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Advising on the complete life cycle of a real estate fund from structuring and establishment, fund investments through to exit strategies.

Our Real Estate Funds Practice offers you the full range of skills and services required at all stages of the real estate funds life cycle. We have the fund formation, corporate, real estate, regulatory and tax expertise to advise you on establishing funds, structuring them tax-efficiently, and devising exit strategies.

We apply our in-depth knowledge of both domestic and international markets to keep you up-to-date with market terms and investor negotiation strategies and techniques. Using our real estate funds database we can help you to compile fund term surveys and determine market comparables on key fund terms.

Specialists in our offices across the Clifford Chance network are experts in fund raising and their local real estate markets; they will work with you to plan and manage your real estate fund raising effectively, from a commercial, tax and marketing position.

  • Our London and New York offices are recognised as leaders in advising on the establishment, marketing and operation of international real estate funds. Nigel Hatfield (London) and Michael Sabin (New York) are recognised by clients and peers as leaders in the field of real estate fund raising.
  • Our Luxembourg office has extensive experience in setting up real estate funds, including establishing holding structures, obtaining the appropriate rulings and repatriating proceeds free of Luxembourg tax.
  • In Germany, we have structured a number of open and closed funds under the "Deckungsstockfähigkeit" (ruling investments of funds investing under German law).

As for private equity funds, the leading European industry publications and legal services guides rank us as the best.