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Real Estate

We offer a global network of creative real estate lawyers experienced in handling all types and stages of real estate transactions.

Our clients choose us because they know we understand their objectives and offer them the innovation, experience, technical expertise, clarity of advice and commitment to get their deals done efficiently and effectively. We regularly handle transactions for the world's leading investment banks, private equity funds, hedge funds, pension funds, REITs and sovereign wealth funds.

Real estate deals are becoming ever more complex. Increasingly they are cross border, highly structured and involve sophisticated financing arrangements. Allen & Overy is ideally placed to advise on these sorts of transactions with our specialist real estate capability across all product lines, unparalleled reputation in finance and well resourced global network.

We advise on development and planning, projects and construction, large loan, mezzanine, A/B and preferred equity origination, loan workouts, NPL pool acquisitions, distressed debt acquisition (including loan-to-own strategies), investment, corporate occupation, tax, finance, securitisation, real estate investment fund formation, structuring and joint ventures, and complex real estate mergers and acquisitions.

We support our clients in their most important real estate projects on an international basis. With more than 90 partners and over 300 associates across our global network, we have both significant geographical reach and a wealth of real estate experience in the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.   

News & insights

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Publications: 26 FEBRUARY 2021

Higher Regional Court judgement: risk-sharing between landlord and tenant as a result of the pandemic-related closures

On 24 February 2021, the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) of Dresden (judgment of 24 February 2021, case no. 5 U 1782/20) took a stand on risk-sharing between landlord and tenant as a result…

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Publications: 12 FEBRUARY 2021

The Spanish Constitutional Court declares certain squatter-protection rules in Catalonia null

On 28 January 2021 the Spanish Constitutional Court published a ruling that declares null several articles  of the DL 17/2019 on the basis, among others, that annulled provisions affect basic elements…

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Publications: 25 JANUARY 2021

Changes in law relating to the return of real estate covered by the Warsaw Land Decree

On 20 October 2020, amendments to the Act of 21 August 1997 on Real Estate Management entered into force, significantly limiting the possibility of restitution of real properties expropriated on the…

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Publications: 31 MARCH 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: NAV issues in open-ended real estate funds

The Covid-19 pandemic and resulting government lockdowns have brought intense volatility both to financial markets and the real economy, and a sharp return of challenges that confronted asset managers…

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