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  • Real Estate Law

    Real Estate Law Definition

    Real estate practicing lawyers assist individuals or corporations (being investors, developers, operators, lessees, etc.) in complying with the legal requirements and understanding any possible risks related to all type of real estate matters, understanding by real estate or property the land and the buildings on it. Real estate practice provides assistance and advice on who may own, develop, and use the land and the buildings on it. Real estate may be either residential (houses), commercial (offices, retail centres, hotel industry, hospital, or care homes), or industrial (warehouses, factories).

    With volatility in the global economy and the emergence of new real estate investors such as insurance companies and pension funds, the commercial real estate market has become much more competitive. Evolving regulatory requirements in key real estate markets and rapidly changing economic environments have made it more challenging for multinational companies and other investors to manage their real estate portfolios.

    Real Estate lawyers assist institutional and private equity investors, multinationals, banks, hotels, and REITS with all of their global real estate needs, from buying, selling, and leasing property to financing and constructing major projects. As a one-stop shop for real estate legal services across key markets, it is important to develop world-class transactional strategies, provide corporate real estate services, and advise on global data center real estate development and management. 

    A combination of technical property expertise, local market knowledge, industry insight and global experience is needed to fully fulfill the clients needs in the real estate market, as well as the ability to take a centrally managed, cross-practice approach to helping clients maximize the value of their portfolios. 

    Lawyers advise in zoning plans drafting for major construction projects, such as commercial offices, shopping centers, industrial plants, hotels, and greenfield construction. Furthermore, there is a high percentage of Real Estate matters that require Tax and Finance services in order to advise in sales of performing and non-performing loan portfolios, loan modifications, refinancings, workouts, loan syndications, and participations.

    Managing a global real estate portfolio can be challenging and complex. Real estate lawyers should help real estate owners and investors simplify the process of addressing occupancy requirements, handling lease disputes and overseeing the development of specialist facilities. 

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