CLIFFORD CHANCE

Comment: This leading firm in real estate fortifies its top position year after year. CC was again active in a series of high-profile portfolio transactions, e.g. the sale of a pan-European package for KanAm. Apart from such high-end instructions, the partners are often involved in mid-cap transactions. This high deal flow means the team boasts a profile like almost no other. But this is also due to the fact that CC does not focus on transaction work, instead advising on asset management and project development as well, e.g. advice to Unibail-Rodamco by Keilich related to the Übersee district in Hamburg. Clients and competitors alike single out this broad approach as a USP and praise the “top quality of the practice”. But Thaler’s team is not resting on its laurels: CC is constantly widening its client base and plays a pioneering role in central issues for the sector, such as regulation and legal tech.
Strengths: Long-standing advice to the sector and extensive financial experience.
Recommended: Reinhard Scheer-Hennings (“very pleasant, good contacts”, client; “highly experienced in transactions”, “thorough down to the last ramification, excellent negotiator”, competitors), Cornelia Thaler (“excellent jurist”, “a real pro”, competitors), Dr. Christian Keilich, (“first-rate lawyer”, “strong personality, excellent under pressure”, “tough but magnificent negotiating partner”, “solution-oriented”, “pragmatic”, competitors); Dr. David Elshorst (“strong expertise, pragmatic and thoroughly professional”, competitor), Thomas Reischauer (“adept, unflappable”, competitor), Dr. Gerold Jaeger.
Practice: Focus areas include (portfolio) transactions, advice to banks and investors. Project development and plant construction and finance, incl. NPLs and planning ( ?environmental and planning law). Also active in ?tax structuring (funds). Notary office in Frankfurt. (8 equity partners, 3 counsel, 18 associates 2 of counsel, and transaction lawyers, plus finance)
Clients: ?? KanAm on sale of pan-European portfolio; Eurosic on partial acquisition of holiday park; Unibail Rodamco regarding Übersee district in Hamburg; Commerzbank on sale of high-rise; Capstone on acquisition of Zalando headquarters.
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