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Corporate Occupiers and Leasing

Typically, buildings cost 15% of an organisation’s overheads and are the second largest business expenditure following staff costs.

Effectively managing operational real estate is an issue of strategic importance and can provide the foundation for future growth.

With vast experience in acting for both tenants and landlords, we have a real understanding of the issues our clients face in managing real estate and anticipating their future operational requirements. We specialise in acting for financial institutions and corporates on HQ relocations, data centres and office matters, and have advised on some of the most significant deals in the market in recent times.

In particular, we help clients with the negotiation of heads of terms and agreements to lease; the negotiation and agreement of commercial leases and all supporting documentation; exit issues relating to existing premises; and construction issues regarding fit-out by the landlord and/or tenant. Underpinning our advice is a unrelenting focus on ensuring the best possible commercial terms for our clients.

Our lawyers work closely with clients to identify provisions that could pose risks within a chosen strategy. These include financial obligations such as rent review, insurance and repair obligations. Having established whether the risk is reasonable, taking into account the market and other commercial factors, we work to agree the approach and mitigating factors that should be adopted in order to manage the risk. A material disruption to your business from the perspective of a landlord or tenant is likely to impact you economically. Our team's prior experience of leading similar projects and working with other professional advisers means that our rigorous approach to project management allows your day-to-day operations to continue smoothly.

News and insights

Real estate finance germany

Publications: 01 July 2022

New Belgian Contract Law Published Today - 10 key changes that will have an important impact on the real estate sector

The succession of important legal changes impacting the real estate sector continues. Today, the April 2022 law adopting a new Belgian contract law regime has been published in Belgian official…

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High rise buildings

News: 29 June 2022

Allen & Overy advises on the purchase of a real estate portfolio in Italy from Fondo Pensione Cariplo

The acquirer is Kervis SGR S.p.A., on behalf of an alternative real estate investment fund.

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View of city from top down

Publications: 21 March 2022

Commercial Rent Arrears - Real Estate Update for Landlords and Tenants

The Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill (the “Bill”) is due for enactment on 25 March 2022.

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Modern office buildings against a blue sky

Publications: 26 January 2022

National Security and Investment Act 2021: Impact on Real Estate

The National Security and Investment Act 2021 (NSIA) came in to force on 4 January 2022. We consider the risks posed to real estate investors and the implications for the real estate sector in the…

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