Dr. Stephan Kock

Dr. Stephan Kock Dr. Stephan

Partner Chair, Frankfurt
Partner Chair, Frankfurt
Dr. Stephan Kock

Stephan Kock is a partner and chair of Goodwin's Frankfurt office. He is a member of the Real Estate Industry group and of its Real Estate Finance & Restructurings practice and its Financial Industry group. Mr. Kock focuses his banking practice on real estate finance such as acquisition and development financings including residential, commercial, single assets, portfolio and warehouse financings. He also advises on Pfandbrief lending, buy-out finance, associated financial restructuring in these areas, as well as on loan portfolio transactions. Mr. Kock advises on all layers of debt, senior, mezzanine or other junior loans; structuring, syndication and tranching of participations as well as intercreditor agreements. Mr. Kock regularly represents a wide range of international and domestic lenders such as credit institutions, debt funds, insurance companies and investors/borrowers such as funds, family offices, and insurance companies in all banking related aspects.

Mr. Kock is involved in Goodwin’s PropTech Initiative, which is focused on supporting the intersection of Real Estate and Technology through thoughtful collaboration across the two practice areas. As a participant, Mr. Kock stays up to date on relevant market trends, specifically in the German market, that are impacting the PropTech sector to effectively support clients involved in this space.

Mr. Kock has the full range of loan restructuring experience. He advised Euro Hypo on the disposal of its loan portfolio prior to the winding-up of the bank in 2016 and has acted on the borrower and the bank side in various distressed loan transactions during the financial crisis.

Mr. Kock speaks fluent German and English.

Dr. Stephan Kock ist Partner und führt den Bürostandort von Goodwin in Frankfurt am Main. Er berät insbesondere zu Immobilienfinanzierungen (einschließlich der Finanzierung durch Pfandbriefbanken) und Leveraged Finance sowie damit jeweils zusammenhängender Restrukturierungen, zum Kauf/Verkauf und Übertrag von Darlehensportfolien. Seine Beratung umfasst Senior Darlehen, Mezzanine-  oder Nachrang-Darlehen, einschließlich deren  Strukturierung, Syndizierung und Tranchierung sowie Verknüpfung durch Konsortialvereinbarungen. Dr. Kock vertritt Darlehensgeber (Kreditinstitute, Debt Funds, Versicherungen) und Investoren/Darlehensnehmer (z.B. Fonds, Family Offices, Insurance Companies) in allen bankrechtlichen Aspekten ihrer Transaktionen.

Er spricht fließend Deutsch und Englisch.


  • Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen, Hamburg 1997
  • Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen, Hamburg 1997
  • Erlangung des Doktorgrades, Universität Hamburg, 1996
  • Erstes Juristisches Staatsexamen, München 1993
  • Scholarship for Chinese Studies, Taipei, 1987/1988





Mr. Kock’s recent experience includes representing:

  • HSH Nordbank AG on the financing of the acquisition of the shopping mall “Allee Center” in Leipzig, Germany, by a special purpose vehicle controlled by EQT Partners from Investa Real Estate. The “Allee Center” was built in 1996, and comprises around 40,000 square meter of rental space.
  • Medical Properties Trust, Inc. in its €1.635 billion joint venture agreement with Primonial Group pursuant to which a fund managed by Primonial Group will acquire an 50% interest in an MPT portfolio of 71 post-acute hospitals throughout Germany (2018).
  • GTT Communications on the completion of its acquisition of Interoute for approximately $2.3 billion (2018).
  • Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG as facility agent and security agent leading a consortium of lenders, including Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, in connection with a €432million term loan to partially refinance the debt of OFFICEFIRST Immobilien AG & Co. KG, a subsidiary of IVG Immobilien AG. The term loan is a key element of the whole refinancing and a vital part supporting IVG’s disposal (2017).
  • GreenOak Real Estate on a €100 million loan to finance a real estate portfolio (acquisition as well as capital expenditures) in Germany (2017).
  • HSH Nordbank AG in connection with its credit facilities agreement with EQT Real Estate to finance the acquisition and subsequent repositioning of two commercial properties known as “Atricom” and “LeByro” in Germany. The financing was tailored to the business plan of the sponsor and combines an acquisition financing and a CapEx loan for a financing with a total volume of €79 million for a term of up to five years (2017).
  • Gramercy Property Europe (Gramercy Europe) on its acquisition of a 94.9% interest in the German / French Clydesdale portfolio, a logistics warehouse portfolio with assets in Germany and France from Goodman Europe Development Trust. Goodwin also advised in relation to the refinancing of the German portfolio. The loan, amounting to approximately €130 million was provided by DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale. The highly complex cross-border deal involved Luxembourg, German and French law elements with parties from Australia, the U.S., the UK, Luxembourg, Germany and France (2017).
  • Castlelake on its acquisition of the Treveria property portfolio, which consists of commercial retail and residential space, from Commerzbank. The acquisition was carried out by a trustee structure through a combined asset deal and share deal, as well as an external financing through a loan provided by SEB AG. The purpose of the loan is also to finance certain investment expenses.
  • NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG and NATIXIS S.A. on the financing of the acquisition of additional residential properties to an existing portfolio located mainly in Berlin, Germany by investment companies from Luxembourg. NATIXIS Pfandbriefbank AG granted a loan to support a capex program of individual properties (2017)
  • Castlelake, L.P. on its acquisition of the Gravity real estate portfolio from the financial investors Marcol and Marathon Asset Management. The transaction was structured as a combined share and loan acquisition (2017).
  • Slate Asset Management L.P. in its announced agreement to purchase 67 predominantly grocery-anchored real estate assets totaling 136,000 square meters of gross leasable area located throughout Germany. The majority of the tenants are the largest global retailers in the world, including Lidl, Aldi, Edeka and REWE. The acquisition is Slate’s first in Germany and marks its entry into the market (2016)
  • WCM Beteiligungs- und Grundbesitz-AG in the EUR 66.5 million acquisition of four retail centers with 52,500 square meters of rental space in the aggregate. The recently acquired properties, which increase the value of WCM’s property portfolio to approximately EUR 645 million, are located in the German federal states of Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Brandenburg (2016).
  • HSH Nordbank AG on financing of the acquisition and subsequent repositioning of a commercial property by a joint venture (2016).

Dr. Kock hat unter anderem zu folgenden Mandaten beraten:

  • Hypothekenbank Frankfurt (vormals Eurohypo) bei dem Verkauf des gesamten verbliebenen deutschen Portfolios von Immobilien besicherte (non-core) Darlehen an Oaktree.* 
  • Cerberus in Bezug auf die Re-Financing des Blue-Immobilienportfolios durch von der Citi-Bank arrangierten Vor- und Nachrangdarlehen.* 
  • Castelake in Bezug auf die Finanzierung des Erwerbs des Kontor- Immobilienportfolios durch die HSH Nordbank.* 
  • Société Générale in Bezug auf die Re-Finanzierung eines deutschland-weiten Portfolio von Alten- und Pflegeheimen (Volumen EUR 545 Mio).* 
  • einen führenden deutschen Immobilienfinanzierer bei der Finanzierung des Erwerbs und der teilweisen Entwicklung einer Gewerbeimmobilie/-grundstückes.
  • pbb – Deutsche Pfandbriefbank und Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba) in Bezug auf die Re-Finanzierung eines Portfolios von Gewerbeimmobilien der Prime Office AG.* 

* Bezeichnet Mandate aus der Zeit vor dem Start bei Goodwin Procter.

Professional Experience

Mr. Kock was admitted as a German lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) in 1997. Prior to joining Goodwin in 2016, Mr. Kock was a partner in the Frankfurt office of Ashurst LLP, where he led its German international finance department.

Beruflicher Werdegang
Dr. Kock ist seit 2016 bei Goodwin. Zuvor war er Partner im Frankfurter Büro von Ashurst. Dort leitete er acht Jahre lang die Praxisgruppe International Finance in Deutschland. Davor war er bei Clifford Chance tätig.
Mitglied des Lions Clubs Frankfurt-Paulskirche


Mr. Kock is consistently recognized as a leader in his field by preeminent, peer-reviewed publications, including JUVE, Best LawyersLegal 500, Legal 500 EMEA (2021 and 2018), Chambers Global (2020-2022), Chambers Europe (2021 and 2017), and Who’s Who Legal: Real Estate (2017). He was named among Germany’s Best Lawyers (2022, 2017 and 2016) by the German business journal Handelsblatt for Real Estate Law, Banking and Finance Law. He was ranked by JUVE as frequently recommended. Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Asia recommended Stephan Kock for Real Estate & Construction in its 2018 edition. Chambers Europe 2018 and 2020 recognized him as leading lawyer in the field of real estate: Finance, Banking & Finance. Legal 500 EMEA named him in the Germany Banking & Finance: Lending & Borrowing category in its 2018 edition and in Real Estate Finance and Lending and Borrowing in its 2021 edition.


Dr. Kock wird regelmäßig als herausragender Anwalt für seinen Praxisbereich von Kollegen und in anerkannten Publikationen ausgezeichnet, einschließlich Chambers Global, Chambers Europe (2020 & 2017), Legal 500, Legal 500 EMEA (2021), Best Lawyers und JUVE. Er wird dort als "einer der besten Anwälte bei Immobilienfinanzierungen" benannt.

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Second State Exam, 1997
University of Hamburg
Ph.D., Philosophy, 1996
University of Hamburg
University of Munich
Scholarship for Chinese Studies, 1987


Zweite Staatsexamen, 1997
Universität Hamburg
Doktor der Philosophie, Philosophy, 1996
Universität Hamburg
Universität München
Stipendium für chinesische Studien, 1987





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