commercial real estate law.

We advise and represent our clients with many years of expertise in all real estate matters.

range of consulting services.

real estate transactions.
private construction and architect law.
public construction law | administration law.
tenancy law (residential and commercial).
Condominium law.
management | other service agreements.
law concerning occupants in adjoining properties.
real estate agency law.
project development | revitalization.

real estate transactions.

When purchasing or selling a real property, one must consider a variety of legal, tax, and economic aspects in order to ensure a smooth execution of the transaction, and to avoid undesirable risks and expenses. We comprehensively advise and assist our clients in a multidisciplinary manner in all phases of a real property transaction (acquisition and sale), by way of an asset or share deal, and also with joint ventures. Our highly specialized teams comprised of attorneys, tax advisors, and where necessary, auditors, have long-standing, extensive experience in assisting with both high-value individual properties, large-volume real estate portfolios, or project developments, and also residential, commercial, and special-purpose real estate.  
due diligence.
contract drafting | contract negotiations.
process structuring | process organization.
post-closing consulting.

due diligence.

By conducting an analysis and assessment as soon as possible of the numerous legal, tax, and economic aspects relevant for a real estate transaction, potential risks and important stipulations can be recognized and considered in a well-ordered manner within the further transaction process, both for the acquisition and also for the sale of a property. For this reason, we recommend to our clients that they conduct a due diligence assessment (legal, tax and if necessary, financial due diligence) prior to commencing with contract negotiations, in which case we of course coordinate the precise scope and depth of the assessment with our client in advance, and adjust this assessment to individual requirements.

services.

  • The examination, identification, and assessment of legal and tax matters of significance for the transaction
  • Structured presentation of the results in a due diligence report or Legal Fact Book (sale) with a risk analysis and recommended actions for the further transaction process
  • Communication with negotiating partners to clarify open matters
  • Legal, tax and financial due diligence
  • Due diligence report | Legal Fact Book
  • Data room processing (sale) | Data room analysis (acquisition)
  • Q&A process
 

Philip G. Wiljan
  • Phone +49 821-57058-0
    +49 172 8695177
  • Fax +49 821-57058-153
  • Email philip.wiljan@sonntag-partner.de
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private construction and architect law.

Our specialized attorneys at law and specialist attorneys at law advise and support our clients in all areas of private construction law, the law on contracts for work and services and architect/engineer law. We offer our clients many years of expertise and project-related legal counsel in all phases of the construction and project schedule, e.g. with structural and civil engineering, construction installations/mechanical engineering projects and large-scale projects.

subject areas.

  • Contract drafting | Contract review
  • Inspection and acceptance
  • Settlement of payment | Managing contract addenda
  • Impediments and interruptions in the construction process | Insolvency of construction parties
  • Construction process | Independent collection of evidence
  • Managing defects | Consequences for a contract breach | Contractual penalties
  • Warranty claims for defects and compensatory damage claims

services.

  • Contract drafting | Contract review
  • Counsel during the construction phase
  • Examination of invoices for remuneration | Enforcing wage claims
  • Enforcement of contractual and statutory claims and rights | Attend to extrajudicial and judicial disputes
Ingmar Niederkleine
  • Phone +49 911 81511-0
    +49 173 3508239
  • Fax +49 911 81511-100
  • Email ingmar.niederkleine@sonntag-partner.de
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public construction law | administration law.

We advise and support our clients in all public construction, environmental, and other administrative law areas. Our specialized consultant attorneys for administrative law have many years of experience in practice-oriented consulting in all legal subject areas, both for the benefit of investors, owners, and companies, and also for the public sector.

subject areas.

  • Securing the right to build | Preventing third-party construction
  • Urban development and specialized planning procedures (in particular, regional and land-use planning procedures)
  • Urban development and other public law contracts
  • Administrative and appeal proceedings, proceedings before administrative courts
  • Other public law permitting and approval procedures (e.g. restaurant licensing law, rights of special use)
  • Monument protection law
  • Emission control law
  • Development law | Development contributions law
  • Contaminated sites and harmful soil alterations

services.

  • Contract drafting and contract negotiation of urban development and other public contracts
  • Attending approval proceedings and meetings with regulatory authorities
  • Public law due diligence
  • Attending to extrajudicial and judicial disputes
Tobias Rilling
  • Phone +49 911 81511-0
  • Fax +49 911 81511-100
  • Email tobias.rilling@sonntag-partner.de
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tenancy law (residential and commercial).

The acquisition and operation of a property is generally associated with high costs and investments on the part of the owner, which can often only be compensated by means of leasing over many years. Likewise, tenants often invest substantial amounts for the purpose of leasing and furnishing a leased property and are economically dependent upon maintaining their business operations over the long-term. It is precisely on this backdrop that the professional and legally certain drafting of leases takes on significant importance. We extensively support our clients, both as tenants and also as landlords, in all phases of a tenancy, from its initiation, implementation over (generally) many years, until its termination.

subject areas.

  • Leasing, renting, and other contracts for the use of all types of buildings and purposes (e.g. office, commercial, residential, hotel, special-purpose real property)
  • Rent increases | Index value clauses | Rent reduction
  • Compensatory damage claims
  • Maintenance, repair, and cosmetic repair measures
  • Modernization
  • Operating costs statement
  • Expiration | Termination

services.

  • Contract drafting | Contract negotiation
  • Legal review of lease-related circumstances with a risk analysis and recommended actions
  • Enforcement or defense of tenancy law claims and rights on both the tenant and landlord side
  • Attending to extrajudicial and judicial disputes
Dr. Benjamin Riedel
  • Phone +49 821 57058-0
  • Fax +49 821 57058-153
  • Email benjamin.riedel@sonntag-partner.de
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Condominium law.

The division of a property according to the German Condominium Act [Wohnungseigentumsgesetz (WEG)] has a significant impact on the actual and economic use of a building, both in the case of one’s own use, and also for leasing the residences and commercial units. Numerous restrictions, requirements, rights and obligations may follow from the condominium declaration, the community rules, and condominium law provisions for owners, managers and tenants that have a substantial influence on the potential uses and value of the property. Our specialized expert team will advise and support Condominium Act communities, property managers, and owners in all areas of WEG law.

subject areas.

  • Establishing the homeowner association | Condominium declaration, community rules and management agreement
  • Annual budgets and annual account statements
  • Owners' meetings and resolutions | Contesting resolutions
  • Maintenance, repair, and modernization measures
  • Interfaces with building contract law (in particular, inspection and acceptance and claims for deficiencies in common property)
  • Legal counsel for all WEG legal situations
  • Enforcement or defense of claims within the WEG and against third parties |
  • Attending to extrajudicial and judicial disputes
Peter Senski
  • Phone +49 821 57058-0
  • Fax +49 821 57058-153
  • Email peter.senski@sonntag-partner.de
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management | other service agreements.

The competent and experienced management of a real estate portfolio is an important factor for the success of a real estate investment. We advise and support our clients in the development, negotiation, review, and processing of administrator and management agreements, as well as all other real estate-related service and supply contracts, (e.g. property and facility management agreements, operating agreements, contracting agreements).

subject areas.

  • Contract drafting | Contract negotiation | Contract negotiation
  • Enforcing or defending claims
  • Attend to extrajudicial and judicial disputes
Peter Senski
  • Phone +49 821 57058-0
  • Fax +49 821 57058-153
  • Email peter.senski@sonntag-partner.de
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law concerning occupants in adjoining properties.

Due to the close proximity of real property and buildings, especially in inner-city locations, there is often a considerable need for establishing rules and coordinating between property owners. We represent our clients outside of court and in court in all areas of the law of adjoining occupants, in particular, in the case of neighboring construction projects or questions regarding the real property portfolio situation with respect to public law and civil law.

subject areas.

  • Public law matters (e.g. law of construction planning, setback distances, fire protection, emissions protection)
  • Obtaining or defending against (construction) approvals | Judicial review proceedings against statutes and regulations (e.g. development plan)
  • Adjoining property agreements
  • Civil law matters (e.g. extensions along the border, overhang, easements)
  • Attending to extrajudicial and judicial disputes
 
Tobias Rilling
  • Phone +49 911 81511-0
  • Fax +49 911 81511-100
  • Email tobias.rilling@sonntag-partner.de
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real estate agency law.

The participation of a real estate broker is often an important and cost-sensitive component of real estate transactions and plans to lease out/rent a property. We advise and represent our clients, mainly real property and real estate companies in the commercial real property sector, in all matters surrounding real estate agency law.

subject areas.

  • Broker contract | Broker clauses in general terms and conditions
  • Information and consulting duties
  • Commission claims
  • Competition law
  • Tax consequences

services.

  • Contract drafting | Contract negotiation | Contract negotiation
  • Enforcing or defending claims
  • Legal counsel with regard to real estate agency law situations
  • Enforcement or defense of claims | Attending to extrajudicial and judicial disputes
Ingmar Niederkleine
  • Phone +49 911 81511-0
    +49 173 3508239
  • Fax +49 911 81511-100
  • Email ingmar.niederkleine@sonntag-partner.de
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project development | revitalization.

In the case of project development, diverse contractual relationships and legal requirements must be considered and carefully coordinated and implemented in order to ensure the success of the project. We support our clients with our extensive legal and tax expertise in all phases and forms of project development (new construction or revitalizing an existing property). Through our multidisciplinary range of consulting, we can perform a valuable contribution for the successful and prompt implementation of project development, starting with the preparatory legal examinations and structuring the project, acquiring the property, and lawful implementation of the construction up until its subsequent marketing.
project preparation | project structuring.
project realization.
marketing | leasing | sale.

project preparation | project structuring.

We assist our clients already at the start of planning in the preparation and legal structure for project development, including the corporate and tax law concept as well as drafting and negotiating the project contracts.

subject areas.

  • Securing and acquiring the property
  • Property and construction law requirements
  • Tax and corporate law structuring | Asset-holding entity, Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV)
  • Joint venture contract | Integration of capital investors

Dr. Christian Voit
  • Phone +49 821-57058-0
    +49 173 6795682
  • Fax +49 821-57058-153
  • Email christian.voit@sonntag-partner.de
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