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Real Estate

Real estate is the world's largest asset class and our work for organisations active in the sector, whether they’re lenders, borrowers, investors, developers or occupiers, gives us a deep understanding of the industry and the way it operates.

We are at the heart of the global real estate sector offering advanced and intelligent advice that complements the way our clients work.

Our Real Estate sector group brings together lawyers from across Allen & Overy's network and practice groups with particular involvement from our real estate, real estate finance, corporate, tax, securitisation, capital markets, litigation, investment funds and restructuring groups. Their expertise and strong team working enables us to advise on both domestic and cross-border deals involving real estate as an asset class.

Our client base reflects the diversity and vibrancy of our practice. We act for public and private companies, pension funds, investment banks and other financial institutions, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, real estate funds, hotel owners and operators, retailers, public sector bodies, developers and unit trusts. 

News and insights

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Publications: 10 January 2023

The EU and UK adopt further sanctions against Russia

At the close of 2022, and with the war in Ukraine entering its tenth month, the EU and the UK adopted further sanctions packages against Russia. The latest sanctions packages include further asset…

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Publications: 01 August 2022

The Register of Overseas Entities – what the real estate industry needs to know.

The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 requires overseas entities which own, or wish to acquire, certain real estate in the UK to register with Companies House and to provide, and…

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Publications: 28 July 2022

Equity capital markets in 2022: Europe cools, the Middle East heats up. What next?

The equity capital markets have faced challenging conditions in H1 2022. European markets cooled, the Middle East boomed.

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Publications: 27 July 2022

UK sanctions – prohibitions on new investments and professional and business services

In the past week, the UK has further tightened its sanctions targeting Russia. The new sanctions include the introduction of new trade-related restrictions on a wide variety of goods (including gold,…

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