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Real Estate Finance and Workouts

Our German Real Estate Finance (REF) practice, consisting of German and English law qualified lawyers, is the leading REF practice in Germany.

We act on all aspects of real estate finance, including mortgage loans, both senior and mezzanine origination, loans to be refinanced by German covered bonds (Pfandbriefe), development finance, project and infrastructure finance, real estate structured finance as well as MBS origination and securitisation, portfolio deals, sale and lease-back structures, share and asset deals, loan sales (especially non-performing loans) and investment fund structures.

A further focus of our REF practice is on the restructuring of deals in the real estate sector, in particular CMBS restructurings and workouts. Our integrated team is highly specialised and combines structured finance know-how with an in-depth knowledge of related insolvency issues.

Our REF practice is an integral part of our Alternative Investments Group. As such, we contribute asset expertise and market intelligence in real estate finance for all our clients which invest in alternative asset classes. A particular focus lies on seamlessly combining our finance advice with advice on regulatory, tax and corporate law aspects.

Clients

As real estate finance experts, we have experience advising lenders as well as borrowers on both national and cross-border transactions. Our clients include leading Pfandbrief banks, international credit institutions, insurers and pension scheme providers, as well as institutional investors, private equity firms, housing companies, asset management firms, real estate developers and real estate funds. In the field of Alternative Investments, we act for clients including infrastructure funds and private equity funds, asset managers, banks, hedge funds, insurance companies and pension funds, as well as companies and corporate groups whose activities focus on alternative assets.

News & insights

Publications: 02 APRIL 2020

Real estate and Covid-19 coronavirus - the questions we are being asked in Germany

This note discusses a number of issues and queries that are arising in the commercial real estate investing and lending markets in Germany as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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Covid-19

Publications: 27 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: Covid-19-Act and impact on real estate leases

Massive economic effects of Covid-19 on the real estate sector, in particular, on lease agreements.

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Covid-19

Publications: 27 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: The Covid-19 Act and its impact on real estate financings in Germany

On 27 March 2020 the parliament adopted the Covid-19 Act. This act enacts various economic support measures for entrepreneurs, sole proprietors, other small, medium-sized and large enterprises and banks. In terms of civil law, the Covid-19 Act, which will take the form of an omnibus act, introduces changes to contractual law in the field of leases and loans which are to be made in article 240 of the Introductory Act to the German Civil Code (Einführungsgesetz zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch).

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coronavirus

Publications: 16 MARCH 2020

Coronavirus - what is the current situation in Germany?

In order to contain the Coronavirus the German federal states as well as the German government have put strict measures into place. Schools and kindergartens have been closed as well as borders to most neighbouring states for private travel. In order to mitigate the economic consequences, the German government announced a comprehensive package of measures.

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Our Real Estate/Real Estate Finance practice in Germany

Our Real Estate practice in Germany brings together lawyers from across Allen & Overy’s practice groups with particular involvement from our real estate, real estate finance, private equity/corporate, tax, securitisation, capital markets, litigation, public law, investment funds and restructuring groups. 

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