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Real Estate Finance and Workouts

Our German Real Estate Finance (REF) practice, consisting of German and English law qualified lawyers, is the leading REF practice in Germany.

We act on all aspects of real estate finance, including mortgage loans, both senior and mezzanine origination, loans to be refinanced by German covered bonds (Pfandbriefe), development finance, project and infrastructure finance, real estate structured finance as well as MBS origination and securitisation, portfolio deals, sale and lease-back structures, share and asset deals, loan sales (especially non-performing loans) and investment fund structures.

A further focus of our REF practice is on the restructuring of deals in the real estate sector, in particular CMBS restructurings and workouts. Our integrated team is highly specialised and combines structured finance know-how with an in-depth knowledge of related insolvency issues.

Our REF practice is an integral part of our Alternative Investments Group. As such, we contribute asset expertise and market intelligence in real estate finance for all our clients which invest in alternative asset classes. A particular focus lies on seamlessly combining our finance advice with advice on regulatory, tax and corporate law aspects.


As real estate finance experts, we have experience advising lenders as well as borrowers on both national and cross-border transactions. Our clients include leading Pfandbrief banks, international credit institutions, insurers and pension scheme providers, as well as institutional investors, private equity firms, housing companies, asset management firms, real estate developers and real estate funds. In the field of Alternative Investments, we act for clients including infrastructure funds and private equity funds, asset managers, banks, hedge funds, insurance companies and pension funds, as well as companies and corporate groups whose activities focus on alternative assets.

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News: 16 MARCH 2021

Allen & Overy sur le financement de l’acquisition de l’exploitant des rayons épiceries de l’enseigne Grand Frais par PAI Partners

Allen & Overy Paris a conseillé les arrangeurs first lien (UBS, Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Crédit Suisse, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs et Banque Populaire Auvergne…

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News: 15 MARCH 2021

Allen & Overy conseille Gulf Islamic Investments sur l’acquisition et le financement de la tour Altaïs à Montreuil

Allen & Overy a conseillé Gulf Islamic Investments (GII) sur l’acquisition et le financement de la tour Altaïs à Montreuil, l’un des plus emblématiques ensembles immobilier du pôle tertiaire de Paris…

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News: 11 MARCH 2021

Allen & Overy conseille Apax Partners sur la cession du groupe Sandaya à Infravia Capital Partners

Allen & Overy Paris a conseillé Apax Partners sur la signature d’un accord avec Infravia Capital Partners pour la cession de sa participation majoritaire dans Sandaya, un des leaders de l’hôtellerie…

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News: 11 MARCH 2021

Allen & Overy conseille Crédit Mutuel Equity dans le cadre de son investissement dans Voyageurs du Monde

Allen & Overy Paris a conseillé Crédit Mutuel Equity dans le cadre de son investissement dans le groupe Voyageurs du Monde, leader français du voyage sur mesure et du voyage d’aventure, dont il est un…

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Our Real Estate/Real Estate Finance practice in Germany

Our Real Estate practice in Germany brings together lawyers from across Allen & Overy’s practice groups with particular involvement from our real estate, real estate finance, private equity/corporate, tax, securitisation, capital markets, litigation, public law, investment funds and restructuring groups. 

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Today, alternative investments have become an integral part of institutional investor portfolios. Our Alternative Investments Group pools all the necessary expertise and supports you in your investments on a global scale.