Wolfram Krüger

Germany

Linklaters LLP
Taunusanlage 8
60329 Frankfurt am Main
Germany

Tel: +49 697 1003 220
Fax: +49 697 1003 333

Email: wolfram.krueger@linklaters.com
Web: www.linklaters.com

Wolfram leads the firm’s real estate practice in Germany. He has extensive experience in advising investors, banks, insurance companies and institutional funds on real estate transactions across Europe, with a particular focus on portfolio transactions. Wolfram’s expertise spans the corporate, finance and tax elements of deals. He also advises on restructuring in cases involving distressed assets.

Wolfram has helped to develop some of the market’s most innovative structures, including the joint portfolio sale by three funds with diverse histories, cultures and regulatory regimes.

Wolfram has spent time on secondment at the firm’s London office, broadening his real estate experience, and is an active member of the firm’s Asia initiative, which aims to deepen the firm’s relationship with Asian clients.

Wolfram has led on many of the market’s major real estate transactions (including three of the ten largest German transactions in the first half of 2018). His track record includes advising:

  • Patrizia (formerly Triuva/IVG Institutional Funds) on the sale of a pan-European portfolio of 30 properties in six jurisdictions in a structured bidding process.
  • Deka, Principal (formerly INTERNOS) and Patrizia (formerlyTriuva/IVG Institutional Funds), on their joint sale of a pan-European portfolio of 39 properties in nine jurisdictions involving shares and assets transfers, the first time that three different regulated fund institutions had sold a portfolio together.
  • Cerberus on the acquisition of the German Woolworth’s high-street portfolio (involving 111 stores) in a sale and leaseback deal, the subsequent restructuring of the portfolio arising out of the tenant’s insolvency, the refinancing and the eventual sale.
  • Cerberus on the acquisition of the 49 asset mixed-use Rebound portfolio out of Luxembourg administration and on the acquisition of the Phoenix portfolio in Germany, each arising out of insolvency and involving restructuring and sale.
  • A South Korean group of investors led by Hanwha in the sale of the high-rise Building “Gallileo” located in the central business district in Frankfurt.
  • Singapore based Frasers Logistics and Industrial Trust (FLT) on the acquisition of a logistics and light industrial portfolio with 17 German and four Dutch assets.
  • CBRE Global Investors on the acquisition of the HanseViertel, a shopping gallery, hotel, car park and office asset in central Hamburg; the stilwerk asset in Berlin and a logistics portfolio from Hillwood, which involved a mixture of Polish and German assets and share transfer deals under Polish, Luxembourg and Dutch law.
  • Tishman Speyer, a U.S. real estate building and operating company, on the letting of TaunusTurm and OMNITURM skyscrapers in the Frankfurt banking district, as well as several U.S. banks on the leases of their German headquarters.
Buying and selling real estate for investment purposes is increasingly structured in a complex fashion, featuring cross-border elements. Leading global investors, developers, occupiers and financial institutions with major space requirements choose our real estate team to advise on their largest and most complex or multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions and disputes.

Cross-border experience and in-depth industry knowledge give the firm a significant competitive advantage. Linklaters’ real estate team includes global specialists in real estate M&A, real estate investment and development, real estate finance and tax, real estate funds, derivatives and structured finance and real estate disputes, environment and planning/zoning.

The global real estate group is at the forefront of new developments, such as the creation of real estate investment trusts (REITs) across the world. Using a wide range of innovative and complex structures, Linklaters’ real estate M&A lawyers help clients to mitigate risk and tax costs and enhance returns on their transactions. The group is also renowned for its cutting-edge expertise in structured and securitised cross-border real estate finance transactions.

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“I specialise in large-scale, pan-European portfolio transactions. I take a commercial, pragmatic approach when assisting clients to complete their most significant deals, offering the benefit of my longstanding experience, certainty in judgment and an ability to explain complex issues clearly.”
Wolfram Krüger