Dr. Volker Zerr, MRICS

Partner
Rechtsanwalt

CMS Hasche Sigle
Schoettlestraße 8
70597 Stuttgart
Germany
Languages English, French, German

Volker Zerr advises national and international companies and investors on real estate transactions and financing as well as on commercial leases. His practice includes all aspects of construction and architects law, with particular expertise in drafting contracts, warranty management and providing comprehensive legal advice during the construction phase. Furthermore, Volker regularly represents his clients in court and arbitration proceedings.

Prior to joining CMS in 1999 and becoming a partner in 2005, he worked as an in-house lawyer in the legal department of Allianz Lebensversicherung-AG. Alongside his legal practice, Volker teaches at two German real estate industry training institutions: the International Real Estate Business School and the Akademie der Immobilienwirtschaft (ADI).

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„sein Team liefert beste Qualität u. das stets innerhalb der vereinbarten, oft recht knappen Zeit“ (Mandant)

JUVE Handbuch, 2017/2018

„sehr sympathisch u. fachl. gut“ (Wettbewerber)

JUVE Handbuch, 2017/2018

"Volker Zerr has the talent to make complex legal issues easy to understand." (client)

Chambers Europe, 2017

Recommended for Real Estate

Who's Who Legal 2017

„sehr bewährt in der Leitung größerer, internationaler Teams“

The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2017

"excellent negotiation strength based on a profound knowledge and understanding of the German market"

Chambers Europe, 2016

"a very good transactional lawyer with an excellent commercial understanding deals"

Chambers Europe, 2016

"very good industry knowledge"

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2015

"Recommended"

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2016 (GCLF)

"outstanding, pragmatic lawyer with a very good team, reliable and keeps to schedules" (client)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2015 (GCLF)

"Recommended"

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

„Ergebnisorientierter u. pragmatischer Verhandlungspartner; sehr angenehm“

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

Relevant experience

  • Allianz Real Estate Germany GmbH | Advising Allianz Real Estate Germany GmbH on the acquisition of the Kap West project development in Munich, the sale of a real estate portfolio to Patrizia (volume: more than EUR 400 million), the acquisition of “Haus an der Wien” (volume: EUR 94 million) and the acquisition of “The Icon Vienna” landmark office building at Vienna’s new central railway station from SIGNA Development Selection AG (volume: more than EUR 500 million)

  • Savills Investment Management | Advising Savills Investment Management on the acquisition of different properties (“Bertha-Berlin“, “Lister Dreieck“ in Hanover, “Dortmunder U“ in Dortmund, volume: EUR 300 million) and on the sale of a real estate portfolio to Patrizia (volume: EUR 320 million)

  • Ferdinand Piëch Holding | Advising Ferdinand Piëch Holding on the acquisition of the Hindenburgbau, a listed office and retail complex in Stuttgart; volume: EUR 101 million

  • LBBW | Advising LBBW on the sale of the Haerder-Center in Luebeck and the sale of the “N1” commercial property in Mannheim

  • Baden-Württemberg Stiftung | Advising state-owned foundation Baden-Württemberg Stiftung on the acquisition of the Mercedes-Benz Bank building in Stuttgart

  • Allianz Real Estate Germany | Advising Allianz Real Estate Germany on the sale of the “Bremer Carrée” retail property to a joint venture

  • Allianz Real Estate Germany | Advising Allianz Real Estate Germany on the sale of a portfolio comprising nine office and commercial properties to Patrizia (purchase price: approx. EUR 420 million)

  • Allianz Real Estate Germany | Advising Allianz Real Estate Germany on the acquisition of an office development project from OFB in Munich (share deal)

  • Allianz Real Estate Germany | Advising Allianz Real Estate Germany on the financing and refinancing of numerous projects in various European countries, e.g., CentrO Oberhausen, Deutsche Bank Türme, Gropius Passagen Berlin, Königsbaupassagen Stuttgart or Alsterarkaden Hamburg (volume: over EUR 1,5 billion)

  • Allianz Real Estate Germany | Advising Allianz Real Estate Germany on the financing and refinancing of numerous projects in various European countries, e.g., CentrO Oberhausen, Deutsche Bank Türme, Gropius Passagen Berlin, Königsbaupassagen Stuttgart or Alsterarkaden Hamburg (volume: over EUR 1,5 billion)

  • Argon (Piëch Group) | Advising Argon (Piëch Group) on the acquisition of a property portfolio in Mannheim from LBBW

  • Credit Suisse | Advising Credit Suisse on the acquisition of an office building in Stuttgart

  • Commerzbank | Advising Commerzbank on the sale of the entire property portfolio of the transferred Aberdeen and Credit Suisse real estate funds in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, UK, Romania and Croatia (volume: more than EUR 500 million)

  • Württembergische Lebensversicherung AG | Advising Württembergische Lebensversicherung AG on the acquisition of a portfolio of retail parks in Dortmund and Mannheim from RUDU Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

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Education

  • 1997: Second state examination in law

  • 1996: PhD

  • 1994: First state examination in law

  • 1990 - 1997: Law studies and trainee lawyer in Munich

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Memberships

  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)

  • Vorsitzender des Prüfungsausschusses "Fachanwalt für Bau- und Architektenrecht" der Rechtsanwaltskammer Stuttgart

  • American Bar Association

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Publications

  • "Zunehmende Risikofreude bei Immobilieninvestoren – Ergebnisse der CMS Real Estate Deal Point Study 2014", Zeitschrift für Immobilienrecht (ZfIR) 18. Jahrgang, Heft 17 – 18/2014, S. 665 – 673

  • co-author in the handbook "Immobilienökonomie II, Rechtliche Grundlagen, 3. aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage", p. 294 – 349, 2013, Oldenbourg Verlag München, ISBN 978-486-71359-6, published by Schulte, Kühling, Servatius und Stellmann

  • "Was bei der Finanzierung machbar ist und wie man sie erhält - Experteninterview" (http://www.immobilien-zeitung.de/1000016268/was-bei-finanzierung-machbar-ist-und-wie-man-erhaelt)

  • Deutsche Immobilien-Platzhirsche dominieren die Top-Lagen, The Wall Street Journal (http://www.wallstreetjournal.de/article/SB10001424127887323993804578618124020626646.html?mod=googlenews_wsjde), 22.07.2013

  • CMS Real Estate Deal Point Study 2012, Zeitschrift für Immobilienrecht (ZfIR) 17. Jahrgang, Heft 7, p. 255 – 262

  • Grundstückskaufvertrag – Haftungsausschluss bei zwischen Angebot und Annahme auftretenden Mängeln,

    Zeitschrift für Immobilienrecht (ZfIR) 16. Jahrgang, Skript 22, 19. November 2012, p. 817–822

  • Markterholung bei Immobilientransaktionen – Aktuelle Ergebnisse der CMS Real Estate Deal Point Study 2011, ZfIR 3 2012, p. 106-112

  • Clauses in Real Estate Contracts - Findings of CMS Real Estate Deal Point Study 2010, Zeitschrift für Immobilienrecht, RWS Verlag 2011, p. 214-221

  • Managementleistungen im Lebenszyklus von Immobilien, Vermarktungsmanagement, ISBN 978-3-519-00528-5, Teubner-Verlag 2007, Der Projektsteuerungsvertrag, Herausgeber: Viering, Liebchen, Kochendörfer

  • Der VOB/B-Vertrag, Höchstrichterliche und obergerichtliche Rechtsprechung und Folgerungen für die Praxis, Zeitschrift für Immobilienrecht, RWS-Verlag, Skript 345, 1. Auflage 2005

  • Gesamtschuldverhältnisse im Bauwesen, NZBau 2002

  • Auswirkungen des neuen Verbraucherkreditrechts auf Immobiliendarlehensverträge, Stuttgarter Zeitung 2002

  • Risikomanagement in der Bauindustrie, Börsen-Zeitung 2000

  • Der Streitgegenstand im Wettbewerbsprozess (Diss.), 1996

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Lectures list

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 18.01.2017

  • Presentation held at 8th Real Estate Dialogue for the Stuttgart region entitled "Transactions: What are investors realistically able to negotiate?", 07.07.2015

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 21.01.2015

  • Lecture at the International Real Estate Business School on 25.07.2014

  • CMS Real Estate Deal Point Study 2014: The increasing willingness of real estate investors to take risks!, 08.04.2014

  • The pitfalls of renting office premises, Jones Lang LaSalle, 15.05.2014

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 23.10.2013

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 13.06.2013

  • Can German real estate help to safely manoeuvre through the Euro crisis? – Current developments on the real estate market, 29.11.2012

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 15.11.2012

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 24.10.2012

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 11.08.2012

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 20.07.2012

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 12.01.2012

  • New Developments in a strong real estate market - current developments, 30.11.2011

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 18.11.2011

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 06.08.2011

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 11.05.2011

  • The boom in the real estate market – current developments, 16.11.2010

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 12.11.2010

  • Lecture at the IREBS Immobilienakademie, 15./16.07.2010

  • Case studies on distress sales, Property Lunch, 19.11.2009

  • Pressure in the real estate market – safeguarding earnings by effective contract management, LHS Stuttgart, Stabsabteilung Wirtschaftsförderung, 24.06.2009

  • Pressure in the real estate market – how to safeguard earnings and minimise insolvency risks, CMS Stuttgart RICS , 31.03.2009

  • The German Debt Recovery Act (Forderungssicherungsgesetz), IHK Ulm, 25.11.2008

  • Particularities on German real estate law and commercial lease law, CMS Cameron McKenna, London, 28.09.2006

  • Particularities on German real estate law and commercial lease law, CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre, Paris, 04.04.2006

  • Talk in connection with the commercial law forum of the IHK Ulm on "Advantage of Location Law", 18.11.2005

  • Liability of engineers and architects: How can liability risks be restricted for planning work? Information forum of UNITA Unternehmensberatung GmbH, Stuttgart, 13.07.2005

  • Course for lawyers specialising in construction and architect's law for the Forum-Institut für Management, Mannheim, 25.05. to 27.05.2005

  • Current case law on commercial lease law, seminar for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 04.05.2004

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