Real estate projects are very demanding: they require careful consideration of numerous elements, often crossing several areas of law and jurisdictions. Regardless of their role—or the complexity of the project—real estate investors and owners rely on experienced legal consultants with a strong industry understanding and connections in the field, reinforced by national strength and resources.

We rely on our expertise, with specialized sub-group, to meet the individual needs of our clients. Whether structuring a complex land assembly deal for a large pension fund, or working out environmental issues, we offer strategic advice that focuses on the future of our clients’ businesses.

Our clients are involved in all areas of real estate and include real estate companies and developers; entrepreneurs; owners and tenants, office and industrial buildings, shopping centers, hotels, and multi-residential condominium developments. We also represent purchasers, sellers, and investors in real estate property, including financial institutions, pension funds, foundations and offshore interests and investors.

Our group assists our clients on negotiating, documenting and completing all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. It is quite experienced in all types of commercial and multi-residential real estate transactions, expropriation, commercial leasing, and land development. We represent both lenders and borrowers in a wide range of credit transactions. We identify and advise on all areas of land ownership and operational issues as well as advising on the appropriate structuring of investments.

Investment Funds

Our real estate team consists of experienced corporate, tax, financial and regulatory lawyers who work together to provide high standard services to sponsors, investors and fund managers across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, East and Central Asia. We act on behalf of various leading investors and asset managers worldwide at every stage of the Real Estate Fund cycle. We assist our clients to manage their funds, investment trusts and joint ventures. Moreover, we help them acquire and distribute investment portfolios, and develop exit strategies. Our worldwide specialized team enables us to provide our clients with unparalleled support for cross-border projects and a great understanding of the real estate market, both nationally and internationally.

Our work areas include

•             fund formation

•             joint ventures

•             acquisitions and disposals

•             dispute resolution

•             tax structuring

•             regulatory

Acquisition & Disposal of real estate assets

Our team at real estate area advises on a broad spectrum acquisitions and disposals spanning all major real estate asset classes. Clients increasingly require cross-border advice, so our international real estate practice provides the experience, skills and global platform necessary to deliver multi-jurisdictional support to clients.We provide advice tailored to the specific needs of clients across our key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. We analyze with customers their industries and understanding what drives their commercial objectives which is fundamental to realising their goals.

Our areas of work include

  • asset acquisitions and disposals
  • commercial leasing
  • financing
  • joint ventures
  • portfolio management.

Development projects & Joint ventures

We have a high-profile real estate developments throughout the world.

Every development poses new and varied challenges. We guide developers, financiers, contractors, consultants and public bodies through all aspects of development. Our experience covers planning and environmental law matters, real estate finance, tax, construction and disputes, giving us a deep understanding of the key issues faced by our clients.

Our areas of work include

  • construction
  • development financing
  • dispute resolution
  • environmental issues
  • leasing

Planning & Environment

We have an extensive knowledge of planning and environmental law issues, and with our prominent global footprint enable us to deliver practical solutions on major cross-border projects.

We act for infrastructure providers, developers,government entities and landowners, which gives to our team a holistic view of issues arising from large-scale infrastructure, power and real estate developments.  We also have the experience that covers the full scope of planning and environmental issues, including advising on planning and rezoning applications; amending planning schemes; managing environmental incidents and investigations; and negotiating with regulatory authorities.

Our areas of work include

  • planning and rezoning applications
  • planning scheme amendments
  • planning enforcement notices and appeals
  • development consent orders
  • judicial review proceedings
  • compulsory purchase orders.

Construction & Engineering

We make use of our global track record on large scale infrastructure, property, energy and natural resources projects to assist clients with meeting the local requirements of multi-jurisdictional transactions while maintaining sight of the broader commercial objectives.We serve the full range of transactional, advisory and contentious services for both large and small-scale developments, from drafting and negotiating construction provisions and documents to advising on procurement issues and guiding clients through construction disputes.

Our areas of work include

  • drafting and negotiating construction documents
  • conducting risk based due diligence reviews
  • advising on construction procurement issues
  • construction disputes.

Real Estate Finance

Our  real estate team has great experience acting for lenders and borrowers on the range of equity and debt financing structures widely used in the real estate sector. We can provide advice on senior and mezzanine loans, tax structured investments, fund formation, real estate M&A, debt restructuring and workouts, securitization, loan portfolio sales. We have  clients including international commercial and mortgage banks, real estate corporations, developers, alternative debt providers and real estate investors including private equity, sovereign wealth and pension funds,  that enables us to provide clients with the full benefit of our experience acting on all sides of a transaction.

Our areas of work include

  • domestic and cross-border senior debt financings
  • mezzanine and other subordinated debt structures
  • commercial and residential development financings
  • Shariah-compliant investment and development financings
  • public and private real estate investment funds and joint ventures
  • loan portfolio sales and secondary market debt acquisitions
  • commercial and residential mortgage backed securitisations.