Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Full-service firm which capably advises clients throughout the entire life cycle of a real estate deal. Broad-ranging transactional expertise encompasses acquisitions and disposals, as well as project development acquisitions and sale and leaseback transactions. Additional focus on large-scale rental contracts, including forward agreements. Noteworthy expertise in financing, regularly assisting with acquisition finance, single asset and portfolio financing, development financing and refinancing. Advises domestic and international investors, asset managers, project developers, financial institutions, insurance companies and private equity firms from across Europe and East Asia.

Strengths One client states: "I have experienced the team as a hands-on and pragmatic legal adviser that facilitates complex transactions; partner attention is high, which is important to us."

Another client likes that the team "works very efficiently, quickly and very competently."

Work highlights Advised Barings and CCP 5 LL on the acquisition of 34 logistics facilities for cold foods from Nage by way of a sale and leaseback deal.

Notable practitioners

Derk Opitz
is applauded by one client for his "good overall service and availability, even outside normal working hours, strong commitment to deal success and structuring expertise in real estate finance." He offers both buyers and sellers advice on the financing of real estate transactions, as well as advising on funds and restructuring.

Filip Kurkowski
handles the financing of cross-border real estate investments and acquisitions, lately advising East Asian borrowers. A client reports: "He is not only technically very strong but also helps to find compromises in difficult situations."

Liane Muschter
's practice includes advice on single asset transactions as well as real estate M&A for both international and German clients. One client asserts that she is "very, very good in the subjects we ask for," while another market source believes she is "very good with her clients."

Nicolas Deuerling
earns a ranking this year after leading a host of transactional real estate mandates for domestic and international clients.