What the team is known for Small, Berlin-based team
focusing on domestic M&A mandates. Known for advising on
sales and restructurings as well as complex portfolio
matters. Often acts on matters concerning residential and
office properties for open-ended real estate funds and
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A top-class real estate firm in Germany."
"The team is able to represent clients throughout the
What's new? Gordon Geiser was promoted to partner in
May 2014. The firm has also gained Meravis Wohnungsbau- und
Immobilien as a new client.
Work highlights Advised funds managed by Tristan Capital
Partners, CCCP III and EPISO, on the sale of a number
of logistics portfolios in Germany, Poland and France to a
joint venture managed by Segro.
Assisted LEG Wohnen with the modernisation and reorganisation of
providing cable service to 91,000 residential units.
Significant clients Benson Elliot, GSW Immobilien,
Art-Invest Real Estate Management, Corestate Capital, Berlin
Olswang Germany LLP gives 'excellent legal advice' and has
'expert knowledge and quality', with notable experience in
antitrust, media and data protection aspects of telecoms work.
Christoph Enaux heads the practice, which advises clients such as
Vodafone and Tele Columbus on regulatory matters. The team also
provides ongoing regulatory advice to Belgacom and is advising
Teralytics regarding the analysis of aggregated telecoms user data.
Andreas Splittgerber made partner in January 2014.
Practice head Carol Griffin and senior associate Stephen Baker
act for an impressively broad range of clients from Olswang LLP's
Reading office, including funds such as Aberdeen Asset Management
and UBS Triton Fund.
Olswang LLP gives clients 'an excellent deal team on
transactions' and provides 'a seamless service'. It advised F&C
REIT on a transaction to acquire the Dollar shopping centre
portfolio in a £250m club deal from the Grosvenor Estate. Simon
Kanter is 'outstanding', and Jonathan Lewis and Tim Westhead are
Germany: Real Estate and Real Estate Finance
What the team is known for
Established real estate practice, regularly seen handling some of
the largest transactions in the German market. Respected for its
varied client base and impressive share of the Berlin real estate
market. Clients particularly value the collaboration between real
estate and finance partners on large transactions. Also has a
strong focus on the growing impact of energy efficiency initiatives
on the real estate industry.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very effective combined real estate, M&A and real estate
finance practice which works well when you have a short
"The firm works in a very structured way and provides the best
guidance in big cases."
New clients for the team from recent months include AXA
Investment Managers and Union Investment.
Advised Dundee International REIT on the acquisition of a
German commercial portfolio valued at EUR420 million, along with
related asset management and leasing agreements.
Advised long-standing client GSW Immobilien on acquisitions of
three extensive residential property portfolios in
GSW Immobilien, Tristan Capital Partners, pbb Deutsche
Pfandbriefbank, Corestate Capital, Hatfield Philips.
The "impressive" Christian Schede enjoys an excellent reputation
for the breadth of his knowledge of real estate matters in Germany.
He is visible in transactions for Canadian clients and recently
advised Dundee International REIT on its acquisition of 11 office
buildings across Germany.
Clients say Peter Schorling is "a smart negotiator who
understands what people need to achieve and adapts quickly when
things change." Other interviewees highlight his creative approach,
saying: "He is dynamic and has lots of ideas for working around a
Florian Rösch handles a mix of transactional, real estate
development and asset management work. Clients praise his "economic
understanding of the deal" and ability to develop new strategies
Olswang Germany LLP has
developed into a 'big name' in the market and its 'broad and strong
team' was bolstered with Martin Hamer's arrival from
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The team, which
gives 'innovative' advice on high-value transactions and
financings, advised Dundee International REIT on acquiring a €420m
portfolio from SEB Asset Management and acted for Deutsche
Pfandbriefbank on refinancing a commercial property portfolio held
by Lehman Brothers. The firm's expertise in IT is leveraged to give
the practice niche expertise in digital real estate issues, where
it is advising Deutsche Annington on technology-supported
habitation. Practice head Christian Schede is 'strong and
Olswang Germany LLP
[...] gilt insbesondere in
Berlin als 'echte Größe' am Markt [...]. Die Expertise stellte das Team sowohl
in großvolumigen Transaktions- und Finanzierungsmandaten, als auch
durch die 'innovative' Beratung unter Beweis.
The plus of the practice: their seamless team building between
real estate, corporate and finance. 'Plenty of law firms talk
about his but at Olswang clients actually find this', says a
The law firm is frequently recommended in real estate law as
their focus is stronger than among many of their competitors. In so
doing, they manage like scarcely any other firm to link real
estate, corporate and finance closely together. Competitors praise
Olswang for their exceptional dynamism; clients value the
What distinguishes Olswang [in Germany] from many of their
competitors is the strikingly close, almost seamless collaboration
between the practice groups.
Olswang's real estate team has a strong client base
of investors, developers and banks which it advises on
acquisitions, disposals and developments. The firm has particular
expertise in advising on shopping centre investments, while sources
also note its international capabilities, which are
exemplified by a notable Berlin real estate team. One
particular highlight has been the firm's advice to Delancey
on its £557 million purchase of the Olympic Village
in Stratford. Clients say: "They are responsive to our
needs and know our business and ethos. We get a quick response at
the right level of seniority and have open access to them at all
times." Key clients include Delancey, Legal & General and
KEY INDIVIDUALS Simon Kanter is
described by admiring peers as "one of the best legal brains in
property." He has advised on numerous high-value acquisitions and
sales, including recent advice to F&C REIT Asset Management on
its £165 million disposal of St Katherine's Dock,
Jonathan Lewis is a key partner in this team, and he has
been active on a number of transactions, including representing
Ronson Capital Partners in a £62.5 million purchase of an office
building on Chiltern Street in London.
Tim Westhead is hugely experienced in corporate and
finance work, and his recent workload has included advising Liberty
Living on its £200 million refinancing of a student
Clients say that Martyn Needham "knows his stuff and
explains it very well." He is particularly expert in the handling
of retail sector transactions, which has recently included advice
to Aberdeen Property UK Retail Parks Partnership on its £40
million disposal of St John's Retail Park,
Olswang's "superb team" of lawyers acts on top
transactions and "fight for the client's interest".