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Shearman & Sterling’s Real Estate practice assists clients in achieving their strategic goals around the world, partnering with private and institutional investors, developers, owners, lenders and underwriters in real estate joint ventures, financings, development projects, leasing, and acquisitions and dispositions. Our clients value our breadth and depth of experience in regional, national and international markets and through decades of market cycles. Regardless of where our clients are located across the globe, we find innovative ways for them to achieve their objectives.

With offices in many of the world’s major business centers, we are a full-service real estate practice executing transactions under U.S., English, French and German law. We are also active in the area of Shari’ah-compliant finance and investment.

Our clients include buyers, sellers, investors, institutional and non-institutional lenders, developers, sponsors, public and private funds, sovereign wealth funds, public agencies, family offices, tenants-in-common, general and limited partners, and preferred and subordinated equity investors. They rely on our deep experience for their investments in a wide range of real estate-related businesses and asset classes, which have included industrial, office, retail, multi-family, hotel, data center, resort, residential, senior and student housing, timber and agricultural, recreational and mixed-use properties.


Shearman & Sterling's environmental attorneys counsel industrial, commercial and financial entities regarding a broad array of environmental challenges, including helping them manage environmental risks in the context of business and real estate transactions and achieve compliance with environmental laws and regulations. This work includes coordinating environmental site assessments and compliance audits, and drafting and negotiating the environmental provisions of transaction documents, including real estate acquisitions or divestitures, collateralized loans and leases. Our environmental lawyers practice under U.S., English, French and German law.

We are actively involved with green building and sustainable development initiatives, including LEED and the new six-part European Union climate and energy legislative package, and regularly advise clients on risks and opportunities presented by climate change and sustainable development. We also have experience with site remediation, including brownfields programs and related tax incentives. In addition, our environmental team has extensive experience advising clients in connection with environmental claims, counseling issuers and underwriters regarding environmental and climate change disclosure requirements and trends, and advising financial institutions in connection with liability and portfolio risks associated with their borrowers’ businesses and secured assets.