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Real Estate

As the world’s largest asset class, real estate continues to attract the most sophisticated global investors looking to benefit from capital growth and the attractive yields these assets offer. Real estate transactions are increasingly complex, often cross-border with highly structured investment strategies and sophisticated financing arrangements.

Allen & Overy has one of the most integrated real estate practices across the globe, with a deep bench of lawyers who are individually and collectively recognised as leaders in the field.  We advise on the full range of investment and financing in relation to real estate assets and have extensive experience of the whole life cycle of a real estate asset, including:
  • real estate investment
  • real estate fund, joint ventures and co-investment structuring and establishment
  • complex real estate mergers and acquisitions
  • development
  • projects and construction
  • planning and zoning
  • real estate litigation
  • real estate finance – senior and mezzanine, A/B structures and preferred equity
  • NPL acquisitions
  • distressed debt acquisitions (including loan-to-own strategies)
  • corporate occupiers and leasing
  • real estate tax
  • real estate loan and CMBS workouts
  • exit strategies

We are globally respected for the strength of our client relationships which are built on our understanding of each client’s real estate strategies, as well as our innovation, unrivalled experience, technical expertise and commitment to get deals done.

We advise a range of organisations and investors, including the world's leading private equity  funds, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, investment banks, REITs and owners and operators on their investments.
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News and insights

Publications: 20 February 2023

Investing in operational real estate: Student accommodation

With a consistent tenant base and stable cashflows, student accommodation is an attractive investment for real estate investors. 

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Publications: 03 November 2022

European regulation provides a model for Net Zero real estate

Europe’s real estate decarbonisation rules are among the most stringent in the world. By focusing on efficiency – and allocating responsibility for funding upgrades – they offer an example to follow.

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Publications: 01 November 2022

Investing in Operational Real Estate: Data Centres

What do European real estate investors need to know about investing in data centres?

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Publications: 07 July 2022

Real Estate M&A booms in H1 – but which assets will stay the course in uncertain market conditions?

Global M&A may have lost its fizz in the first half of the year, but real estate deals were back with a bang after a slowdown during the pandemic.

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