Real Estate

We cover the 360-degree spectrum of real estate law – from transactions and project development, to construction, asset management and finance.

Legal Asset Management

Transactions

Advising on real estate transactions is our core business. From residential, to retail, to logistics and hotels – we have handled the full spectrum of properties at all price-points. Our comprehensive legal services cover all aspects of a transaction, whether for a single property or an entire portfolio, whether as an asset- or share-purchase. Our goal is to ensure that even the most complex and work-intensive transactions are performed swiftly, successfully, and cost-efficiently. Services include:

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  • Structuring and managing the transaction process, from letter of intent through to post-closing
  • Due diligence
  • Drafting, negotiating and implementing sale and purchase agreements
  • Establishment of special purpose vehicles, property funds and joint ventures
  • Advice on tax, corporate and notarial matters
  • Acquisition financing
Finance

Project Development

We are well-versed in all aspects of project development matters, and regular advise local and international developers on a wide-range of projects. From the planning phase, through to acquiring the property, construction and realization of value – our expert advisors accompany clients throughout the project development process. Services include:

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  • Comprehensive advice on property acquisition
  • Establishment of special purpose vehicles and joint ventures
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements with general planners, project managers, architects, contractors and sub-contractors
  • Advice on financial structuring of project
  • Partitioning of residential buildings into condominiums
  • Historical landmark, construction planning, building regulatory issues
  • Obtaining planning and construction permits
  • Realization through sale or lease
Transactions

Construction and Architectural Law

Thanks to our many years of experience advising on major construction projects, we have a good sense for interdisciplinary cooperation and a strong understanding of technical and business considerations. We strive to identify potential conflicts before they arise, and to develop strategies to avoid such problems or to find an amicable, effective solution. If a dispute in court is unavoidable, our extensive experience in judicial proceedings pays off.

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  • Drafting and negotiating the full-spectrum of agreements for construction projects, including those with general- and sub-contractors, architects, engineers, and suppliers
  • Crisis management during the construction process, involving interruptions in work, termination, refusal to perform, insolvency and other matters
  • Assistance with all public construction law issues, including city planning, building permits and regulatory compliance, emissions control and other environmental regulations
Energy-Efficiency-Investments

Asset Management

We assist our clients in preserving and increasing the value of their real estate holdings through a variety of legal services. The initial structuring of lease agreements, especially with an eye to reducing down-side risks, is a particular focus of our practice. Throughout the lease period, we work with our clients to ensure that the asset remains on a sound legal footing. Our services include:

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  • Drafting and negotiating lease agreements for commercial, residential and industrial properties
  • Continuous legal support throughout the lease, for instance regarding operating and associated costs, obligations of landlord and tenant, and maintenance and repair issues
  • Advising on asset management, facility management, supplier and broker agreements
  • Ensuring compliance with written-form requirements, and remedying defects as they arise
  • Advising on refurbishment, renovation and energy efficiency upgrades
Energy-Efficiency-Investments

Finance

We represent lenders and borrowers in all types of real estate financing. We ensure that the legal aspects of the financing are already taken into account during the due diligence and the negotiation of the purchase. We also support our clients in obtaining loans and the fulfilment of the payout requirements. Our services include:

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  • Acquisition finance and refinancing of existing loans
  • Drafting and negotiating loan and security agreements for senior, mezzanine, sale-and-lease-back and other finance structures
  • Advising on conditions for pay-out of loan proceeds
  • Advice and representation in disputes over breach of loan agreements
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