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Our real estate capability at your service


We are over 800 qualified lawyers working in real estate, spanning 43 countries and 74 cities. The CMS Real Estate practice is the largest real estate specialist team in Europe and one of the biggest worldwide.

Clients are at the heart of our business; we put you first.

Our emphasis is not just on being great technical lawyers but also on understanding our clients and their business; you and what makes you special; building strong relationships with you; and bringing you our knowledge and experience.

We have been active in real estate in our markets for decades, so we understand the culture, the economic context, the local legal context and the history. Many of our colleagues have worked in-house or on secondments to clients to further develop their knowledge of the real estate sector. We know it inside out. That is why we are known for being strong on execution and providing concise, commercial and pragmatic advice.

Most of us focus full time on real estate and construction and serve a client base of developers, owners, occupiers, construction consortia, asset managers and investors, among others across all asset classes.

CMS has the largest real estate teams across three major European jurisdictions – the UK, France and Germany – and is the largest real estate specialist team in Europe and one of the biggest worldwide.

We work efficiently both locally and internationally because we know each other: we meet face-to face, connect regularly, work on shared matters, train together and adhere to the same standards, templates and processes, including project management. That makes it easy to deploy multidisciplinary teams – including funds, construction, development, planning, corporate, banking, tax and insolvency specialists, or even notaries where it is allowed – with the simplicity of a single point of contact, even at multinational level.

You will find out more about the great things we do for our clients on the following pages of this guide. Feel free to get in touch with the local contacts for specific country requests and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like to receive more information.

Our Real Estate Capability at your Service 2021


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Dr. Andreas Otto
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Marie Scott
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Arnout Scholten