Real Estate

Broad-based expertise in all areas

Gleiss Lutz provides clients with top-quality advice on all commercial real estate issues – from real estate transactions to project developments and to property use. We offer a unique combination of transactional experience and real estate expertise. Our team features specialists from across the firm’s practice areas as well as experienced notaries who cater to clients’ specific needs.

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“I have not come across better real estate advice to date. (client)”

Real estate transactions

With our wealth of real estate experience, clients can rely on us to provide comprehensive advice on purchasing and selling individual properties or entire portfolios – by way of asset or share deals – and to perform the requisite due diligence. We also advise on the establishment of real estate joint ventures.

In addition to structuring and assisting with real estate transactions, we counsel clients on innovative financing methods, tax-efficient and optimised corporate structures and meeting regulatory requirements for open-end and closed-end real estate funds. Our services extend to sellers and purchasers, borrowers and lenders, and include assisting with real estate outsourcing and the transfer of property to independent legal entities, as well as conducting both open and restricted bidding procedures.

Project developments

Gleiss Lutz advises extensively on project development plans. We handle all related development and implementation issues, from corporate and civil law-compliant structuring of projects to advising on public law permits through to drafting contracts for work and services with general planners, project managers, architects, and engineers, as well as contracts with construction companies (EPC and project management contracts).

We also have substantial experience in plant construction, especially in connection with power plant projects (including in the renewable energy sector).

Commercial use

When it comes to the commercial use of real estate, carefully drafted rental and leasing agreements and reliable facility management can be crucial. Drafting and implementing sale and rent-back/lease-back models also play a major role.

Gleiss Lutz has broad experience in drawing up such agreements and can provide comprehensive advice on all the relevant legal issues.

Global reach

We offer clients one-stop shop advice and seamless service across borders.

Close relationships with leading local law firms worldwide give us the expertise and know-how required for international real estate transactions and ensure clients receive the made-to-measure solutions they need.


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