Real estate investment in Germany

Publication | August 2014

Frankfurt

Real estate is one of the principal strengths of Norton Rose Fulbright. We attract considerable industry recognition for our involvement in some of the largest and most innovative development, investment and property finance transactions and infrastructure projects.

Our team consists of experienced, leading practitioners in the real estate sector with extensive knowledge across a wide range of real estate transactions. We work closely with banking, restructuring, corporate, securitisation, construction, and tax lawyers and offer a genuine understanding of the real estate market, both nationally and internationally.

We act for clients on innovative development, regeneration and property finance transactions and projects, including joint ventures, leasing structures and outsourcing. We advise on hotel and leisure work, construction and engineering, insolvency, real estate disputes, restructuring and property taxation. We are also a market leader in Islamic finance and have extensive experience of using Islamic financing techniques within the real estate context.

When clients consider investing in property in Germany, some common questions are:

  • What are the main sources of real estate law in Germany?
  • What is the legal position of the owner?
  • What liabilities/regulatory requirements apply to property ownership?
  • What interests in land exist?
  • What is involved in a property transaction?
  • What types of finance and security exist for investors?
  • What is the planning law and procedure?
  • What is the environmental law and procedure?
  • Are there restrictions on foreign ownership of land?
  • What is the position on taxation?
  • Who will give me objective advice?

This guide answers these and other questions from the legal standpoint and is designed to assist our non-German clients and their professional advisers. It outlines the law and practice in Germany however additional professional legal advice should be sought and will be mandatory under all circumstances.

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