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Dr Paul Gerlach


Paul advises international and domestic clients on real estate law. 
His practice focuses primarily on real estate transactions (both asset and share deals) and on commercial and residential law lease.




Representative matters

DigitalBridge on the EUR17.5bn acquisition of a majority stake in GD Towers, the mobile telecommunications tower business of Deutsche Telekom AG, in partnership with Brookfield.

Lopesan Group on the sale of their Baltic hotel portfolio.

Nuveen on a real estate litigation with a special focus on contracts for work and services (Werkverträge).

Elmos Semiconductor SE, a leading manufacturer of automotive mixed-signal semiconductors, on the sale of its wafer fabrication facility to Littelfuse, Inc., USA.

Published Work

  • Gerlach (2023) “The Carmer judicial reforms in the Duchy of Silesia and the Kingdom of Prussia under Frederick the Great” (“Die Justizreformen im Herzogtum Schlesien und im Königreich Preußen unter Friedrich dem Großen“), Baden-Baden: Nomos.



Attorney at the Frankfurt Bar Association [2022].


PhD, Law, University of Heidelberg, 2023

Second German Law Degree, State of Hessen, Germany, 2020

First German Law Degree, University of Heidelberg, Germany, 2018

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.