Real Estate Law

Franklin’s Real Estate practice offers its clients the sheer range of skills required to handle the most complex issues.

We advise our clients on all legal and tax aspects of their real estate transactions, from acquisition, development and leasing to executing complex, structured transactions involving portfolios of companies or the financing, restructuring and creation of regulated or unregulated investment funds. Our expertise spans all types of properties.

Transactions & Real Estate Investment

Our team leads work on the full range of transactions linked to the acquisition or sale of real estate assets. This includes auditing, leading negotiations, drafting agreements, deal structuring and more.  We also offer experience in the establishment of partnerships and other partner-linked structures.

 

Real Estate Management & Leasing

We advise investors, developers or users in the negotiation and drafting of all types of leases, including leases for future completion, linked real estate assets. We also assist asset managers in the management and development of their real estate investments.

Real Estate Finance

We lead work for lenders, sponsors and borrowers in the structuring, implementation, negotiation and drafting of the full range of real estate financing structures, including bond issuances.  We also provide strategic and legal counsel on all of the tax aspects of these mandates.

Real Estate Acquisition Structuring & Restructuring

We provide counsel on the legal and tax structuring of French or overseas real estate transactions, including the structuring of regulated entities.  We provide strategic guidance on cash flow and financial modeling throughout the restructuring process, including advising on contributions; mergers; obtaining tax approvals; and more.

Real Estate Fund Formation

We lead work for managers and investors in the structuring, management and marketing of their real estate investment funds.  Our experience includes OPCI, SCPI, FPCI and SIIC structures.  We also assist management companies in complying with the full range of regulatory issues, including approvals, organisation and passports.

Real Estate Taxation – Tax Disputes

We offer a market-leading real estate tax and real estate tax litigation capability.  We handle the full range of general taxation and real estate tax matters.  We offer high-level counsel for clients in the context of their dealings with the tax authorities, including tax audits, rectification requests and/or tax litigation.

Real Estate Development & Construction

We assist promoters and investors at all stages of the real estate development process.  We lead work in the full range of agreements including CPI, VEFA, MOD, BEFA, project management assistance, project management contracts, company contracts and more.  We also advise on the tax aspects of these projects.

Environment, Sustainable Development & Compliance

We assist our clients on all of the environmental law aspects of their real estate projects, particularly with regard to audits.

Real Estate Litigation

We lead work on a range of real estate disputes, acting principally for investors.  We have particular strength as advisers with regard to conflicts of interest.

WHAT THEY SAY
  • Chambers Europe 2019 – Strengths: Clients laud the firm’s efficiency, highlighting that the team’s members are super reactive and have an impressive execution ability”. Another client praises the lawyers’ commitment, clarity and interpersonal skills”. What the team is known for: Active on real estate finance, development, mergers and acquisitions and leasing transactions. Represents both French and international clients in real estate activities in France. Enjoys a close co-operation with the firm’s tax department. Covers a broad range of assets including offices, hotels, retail and logistics. Work highlights: Acted for Goldman Sachs on the French aspects of the acquisition of a pan-European office portfolio.

  • François Verdot is individually ranked in the US directory Best Lawyers 2020.
  • Legal 500 2019 : Franklin is appreciated for its ‘hands on approach’, ‘high partner involvement’ and ability to ‘come back with good solutions and deliver on time’. The team provides a full range of expertise spanning investment, asset management and property finance. The practice is also able to draw on state-of-the-art property tax expertise. The firm recently advised on several sales of pan-European portfolios, notably assisting Goldman Sachs with the French aspects of the acquisition of a pan-European office portfolio. The team also advised HSBC on the negotiation of a lease in Paris. Key name include François Verdot, who focuses on asset management issues.
  • Gold Award for “Real Estate Transactions” – Leaders League 2018.
  • Leaders League 2019 Real Estate rankings: Real Estate Tax (Leading), Real Estate Investment (Excellent), Real Estate Financing (Highly Recommended), Business Lease (Excellent), Litigation of Real Estate Sales (Excellent), Property development (Highly Recommended).