risk avoidance notary who unsettles the other party with exaggerated risk information.’

Key clients

SIGNA

Blackstone/OfficeFirst

FREO

Messe Berlin

Inspiration Group

Speedinvest

Moravia Holding

Losan Pharma

MG Real Estate

BGI-Gruppe

CannonKirk Group

ANDANDO Real Estate S.à r.l.

spreewater GmbH

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to SIGNA on all rentals of the Berlin properties.  

BRL BOEGE ROHDE LUEBBEHUESEN

BRL BOEGE ROHDE LUEBBEHUESEN focuses on transactions, project developments and asset management. In the area of project developments, the focus is on mixed-use district developments and hotels. Thanks to the cooperation with the restructuring and insolvency departments, the asset management team covers related interface areas, such as deferral agreements, restructuring of leases and addenda to leases. The team is led by Marc Biebelheimer and Michael-Alexander Rojnic, both of whom specialise in real estate transactions and project developments as well as tenancy law, and includes Verena Schepers, who is experienced in residential property law and brokerage law. Real estate transaction specialist Jörg Michael Siecke joined Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner in mid-2020.

Other key lawyers:

Verena Schepers

Testimonials

‘From the point of view of real estate project development, the law firm is set up all-encompassing, so that one does not have to switch to other law firms. Particularly noteworthy is the professionalization in the core disciplines of global sales and general contractor contracts.’

‘Miss Dr. Schepers is always very easy to reach or will get back to you as soon as possible. She has a high level of comprehension and a wealth of experience both in briefs and contracts as well as in negotiations. She maintains a hard line for her clients with a willing to compromise and ultimately profitable manner.’

Dr. Biebelheimer advises in the background and, if necessary, is an additional support for complex problem solutions and negotiations.’

Key clients

3H real estate GmbH

Art-Invest Real Estate Funds GmbH

Art Invest Real Estate GmbH & Co. KG

Art-Invest Real Estate Management GmbH & Co. KG

Assetando Real Estate GmbH (bzw. Assetando Mühlenau Projektgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG)

Aurelis Asset GmbH sowie diverse Objektgesellschaften

Bahnhohsvorplatz Bremen GmbH

Becken Development GmbH

Dat Backhus

DIGNUS Immobilien GmbH

Drinagh Cooperative (Irland)

Enercity AG

Galileo Garching, Neue Mitte am Hochschulcampus Garching

Hamburger HOCHBAHN AG

HASPA Projektentwicklungs- und Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH (HASPAPeB)

HoWiDo GmbH (Bades Huk I)

Lettow-Vorbeck Viertel GmbH & Co. KG

Meravis BauträgerGmbH

MIB AG Immobilien und Beteiligungen

Mühlenau Projektgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (vormals Assetando Mühlenau Projektgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG)

NABU Niedersachsen e.V.

Novum Development Projekt Dortmund GmbH

Novum Hotel Group

S Immo Germany GmbH

Schramm & Schoen Immobilien GmbH

S.I.E. Soini Immobilienentwicklung GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advising Enercity AG on the new building project development of the future company headquarters on its own land, including investor participation, public procurement law and structuring as well as the renovation of existing buildings.
  • Ongoing advice to Art-Invest Real Estate Management GmbH & Co. KG on asset management and lease issues with regard to various properties in Hamburg.
  • Advising DIGNUS Immobilien GmbH on the purchase and sale of a development area in the philosophy district of Forchheim near Nuremberg for around 330 apartments and on various replacement sports ground areas in Forchheim; Advice on comprehensive project development, including project-related development plan procedures, building and architect contracts.

FPS

FPS is regularly instructed by real estate developers, property developers and real estate investors for its expertise at the interface between construction and real estate transactions. The practice is headed by Hendrik Sandmann (real estate transactions and project developments), Dietrich Sammer (real estate portfolio transactions) and Lars Voigt, who made partner at the beginning of 2021 and covers the corporate law interface. The tenancy and residential property law expert Marco Andreas Rückert was also promoted to partner at the beginning of 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Marco Andreas Rückert

Testimonials

‘High professionalism, reliability, competence, cooperation, availability.’

‘Very broad advice on all real estate law issues. We really appreciate that there are real experts, even for complex questions – this also distinguishes FPS from other large law firms, whose work always remains very superficial.

‘Dietrich Sammer is characterized by extraordinary commitment, great experience and diligence. Even in complex negotiations, he remains calm and clear. We work together both in court (various disputes) and in many contract negotiations. Not only is it fun to work with Dietrich, but it is absolutely reassuring to have him by our side. He and his associates, assistants and work very well together as a team.’

‘Entrepreneurial thinking. Consideration of the strengths/weaknesses of the operational client. Good negotiation skills and arguments. Stability in protecting the interests of the client.’

‘Dr. Sandmann is strong in personal negotiation. Very honest and factually critical of clients.’

Key clients

aam2core Immobilien Gruppe

AXA Investment Managers Deutschland GmbH

Becken Development GmbH

Bethmann Bank AG

Biskupek/Kolb/Scheinert/Börder GbR

Catalyst Capital

CONREN Land AG

Deka Immobilien

EDEKA Handelsgesellschaft Südwest mbH

Green Alley München

Gustav Zech Stiftung

MOMENI Investment Management

Nassauische Heimstätte

P3 Logistic Parks GmbH

Reinhard Unternehmensgruppe

Rock Capital Group GmbH

Schroder Real Estate Hotels

SKYLABS S.à.r.l

Work highlights

  • Advising the Rock Capital Group GmbH on a major inner-city project in Frankfurt.  
  • Advising CONREN Land AG on the purchase of the well-known Frankfurt luxury hotel Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt.  
  • Advising Becken Development GmbH on the development of the Matthäus-Areal in the center of Frankfurt am Main.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP focuses on transactional advice, but is also active in fund and investment structuring and real estate dispute resolution. Among the client portfolio are institutional investors, capital management companies, investment funds, family offices and project developers, particularly in the categories retail, office and logistics, while the area of specialist properties has recently been expanded. Practice head Thomas Kessler regularly represents project planners, while Sven Wortberg mainly deals with structuring and regulatory issues in real estate transactions. Since the beginning of 2021, the unit has had a notary in Julius Brandt, who is also active in real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Kessler

Other key lawyers:

Sven Wortberg

Key clients

H.I.G Realty Partners

Ardian

Trockland

Work highlights

  • Advising Trockland on the sale of the Charlie Living residential property complex in Berlin to Wirtgen Invest by way of a share deal.
  • Advising Ardian on the sale of the GUSTAV office complex in the Neuperlach district of Munich to the real estate company Coros.
  • Advice to Ardian on the purchase of the WestendCarree property in Frankfurt am Main.

Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Real estate transactions and real estate project developments are particular strengths at Heussen Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH. This complex of topics is handled with a multidisciplinary approach, thus, related fund and financing issues are also routinely advised on. In the project development area, the development of district centres or entire districts are the key topics. Advising family offices and wealthy private individuals on real estate developments constitutes another core area. Practice head Norbert Huber is particularly well versed in interface matters between public law and public procurement law. This procurement law interface competence was further expanded in December 2021 with the arrival of Angelika Schwabe (also public and private construction law) from BUSE. The interface between construction, real estate and architectural law was strengthened in January 2022 with newcomer Torsten Prokoph from Hartmann Gallus und Partner. Jan Dittmann is a key contact for real estate transactions and project developments and advises private and institutional investors as well as real estate funds.

Practice head(s):

Norbert Huber

Key clients

Bluerock Fund PCC Limited

Wöhr + Bauer

Habona

Corpus Sireo Real Estate

KIRKBI A/S

REAL I.S. AG

Industria Wohnen GmbH

Ehret + Klein GmbH

Matrix Immobilien GmbH

London & Capital

Property Ventures GmbH

Centerscape Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

Bayerische Landesbank Immobilienbeteiligungs-Gesellschaft mbh & Co.KG

Work highlights

  • Advising Industria Wohnen on various (portfolio) transactions.  
  • Advising Ehrlich & Klein on several purchase transactions, financing and project developments.
  • Advising various project developers on bonds and financing in various forms.

Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

The core areas of activity at Luther Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH are transactional advice, asset management and notary support. As part of real estate projects, the team advises on the entire life cycle of a property. The practice is headed by Achim Meier, who advises university clinics, hospitals, universities, construction companies and institutional builders on real estate and public procurement law. The team also includes real estate transaction specialist Ruth-Maria Thomsen and Thomas Gohrke, who advises private companies and public sector players on project developments.

Practice head(s):

Achim Meier

Testimonials

‘Thomas Gohrke: Rapid task acquisition; goal-oriented action; partnership.’

‘Ms. Thomsen combines outstanding expertise with a warm personality, which makes working together just fun, trusting and achieves the best results.’

‘Team with a broad base and a high level of expertise also ensures short-term consulting needs.’

‘Achim Meier with clear focus and strong assertiveness.’

Key clients

AOK Rheinland/Hamburg

M7 Real Estate

Möller Real Estate GmbH

OstStern Living GmbH & Co. KG

Universitätsklinikum Essen

Akelius

SKIBA Ingenieurs GmbH

HanseMerkur

Hannover Leasing

Instone Real Estate Development GmbH

Peach Property Group (Deutschland) AG

BUWOG Group

LBBW Immobilien Asset Managment

Lang & Cie. Rhein-Ruhr Real Estate AG

FAKT Tower GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising M7 Real Estate on the sale of a retail portfolio of 27 retail parks to the FIM group of companies.
  • Advising Instone Real Estate Development GmbH on the sale of 139 rental apartments on the west.side area in Bonn, one of the largest district developments in Bonn, as part of a forward asset deal.
  • Comprehensive advice to the AOK Rheinland/Hamburg on the acquisition of the new headquarters in the Airport City in Düsseldorf.

Mayer Brown LLP

Mayer Brown LLP advises a client base consisting of capital management companies, capital collecting societies, banks, funds and family offices on real estate transactions, project developments and asset management issues. Practice head Fabian Hartwich‘s expertise corresponds with this wide-ranging focus. Volker Junge covers entailing tax law matters as well as financing issues.

Practice head(s):

Fabian Hartwich

Other key lawyers:

Volker Junge

Testimonials

‘With the Mayer Brown team, we have created a solid and team spirit-based basis for cooperation in record time. The teams in the company and law firm grew together quickly and well. Fast reaction times and very good empathy for the respective project situation on the part of the lawyers contribute to this.’

‘Mayer Brown has many years of experience in the real estate sector. The team is highly motivated, works in a focused manner and not only has legal expertise, but also a commercial mindset that makes it possible to find and implement well-founded solutions in the interests of the parties, even in the most difficult situations.’

‘Fabian Hartwich has a high level of expertise. His dynamic and positive approach as well as his ability to get to the heart of legally complex issues in a simple and understandable way are highly valued and indispensable in the implementation of complex real estate transactions.’

‘Great collaboration. Very committed. Very commercial.’

‘Great team that is very easy to reach and always supports the client despite the high workload. The speed and high quality at the same time are exceptional.’

‘Very good professional knowledge, good negotiating skills.’

Key clients

DIC Asset AG

VALUES Investment Management

Commerz Real AG

Aurelis Real Estate GmbH

LaSalle Investment Management Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Gazit Globe Ltd.

BERENBERG / Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

Benteler Steel/Tube GmbH

Magistrat der Stadt Kelsterbach

Goodyear Dunlop Tires Germany GmbH

Möhrle Happ Luther

Möhrle Happ Luther advises institutional investors, the public sector and project developers on real estate transactions, project developments and real estate management, pursuing a multidisciplinary approach based on the cooperation between auditors, tax consultants and lawyers. Oliver Reimann, who, thanks to his administrative expertise covers all public law intersections with real estate law, heads the practice together with financing expert Anne Schöning. The interface competence tax law was strengthened with the arrival of Uwe Eppler, previously at Norton Rose Fulbright, in February 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Uwe Eppler

Testimonials

‘What is unique for me / for our company is the trust in the law firm MHL, which is based on the many years of cooperation. We can be sure that we will receive excellent advice on our real estate and construction law issues at any time and at short notice.’

‘Miss Dr. Schöning and Mr. Reimann are unique partners for us in the contractual coordination and also in negotiations with our customers and authorities. Because of the many years of cooperation, both know how we want our projects to be implemented and here they support us as partners.’

‘Anne Schöning: Very high professional qualifications, outstanding ability to structure and organize, very prudent client management, very efficient and successful negotiations, great willingness for interdisciplinary analysis.’

‘Oliver Reimann: Very high professional qualifications, very skilful conduct of negotiations, great recognition of the conduct of negotiations, including by the opposing party.

‘Top advice.’

‘Professionalism, constructiveness, consistent.’

‘Excellent expert knowledge paired with a very pragmatic, solution-oriented approach. A great team that doesn’t just focus on a single head, but works brilliantly on all levels. Very transparent in communication and billing, trustworthy and discreet in dealing. Simply highly professional!’

‘Excellent expert knowledge from Mr. Reimann and Ms. Schöning paired with a very pragmatic, solution-oriented approach. Always approachable, stress-resistant and armed with good arguments and negotiation strategies.’

Key clients

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Union Investment Institutional

McGarrell Reilly Group

Newport Holding GmbH (Hamburg)

medac Gesellschaft für klinische Spezialpräparate mbH

Habacker Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Logicor Deutschland GmbH

LUTTER Immobilienunternehmensgesellschaft mbH

L’Etoile Properties

Sylter Immobilien Center GmbH

BEOS Logistics GmbH

Work highlights

  • Comprehensive advice to the urban development company HafenCity Hamburg GmbH on the development of HafenCity and the Billebogen district.
  • Comprehensive support for LOGICOR companies in the development of various logistics centers in Germany.
  • Advising Union Investment on the purchase of a retail park with around 25,000m² of space in Berlin.

Neuwerk Rechtsanwälte

Neuwerk Rechtsanwälte focuses on high-volume national and cross-border transactions covering a broad range of asset categories. This is complemented with expertise in tenancy and residential property law on the one hand and in the area of project development on the other. The two practice group heads Claudia Jehle and Philipp Jehle have specialised expertise in portfolio transactions in the care and logistics sector as well as in the support of project developments and the setting up of joint venture structures.

Practice head(s):

Claudia Jehle;Philipp Jehle

Testimonials

‘Very constructive, always objective, very hard working, unpretentious.’

Key clients

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Quantum Immobilien Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft

Garbe Industrial Real Estate / Garbe Investment

DWI-Gruppe

Captiva

Universal-Investment

HafenCity Hamburg GmbH / Billebogen Entwicklungsgesellschaft

Bonitas-Gruppe

LBBW Immobilien

INP Invest GmbH

Frank Immobilien

HanseMerkur Grundvermögen

Work highlights

  • Advising Quantum Immobilien Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH on the acquisition of the Kolbenhöfe project development in Hamburg by way of a forward purchase.
  • Advising German funds managed by Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH and investment manager Captiva on the acquisition of a portfolio of 23 EDEKA stores from MAS REI for a purchase price of almost €100 million.
  • Advice on investment law and corporate law to a Luxembourg fund managed by Universal-Investment-Luxembourg SA on the acquisition of the property The Q in Nuremberg from the Gerchgroup.  

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP

Pinsent Masons Germany LLP is routinely instructed by investment and asset managers, capital management companies and foreign fund companies on transactions, not least due to its interdisciplinary approach, covering various interface issues. Wolfram Pätzold heads the group and, in addition to real estate transactions, specialises in the financing of real estate and real estate projects as well as project developments and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Wolfram Pätzold

Testimonials

‘Comprehensive advice on real estate law – closely linked to corporate, banking and, if required, energy law. First-class support, especially when negotiating complex, multi-layered transactions.’

‘Ms. von Hermanni always gives the right impetus and has a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of the industry that goes beyond purely legal advice. This also makes it a sparring partner for the development of new business models.’

‘Very responsive. Clear advice.’

Key clients

BVK / Universal Investment

Advenis Real Estate Investment Management

RDI REIT

Conren Land

Premier Inn

Hannover Leasing GmbH & Co.KG

General Electric

Corpus Sireo

Dell Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising BVK / Universal Investment on a large office real estate transaction in Germany.
  • Advising RDI REIT on the sale of the Silver portfolio and subsequent settlement problems.
  • Advising Conren Land on the purchase of an office property in Leipzig.

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein

Arnecke Sibeth Dabelstein 's service approach combines real estate law and public law expertise with the experience of the corporate, tax and regulatory law teams. Thus, the real estate area is covered comprehensively with a focus on transactions, financing and due diligence processes. The team is led by Thomas Richter and Thomas Krall, whose expertise covers transactions as well as project developments and asset management issues.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Richter; Thomas Krall

Key clients

Gerch Group AG

Trei Real Estate GmbH

Wüstenrot Haus- und Städtebau GmbH

Isaria (Tochtergesellschaft Deutsche Wohnen)

Akron Group

Wüstenrot Haus- und Städtebau GmbH

ImmoRaising AG (Graw Gruppe)

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH

Jost Hurler Beteiligungs und Verwaltungs GmbH & Co. KG

Work highlights

  • Advising the Tengelmann Group on various commercial real estate transactions.
  • Advising Fujitsu Solutions GmbH on the sale of the former company premises in Augsburg to the Walter Group.

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek

Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek‘s broad real estate expertise includes transactions and tendering procedures, financing issues, leasing issues and facility management outsourcing structures. The related public and tax law issues are also covered. Thomas Nickel (focus on the public sector and facility management) and Stephan Freund (tenancy, patent and land law as well as dispute resolution) jointly lead the team and are supported by Peter Zimmermann and Stefan Osing, particularly in dispute resolution and real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nickel;Stephan Freund

Other key lawyers:

Peter Zimmermann; Stefan Osing

Jebens Mensching PartG mbB

Loschelder

Loschelder covers the entire life cycle of a property. In addition to the transactional advice, the team assists with the acquisition, development as well as the letting and sale of large urban developments. Stefan Stock heads the team and routinely handles transactions on the project development arena, in particular forward structures. In addition to national and international investors, opportunistic investors and project developers also instruct the group.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Stock

Testimonials

‘The willingness and ability to integrate the various experts in our complex investment structure on an interdisciplinary basis is extraordinary.’

‘Stefan Stock simplifies the processes whenever possible and increases the level of detail; strategically thinking and well structured.’

‘We appreciate the well-established exchange between operational colleagues and lawyers. Very good and understandable risk assessment, even for non-lawyers. Prompt response and support for all questions.’

‘Very customer- and investor-oriented practice. It’s not just about providing legal advice, the role and perspective of the client is anticipated and almost taken over. Compared to other law firms, Loschelder is much more agile, flexible and investor-oriented.’

‘Stefan Stock is very goal-oriented and client-oriented. He is always well prepared and very good at negotiating. He puts himself in the client’s shoes and always tries to find a very good solution.’

Key clients

Gentes Gruppe

Art-Invest

Signature Capital

Kintyre

Cube Real Estate

SIGNA Real Estate

SilverCloud

IC Campus GmbH

BEOS

Redevco

Raue

Raue focuses on real estate transactions and supporting project developments in the residential and commercial sectors. The group is also regularly instructed by Berlin companies on asset management and commercial tenancy law. The team is led by Cornelia Gorn, who is experienced in advising pension funds on real estate acquisitions and also advises companies in the energy sector on land law security issues. Of Counsel Klaus Goecke focuses on real estate law, real estate transactions and real estate notarial services.

Practice head(s):

Cornelia Gorn

Other key lawyers:

Klaus Goecke

REIUS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB

Boutique REIUS Rechtsanwälte Partnerschaft mbB specialises in real estate law and public law and was founded in 2020 by a group of former Latham & Watkins LLP lawyers. The focus is on project development and asset management as well as on real estate, private equity and transactions. The latter segment includes high-volume portfolio transactions, forward deals and corporate structuring. The core team includes real estate transaction expert Annette Griesbach, investment law specialist Stefanie Fuerst and Christian Thiele, who supports real estate investors in buying and selling real estate. Also noteworthy is the 50% proportion of women at both partner and counsel level in the group.

Testimonials

‘Very good real estate expertise, many years of experience of the partners in the transaction and asset management area for office and logistics properties.’

‘REIUS is characterized by top-class advice across the entire range of real estate and public law. This applies not only to individual lawyers, but to the entire team.’

‘Very well-founded expertise in real estate law and an extraordinary amount of experience in advising institutional investors and thus in particular in transaction-related investment law.’

‘Very responsive, extraordinarily legally precise, yet pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Real estate transactions are always goal-oriented. Here, the economically important issues and issues that are crucial for the viability of the deal are given clear priority over purely formal issues. The support is almost 24/7. Even comments on the contract, which are submitted late by the other party, are processed immediately.’

‘Very specialized unit from Hamburg. Homogeneous team of partners offering all services for real estate investment funds from a single source. Advice is provided with a high proportion of partners.’

‘What makes REIUS unique is the deep, family-like networking in the team. And a real team spirit – without a strict hierarchy. Of course, the focus exclusively on real estate law is particularly special. And they’re really, really good at that.’

‘REIUS consists of a well-rehearsed team and is characterized by many years of joint experience.’

Key clients

Ares Management

Azure Hotels

BC Partners

B.E.S. Brandenburger Elektrostahlwerke GmbH

Catella Real Estate AG

Catella Residential Investment Management GmbH

Christie B.V.

Corestate Capital Advisors GmbH

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Deutsche Logistik Holding GmbH & Co. KG

Equistone Partner Europe

GARBE Industrial Real Estate GmbH

Hamburg Team Investment Management

Hanse Merkur Grundvermögen AG

H.E.S. Hennigsdorfer Elektrostahlwerke GmbH

Hg

IntReal International Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

LIP Invest GmbH

Ludger Inholte Projektentwicklung

Madison International Realty / Redos Real Estate

Panattoni Germany Properties GmbH

Petrus Gruppe

Primevest Capital Partners

Pro Invest GmbH

Quest Funds GmbH

Redos Institutional GmbH

Redos Real Estate GmbH

The Carlyle Group

Tishman Speyer

UBS Real Estate GmbH

Union Investment Institional

Values Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Hanse Merkur Grundvermögen on the purchase of the FAZ Tower in Frankfurt.
  • Advising Redos Institutional GmbH on the acquisition of the Äppelallee Center in Wiesbaden and the Rheintal Center in Kehl, each for the special AIF Redos Retail Germany III set up by Union Investment and Redos.
  • Advising Tishman Speyer on the purchase and lease-back of the famous Gruner + Jahr publishing house on Baumwall in Hamburg.

WAGENSONNER

WAGENSONNER is a real estate and construction law boutique whose advisory services include due diligence processes, the drafting and negotiation of transaction contracts and the assistance with project developments and real estate financing. Practice head Andreas Helm specialises, among other things, in mezzanine financing for real estate projects and the creation of contractual structures under company law for joint venture agreements. Tenancy law specialist Gero Martin supports clients in post-closing processes and in the processing of concluded real estate contracts. Tax consultants and foreign law firms complement the service offering.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Helm

Other key lawyers:

Gero Martin

Testimonials

‘Extreme workload!’

‘Dr. Andreas Helm is an excellent negotiator and always thinks one step ahead of the others.’

Gero Martin is an excellent tenancy lawyer.’

‘Very good law firm size, good response to short-term inquiries.’

‘Very good responsiveness, proactive advice, pragmatic approach to solving the problem/litigation.’

‘Good accessibility, you will be called back and usually you will be helped quickly and professionally.’

‘Good and trusting relationship for many years!’

‘Trustworthy, quick and competent examination of all documents. Very deal oriented. Think outside the box and are real “consultants” who examine everything comprehensively and of their own accord (on their own initiative) also give important advice for other areas that do not relate to the original examination. Very good network and have great cooperation partners with whom the law firm works.’

Key clients

ABG Real Estate Group

Aurelis Asset GmbH

AXA (diverse Konzerngesellschaften); konzentriert bei AXA Investment Managers Deutschland GmbH

Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz, Kreisverband München

Bayern Facility Management GmbH

BEOS AG

EMG Real Estate GmbH/IMMOTIME AG

EPCOS AG

German High Street Properties A/S

HUK-Coburg

Linde AG

Logivest GmbH

Lucroso GmbH (Golden Leaf Hotels / Blattl Hotels)

Rathgeber AG

RF 360 GmbH

RMI Immobilien GmbH

Rock Capital Group

Versicherungskammer Bayern

Vonovia SE

Willy Bogner GmbH und Co. KGaA

Württembergische Lebensversicherungs AG

W. Rohrer & Sohn Treuhandgesellschaft für Grundbesitzverwaltung mbH

Work highlights

  • Advising the ABG Real Estate Group on the acquisition of the BHF Bank high-rise in Frankfurt.
  • Advising Willy Bogner GmbH & Co. KGaA on the sale and leaseback of the corporate headquarters in Munich by way of a sale and leaseback transaction.
  • Advising the Rock Capital Group on the sale of the property at Lenbachplatz 6, a listed office and commercial building in the city center, to PATRIZIA Immobilien KVG mbH.