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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

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Publications: 07 FEBRUARY 2020

Berlin Rent Act passed - What are the practical consequences?

On 30 January 2020, Berlin’s House of Representatives passed the hotly discussed Berlin Rent Act, introducing the so-called “rent freeze”. It is expected to come into force in late March/early April 2020 with retroactive effect as of 18 June 2019.

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News: 31 JANUARY 2020

Allen & Overy advises E.L.A. Vermögensverwaltung GmbH on takeover of IC Immobilien Holding AG

E.L.A. Vermögensverwaltung GmbH has taken over all shares in IC Immobilien Holding AG. The remaining minority shareholders were bought out by way of a squeeze-out under German stock corporation law against payment of a cash settlement.

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Publications: 31 OCTOBER 2019

Market update – legal developments in the German real estate market

Focus: "Berlin Rent Freeze" and Real Estate Transfer Tax Reform

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Publications: 19 FEBRUARY 2019

How should Europe’s non-bank lending market be regulated?

​Non-bank lending in the European Union is becoming an ever more significant source of financing for business. In light of its increasing importance to Europe’s economy, policymakers are re-evaluating their approach to this market and considering whether the existing regulatory framework remains appropriate.

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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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Today, alternative investments have become an integral part of institutional investor portfolios. Our Alternative Investments Group pools all the necessary expertise and supports you in your investments on a global scale.