King & Spalding expand real estate practice with team of seven in Paris

King & Spalding LLP has hired a team of seven real estate lawyers including Benoît Marcilhacy and Pascal Schmitz to its Paris office.

All arrive from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Marcilhacy, who headed the Paris real estate group at Freshfields, focuses on the sale and acquisition of structured property portfolios and the establishment of real estate funds as well as complex development deals.

“King & Spalding has a first-class real estate group serving clients internationally,” said Marcilhacy. “Our entire team is excited to be part of a firm that is so highly regarded for its spirit of collaboration, commitment to client service and global real estate platform.”

Schmitz focuses specifically on fund structuring, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, direct asset sales and commercial leases.

The arrival of this team brings the number of lawyers in the firm’s Paris office to 15, including five partners.

“Benoît, Pascal and their team are a significant addition to our Paris office and our global real estate practice,” said Sarah Borders, leader of King & Spalding’s capital transactions and real estate practice. “Their extensive experience and expertise representing a broad range of clients in real estate transactions in France and around the globe adds to our ability to serve our clients’ needs globally in the most complex real estate transactions. We are delighted to welcome them to King & Spalding.”

Both Marcilhacy and Schmitz are listed in The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers.

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