Real Estate Investments, Joint Ventures and Structures
We advise the world’s leading real estate investors on their most important real estate acquisitions, investments and disposals.
Described by clients as “indisputably brilliant on the very big transactions", we represent real estate owners, investors, investment banks, private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds and REITs.
Our in-depth knowledge of the real estate sector and close working relationships across our global network allow us to add value to our clients’ transactions with high-quality, practical and tax-effective legal advice. Our partners and associates are not just skilled in real estate matters. They also have wide experience of indirect real estate acquisitions, negotiating corporate-style documentation and providing advice on joint ventures and structuring that is drafted within a real estate context.
A key part of our advice involves looking at the associated corporate, financing and tax aspects in any transaction. Many of the real estate acquisitions we handle are actually corporate acquisitions (both onshore and offshore) to maximise tax efficiency. Our team is well versed in negotiating these share or unit sale and purchase agreements.
These agreements are often structured offshore in jurisdictions such as Luxembourg, where we have an office, or Jersey, Guernsey, the Cayman Islands or the British Virgin Islands, where we have strong relationships with leading local law firms.
News & insights
Publications: 03 MARCH 2021
On the same day as the Higher Regional Court of Dresden (judgment of 24 February 2021, case no. 5 U 1782/20), the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht; OLG) of Karlsruhe (judgment of 24 February…Read more
Publications: 02 APRIL 2020
How Covid-19 coronavirus will impact the real estate market in China is hard to predict. Here we explore the outlook, the steps that investors are taking to address virus exposures, and the measures…Read more
Publications: 28 NOVEMBER 2019
As from 1 January 2019, taxpayers may opt to charge VAT on the letting of immovable property for professional use. On 25 November, the new rules fixing the timing and modalities of the “option” have…Read more
Publications: 31 OCTOBER 2019
Focus: "Berlin Rent Freeze" and Real Estate Transfer Tax ReformRead more