BLP boosts international Real Estate and Infrastructure offering with lateral hire of team of lawyers in Berlin

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today (17 September 2015) announced the significant lateral hire of a team of six lawyers into its Berlin office from Orrick to expand its existing Real Estate and Infrastructure practice. Two partners, Dr Norbert Impelmann and Dr Albrecht von Breitenbuch, along with four other lawyers, will move to BLP on 1 October 2015.

The lateral hires will create an increased team size for BLP’s Berlin office and allow its German practice to further position itself as a leading Real Estate and Infrastructure team, strengthening the firm’s international offering. The Orrick team’s business is primarily advising institutional investors, property owners, family offices and financial institutions in every phase of Real Estate investments. The hires come shortly after the firm appointed nine lawyers from boutique law firm Haley & Co into its Hong Kong office (1 May 2015) which expanded its global Real Estate and Infrastructure offering in Asia.

Joining Norbert Impelmann and Albrecht von Breitenbuch in the move are Senior Associate Dr Katharina von Rosenstiel, Managing Associate Dr Ruben Pisal and Associates Henning Bigalke and Maxim Gnatjuk. They will be joined by four support staff. The team’s integration will be led by Roland Fabian, Managing Partner of BLP Germany and a member of the firm’s Board.

Norbert was Orrick’s Office Leader in Berlin and Head of the Real Estate Practice Group in Germany. He was a Partner in the Berlin office and since 1998 was a Notary Public in Berlin. With over 20 years’ experience, Norbert started out by working on projects in the M&A and company law areas and as a result, during project developments and portfolio transactions, has built up the firm’s Real Estate transaction business with tailor-made solutions to serve clients’ needs. He also specialises in financing, asset and property management.

Albrecht, also a Partner in Orrick’s Berlin office, was a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group as well as its European Corporate Group. His practice focused on transactions, joint-ventures, investments, restructurings and ongoing legal advice for domestic and international real estate investors. He regularly works on large and complex portfolio and single asset transactions for investment funds, family offices and other institutional investors, advising on the buying, selling or financing side. Having his roots as a transactional corporate lawyer, over the past years, Albrecht successfully built and spearheaded Orrick’s prestigious technology practice for start-ups and venture capital investors in the dynamic and vibrant Berlin market.

BLP’s Berlin office opened in September 2011 alongside its Frankfurt office and advises clients investing into and out of Germany. The German practice comprises a multidisciplinary team of German lawyers integrated into the firm’s international Real Estate group. The multi-disciplinary, internationally-focused team has a wealth of experience across the Real Estate sector, advising investors, banks, developers and corporates on every aspect of cross-border Real Estate related transactions.

Roland Fabian commented: “Germany, and in particular Berlin, ranks highly in Europe’s 10 most active Real Estate markets and there is huge potential for us as a firm in the region. It is a hugely exciting time as we are set to see continuing high levels of investment in the coming months in European Real Estate.

“By strengthening our German team, we will ensure that we are at the forefront of this activity and have the best team possible to take advantage. We welcome all of the Orrick team into BLP as we aim to deliver the best and most exciting work for our high-profile client base.”

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