Real Estate

From 42nd Street/Times Square to Canary Wharf, from Rockefeller Center to Frankfurt's MesseTurm, from Fenway Park to Wembley Stadium, Shearman & Sterling's Real Estate Group has been involved in transactions concerning some of the world's most iconic structures, complex financings, and largest developments in the real estate sector.

We are a full-service, global real estate practice with an international reputation for sophistication and excellence in the areas of acquisitions and dispositions, development, environmental, financing, funds, joint ventures and leasing. Many of our partners are recognized by their peers as among the world's leading real estate law advisors.

Our Real Estate Group is characterized by its breadth and depth of experience—in regional, national, and international markets—in the full range of the real estate asset class, with a wide variety of clients and through decades of business cycles.

We have advised on the most advantageous transaction structures from economic, tax and legal perspectives on matters involving five continents. We work with diverse parties including tax-exempts, pension plans and foreign investors on properties including:

  • Retail
  • Industrial
  • Office
  • Hotel
  • Resort
  • Residential
  • Timber and agricultural
  • Recreational
  • Mixed-use

Our clients include buyers, sellers, investors, developers, sponsors, public and private funds, public agencies, tenants-in-common, general and limited partners, and preferred and subordinated equity investors.   

With firm offices in most of the world's major business centers, we execute transactions under US, English, French and German law.  We are also active in the area of Shari’ah-compliant finance and investment.  Our international presence enables us to mobilize resources to handle client matters effectively and efficiently, wherever in the world they arise.  Our attorneys work closely with colleagues in the Asset Management, Capital Markets, ERISA and Tax practices and others, providing each deal with leverage from the firm's experience, resources and global reach.

Our decades of experience enable us to anticipate issues and assist our clients in reaching their business objectives.  Drawing on the breadth of that experience, we are able to manage complex and multidisciplinary transactions involving numerous players and bring them to a successful and timely close.


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