Real estate

A&O Shearman’s global real estate team comprises a deep bench of lawyers who are individually and collectively recognized as leaders in the field. 

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We advise on the full range of investment, development, and financing deals in relation to real estate assets, and have extensive experience of working through the investment lifecycle from acquisition to divestment, across the capital stack, and in both downstream and upstream transactions.

End-to-end advice on real estate investments and financing

Our teams handle real estate investments; real estate fund, joint venture and co-investment structuring, establishment and exits; complex real estate M&A deals, including significant cross-border portfolio transactions; and ground-up development and major refurbishment projects.

We also advise on real estate finance transactions (construction, senior and mezzanine, A/B structures and preferred equity); distressed loan acquisitions; workouts and restructuring of distressed investments (including loan-to-own strategies); real estate loan and CMBS workouts; planning and zoning matters; real estate litigation; leasing, including ground lease and master lease structures; and real estate tax.

Relationships with the leading industry players

We are globally respected for the strength and of our client relationships which are built on our deep understanding of each client’s real estate strategy and platform, as well as our innovation, unrivalled experience, technical expertise and commitment to get deals done. 

We advise a broad range of organizations and investors, including the world's leading private equity funds, investment banks, alternative lenders, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and REITs. 

We also act for owners and operators across all real estate asset classes, including logistics, office, industrial, retail, power and energy, student housing, build-to-rent, single family rental, senior living, data centers, hotels, hospitality and leisure.

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