Press Release August 03, 2021

Goodwin Welcomes Real Estate Finance Specialist Anke Johann as Partner in Germany

Global law firm Goodwin announced today that Anke Johann will join the firm’s Real Estate Finance Practice as a partner. She joins Goodwin from an in-house role at a leading German bank and will be resident in Munich on a remote basis.  

"As a widely respected and recognized authority on lending issues in the industry, Anke’s experience advising on sophisticated German and pan-European financings will be extremely valuable to our clients," said Stephan Kock, chair of Goodwin’s Frankfurt office. “Having worked across from Anke for many years, I have great confidence that her technical expertise and depth of knowledge will complement our market-leading real estate and private equity capabilities in Germany. We are delighted to welcome Anke to Goodwin.”

Ms. Johann has deep and broad experience in all aspects of banking law, especially in real estate finance, financial restructuring and work-outs, and related banking supervisory law (Pfandbrief law). Her expertise advising on German and international lending transactions involving private equity investors, debt funds and investment funds is well-aligned to the areas of client demand that are fueling Goodwin’s expansion in Germany. 

Ms. Johann is the fourth partner to join Goodwin’s real estate platform in Germany in 2021, following the hires of investment funds partners Joachim Kayser and Sebastian Bruchwitz and corporate real estate partner Markus Käpplinger. The firm has also added further strength to its private equity bench in Germany this year adding M&A partner Jan Schinköth and counsel Sebastian Walczak and recently announcing the hire of tax partner Oded Schein.

Since opening in 2016, Goodwin’s German platform has grown to more than 30 lawyers serving a broad array of European investors, lenders, and innovators across the real estate, private equity, technology, and financial services industries.

Goodwin’s Real Estate Industry practice spans fund formation, joint venture, finance and transactions, public company/REIT work, and real estate M&A. The firm’s pioneering Propsci practice focuses on addressing the growing real estate needs of life sciences companies as they face challenges in developing land and facilities that support their businesses in a continuously evolving sector. Goodwin’s groundbreaking Proptech practice, the first of its kind among leading global law firms, combines the legal and innovative experience and market savvy of its real estate, technology, intellectual property and data privacy groups. Goodwin is consistently ranked as a top advisor in the real estate industry, including in Commercial Property Executive, Chambers, The Legal 500 and Best Lawyers.