Real Estate

Franklin’s Real Estate department 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 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.