Germany: Real Estate 2018

In this chapter, 53 leading lawyers have been singled out for their expertise in a broad range of domestic and international real estate services, including real estate financing, development projects and single asset and portfolio transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Johannes Conradi Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hamburg
2. Christian Keilich Clifford Chance, Frankfurt
3. Stefan Lebek P+P Pöllath + Partners, Berlin
4. Thomas Müller Hengeler Mueller, Frankfurt
5. Christian Schede Greenberg Traurig, Berlin
6. Roland Bomhard Hogan Lovells, Düsseldorf

CLIFFORD CHANCE remains the leading firm in this area achieving an impressive six listings this year.
The “excellent” Christian Keilich is a real estate specialist who boasts extensive experience handling the full remit of domestic and international real estate transactions. He is hailed as “one of the top real estate practitioners in Frankfurt” by impressed sources.
Fabian Böhm is “a prominent figure” in the real estate space who is widely regarded as a leading expert in transactional matters.
Klaus Minuth is “a quick-thinking practitioner” who stands out for his excellent handling of large-scale portfolio and sale-and-leaseback transactions.
Gerold Jaeger has a great reputation in the market for his strong track record advising domestic and international clients on real estate and non-performing loan and portfolio transactions.
Cornelia Thaler is “a top practitioner”, drawing praise for her comprehensive experience advising investors on the full spectrum of real estate transactions and financing.
Reinhard Scheer-Hennings is “an outstanding lawyer” who earns widespread acclaim for his expertise in assisting major clients on complex construction projects and commercial leasing.

FRESHFIELDS BRUCKHAUS DERINGER ranks prominently in our research with four pre-eminent practitioners highlighted for their expertise.
Johannes Conradi is “a top name in the real estate space” who boasts vast experience handling a range of matters from commercial real estate transactions and financing to project development. One impressed commentator effuses: “He is a leader in Hamburg and one of the best in Germany.”
The “exceptional” Thorsten Kleine is a well-known figure in the commercial real estate arena, focusing his top-tier practice on the acquisition and disposal of large-scale real estate portfolios.
Niko Schultz-Süchting is a highly rated practitioner who draws praise for his fantastic work advising investors on mergers and acquisitions in the real estate sector, both in Germany and abroad.
Friedrich Heilmann receives endorsements from peers thanks to his superb work advising national and international corporations on development projects and real estate transactions.

GREENBERG TRAURIG is widely recognised for its strong real estate practice and sees four individuals listed this year.
Christian Schede is a prominent player in the market who is recognised for his wide-ranging expertise. He is highly commended by sources who describe him as “one of Berlin’s leading transaction lawyers”.
Florian Rösch is “technically excellent and very easy to work with” according to one impressed peer, who goes on to add that he “cannot recommend him highly enough”.
The “superb” Peter Schorling is admired by respondents thanks to his far-reaching experience advising national and international corporate clients on all aspects of real estate transactions.
Henning Sieber is a terrific practitioner who focuses his practice on a wide range of matters from real estate acquisition and sales to large-scale portfolio transactions. He is particularly well regarded for being “pragmatic and pleasant to work with”.

Multinational law firm HOGAN LOVELLS also achieves four listings.
With more than 27 years’ experience, Roland Bomhard is a longstanding fixture in the market who is respected by peers thanks to his “pragmatic approach”.
Hinrich Thieme has more than 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate law and is considered to be “an absolute top name in the market”.
Dirk Debald is “one of the top ten partners in the market” according to one respondent, and is renowned for his expertise in commercial tenancy law.
Marc Werner enjoys a fantastic reputation in the real estate market and is particularly noted for his experience advising clients in the hotel industry.

P+P PÖLLATH + PARTNERS sees three prominent practitioners nominated for inclusion this year.
The “diplomatic and extremely effective” Stefan Lebek is described as “the best real estate lawyer in Berlin” by one source, thanks to his adept handling of complex real estate transactions.
Carsten Führling is a standout real estate specialist who, according to one respondent, is “top for construction work in Berlin”.
Matthias Durst is also highly recommended for the depth of his expertise. He advises clients on a broad range of matters including commercial leases, real estate developments and joint ventures.

German law firm GLEISS LUTZ is well known for its impressive real estate practice, and is home to two listed lawyers.
The “outstanding” Tim Weber is a highly rated commercial real estate lawyer who is renowned for the depth of his expertise in real estate and portfolio transactions.
The “technically excellent” Johannes Niewerth focuses his practice on the full spectrum of domestic and international real estate deals.

Independent commercial firm GSK STOCKMANN also sees two practitioners highlighted.
Michael Eggersberger is considered “one of Munich’s most experienced transaction lawyers” who inspires confidence in clients thanks to his dedication and deep knowledge of the sector.
Rainer Werum is “a great lawyer” who boasts extensive experience advising prominent investors on a range of commercial real estate matters.

Thomas Müller at HENGELER MUELLER is “an exceptional lawyer” who consistently impresses peers with his extensive experience advising international and German investors on “headline-making deals”.
With more than 15 years’ experience, Hanns-William Mülsch at BERWIN LEIGHTON PAISNER is a well-known name in the market, drawing widespread acclaim for his “exceptional technical expertise”.

Endrik Lettau at WHITE & CASE is “a big name in the market” according to sources, who admire him for “calmly guiding his clients through uncertain situations, providing certainty”.

Jens Ortmanns of MCDERMOTT WILL & EMERY is “an excellent name” who devotes his time to advising domestic and international clients on a range of matters such as acquisitions and sales, project developments and joint ventures.

“Top practitioner” Wolfram Krüger at LINKLATERS is a key figure in the market who boasts extensive knowledge of the European real estate market. He is particularly well regarded for his expert handling of pan-European portfolio transactions.

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