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Andreas Otto

Dr. Andreas Otto

Rechtsanwalt, Notary Public | Global Co-Head of Real Estate & Construction Group, CMS

CMS Hasche Sigle
Lennéstraße 7
10785 Berlin
Languages German, English, Spanish

Andreas Otto’s practice covers all aspects of commercial real estate law. With special hotel and leisure as well as retail sector expertise, he advises German and international property owners, investors and project developers on transactions and project developments. Andreas is particularly experienced acting for Spanish investors and Spanish companies operating in Germany whom he advises on their business activities together with a fully bilingual team. In this context, he also coordinates the German-Spanish group within the CMS organisation. In addition, Andreas has a strong, internationally focused notary practice, providing notarial services for real estate and corporate transactions.

Major industry publications regularly recommend him for his profound sector expertise and efficient advisory work.

Andreas joined CMS in 1995 and was made partner in 2000. In 2007, he qualified as a notary and has been a board member of the Berlin Chamber of Notaries since 2017.

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"At CMS Hasche Sigle, Andreas Otto draws praise for his work in commercial real estate matters. He focuses his standout practice on transactional and development matters relating to hotel, retail and leisure projects."

Who's Who Legal 2019

"highly experienced" (client)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2018 (GCLF)

"levelheaded and pragmatic" (client)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2018 (GCLF)

"competent and collegial" (competitor)

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2018 (GCLF)


JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2018 (GCLF)

„Das Berliner Team um Andreas Otto und Matthias Kuß, dessen Stärke eine ‘gute professionelle Beratungsqualität bei komplexen und anspruchsvollen Deals’ darstellt, unterstützte die AOK als Verkäuferin und Rückmieterin von 42 Immobilien im Nordosten Deutschlands.“

The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2018

"Andreas Otto often advises Spanish investors on transactions involving Germany. He also assists Spanish clients with joint ventures and mergers with German companies and has a number of clients from the hotel sector."

Chambers Global, 2017

"Andreas Otto co-ordinates cross-border transactions between Spain and Germany from the Berlin office. Areas of focus include real estate, projects and general corporate matters."

Chambers Global, 2017

„Dienstleister durch u. durch“

JUVE Handbuch, 2015/2016

Listed for real estate law

Deutschlands beste Anwälte 2016 – Handelsblatt in Kooperation mit Best Lawyers

"The ‘proactive and efficient’ Andreas Otto heads CMS’ 58-strong team, which has ‘established itself as one of the top providers of real estate advice in Germany’"

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2015

"Andreas Otto heads the real estate and public law practice group. Clients say: ‘He is always available when we need him. He understands the specific requirements […] very well and has extensive experience in solving problems.’"

Chambers Europe, 2015

"His Spanish language abilities and knowledge of the market in Spain make him a popular contact for Spanish clients, and sources describe him as ‘strategically minded, with a good overview of the mandate.’"

Chambers Europe, 2014

Relevant experience

  • Valor Real Estate Partners LLP: Acquisition of logistics complex at Neuss harbour
  • Santander Private Real Estate Advisory & Management: Sale of a portfolio of four commercial properties to various buyers
  • US-entertainment group Advance Publications: Advice on acquisition of musical group Stage Entertainment from CVC Capital Partners and Joop van den Ende
  • CDL Hospitality Trust (REIT based in Singapore) / Acquisition of the four-star Pullman Hotel in Munich
  • Invesco Real Estate / Acquisition of the Adina Apartment Hotel in Nuremberg from FREO Group
  • AOK Nordost / Advice on the sale and partial lease-back of a real-estate portfolio of 42 properties in Berlin, Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The sale was carried out in a structured bidding process
  • Luxembourg-based investment corporation / Advice on the acquisition of a residential portfolio from Nicolas Berggruen Holding
  • Advising Azora Group on the acquisition of hotels in Berlin and Cologne as well as on the hotels‘ day-to-day operation (management contracts); most recently negotiating and concluding a management contract with Steigenberger Hotels including refurbishment contracts
  • Advising Thai group Fico Corporation on the acquisition of a hotel portfolio (sale-leaseback transaction) from Grand City who also operate the hotels
  • Advising Hoteles Turísticos Unidos (Hotusa) on their expansion in Germany, particularly on the development and sale and leaseback of Hotel Eurostars in Berlin
  • Advising Louvre Hotels Group on a transaction related to a portfolio of ten Balladins hotels in Germany
  • Long-standing (approx. 20 years) client relation with Meliá Hotels International: Advising on the group’s expansion in Germany, including the acquisition of the INNSIDE hotel chain with twelve 4- and 5-star hotels, as well as advising on all new hotel projects in Germany
  • Advising NH Hotels on restructuring and expansion in Germany
  • Advising RIU Hotels on the opening of the RIU Plaza Berlin, the Spanish hotel chain’s first German property
  • Advising the Spanish property company Metrovacesa in the tender process for the acquisition of a real estate portfolio owned by Daimler AG at Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz (incl. Hyatt hotel); advising the client throughout the entire process until the final decision was made by the seller, including due diligence and negotiation of purchase contract
  • Advising a group of Spanish investors supported by Tenigla Real Estate on the acquisition of a commercial building near Duesseldorf Airport
  • Advising Santander Real Estate on the acquisition and sale of two former Hertie properties in Berlin-Schoeneberg and Berlin-Tegel
  • Advising Santander Real Estate on the acquisition, asset management and sale of the former Niketown
  • Advising Santander Real Estate on the acquisition and later sale of a commercial property in Berlin-Mitte with, amongst other, H&M and the Goethe Institute as tenants
  • Advising Santander and Pontegadea on the asset management of “The Q”, a Berlin shopping centre, and on its sale to Tishman Speyer; largest individual property transaction in Berlin in 2015
  • Advising Ludwig Beck on the acquisition of Wormland, a German men’s clothing retailer
  • Advising Spanish fashion label Desigual on its expansion in Germany
  • Advising AOK Nordost on the sale of the "Haus der Gesundheit" property on Berlin’s Karl-Marx-Allee near Alexanderplatz
  • Advising Spanish bank ABANCA on the refinancing of a hotel in Berlin
  • Advising Infinorsa, a Spanish investor, on the acquisition of two commercial properties in Berlin-Mitte
  • Advising Infinorsa on the sale of the head office of Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e.V.
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  • 1995: Second state examination in law
  • 1994: Half-year stint with German Chamber of Commerce in Madrid
  • 1991 - 1995: Research assistant at Bonn University’s Institute for Civil and Civil Procedure Law
  • 1993: PhD; thesis on a topic related to the German Unification Treaty
  • 1991: First state examination in law
  • Law studies in Bonn
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  • Berlin Chamber of Notaries
  • ImmoEbs
  • ULI
  • German Chamber of Commerce for Spain
  • Spanish Chamber of Commerce for Germany
  • German-Spanish Lawyers‘ Association
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  • "Holiday Properties in Spain - Particularities of Purchase, Sale, Inheritance and Donations in Consideration of Tax Aspects", NWB Erben und Vermögen 2018, page 248
  • Standardvertragsmuster zum Gesellschaftsrecht Deutsch-Spanisch, Verlag C.H. Beck 2. Auflage 2016
  • Handbuch Bauzeit, Werner Verlag, 3. Auflage 2016, Co-Author
  • Besprechung Beck'scher VOB-Kommentar, Vergabe- und Vertragsordnung für Bauleistungen Teil B, 3. Auflage 2013, NZBau 2013, p. 688
  • Handbuch Bauzeit, Werner Verlag, 2. Auflage 2013, Co-Author
  • Vertragsbuch Privates Baurecht (Co-Editor and Co-Author), Verlag C.H.Beck, 2. Auflage 2011
  • Handbuch Bauzeit, Werner Verlag 2010, Co-Author
  • Überblick über das neue Forderungssicherungsgesetz, Zeitschrift für Immobilienrecht ZfIR 1/2009, p. 1 ff
  • Forderungssicherungsgesetz: Sind die Fenster drin, muss der Bauherr bezahlen, Immobilien-Zeitung, Heft 27/2008
  • Standardvertragsmuster zum Gesellschaftsrecht Deutsch-Spanisch, Verlag C.H. Beck 2007
  • "Bürgschaft auf erstes Anfordern nicht in AGB" , Immobilien Zeitung 2005
  • Vertragsbuch Privates Baurecht (Co-Editor and Co-Author), Verlag C.H. Beck 2005
  • Sociedad Anónima y Sociedad Limitada: Bienvenidos a Alemania, Práctica Comercial, Beilage zur Jubiläumsfestschrift der Amtlichen Spanischen Handelskammer für Deutschland 2004
  • Anmerkung zu den Entscheidungen des Bundesgerichtshofs vom 22.01.2003 (VII ZR 183/02, VII ZR 267/02, VII ZR 68/03),Sicherheit nach § 648 a BGB nach Abnahme und Kündigung und Leistungsverweigerungsrecht wegen Mängeln, BauR 2004, p. 838 ff
  • Kostenrisiken des Streithelfers im Bauprozess bei Vergleich durch die Hauptparteien, BauR 2004, p. 1528 ff
  • Sicherheit auch in der Gewährleistungsphase, Immobilien-Zeitung 2004
  • El Código alemán de Gobierno Corporativo, INF Zeitschrift für den deutsch-spanischen Rechtsverkehr 2002, p. 77 f
  • Zur Frage der Verjährung von Abschlagsforderungen des Architekten und des Werkunternehmers, BauR 2000, p. 350
  • Ley sobre la aceleración de pagos vencidos en comperación con la legislación espanola, Informaciones - Zeitschrift der Deutsch-Spanischen Juristenvereinigung 2000
  • Zur Ablösung des Bareinbehalts durch Gewährleistungsbürgschaft beim VOB-Vertrag, BauR 1999, p. 322
  • Derecho de insolvencia - la "reforma del siglo" en Alemania, Economía Hispano-Alemana 1995
  • Neues Mietgesetz in Spanien, Deutsch-Spanische Wirtschaft 1995
  • Das Ehegüterrecht nach dem Einigungsvertrag, Gieseking-Verlag 1994, doctoral dissertation
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Lectures list

  • Numerous talks and seminars on real estate law, amongst others, at IRE|BS Immobilienakademie, Humboldt University Berlin as well in the context of conferences and events of renowned seminar organisers
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Cross­ing bor­ders is both the theme of this year’s CMS An­nu­al Re­view and a guid­ing idea that we had when we es­tab­lished CMS 20 years ago. At that time, we de­cided to cre­ate a high-qual­ity, ex­pert and mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al law firm. This Re­view shows what we’ve achieved over the last year in pur­suit of this goal.Since 1999, work­ing across bor­ders has be­come a daily task for all our law­yers. We are one of the most in­ter­na­tion­al law firms, with more than 70 of­fices in over 40 coun­tries. Our 4,800 leg­al ex­perts world­wide work as one team across jur­is­dic­tions, prac­tice areas and sec­tors to en­sure that you get clear, ac­tion­able and busi­ness-fo­cused ad­vice. You can read about our mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al sup­port for cli­ents in the stor­ies through­out this An­nu­al Re­view. For ex­ample: an in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team ad­vised Ad­vance / Ne­w­house Part­ner­ship on its pur­chase of Stage En­ter­tain­ment, one of the world’s largest theatre pro­du­cers and own­ers. Our law­yers spe­cial­ising in cor­por­ate, me­dia, real es­tate, tax, em­ploy­ment, IP, com­pet­i­tion and bank­ing all worked on the trans­ac­tion.Glob­al­isa­tion con­tin­ues to im­pact the busi­ness en­vir­on­ment pro­foundly, as do the key is­sues on the glob­al agenda such as the US trade talks with China, Brexit and the con­sequences of cli­mate change. With our glob­al firm struc­ture and mind­set, we help you an­ti­cip­ate the prob­lems you face in your daily op­er­a­tions. On page 28, you can read what some of our part­ners around the world have told us about the chal­lenges their cli­ents are cur­rently fa­cing.An­oth­er ma­jor factor shap­ing our daily work is the im­pact of tech­no­logy on all busi­nesses. This year, our an­nu­al event in Da­v­os on the oc­ca­sion of the World Eco­nom­ic For­um (see page 18) fo­cused on how in­creased di­git­al­isa­tion is af­fect­ing con­ven­tion­al busi­ness mod­els.Today, in­tro­du­cing more ad­vanced tech­no­lo­gic­al tools in­to leg­al prac­tice is a must in or­der to meet cli­ents’ qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency ex­pect­a­tions. For CMS, it is about more than just us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence soft­ware or di­git­al tools. To us, in­nov­a­tion means de­vel­op­ing tech­no­logy to of­fer our cli­ents new high-qual­ity ser­vices and to provide new ways of de­liv­er­ing all our leg­al of­fer­ings. Our scale and pres­ence across many jur­is­dic­tions, coupled with our deep un­der­stand­ing of cli­ent needs in their loc­a­tions, means that we are very well qual­i­fied to de­vise such solu­tions. On page 16, some of our key in­nov­at­ors de­scribe the ways in which our tech­no­logy is be­ne­fit­ting cli­ents.I hope you find some in­ter­est­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing stor­ies in this year’s An­nu­al Re­view and wish you an en­joy­able read. My col­leagues in the CMS ex­ec­ut­ive team and I are al­ways happy to hear from you if you have any com­ments or ques­tions.Cor­neli­us Brandi, Ex­ec­ut­ive Chair­man
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