In this edition, WWL proudly presents the world’s top 926 real estate lawyers in 2020. They have been selected for their expertise and experience in a wide range of real estate matters, including financing, project development, acquisitions and disposals, and regulatory matters.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Sibylle Schnyder is a “greatly experienced” practitioner who is “well known for real estate financing” matters and real estate-related litigation.
Stefan Gerster is a well-respected practitioner who earns commendations from peers for his “experienced and praxis-oriented approach” to real estate cases.
Heinrich Schirmer is a “highly knowledgeable” practitioner with deep experience in advising both national and international clients.
Stuart Tait impresses as an “excellent traditional lawyer”, and has a superb reputation for his work in the Scottish market.
Simon Staite is endorsed as a “highly competent and well-connected” practitioner, with deep experience of the European and Asian markets.
Ciaran Carvalho is a leading real estate specialist who is “excellent technically and commercially”.
Pierre Popesco is an established and well-respected figure in the French market, with a wealth of experience in transactional matters.
“First-class expert” Olivier Mesmin is “fully dedicated to real estate tax” matters and is widely regarded as a true specialist by market commentators.
Corporate real estate specialist Hanns-William Mulsch is “one of the leading lawyers” in the market with extensive expertise in real estate-related private equity transactions.
Ian Waring brings a “pragmatic approach” and a wealth of experience to his work on investments and developments.
The “highly experienced” Alexander Wyss is a well-known figure in the Swiss market with much-vaunted domestic and international expertise.
Jean-Francois Vandenberghe is a “great guy to work with” according to peers and clients alike, who applaud his “quick-thinking” approach.
The internationally renowned Martin Furrer is “focused on real estate transactions”, including mergers, demergers and private equity deals.
Christian Keilich is deemed a “top lawyer” in the European market for his cross-border investment expertise and is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader in our guide.
Real estate specialist François Bonteil elicits much praise for being “very active in the market and visible in landmark deals”.
Wolfram Kruger is a “top lawyer” in Germany and has extensive expertise in handling complex and high-profile real estate deals.
Magnus Lidman is a “definite inclusion” according to peers, combining 25 years of experience in real estate transactions with a deep knowledge of the Nordic market.
Francoise Maigrot is an “excellent practitioner” who is “very active in the investment side” of real estate deals.
With over 25 years of experience, Yves Moreau is credited with significant knowledge of handling complex real estate transactions.
Olaf Schmidt is an “active and well-known” real estate practitioner who offers “succinct analysis”. He is listed as a Global Elite Thought Leader in this edition.
Natalia Kochergina is deemed a “very active real estate lawyer” who “is very noticeable in the Kiev market” and internationally.
Oskar Winkler is enthusiastically complimented for his extensive expertise in the Austrian and European real estate markets. He is “very well known” for his work on the financing of large infrastructure projects.
Other Leading Individuals
Christophe Laurent of Loyens & Loeff is an “excellent lawyer” with a fantastic breadth of tax and real estate expertise.
PwC Legal has an “excellent lawyer” in Francois De Montpellier, who has over 20 years’ experience in advising on real estate investment trusts.
Rudy Dupont of Allen & Overy is a “quick-thinking” practitioner and a “favourite competitor” for many Belgium real estate lawyers.
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick’s Yves Delacroix has “excellent technical skills” and a versatile approach to real estate deals.
Anthony Burnett-Scott of Macfarlanes is a commercial specialist with deep experience and expertise of developments and real estate partnerships.
Allen & Overy has a highly recommended lawyer in Daniel McKimm, who is “excellent” on matters such as product developments and PFIs and PPPs.
Jackie Newstead of Hogan Lovells is a “very fine practitioner who brings over 30 years of experience and a strong commercial approach to her work in the sector.
Gide Loyrette Nouel has a “first-class expert” in Frédéric Nouel, who is saluted as a “market-leading” real estate practitioner.
Emmanuel Fatome is part of a “leading team” at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei. He has extensive expertise in real estate finance matters and is considered “top class”.
Jean-Dominique Casalta of Allen & Overy is “very active on the investment side” and has established a great reputation among peers for his work both domestically and internationally.
De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has a “leading figure” in Paul Talbourdet, who is extremely well regarded for his work in real estate investments and financing.
Francesco Sanna of K&L Gates Law is a “well-known name in the real estate market” with extensive expertise in PFI and PPPs.
Jean-Louis Martin of Paul Hastings is a well-respected figure in the French market, with a wealth of experience in international investment funds.
Johannes Conradi of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a “leading practitioner” with a very impressive international practice, which covers development projects and real estate financing.
Thomas Müller of Hengeler Mueller is an “exceptional” practitioner who is commonly placed among Germany’s top real estate specialists.
Tim Weber of Gleiss Lutz is well versed in domestic and international transactions, and earns significant praise from peers for his “strong technical ability”.
Greenberg Traurig has a “leading name” in Christian Schede, admired for his deep experience and expertise across all aspects of real estate law.
Internationally renowned Marzio Longo of Greenberg Traurig is one of Europe’s best-regarded practitioners, frequently picked out for his expertise which includes domestic and cross-border deals involving an array of property types.
The “very well-known” Alessandro Balp of BonelliErede is a Global Elite Thought Leader this year thanks to his wealth of experience and expertise on private equity and real estate matters.
Umberto Borzi of Chiomenti is a leading light in the Italian market and regularly advises international clients on complex corporate and real estate transactions.
Gabriele Capecchi of Legance Avvocati Associati is an “excellent lawyer”, broadly considered to be fluent in all aspects of real estate investments.
Davide Braghini of Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners is a “big name in the real estate market” according to peers and clients alike, who applaud his expertise on development and construction projects.
Anne Sofie Bjørkholt of Advokatfirmaet BAHR comes “highly recommended” for her deep knowledge and experience across all aspects of real estate and building law.
At Advokatfirmaet Selmer, Andreas is perceived as an “excellent” practitioner who excels in advising clients in transactional and financing work.
Advokatfirmaet Thommessen has a market leader in Christopher Borch, who dazzles commentators with his “excellent reputation” and “commercial awareness”.
Camilla Kristiansen Lunne of Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is a rising star in the European market and regularly handles complex transactions and lease contracts for clients in Norway.
At Advokatfirmaet Wiersholm, Tom Rune Lian is consistently ranked among the top practitioners in the Norwegian market for his extensive expertise of commercial real estate.
Corrado Rampini of Bar & Karrer is “greatly experienced and very high-profile” according to peers and clients alike, who praise his well-versed knowledge of large-scale portfolio transactions.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Jay Epstien belongs at the “top of the list” according to peers, who applaud his extensive experience representing landlords and tenants in leasehold issues. He is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year.
Internationally renowned Stephen Cowan is a real estate finance specialist who is congratulated for his expertise on leveraged buyouts and private placements.
Frederick Klein is regarded as an “excellent practitioner” by peers and clients alike as a result of his wealth of experience on development projects.
Michael Meyer is a leading figure in the American market and regularly advises high profile clients in complex lease transactions.
Chris Smith has a wealth of experience in the real estate market and specialises in handling domestic and international shopping centre and office developments.
Robert Ivanhoe is placed “among the best” in America for his brilliant international practice, which focuses on real estate restructurings and redevelopments.
The “impressive” Steven Fleissig draws praise for the “practical approach” he brings to real estate finance matters and joint ventures.
Stephen Rabinowitz is much touted by peers and clients alike for his international practice and wealth of experience advising developers and investors.
With over 35 years of experience, Roger Winston is a “very skilled condominium association lawyer” who regularly works on major projects across the USA.
Gary York is a “highly regarded” and well-respected practitioner in the market. Clients benefit from his deep knowledge of major real estate finance and leasing matters.
Tina Makoulian is championed as “superb” and certainly “part of the next generation” of rising lawyers in the space.
Jonathan Mechanic is a “fabulous” practitioner who excels both domestically and internationally on commercial real estate transactions.
Commercial real estate specialist Robert Sorin has extensive expertise and experience in the development of office, hotel and mixed-use hospitality projects.
Chris Huband is a “fantastic” practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in handling commercial real estate matters, and skilfully advising investors and developers.
Thomas von Hahn is an “excellent” lawyer and a “market leader”, with deep experience on real estate joint ventures.
Other Leading Individuals
At McCarthy Tetrault, Abraham Costin is a leading light in the Canadian market, with a wealth of experience in developments and financing. He is recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader this year.
With over 40 years’ experience, John Hollyfield of Norton Rose Fulbright is revered for his extensive expertise on joint venture partnerships and commercial real estate matters.
Joshua Stein of Joshua Stein PLLC is a “greatly knowledgeable” specialist with a deep knowledge of commercial real estate financing and development transactions.
At Stone Pigman Walther Wittman, Susan Talley is a leading light, combining a wealth of experience in real estate developments with significant expertise in commercial transactions.
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton’s Pamela Westhoff excels on commercial development projects and is pronounced “great to work with” by impressed clients.
Peter Aitelli of Shartsis Friese is an internationally renowned real estate expert who specialises in commercial transactions in the hospitality sector.
Michael Hamilton of O’Melveny & Myers is a Global Elite Thought Leader with over 20 years of experience in the sector and extensive expertise advising owners of large property portfolios.
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison’s Meredith Kane is a “super lawyer” who excels in advising developers and equity investors on all aspects of real estate transactions.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has a Global Elite Thought Leader in Andrew Lance, who is dubbed “extremely impressive and smart” and a “superstar” on real estate financing matters.
The nationally renowned Richard Mallory of Shumaker Mallory has a wealth of experience across all aspects of real estate matters, with notably deep expertise in retail and office leases.
Global Elite Thought Leader Jay Neveloff of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel is fêted for his national real estate practice and extensive expertise regarding high-profile mixed-use development projects.
Cox Castle & Nicholson has a Global Elite Thought Leader in Ira J Waldman who is “extremely highly regarded” by peers in the space for his wealth of experience and deep knowledge of real estate financing matters.
Philip Feder of Paul Hastings is an internationally renowned practitioner with significant experience in advising US investors in global transactions.
At Venable, Philip Horowitz has an impeccable profile thanks to his deep knowledge of the real estate industry and excellence in transactions.
Julie Couch is prized for being “very strong legally and commercially”, and “greatly experienced” in high-profile real estate developments in Australia.
Jane Hodder is “superb across all aspects” of real estate transactions, from corporate and commercial developments to acquisitions and disposals.
Nicholas Cowie is tremendously well liked for his extensive expertise in structured direct and indirect real estate and industrial leasing.
Stuart Dixon-Smith is as a leading practitioner in the Australian market, renowned for being “great to work with” on property financing matters.
Andrew Erikson is internationally renowned as a “top-quality” practitioner with a deep knowledge of complex property developments and joint ventures.
Harry Du draws international plaudits for his expertise in advising international clients on investments in real estate and infrastructure projects.
Chris Mitchell is “excellent to deal with” according to peers, who praise his deep experience and knowledge of major transport infrastructure projects.
Noboru Suwa is a well-respected figure in the market with “ lots of knowledge and experience of real estate transactions” and is “experienced in advising clients on how to mitigate risks”.
Eriko Ozawa is an “extremely knowledgeable” and “very commercial” practitioner who excels on real estate investment and financing matters.
The “excellent” Masanori Sato is a leading light in the Japanese market, with a wealth of experience and expertise on the financing aspects of real estate projects.
With over 25 years of experience, Susheela Rivers is an “absolutely brilliant” lawyer with extensive expertise in mixed-use development projects in the hospitality sector.
Real estate specialist Les Koltai is an “impressive” figure in the market with a much-admired inbound investment practice.
Yingying Wang is much admired by peers and clients alike for his deep knowledge of the real estate and construction sector and PPP projects.
Investment specialist Michael Tam has a great reputation among peers, as a result of his standout work in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Other Leading Individuals
Andrew Steele of Clayton Utz is a “delight to work with” and is “well known for his very commercial approach and great attention to detail”.
Kanga & Co has a “brilliant lawyer” in Shailesh Vaidya, who has over 30 years’ experience in the construction and real estate industry, handling some of the largest property deals in the market.
Kohtaro Tamura of Ushijima & Partners is “one of the market leaders” according to peers, who applaud his extensive expertise in infrastructure and transport transactions.
At Morrison & Foerster, Theodore Seltzer stands out for his international expertise and “outstanding knowledge” of the real estate industry.
Gregory Towers of Simpson Grierson comes highly recommended for his significant knowledge of commercial property deals and experience of dispute resolutions between landlords and tenants.
Real estate specialist Penny Goh of Allen & Gledhill is a “go-to” figure in Singapore, excelling across all aspects of real estate transactions.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Rodrigo Cury Bicalho has a “distinguished reputation” in the real estate market and is considered an “excellent and extremely qualified lawyer”.
The “excellent” Luciano Mollica is an “experienced lawyer with an extensive legal background” and knowledge of real estate financing matters.
The “excellent” Guilherme Caffaro Terra comes “highly recommended” by peers, who note he is “widely recognised in the real estate market”.
The “excellent” Marcelo Terra is “certainly one of the most respected lawyers in this area” and a “reference in the Brazilian real estate market”.
Bernardo Buarque Schiller has a wealth of experience and a “strong reputation” in the space, and is considered a leading figure for his work advising real estate and construction developers in Latin America.
Fabio Perrone Campos Mello is a “remarkable” practitioner who draws international recognition for his work in the hospitality and leisure sectors.
Rossana Fernandes Duarte is championed by peers and clients alike for his outstanding expertise. He is “definitely the best real estate lawyer in the country”.
Janaina de Cassia Gomes Vargas is a “great professional”, revered as “diligent and dedicated” to her work and clients in the real estate space.
Fernando Amendola is a “great lawyer” with an “in-depth knowledge of corporate law”. He is renowned as a “great adviser in portfolio deals”.
Other Leading Individuals
Javier Canosa of Canosa Abogados is a “very knowledgeable” practitioner with extensive expertise in handling real estate and construction transactions.
Olivar Lorena Vitale Junior of VBD Advogados “stands out for his extensive dedication to real estate law” and is commonly viewed as a “truly excellent lawyer”.
BMA’s Cristiana Moreira is venerated by peers as a “great lawyer” and a “strong leader” who is “very experienced”.
Maria Flavia Seabra Gemperli of Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is an “excellent and extremely qualified lawyer” in Brazil with a “deep knowledge” of the sector and market.
Alvaro Rosenblut of Albagli Zaliasnik is a leading light in the Chile market, with extensive expertise in advising domestic and international investors in hospitality developments.
At EY Law, Alejandro Antillon is an “excellent practitioner” who commands international praise for his experience in advising clients in project developments.
With over 20 years of experience, Luis Moreno Treviño of Holland & Knight is broadly acclaimed for his deep knowledge of all aspects of real estate transactions.
Moises Arata Solis of De la Flor Garcia Montufar, Arata & Asociados is an “outstanding lawyer” with a well-respected reputation domestically and internationally as a result of his work in urban development projects.