Taylor Wessing LLP

Real Estate Department

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What the team is known for Comprehensively advises clients on the real estate and financing sides of transactions. Financing expertise spans project finance, acquisition finance, refinancing and restructuring, with experience in both senior and mezzanine capital structures. Real estate practice centres on disposals and acquisitions of both single assets and portfolios, often handling deals with cross-border elements, where the team draws on a sizeable pan-European network. Also advises on the acquisition of projects in the development phase, as well as on real estate-related M&A and lease agreements. Demonstrates considerable expertise in the hotels sector, but is also visible in logistics, retail and residential. Predominantly represents investors, project developers and banks.

Strengths A client asserts that "cross-border service is a strength; the team can comply with national as well as international demands and structures," and adds: "In terms of responsiveness and efficiency the team is absolutely good; we are very happy with the quality of the service."

A second client attests to the quality of service, saying: "The team is ready to drop everything to fulfil the goal," and describing it as "detail-oriented, reliable and pragmatic."

Work highlights Advised Hamburg Commercial Bank on the long-term EUR153.5 million refinancing of the 'Greenman OPEN' fund.

Notable practitioners

Daniel Ajzensztejn
advises real estate companies on acquisitions and developments, often in the residential sphere. He is also well-versed in commercial rental law, public building law and planning law.

Jens Wiesner
enters the rankings this year after consistently demonstrating strength in advising banks and funds on a variety of real estate financings and refinancings. He wins praise from one happy client, who considers him a "highly committed rock-star lawyer" who is "knowledgeable, pragmatic and customer- and deal-friendly."

Patrick Brock
's transactional real estate experience spans the sale and purchase of commercial and industrial spaces, as well as sites for planned properties. He is also regularly mandated on transactions relating to project developments.