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Xavier Jancène



Xavier Jancène



Xavier specialises in all areas of real estate law and investments, including property acquisitions and disposals (shares, assets and receivables), sale and leasebacks, joint venture structures and developments.

He has advised domestic and international investors on investments in hotels, offices, shopping centres and logistics.

"Very attentive to his clients." Legal 500 EMEA

"Xavier Jancène is very committed and client-minded. He is a dealmaker." Legal 500 EMEA 2020 – France (REAL ESTATE)

Xavier's other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) on the acquisition from a UBS managed fund of a 100% shareholding interest in a construction project in Paris la Défense consisting in the demolition of an existing office building, known as “Les Saisons” (CB32), its redevelopment into a 51,200sqm office tower to be known as “Tour Alto” and its subsequent refinancing.
  • Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (PBB) as arranger in relation to the acquisition refinancing and redevelopment financing of “Centre Marine Pépinière” (two building located in Paris, rue Laborde) acquired by Eurosic from the French State.

Experience highlights



Corporate and M&A

Real Estate


Real Estate



Allen & Overy LLP
52 avenue Hoche
75008 Paris

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Admitted to the Bar, Paris, 1999


Graduate Degree, Business Law, University of Paris X Nanterre, 1996



Recommended in Legal 500

France, 2018

Published work

"l'OPCI, un véhicule Tout-Terrain ?", Réflexions Immobilières, no.65, 2013

News & insights

real estate property

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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News: 01 FEBRUARY 2021

Allen & Overy continues to make gains with FTSE clients

In the Adviser Rankings 15th anniversary guide A&O is ranked 3rd for FTSE 100 with 23 clients, up from 17 in 2010, and A&O is one of only two magic circle firms to have grown their total stock market…

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Publications: 17 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: Real Estate and Covid-19 – The questions we are being asked in France

This note discusses a number of issues and queries that are arising in the commercial real estate investing and lending markets in France as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

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