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Real Estate & Public - Construction Lawyers

Project development and construction projects – in safe hands with us

Our team excels in the development and management of large-scale real estate projects, from planning through implementation and sale to extracting value from the assets. We have many years' experience in dealing with all issues relating to the realisation of property and construction projects, including plant engineering, and with all aspects of project development.

Our client base includes well-known construction companies, major investors and project developers, large planning and engineering consultancies, and the public sector.

Our "Construction" service portfolio

  • Project structure and planning phase
    • Buying land
    • Obtaining development rights and planning permission
    • Advising on the structure of the project and procurement o Stipulating the contractual models (e.g. GMP, general/main contractor, FIDIC)
    • Designing and checking the project and construction contracts
    • Preparing and implementing invitations to tenderProviding support in contract negotiations
    • Off-plan leasing
  • Realisation phase
    • Legal project management and advice during construction
    • Strategic advice on major projects
    • Claim and anticlaim management
    • Checking or justifying modifications
    • Enforcing claims resulting from construction time overrun and defending against them
    • Crisis management
    • Preparation for acceptance procedure and support during this process
    • Checking the final invoice
    • Warranty management
  • Dispute resolution
    • Preventative contract design
    • Strategic advice in the event of dispute
    • Representation before national courts and national and international arbitration tribunals
    • Alternative dispute resolution (e.g. mediation and adjudication)

How our expertise can help you

Advising on major projects is part and parcel of our everyday work. We are able to provide support for complex projects such as hotels, hospitals, power plants, airports, transport routes and sports facilities at the very highest level, at any time.

Our advice covers the whole of project development, from obtaining development rights through project management and construction contracts to operation, leasing and sale. For cross-border projects, we also have expertise in international contract standards (e.g. FIDIC). Where necessary, we call in our international partners in the CMS organisation.

What others say about us

"The firm's capability in renewable energy and power station construction is particularly notable in development projects."
(JUVE, 2011/2012)

"Recommended law firm, one of the few major firms that continues to regard its work in private construction law as a core area and which also handles litigation."
 (JUVE, 2011/2012)

"One of the leading firms in environmental and planning law, which is also a strong player in product and contract-related environmental law."
 (JUVE, 2011/2012)

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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...
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...
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...
Tom Christopher Pröstler
Dr. Tom Christopher Pröstler, LL.M. (Sydney)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Berlin
Hong Kong
Tom Christopher Pröstler acts in international arbitration proceedings under all major arbitration rules, in particular ICC, DIS, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules. He has special expertise advising clients with...
Christian Reuter
Christian Reuter
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Hamburg
Christian Reuter specialises in real estate. He regularly advises clients on property transactions, including share and asset deals as well as sale and leaseback structures. He also assists private and...
Nicolai Ritter
Dr. Nicolai Ritter
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt | Co-Head of the CMS Infrastructure & Projects Group
Germany, Berlin
Nicolai Ritter specialises in project developments. His real estate law practice focuses on construction law and the law governing the work of architects and engineers. Nicolai mainly concentrates on...
Katrin Rohr-Suchalla
Dr. Katrin Rohr-Suchalla
Part­ner
Rechtsanwältin
Germany, Stuttgart
Katrin Rohr-Suchalla specialises in private construction law and all legal aspects pertaining to architects and engineers. Her clients include general contractors, developers, public authorities, medium-sized...
Andreas J. Roquette
Andreas J. Roquette, LL.M. (NYU)
Part­ner
Rechtsanwalt
Germany, Berlin
Andreas J. Roquette is dealing with large domestic and international infrastructure, plant engineering, construction and transport projects, including front end work, ongoing advise and dispute resolution...