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Real Estate & Public Lawyers

Comprehensive legal advice on real estate and public-sector matters

The Real Estate & Public practice is the biggest of its kind in Germany. It provides advice to the entire real estate and construction sector while also handling all issues involving the public sector. In doing so, the practice brings together all the relevant areas of law in a unique way.

In line with client requirements, the practice is divided into three sections:

  • Public
    Advice involving the public sector
  • Construction
    The entire project development value chain, including planning and construction
  • RealInvest
    Comprehensive legal advice in connection with real estate as an asset class

Our strength: a comprehensive approach

The advisers at CMS Germany regard Real Estate & Public as an integrated area of law, business and life. This way of looking at things distinguishes us both from the major international commercial law firms and from smaller firms with a narrower focus.
In line with this philosophy, complex matters are resolved by a team comprising specialist lawyers from different (or related) areas of law.

We also provide expert coverage of interdisciplinary fields such as corporate law, financing and tax, state aid, administrative and environmental law, procurement, competition, antitrust and copyright law.

For cross-border projects we assemble international teams in conjunction with our foreign offices, which are led by a designated contact person.

Broad-based expertise for a wide range of clients

We successfully advise national and international market leaders in the real estate sector and construction industry, small and midsize construction companies, property developers, architects, engineers and project managers.

Our references include public corporations, banks and insurance companies, in addition to big-name institutional investors and industrial enterprises. The practice's sector expertise is wide-ranging – from the real estate and construction industry, hotels, financial sector, energy, utilities and waste management operators through telecom service providers, transport and infrastructure companies to the pharmaceutical industry.

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Michael C Frege
Dr. Michael C Frege
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Insolvenzrecht (Certified lawyer for insolvency law)
Germany, Leipzig
Germany, Duesseldorf
Michael Frege is an insolvency and corporate restructuring specialist. He has long-standing experience in advising on insolvencies and as an insolvency administrator, including insolvency proceedings...
Niklas Ganssauge
Dr. Niklas Ganssauge, LL.M. (Berkeley)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Energy law expert Niklas Ganssauge advises project developers, plant manufacturers, investors and banks on the planning, construction, acquisition and financing of wind and solar farms as well as biogas...
Stefan Höß
Dr. Stefan Höß
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Munich
Stefan Höß is a frequently recommended real estate expert and advises real estate companies and investors on their transactions. He also provides ongoing advice to ensure a successful asset management...
Dorothée Janzen
Dorothée Janzen, LL.M. (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Hamburg
Dorothée Janzen is a renewable energies, energy and plant construction expert, with a particular focus on advising on developing and implementing onshore and offshore projects. She regularly advises...
Christiane Kappes
Dr. Christiane Kappes
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Hamburg
Christiane Kappes is an environmental and planning law specialist with a particular focus on nature conservation and species protection matters and special infrastructure, mining and energy sector expertise...
Stephan Kraatz
Dr. Stephan Kraatz
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Leipzig
Stephan Kraatz specialises in private construction law, including contracts with architects and engineers, and commercial leases. He regularly advises on large construction projects and has in this context...
Martin Krause
Martin Krause
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Bau- und Architektenrecht (Certified lawyer for construction and architects law)
Germany, Cologne
Martin Krause specialises in private construction law, including all engineering and architecture matters. He in particular focuses on industrial plant construction projects in the energy and renewable...
Heinz Joachim Kummer
Heinz Joachim Kummer
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Cologne
Heinz Joachim Kummer advises investors on project developments, national and international real estate transactions as well as on property finance. In his more than 25 years of practising as a lawyer...
Matthias Kuß
Dr. Matthias Kuß
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt, Notary Public | Fachanwalt für Verwaltungsrecht (Certified lawyer for administrative law)
Germany, Berlin
Matthias Kuss advises German and international investors on the structuring of real estate transactions (asset and share deals) as well as on real estate portfolio development and optimisation in different...
Marc-Christian Kyewski
Marc-Christian Kyewski
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Leipzig
With more than 20 years‘ experience, Marc Kyewski advises clients on private construction law, including all architectural matters, as well as on real estate law. He primarily provides legal advice...