Comment: This firm is respected for real estate finance and handled a series of high-profile instructions for regular clients like ING and Deka. The sector-specific approach, which incorporates ?corporate, ?tax and ?finance lawyers, is an asset when advising investors on complex JV structures for real estate investments. Despite dynamic development in traditional real estate, Linklaters was unable to replicate its previous success in the classic real estate sector. The firm bolstered its headcount with Dr. Carsten Loll, who built up DLA’s German practice and was the global head of real estate. The task for this distinguished real estate lawyer will be to help develop a credible and long-term real estate strategy.
Strengths: Real estate finance.
Development potential: The expectations on lateral Loll and his team are high and will only be fulfilled if he is integrated quickly. One important step, also in terms of overall firm strategy, would be to feed clients like Blackstone to other areas of the real estate sector group and other practices. Potential is harbored by investment law and the strong Luxembourg office, the relevance of which is constantly growing with the complexity of JV structures and investment vehicles.
Recommended: Dr. Carsten Loll, Wolfram Krüger (“experienced, pragmatic, unpretentious”, competitor), Michaela Sopp (finance).
Practice: Finance and refinancing, often cross-border (London, Luxembourg), (portfolio) transactions with a private equity focus. (Core team: 3 partners, 17 associates, 1 of counsel, incl. transaction lawyers)
Clients: ?? Ongoing advice to Logicor on asset management; Prime Invest on acquisition and completion of office building; Wealth Cap on acquisition and completion of Tower Riem; GLL Real Estate on sale of shopping center; CBRE on acquisition of 2 logistics projects.
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