real estate | construction projects.

competent. experienced. comprehensive.

Sonntag & Partner has already assisted clients for decades with extensive expertise in all legal and tax matters involving real property. Our multidisciplinary expert teams have long-standing experience in the real estate market, both with regard to residential, commercial, and special-purpose real estate, and also high-value individual properties and large-volume real estate portfolios— ranging from the construction, purchase, or revitalization of a property to its use and management, to a sale or tax-optimized asset succession. Through our client-oriented advisory approach, we can offer owners, investors, and occupants of the property a comprehensive range of consulting and services tailored to their individual requirements.

range of consulting services.

real estate transactions.
private construction and architect law.
public construction law | administration law.
legal asset management.
real estate agency law.
tax law related to real estate.
structuring real property investments | Fund assets.
corporate real estate.
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
 

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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legal asset management.

Our multidisciplinary expert team comprehensively advises and supports our clients with respect to the applicable law and taxes in the course of the ongoing management of a real estate portfolio, among other things, in (re-) structuring the real estate and tenant portfolio, the legal and tax configuration, negotiations, and processing all real property-related contractual relationships, as well as attending to extrajudicial and judicial disputes.  
tenancy law (residential and commercial).
Condominium law.
management | other service agreements.
law concerning occupants in adjoining properties.

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

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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tax law related to real estate.

Our experienced experts advise and support our clients in purchasing and selling real estate, in structuring the real estate investment, and in the ongoing, tax-optimized management of real property. Our expertise includes, in particular, value added tax and business tax questions, and the tax declaration obligations for investment structures.

services.

  • Review, drafting, and negotiating tax provisions in purchase and sale agreements, leases, etc.
  • Tax assessments | Audit support
  • Tax due diligence (in particular, value added tax, business taxes, real property transfer tax, property tax)
  • Tax-efficient structuring of real estate investments and their financing
  • Tax-optimized exit strategies
  • Asset succession
value added tax.
business tax.

value added tax.

Consulting with respect to value added tax questions in connection with the acquisition, use and sale of real property.

subject areas.

  • Selling a business as a whole vs. real property deliveries
  • Opting for the value added tax in the case of leasing and sales
  • Input tax deduction and input tax adjustment

services.

  • Value added tax law qualification of deliveries
  • Tax-efficient formulation and negotiation of leases and purchase agreements
  • Representation towards fiscal authorities
  • Processing tax return obligations and ongoing value added tax counsel
  • Business tax risks as a result of industrial premises and/or failure of the expanded property deduction for business tax purposes

structuring real property investments | Fund assets.

We advise institutional investors with regard to the law and taxation in structuring real property investments, as well as open-end and closed-end fund assets. Our multidisciplinary team made up of tax consultants, auditors, and attorneys at law has comprehensive expertise of many years, in particular, in the area of investment law (e.g. special AIF under the German Capital Investment Act [KAGB], Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive [AIFM]) and antitrust law.

subject areas.

  • Fund structuring | Organization of other investment vehicles
  • Supervisory law | AIFM Directive | KAGB consulting
  • Tax declaration obligations for investment structures
  • Attending to extrajudicial and judicial disputes
Markus Thürauf
  • Phone +49 821 57058-0
    +49 172 8695176
  • Fax +49 821 57058-153
  • Email markus.thuerauf@sonntag-partner.de
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corporate real estate.

The active and results-oriented management of corporate real estate is increasingly gaining in strategic and economic importance. The focus of our consulting lies in recognizing and realizing potential to increase value and tax advantages, optimizing cash flow, and the long-term minimization of real estate costs.

subject areas.

  • Purchase and sale of corporate real estate
  • Sale and lease-back model
  • Portfolio management
  • Legal asset management
Dr. Thomas Rau
  • Phone +49 821 57058-0
    +49 172 1533439
  • Fax +49 821 57058-153
  • Email thomas.rau@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

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