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Herbert Smith Freehills Germany LLP

Real Estate

2 ranked lawyersBand 5GermanyEurope 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Transactional real estate practice with offices in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, bolstered by the strengths of the firm's pan-European and international network of real estate teams. Regularly acts on the buying, selling and financing of various asset classes, including offices, logistics properties, hotels and retail spaces, both as single assets and as part of portfolios. Additionally experienced with project development, from traditional real estate development to the acquisition and development of solar parks and power plants.

Strengths

Clients praise the team as "very professional, with excellent communication skills," adding that they are excellent in cross-border deals.

A further source noted that their experience in the industry and innovative commercial advice was "very good."

Work highlights

Represented Ardian on its sale of Wappenhalle office space to a consortium of investors.

Notable practitioners

Experienced transactional real estate lawyer Hans Thomas Kessler is well versed representing clients in acquisitions and sales of single assets and portfolios, including office spaces and development sites. He is experienced offering counsel on lease agreements. Clients commend his "very strong knowledge of real estate law."

Rising real estate practitioner Sven Wortberg works on acquisitions and sales for investors and developers. He also holds solid expertise on leasehold structures. One source described him as an "excellent professional and communicator," with another happy client adding that "Sven's strength is the quick drafting of contracts and negotiations in share deals."

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Germany

Real Estate


Hans Thomas Kessler
Band 4
Sven Wortberg
Band 5