Real Estate Industry

Across the global real estate industry, the road to profitability for real estate companies and investors presents risks and challenges. Goodwin’s renowned real estate practice combines worldwide experience and practical insight so you can focus on making the most of every opportunity.

We help position our public and private real estate clients for global growth and stronger corporate performance during all phases of the economic cycle, leveraging our depth of understanding of all related sectors to help you navigate from creation through completion of real estate investments.  Whether it’s raising and deploying capital, advising on potential risks and growth prospects, or resolving disputes on a local or global level.

In der gesamten globalen Immobilienbranche gehen Risiken und Herausforderungen Hand in Hand mit  Chancen und Rentabilität. Dies gilt für alle Marktteilnehmer. Goodwins renommierte Praxisgruppe für Immobilien kombiniert weltweite profunde rechtliche Expertise mit praktischer Erfahrung, damit Sie jede Chance optimal nutzen können.

Wir unterstützen unsere börsennotierten und nicht börsennotierten Mandanten aus der Immobilienbranche in allen Rechtsfragen und Rechtsangelegenheiten rund um die Immobilie, damit sie in jeder Konjunkturphase Wachstum und steigende unternehmerische Ergebnisse erzielen können. Mit unserem umfassenden rechtlichen Wissen und Erfahrung auf allen immobilienrechtlichen Gebieten helfen wir ihnen sicher durch sämtliche Stationen einer Immobilieninvestition; Sei es bei der Gestaltung, dem Abschluss und der Erfüllung von Verträgen, der Aufnahme und dem Einsatz von Kapital, der Beratung im Hinblick auf potenzielle Risiken und Wachstumschancen oder der Beilegung von gerichtlichen und außergerichtlichen Streitigkeiten.

Von Los Angeles bis London und von Boston bis Frankfurt stellen wir Ihnen Berater zur Seite, die tief und vollständig mit den Prinzipien des Immobilienmarktes und -geschäftes vertraut sind und Ihre Sichtweisen und Ziele vollkommen verstehen. Wir haben insbesondere umfangreiche Erfahrung bei Immobilieninvestitionen mit komplizierten Eigenkapital- und Fremdkapitalstrukturen, Kapitalbeschaffung im über Börsen regulierte, sowie unregulierte Märkte, M&A in der Immobilienbranche, grenzüberschreitende Transaktionen und umfangreiche Projektentwicklungen. Des Weiteren verfügen unsere Teams über tiefgreifende Expertise in den Bereichen REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts), private Investmentfonds, Eigenkapital- und Fremdkapitaltransaktionen sowie sämtlichen Nutzungsarten von Immobilien. Wir vertreten Eigentümer, Manager, Betreiber, Bauträger, Kreditgeber und Investoren und beraten und unterstützen vor allem im Zusammenhang mit Erwerb, Erschließung, Finanzierung, Verwaltung, Vermietung oder Veräußerung von Immobilien jeglicher Art.

Related Practices

REITs and Real Estate M+A

When businesses need counsel at the intersection of real estate and the public markets, they turn to Goodwin, a proven leader and innovator. From the dawn of the REIT market in the 1960s through the modern REIT era that began in the early 1990s, our lawyers are the industry vanguard – helping to draft the Real Estate Investment Trust Act of 1960, pioneering the creation of the first public UPREIT structure, and successfully representing issuers in the largest and most complex REIT IPOs to date. Goodwin has been consistently recognized as a leader serving the public REIT market, including in connection with alternative uses of the REIT vehicle, REIT conversions and innovative compensation structures like the modern LTIP partnership unit. As REITs have matured into a mainstream investment with expanded reach around the globe, the industry’s top players continue to rely on our expertise and dedication. And as REITs seek to take advantage of regulatory reforms that broaden their access to capital, such as new exemptions from registration or innovative equity securities, our lawyers are always first on the scene.
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Joint Ventures

Institutional investors, owners and developers in joint venture transactions face a raft of complex issues and market challenges as they invest in real estate across the United States and Europe. Clients count on Goodwin’s comprehensive understanding of the unique relationships and matters that arise during the life cycle of joint ventures, from formation concerns to exit rights. From single-asset developments to stabilized portfolios, clients leverage our multidisciplinary approach to joint venture transactions, integrating expertise from our tax, ERISA, corporate, securities, regulatory, construction and litigation teams. We regularly advise clients on joint ventures that are REIT compliant and/or UBTI sensitive (including “fractions rule”) compliance, as well as a variety of governance and economic structures, including complex promote waterfalls, clawbacks and multi-tiered transactions. Additionally, our European team is experienced in navigating the AIFMD and merger control considerations that can impact EU joint ventures.
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Investment Funds

Real estate investment managers, ranging from first time fund sponsors to established industry leaders, as well as public REITs, insurance companies and investment banks, depend on Goodwin for the best structure and terms when raising and deploying capital. Our international Real Estate Investment Funds Practice has a reputation as a market leader in advising funds and their sponsors and managers in fund structuring and formation in all key real estate industry verticals. Our work involves U.S., European, Canadian, Latin American and global funds ranging in size from less than $25 million to more than $4 billion. Our lawyers also work with financial institutions, private equity and hedge fund managers expanding their investment funds to include real estate as an investment focus.
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Capital Markets

Companies seeking to grow, increase liquidity for their investors or reduce their cost of capital regularly turn to Goodwin. We have one of the most active capital markets and public company practices in the United States, serving as outside counsel to public companies in a range of industries and who are listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We combine deep industry knowledge with broad technical expertise across all equity and debt securities and alternative investment structures. Over the past five years, we have advised clients in nearly 300 public offerings with an aggregate value approaching $30 billion. Our practice and lawyers are consistently recognized by industry publications as one of the most active and innovative advisers for capital markets transactions and public companies.
Read More

Finance + Restructurings

Whether the strategy is to cut losses and move on, work through, step back or place bets on the future, Goodwin's real estate finance lawyers are active market participants, creatively guiding clients through the challenges of the various credit markets. We understand the complexities involved in both existing and proposed capital structures and the varying motivations of stakeholders. Our broad and deep experience allows us to counsel clients effectively as they address a variety of financing needs and opportunities in an ever-evolving, and sometimes volatile, market.
Read More

Hospitality + Leisure

The world’s leading hospitality and leisure companies face an evolving market and increased competition which demand exceptional guidance and legal counsel. Goodwin is dedicated to providing best-in-class service to the hospitality and leisure industry, advising both hotel operators, including a number of the major luxury brands and hotel owners and investors on a wide range of matters. We have worked with many of the hospitality industry’s marquee names on some of the largest and most complex deals over the past decade. Our lawyers across the globe have handled hospitality transactions and related legal issues in more than 50 countries, including asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, hospitality company corporate IPOs and M&A transactions, complex structuring relating to REITs and investments by tax-exempt entities, formation of investment funds targeting hotels, financings of all types, development and operational joint ventures project development, including acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, design and construction, hotel management and franchise agreements, retail leasing, food and beverage operations agreements and employment, including union matters. We understand how to navigate cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and how to overcome the challenges presented by diverse legal systems, cultures, conventions, and languages.
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Real Estate Tax

Tax issues often arise when structuring real estate funds, joint ventures, REITs and transactions, particularly when doing so across borders. Our real estate clients turn to Goodwin’s tax experts to help them overcome the hurdles that these issues present. Our tax expertise is at the core of the firm’s real estate transactional practices with dedicated real estate tax experts who are recognized and differentiated by their global industry knowledge, creativity, clarity, and integration with client planning. Working seamlessly with other members of our transaction teams and knowing and understanding a client’s business, allows them to appropriately balance tax considerations and business objectives to achieve the best possible results.
Read More

Acquisitions + Dispositions

Many of the world’s leading investors turn to Goodwin’s global team of lawyers to serve as transactional counsel on all aspects of U.S. and European commercial real estate investment. Our real estate lawyers structure complex direct and indirect purchases and sales of interests in real estate. On these transactions, Goodwin’s team works alongside investment managers and advisors, fund sponsors and real estate operating companies, as well as a wide range of cross-border investors, including open-ended funds, sovereign wealth funds, national pension funds, banks and ultra-high net worth managers on investment and development opportunities around the world, who are looking to acquire or sell assets or interests in real estate. Our experience encompasses transactions involving a diverse range of property types, including retail properties, offices, medical office and hospital facilities, hotel and leisure properties, industrial properties, and mixed-use assets. 
Read More

Leasing

Landlords and tenants engage Goodwin’s Leasing practice for comprehensive legal counsel in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use leasing matters. Clients can face a full range of issues in lease transactions, including tax, ADA and environmental issues, as well as the negotiation of architect and construction contracts and subcontracts. Goodwin’s Leasing practice is broad-based in scope, with specialists who have devoted their careers to representing clients in leasing and related transactions efficiently and cost-effectively. Clients count on Goodwin’s insight into how leasing transactions fit in the broader context of real estate investment.
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Development + Permitting

Real estate development requires technical expertise and dedication. With a deep understanding of the legal and business issues of real estate development, Goodwin is committed to guiding our clients from concept to completion of every project. Building a successful project starts with good working partnerships. Goodwin is highly regarded in the real estate industry for finding opportunities and bringing people together. We counsel developers, investors, corporate owners and managers, nonprofit institutions, and lenders in large-scale projects of all kinds.
Read More

Design + Construction

Complex issues exist in every design and construction project, and development project participants rely on Goodwin’s Design +Construction lawyers to help mitigate risk and ensure successful project execution. Experienced, practical advice and representation is provided to owners, developers, investors, lenders and contractors in connection with the design and construction of real estate projects. Our interdisciplinary practice involves lawyers with real estate and litigation expertise who concentrate in this specialized area, along with development, tax, private equity and finance lawyers whose expertise is valuable on complex development projects. The deep and broad experience of our Design & Construction lawyers allow them to efficiently identify issues of concern, provide pragmatic and informed advice, better communicate with development project participants of all types, and effectively represent clients in all aspects of this complex area with a primary focus on advancing the clients’ interests.
Read More

Dispute Resolution

Real estate disputes cause considerable disruption and distraction. Our lawyers work hard to help you avoid them altogether. Goodwin’s team has unparalleled expertise in both keeping clients out of disputes and resolving disputes involving real property interests. Our litigators work closely with members of our core real estate transaction teams spanning numerous industries, including hospitality and leisure, development and permitting, environmental, design and construction, leasing, and REITs to serve our clients’ needs in a seamless manner.
Read More

Mergers + Acquisitions

Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
Read More
Related Practices
REITs and Real Estate M+A
When businesses need counsel at the intersection of real estate and the public markets, they turn to Goodwin, a proven leader and innovator. From the dawn of the REIT market in the 1960s through the modern REIT era that began in the early 1990s, our lawyers are the industry vanguard – helping to draft the Real Estate Investment Trust Act of 1960, pioneering the creation of the first public UPREIT structure, and successfully representing issuers in the largest and most complex REIT IPOs to date. Goodwin has been consistently recognized as a leader serving the public REIT market, including in connection with alternative uses of the REIT vehicle, REIT conversions and innovative compensation structures like the modern LTIP partnership unit. As REITs have matured into a mainstream investment with expanded reach around the globe, the industry’s top players continue to rely on our expertise and dedication. And as REITs seek to take advantage of regulatory reforms that broaden their access to capital, such as new exemptions from registration or innovative equity securities, our lawyers are always first on the scene.
Read More
Joint Ventures
Institutional investors, owners and developers in joint venture transactions face a raft of complex issues and market challenges as they invest in real estate across the United States and Europe. Clients count on Goodwin’s comprehensive understanding of the unique relationships and matters that arise during the life cycle of joint ventures, from formation concerns to exit rights. From single-asset developments to stabilized portfolios, clients leverage our multidisciplinary approach to joint venture transactions, integrating expertise from our tax, ERISA, corporate, securities, regulatory, construction and litigation teams. We regularly advise clients on joint ventures that are REIT compliant and/or UBTI sensitive (including “fractions rule”) compliance, as well as a variety of governance and economic structures, including complex promote waterfalls, clawbacks and multi-tiered transactions. Additionally, our European team is experienced in navigating the AIFMD and merger control considerations that can impact EU joint ventures.
Read More
Investment Funds
Real estate investment managers, ranging from first time fund sponsors to established industry leaders, as well as public REITs, insurance companies and investment banks, depend on Goodwin for the best structure and terms when raising and deploying capital. Our international Real Estate Investment Funds Practice has a reputation as a market leader in advising funds and their sponsors and managers in fund structuring and formation in all key real estate industry verticals. Our work involves U.S., European, Canadian, Latin American and global funds ranging in size from less than $25 million to more than $4 billion. Our lawyers also work with financial institutions, private equity and hedge fund managers expanding their investment funds to include real estate as an investment focus.
Read More
Capital Markets
Companies seeking to grow, increase liquidity for their investors or reduce their cost of capital regularly turn to Goodwin. We have one of the most active capital markets and public company practices in the United States, serving as outside counsel to public companies in a range of industries and who are listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We combine deep industry knowledge with broad technical expertise across all equity and debt securities and alternative investment structures. Over the past five years, we have advised clients in nearly 300 public offerings with an aggregate value approaching $30 billion. Our practice and lawyers are consistently recognized by industry publications as one of the most active and innovative advisers for capital markets transactions and public companies.
Read More
Finance + Restructurings
Whether the strategy is to cut losses and move on, work through, step back or place bets on the future, Goodwin's real estate finance lawyers are active market participants, creatively guiding clients through the challenges of the various credit markets. We understand the complexities involved in both existing and proposed capital structures and the varying motivations of stakeholders. Our broad and deep experience allows us to counsel clients effectively as they address a variety of financing needs and opportunities in an ever-evolving, and sometimes volatile, market.
Read More
Hospitality + Leisure
The world’s leading hospitality and leisure companies face an evolving market and increased competition which demand exceptional guidance and legal counsel. Goodwin is dedicated to providing best-in-class service to the hospitality and leisure industry, advising both hotel operators, including a number of the major luxury brands and hotel owners and investors on a wide range of matters. We have worked with many of the hospitality industry’s marquee names on some of the largest and most complex deals over the past decade. Our lawyers across the globe have handled hospitality transactions and related legal issues in more than 50 countries, including asset and portfolio acquisitions and dispositions, hospitality company corporate IPOs and M&A transactions, complex structuring relating to REITs and investments by tax-exempt entities, formation of investment funds targeting hotels, financings of all types, development and operational joint ventures project development, including acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, design and construction, hotel management and franchise agreements, retail leasing, food and beverage operations agreements and employment, including union matters. We understand how to navigate cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and how to overcome the challenges presented by diverse legal systems, cultures, conventions, and languages.
Read More
Real Estate Tax
Tax issues often arise when structuring real estate funds, joint ventures, REITs and transactions, particularly when doing so across borders. Our real estate clients turn to Goodwin’s tax experts to help them overcome the hurdles that these issues present. Our tax expertise is at the core of the firm’s real estate transactional practices with dedicated real estate tax experts who are recognized and differentiated by their global industry knowledge, creativity, clarity, and integration with client planning. Working seamlessly with other members of our transaction teams and knowing and understanding a client’s business, allows them to appropriately balance tax considerations and business objectives to achieve the best possible results.
Read More
Acquisitions + Dispositions
Many of the world’s leading investors turn to Goodwin’s global team of lawyers to serve as transactional counsel on all aspects of U.S. and European commercial real estate investment. Our real estate lawyers structure complex direct and indirect purchases and sales of interests in real estate. On these transactions, Goodwin’s team works alongside investment managers and advisors, fund sponsors and real estate operating companies, as well as a wide range of cross-border investors, including open-ended funds, sovereign wealth funds, national pension funds, banks and ultra-high net worth managers on investment and development opportunities around the world, who are looking to acquire or sell assets or interests in real estate. Our experience encompasses transactions involving a diverse range of property types, including retail properties, offices, medical office and hospital facilities, hotel and leisure properties, industrial properties, and mixed-use assets. 
Read More
Leasing
Landlords and tenants engage Goodwin’s Leasing practice for comprehensive legal counsel in office, industrial, retail and mixed-use leasing matters. Clients can face a full range of issues in lease transactions, including tax, ADA and environmental issues, as well as the negotiation of architect and construction contracts and subcontracts. Goodwin’s Leasing practice is broad-based in scope, with specialists who have devoted their careers to representing clients in leasing and related transactions efficiently and cost-effectively. Clients count on Goodwin’s insight into how leasing transactions fit in the broader context of real estate investment.
Read More
Development + Permitting
Real estate development requires technical expertise and dedication. With a deep understanding of the legal and business issues of real estate development, Goodwin is committed to guiding our clients from concept to completion of every project. Building a successful project starts with good working partnerships. Goodwin is highly regarded in the real estate industry for finding opportunities and bringing people together. We counsel developers, investors, corporate owners and managers, nonprofit institutions, and lenders in large-scale projects of all kinds.
Read More
Design + Construction
Complex issues exist in every design and construction project, and development project participants rely on Goodwin’s Design +Construction lawyers to help mitigate risk and ensure successful project execution. Experienced, practical advice and representation is provided to owners, developers, investors, lenders and contractors in connection with the design and construction of real estate projects. Our interdisciplinary practice involves lawyers with real estate and litigation expertise who concentrate in this specialized area, along with development, tax, private equity and finance lawyers whose expertise is valuable on complex development projects. The deep and broad experience of our Design & Construction lawyers allow them to efficiently identify issues of concern, provide pragmatic and informed advice, better communicate with development project participants of all types, and effectively represent clients in all aspects of this complex area with a primary focus on advancing the clients’ interests.
Read More
Dispute Resolution
Real estate disputes cause considerable disruption and distraction. Our lawyers work hard to help you avoid them altogether. Goodwin’s team has unparalleled expertise in both keeping clients out of disputes and resolving disputes involving real property interests. Our litigators work closely with members of our core real estate transaction teams spanning numerous industries, including hospitality and leisure, development and permitting, environmental, design and construction, leasing, and REITs to serve our clients’ needs in a seamless manner.
Read More
Mergers + Acquisitions
Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
Read More

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Gilbert G. Menna

Chair, Real Estate Industry Practice
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David Evans

Chair, London
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Stephan Kock

Chair, Frankfurt
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