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Sebastian Orthmann

Dr. Sebastian Orthmann, EMBA

Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht (Certified lawyer for commercial and corporate law) | Head of Real Estate & Public Group, CMS Germany

CMS Hasche Sigle
Stadthausbrücke 1-3
20355 Hamburg
Languages Spanish, English, German

Sebastian Orthmann provides advice to national and international investors and project developers on the acquisition and sale of companies as well as real estate and real estate portfolios (domestic and cross-border), both in the form of asset deals and share deals. He also focuses on advising on joint ventures, corporate structuring measures, project developments, commercial lease law and financing.

His clients include institutional investors, banks, asset managers, family companies and public authorities as well as corporates from the automation, chemical, cosmetic, electrotechnical, logistics, retail, IT and manufacturing sectors.

Sebastian joined CMS in 2004 and has been a partner since 2011. He has a postgraduate diploma in Real Estate Economics (ADI) and long-standing experiencing lecturing at IRE|BS.

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"very competent" (client)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2019 (GCLF)

"Hamburg-based Sebastian Orthmann, who is singled out for his ‘in-depth knowledge’ and ‘thorough work’ […]."

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2018

„Zuletzt stemmten auch die Energie- u. Immobilienpraxen (Dr. Sebastian Orthmann) große Transaktionen […].“.

JUVE Handbuch, 2017/2018

"Clients speak highly of Sebastian Orthmann due to his ability to "concentrate on the main topics and give good feedback on minor points that can be skipped," adding: "He knows how to make the process efficient."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"Sebastian Orthmann has a strong focus on transactions involving shopping centres. He regularly advises on both share and asset deals. "

Chambers Europe, 2017

"Sebastian Orthmann focuses on real estate M&A deals, and is especially visible in the retail sector."

Chambers Europe, 2016

"Up-and-coming Sebastian Orthmann focuses on transactions in the real estate sector, in particular to do with acquisitions of retail and residential properties."

Chambers Europe, 2015

"Sebastian Orthmann handles corporate law issues and transactions for real estate investors. His clients say: ‘He looks for a solution that is useful rather than just theoretical.’"

Chambers Europe, 2014

"deal-oriented and yet precise" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2014 (GCLF)

Relevant experience

  • ECE | On acquisition and sale of various shopping centres in Germany and other European countries (asset and share deal).

  • GRR | On acquisition of 42 discounters, specialist retailers and shopping centres in Germany.

  • Hermann Friedrich Bruhn | Long-standing comprehensive advice on the acquisition and sale of various properties in all asset classes, including project development and maintenance of Marktplatzgalerie Bramfeld, project development and sale of the Welcome hotel in Frankfurt and regeneration of Hamburger Meile in a joint venture with ECE and subsequent sale to Real I.S.

  • IVG Immobilien | On sale of TRIUVA shares in PATRIZIA.

  • Gator | On sale of three office properties and one residential property in Hamburg in a structured bidding process (asset and share deal with leaseback).

  • Panattoni | On acquisition and development as well as sale of various logistics properties.

  • Phoenix Contact | On acquisition of various companies.

  • Ramboll | On acquisition of various companies and structuring of German group companies.

  • Unilever | Change of location: termination of Unilever-Haus lease agreement and new lease in Hamburg.

  • Union Investment | Advice in takeover of investment companies of Austrian Volksbanken.

  • Union Investment Real Estate | On acquisition of three shopping centres in Germany and Italy (asset deal and share deal) in a structured bidding process.

  • Universal-Investment | On acquisition (share deal) of a high street portfolio consisting of 90 objects from German and Luxembourgish companies.

  • Warburg-HIH | On acquisition of various office and retail properties.

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  • Diploma in Real Estate Economies (ADI)

  • Executive MBA Mergers & Acquisitions (EMBA)

  • Trainee lawyer in Mainz, including placements at a major law firm in Frankfurt and a commercial law firm in Colombo (Sri Lanka)

  • PhD; thesis on accounting law

  • Law studies in Mannheim, Alicante and Mainz

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  • Haftung und Insolvenz im GmbH-Recht, Kapitel B.IV. zum Kapitalersatz gemeinsam mit Dr. Nancy Gruschinske, Hrsg. Holzborn/v. Vietinghoff, München 2013, S. 82ff

  • Leitfaden für die Bestellung von Sicherheiten im Rahmen von Bankdarlehen gemeinsam mit Philipp Weber, BB 2012, S. 1039ff

  • Forum Mergers & Acquisitions 2011, Nachvertragliche Wettbewerbsverbote im Unternehmenskaufvertrag zu Lasten eines Gesellschafter-Geschäftsführers gemeinsam mit Dr. Till Soyka, Hrsg. Wollersheim/Barthel, Wiesbaden 2011, S. 95ff

  • Bewertung von Bestandsimmobilien durch Immobilieninvestoren nach HGB und IFRS im Lichte der Finanzkrise, Bewertung von Bestandsimmobilien durch Immobilieninvestoren nach HGB und IFRS im Lichte der Finanzkrise, Hrsg. Birk/Bruse/Saenger 2010, p. 131 ff

  • Fair-Value-Ermittlung bescherte bisher Gewinne, Immobilienzeitung vom 1. Oktober 2009, p. 39

  • Sri Lanka (k)ein Steuerparadies für ausländische Investoren?, RIW 2004, p. 682 ff

  • Betriebliche Altersversorgung im Jahresabschluss nach HGB,US-GAAP und IAS, Tenea Verlag 2003

  • Buchbesprechung zum "Praktiker-Handbuch zur Umsetzung der betrieblichen Altersversorgung" von Dr. Axel Schack, Karsten Tacke, Dr. Jens T. Thau, Betriebs-Berater 2003, p. 43

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Lectures list

  • Moderator des Real Estate Forums 2017 in Hamburg (Juli 2017)

  • Moderator des Real Estate Forums 2018 in Hamburg (Juli 2018)

  • Moderator des Real Estate Forums 2019 in Hamburg (Juli 2019)

  • Moderator zur Veranstaltung Künstliche Intelligenz, smart Date und Digitalisierung in der Immobilienwirtschaft 2019 (Mai 2019)

  • Vortrag Rechtliche Trends auf dem europäischen Immobilien-Investmentmarkt 2018 (CMS European Real Estate Deal Point Study 2018) (November 2018)

  • Moderator eines Panels zu ICOs bei der Future PropTech in Berlin (September 2018)

  • Chair zum Thema Build To Rent Resi – Cradle to grave, goldmine or mid market pocket? bei der GRI in Paris (September 2019)

  • Conferencier der Veranstaltung PropTech – Die Zukunft der Immobilienbranche ist digital in Berlin (März 2019)

  • Conferencier der Veranstaltung PropTech in Berlin (November 2016)

  • Moderator des Real Estate Forums 2016 in Hamburg (Juli 2016)

  • Moderator des Seminars Akzeptanz schaffen - Bürgerbeteiligung bei Bauprojekten (Juni 2016)

  • Moderator der CMS Real-Estate-Investorenkonferenz in Frankfurt (März 2016)

  • LawUpdate für Investmentberater: Trends in der Vertragspraxis bei Immobilientransaktionen (Februar 2016)

  • Vorstellung der CMS European M&A Study 2015 - Neueste Ergebnisse (April 2015)

  • Moderator der CMS Real-Estate-Investorenkonferenz in Frankfurt (Februar 2015)

  • Vorstellung der CMS European M&A Study 2014 - Neueste Ergebnisse (April 2014)

  • Marktentwicklungen im Immobilientransaktionsmarkt in Deutschland, Kopenhagen, November 2012

  • Vorstellung der CMS Real Estate Deal Point Study 2011, Gestärkter Immobilienmarkt - aktuelle Entwicklungen, November 2011

  • Strukturierung von Joint Ventures und deren Fallstricke, Regionaltreffen der RICS und ADI Alumni, Mai 2011

  • Vorstellung der CMS Real Estate Deal Point Study 2010, Oktober 2010

  • Asset Deal oder Share Deal bei Immobilientransaktionen, Regionaltreffen der ADI Alumni, Juni 2010

  • Geheimhaltungsvereinbarungen: Zahnlose Tiger? Fallstricke und effektive Rechtsverfolgung, Mandantenseminar, November 2009

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