Real Estate

Buying and selling real estate for investment purposes is increasingly structured in a complex fashion, featuring cross-border elements. Leading global investors, developers, occupiers and financial institutions with major space requirements choose our real estate team to advise on their largest and most complex or multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions and disputes.

Cross-border experience and in-depth industry knowledge give the firm a significant competitive advantage. Linklaters’ real estate team includes global specialists in real estate M&A, real estate investment and development, real estate finance and tax, real estate funds, derivatives and structured finance and real estate disputes, environment and planning/zoning.

The global real estate group is at the forefront of new developments, such as the creation of real estate investment trusts (REITs) across the world. Using a wide range of innovative and complex structures, Linklaters’ real estate M&A lawyers help clients to mitigate risk and tax costs and enhance returns on their transactions. The group is also renowned for its cutting-edge expertise in structured and securitised cross-border real estate finance transactions. 

Recent transactions include advising:
  • Lendlease on its £2bn regeneration project at Elephant and Castle London SE1 
  • AustralianSuper on two separate investments into the Kings Cross Central redevelopment
  • Beacon Capital Partners on the refinancing and acquisition of the iconic Tour First office tower in Paris, the tallest office building in France
  • Intu on its investments in shopping centres throughout Spain, including “Puerto Venecia” one of the biggest shopping centres in Europe with a value of €451m
  • Schroder REIM on the acquisition of the landmark Bastion Tower in Brussels 
  • Unibail-Rodamco in relation to the construction of the Mall of Scandinavia, the largest shopping centre in Scandinavia
  • CBRE Global Investors on the €203m acquisition of Sfera Shopping Centre in Bielsko-Biała which is one of the largest and outperforming shopping centres in Poland
  • a Chinese investor on its equity investment in Berliner Potsdamer Platz Quartier (formerly Daimler Quartier)
  • Deka, INTERNOS and Triuva on their sale of a pan-European real estate portfolio consisting of 39 properties in nine jurisdictions to North Star Asset Management