Europe

As global clients pursue opportunities in the European market, Goodwin is there to help. We have a cadre of experienced lawyers present locally in the UK, Germany and France, supported by vast industry knowledge and our teams in the US and Asia, creating a dynamic network with a committed focus on the real estate, private equity, and financial sectors. Our purpose is to enable clients to advance their business goals—whether that involves entering a new market, growing in an established one, finding ways to stay competitive, or exiting when the time is right.

Throughout Europe, we provide a genuinely integrated offering across the real estate industry: from structuring real estate funds, products and vehicles, to the acquisition, financing, development and disposal of real estate assets through direct and indirect investments, as well as complex international hospitality and leisure transactions. We also help our clients in distressed situations with loan restructurings and workouts.

Outside the real estate sector, our expanding team advises on private equity, venture capital, leveraged finance, mezzanine debt as well as M&A, club deals, debt restructuring, infrastructure funds and other investment vehicles, together with specialist compliance, regulatory and tax advisory work.

Goodwin vertritt global agierende Mandanten bei deren Investitionen im europäischen Markt. Zur Seite steht dabei ein Team sehr erfahrener Anwälte, an unseren Standorten im Vereinigten Königreich, in Deutschland, die profunde rechtliche Expertise mit tief greifenden Branchenkenntnissen verknüpfen und von unseren Teams in den USA und Asien unterstützt werden. So schaffen wir ein internationales dynamisches Netzwerk mit dem Schwerpunkt auf den Bereichen Immobilien, Private Equity und Finanzierungen. Unser Ziel ist es, unsere Mandanten bei der Umsetzung ihrer Investitionsziele voranzubringen und zu unterstützen — dies umfasst beispielsweise den Eintritt in und die Erschließung eines neuen Marktes, die Erzielung nachhaltigen Wachstums in einem bestehenden Markt, Strategieentwicklung zur Stärkung der Wettbewerbsfähigkeit oder den Marktaustritt zum richtigen Zeitpunkt.

Wir bieten europaweit eine wahrhaft integrierte Rechtsdienstleistung, die den gesamten Immobilienbereich umfasst: Sie beginnt mit der Strukturierung von Fonds, Produkten und Instrumenten im Immobiliensektor. Sie setzt sich fort über den Erwerb, die Finanzierung, die Entwicklung und den Verkauf von Immobilien. Wir beraten dabei bei direkten oder indirekten Immobilieninvestitionen einschließlich sehr komplexer internationaler Transaktionen, z.B. im Gastronomie-/Hotel- und Freizeitgewerbe. Außerdem beraten wir unsere Mandanten auch in finanziellen Krisensituationen, zum Beispiel bei der Kreditabwicklung und Kreditsanierung.

Jenseits des Immobilienbereichs berät unser wachsendes Team in den Bereichen Private Equity, Risikokapital, Leveraged Finance, Mezzanine-Finanzierung, M&A, Club-Deals, Restrukturierung, Infrastrukturfonds und sonstigen Investitionsvehikeln aber auch zu fachspezifischen Compliance-, aufsichtsrechtlichen und steuerrechtlichen Themen.

Related Practices

Private Equity

In the face of a competitive marketplace, elite private equity firms expect counsel with extensive experience and a stable of blue chip relationships. That’s why private equity firms have been entrusting their deals to Goodwin for decades. Our Private Equity team ranks as one of the top in the United States, and we are on a trajectory of rapid ascent, both in the U.S. and worldwide. The group is a market leader in the expansive middle market sector, having earned a reputation for notable buyouts, growth equity deals and growth company representations in key sectors such as technology, healthcare, financial and business services, consumer and manufacturing. 
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Real Estate Industry

Rising interest rates? Falling tenant demand? “High-yield” or “value-added”? Across the global real estate capital markets, how you position yourself with respect to risk and return is critical for maximizing your investments. Whether assessing demographic trends and capital flows or anticipating geographic shifts, Goodwin’s Real Estate Industry Group offers deep market insight and a practical approach to help you make the most of every investment decision – from private fund formation and all types of real estate transactions to REIT and real estate M&A, we excel at what we do.

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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. 
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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.
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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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Related Practices
Private Equity
In the face of a competitive marketplace, elite private equity firms expect counsel with extensive experience and a stable of blue chip relationships. That’s why private equity firms have been entrusting their deals to Goodwin for decades. Our Private Equity team ranks as one of the top in the United States, and we are on a trajectory of rapid ascent, both in the U.S. and worldwide. The group is a market leader in the expansive middle market sector, having earned a reputation for notable buyouts, growth equity deals and growth company representations in key sectors such as technology, healthcare, financial and business services, consumer and manufacturing. 
Read More
Real Estate Industry

Rising interest rates? Falling tenant demand? “High-yield” or “value-added”? Across the global real estate capital markets, how you position yourself with respect to risk and return is critical for maximizing your investments. Whether assessing demographic trends and capital flows or anticipating geographic shifts, Goodwin’s Real Estate Industry Group offers deep market insight and a practical approach to help you make the most of every investment decision – from private fund formation and all types of real estate transactions to REIT and real estate M&A, we excel at what we do.

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
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
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.
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David Evans

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