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France: Real Estate 2017

In this chapter, we recognise 35 lawyers. These real estate specialists excel in commercial, retail, public and private real estate transactions alongside investment, REITs and disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Emmanuel Fatôme De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, Paris
2. Pierre Popesco Herbert Smith Freehills, Paris
3. Marc Mariani Baker McKenzie SCP, Paris
4. Frédéric Nouel Gide Loyrette Nouel, Paris

DE PARDIEU BROCAS MAFFEI is recognised as one of the leading French law firms advising both national and international clients. It sees four of its lawyers listed for their real estate expertise.
The “top-tier” Emmanuel Fatôme is regarded as a leader in real estate law and specialises in transactions and financing.
Pierre Gebarowski “provides excellent counsel” and is listed for his experience in real estate financing and acquisitions, as well as litigation matters.
Guillaume Rossignol focuses on real estate investment transactions and is a noted expert on financing issues.
Paul Talbourdet draws praise for his broad real estate practice. He is particularly prominent on real estate insurance and insolvency issues.

FAIRWAY offers one of the largest teams in Paris dedicated to real estate. Three of its lawyers are recommended this year.
Olivier Mesmin is a recognised leader in real estate tax matters and advises companies on real estate and hotel transactions.
Frédéric Lefébure has expertise in all aspects of real estate acquisition including portfolios, office buildings, retail centres and residential properties. He also advises on development and commercial leasing.
The “superb” Aubry D'Argenlieu is listed for his knowledge of complex real estate investment, acquisitions, joint ventures and funds.

International French law firm GIDE LOYRETTE NOUEL achieves three listings. The firm is well placed to advise domestic and international clients on all real estate-related legal and tax issues.
Frédéric Nouel specialises in real estate transactions and is a recognised authority on non-listed REITs or OPCIs. He is regarded by peers as “one of the best in his field”.
Eric Martin-Impératori’s impressive real estate practice focuses on planning law, financing and commercial leases. He is “an excellent lawyer who has a real understanding of his field”.
Renaud Baguenault de Puchesse is a transactions and financing expert and has particular experience in the acquisition of commercial buildings.

ALLEN & OVERY achieves two recommendations.
Jean-Dominique Casalta advises on all aspects of real estate law and has significant experience in portfolio structuring. He is regarded as a key figure in the market.
Jean-Yves Charriau specialises in French and foreign real estate investments including French, Anglo-Saxon and Islamic funds.

FRANKLIN sees two lawyers listed.
Practice head François Verdot is a seasoned real estate specialist with 15 years of experience advising clients on acquisitions, transfers and litigation. He is particularly prominent on the international stage and is highly sought after.
Henry Ranchon is recommended for his expertise in French and overseas REITs including both residential and commercial buildings.

KING & SPALDING boasts two inclusions.
Benoît Marcilhacy is a recognised authority on real estate transactions, funds, and property portfolios where he has advised international corporations on purchasing opportunities.
Pascal Schmitz is recognised for his expertise in real estate finance, property acquisitions and disposals alongside joint ventures.

At LACOURTE RAQUIN TATAR, two lawyers are recommended..
Founding partner Thierry Lacourte is well -regarded in the market for his longstanding experience in real estate investment, planning and development.
Jean-Jacques Raquin is a noted expert in the field of real estate law where he provides counsel across all aspects of the sector, including transactions and litigation matters.

WHITE & CASE sees two of its practitioners recommended.
Brice Engel specialises in real estate M&A and has advised investment funds and real estate groups on property acquisition throughout Europe. One respondent remarks, “He is very professional, technically excellent, flexible and a great negotiator.”
Franck Peter advises developers, investment funds and corporations, both French and international, on real estate transactions and property assets.

HERBERT SMITH FREEHILLS sees real estate practice head Pierre Popesco comes highly recommended for his expertise in national and cross-border real estate transactions.

BAKER MCKENZIE’s Marc Mariani heads the firm’s real estate department in Paris and is considered one of the country’s foremost real estate practitioners. He regularly assists owners and investors with both domestic and cross-border transactions and acquisitions.

At CLIFFORD CHANCE the “absolutely top-tier” François Bonteil specialises in real estate M&A, private equity and financing.

Olivier Fages at DS AVOCATS draws praise for his real estate investment and asset management experience in the French and Asian markets in particular.

At K&L GATES Edouard Vitry has over 25 years of experience in real estate and advises on investment and development. He is regarded as “superb on commercial leasing and litigation”.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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