Dr Christian Hilmes


Christian’s practice covers all conceivable aspects of real estate, from property purchase and project development, through leasing out commercial and residential property, property and asset management and use of real estate collateral, right up to sale transactions and restructurings.
Christian’s practice is truly European, frequently dealing with portfolios of properties across up to 17 countries at a time.
Christian is also highly experienced in domestic and international real estate M&A transactions and has enjoyed particular success in the fields of retail and logistics projects. He represents real estate investors and project developers, as well as users and providers of real estate.
Christian is a member of our Alternative Investments Group.
Dr. Christian Hilmes represents real estate investors, project developers as well as users and providers of real estate and covers with his advisory services all property-related aspects: from real estate acquisition and project and object development to the leasing of commercial and residential properties, property and asset management, sales transactions and restructurings. His advice is truly European, as the object portfolios he advises on often extend to up to 17 jurisdictions. 
Dr. Christian Hilmes also has extensive experience with domestic and cross-border mergers of real estate companies. Regardless of the fact that Dr. Christian Hilmes has excellent expertise in almost all real estate asset classes, he can demonstrate particular successes in retail and logistics projects. He represents real estate investors, project developers as well as users and providers of real estate. Christian Hilmes is a member of our Alternative Investments group and also advises with a further focus on the sectors (renewable) energy and (digital) infrastructure.


Representative matters

Viridium Group on the EUR2.7bn sale of Generali Lebensversicherung AG's "Millennium Portfolio" to Commerz Real. The portfolio comprises 26 office, 14 residential and 9 retail properties with a total rental space of over 352,000 square metres in premium locations in Germany's top cities.

An investment company on the acquisition of a real estate portfolio consisting of 35 properties with mainly commercial use and office space in Germany, the Netherlands and France. Volume: EUR780m.

Värde on the sale of a real estate portfolio to Gateway Real Estate AG. The portfolio comprises 21 commercial properties (offices, restaurants, hotels and retail spaces) which are located across Germany.

DigitalBridge on the acquisition of a majority stake in GD Towers, the mobile telecommunications tower business of Deutsche Telekom AG, in partnership with Brookfield.

Published Work

  • Hilmes C., Krueger M.J. (2009) "Das Schattendasein des Dauernutzungsrechts", ZfIR (Zeitschrift fuer Immobilienrecht), Issue 5-6, page 184-194
  • Hilmes C. (2006) "Die Europaeische Union als Partei voelkerrechtlicher Vertraege" (The European Union as party to international legal treaties), Dissertation (Nomos 2006)
They are solution-oriented and I am very impressed by the co-ordination of cross-border work.
They are absolutely exceptional, head and shoulders above their competitors. They have worked themselves ahead of the field.



Referendar, Germany, 2003

Assessor, Germany, 2007

Admitted as German Rechtsanwalt, 2007


First German Law Degree, 2003

Dr iur, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2006

Second German Law Degree, 2007


English, German
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