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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 & insights

Contractural penalties - an important resolution of the Supreme Court

Publications: 20 JANUARY 2020

Contractural penalties - an important resolution of the Supreme Court

In its resolution dated 20 November 2019, the Supreme Court concluded that an agreement must not provide for a contractual penalty in the event a party rescinds such agreement due to the other party’s failure to perform its financial obligation towards it (III CZP 3/19). 

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Publications: 16 DECEMBER 2019

Protection of whistleblowers: What are the employer’s obligations?

As the new directive on whistleblowers must be transposed at the latest by 17 December 2021, employers should start thinking about how to implement their future obligations.

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Publications: 09 DECEMBER 2019

New intervention powers granted to the CSSF for residential housing loans

In light of the continued growth of residential housing prices and the impact on household debt, the Luxembourg parliament adopted a new act on 4 December 20191 (the Act) to grant specific intervention powers to Luxembourg’s financial sector regulator, the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF). In the event that developments in the Luxembourg real estate sector (potentially) threaten the stability of the national financial system, the CSSF is entitled by the Act to set the conditions upon which credit institutions, insurance undertakings and professionals carrying on lending operations, may grant loans relating to residential properties situated in Luxembourg.

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Publications: 04 OCTOBER 2019

Outstanding performance by A&O in global M&A league tables

A&O has marked the end of Q3 2019 with an outstanding performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and markets, around our global network in 2019.

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