Real Estate



The Real Estate Practice Group handles the most sophisticated real estate transactions worldwide.  Our team of lawyers handles complex and challenging matters for a wide array of clients, such as the owners, developers and financiers of the largest real estate projects in the United States and Europe, both in the private and public sectors.  Law360 named Gibson Dunn a Real Estate Practice Group of the Year for 2019.  And Private Equity Real Estate (PERE) named us its Law Firm of the Year (Transactions) for North America at its 2018 PERE Global Awards.

Practice group members are skilled in a broad spectrum of transactions that includes:

  • Real estate finance
  • Development
  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Land use and environmental matters
  • Leasing
  • Distressed asset workouts
  • Real estate matters may require a range of services and present varied challenges.

The Real Estate group is supplemented by the full scope of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s legal capabilities, including corporate, bankruptcy, environmental and litigation, to provide superb representation and counsel in the following areas:

  • Asset ownership, development and management
  • Cross-border acquisitions, dispositions, development and finance
  • Development, entitlement, land use and environmental matters
  • Lending and other financing transactions
  • Workouts


Both as a complement to our representation of project owners, financiers and investors and as an independent practice area, our real estate lawyers are involved in all aspects of real estate asset ownership, development and management.  Among these matters are:

  • Commercial leasing
  • Design and construction contracts
  • Project deficiencies and their correction
  • Property, leasing and asset management contracts
  • Insurance-related issues

Our international work reaches far beyond our European offices, where we routinely lead some of the largest and most complex transactions.  Our lawyers provide counsel to developers and private equity investors on real estate development opportunities worldwide.

We are experienced with all of the attendant cross-border issues.  We work with clients to obtain financing and assist in securing the protocols necessary to provide client access to world financial markets, wherever the location of the project.

Our experience with major infrastructure projects provides us with a vast repository of contacts experienced in international finance and real estate development, as well as local counsel and official government contacts in jurisdictions around the world.  Our global debt and equity transactions work involves numerous jurisdictions, including Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico and South Korea.

Our proficiency in matters related to real property development is second to none.  We draw on a deep experience base of guiding the legal aspects of the largest and most complex development projects.  We represent developers in all asset classes, including:

  • Office buildings
  • Business and industrial parks
  • Large-scale, single and multi-family housing projects
  • Shopping centers
  • Hotels, golf courses and other resort properties
  • Mixed-use and other condominium projects

Gibson Dunn has extensive experience advising and assisting clients seeking to obtain entitlements to develop property, responding to concerns and objections raised by city and other relevant authorities as well as other third parties, and efficiently negotiating the resolution of such issues.  Our lawyers work with members of the litigation department to minimize the risk of challenges to development projects.

Increasingly, entitlement and environmental issues are critical factors in most real estate decisions.  Our lawyers have broad experience in these areas, especially in relation to complex details of land use entitlements.  We work closely with our Environmental Litigation and Mass Tort Practice Group to help clients evaluate and avoid the pitfalls associated with the presence of environmental hazards.

Gibson Dunn has comprehensive familiarity with real estate financing and investment transactions of all types, from the standpoint of institutional lenders (conduit and balance sheet) and private investors, as well as borrowers.  Our broad client base includes:

  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • Pension funds
  • Opportunity funds
  • U.S. and international private companies and individuals
  • Landowners
  • Developers

We handle a wide spectrum of transaction types, such as:

  • Traditional secured lending, both conduit and balance sheet
  • Sale-leaseback transactions
  • Ground lease financing
  • Synthetic lease transactions
  • Mezzanine financings
  • Partnerships and other joint ventures

We are well-versed in developing alternative, creative solutions for our clients’ specific needs on an asset-by-asset basis.

Our real estate lawyers’ experience includes a significant amount of workout and restructuring of distressed loans, financings and assets.  We work with our insolvency lawyers to handle the difficult problems that arise when a project is in trouble.  We have represented a wide range of clients, including banks, private equity funds and a number of major insurance companies with distressed investments including foreclosures, workouts and restructurings in a variety of locations.


Thirteen Gibson Dunn Partners Recognized in Expert Guides’ Women in Business Law

-September 22, 2020

Michael Szczurek Named a Top Lawyer Under 40 in California

-August 12, 2020

Crain’s New York Names Noam Haberman a Rising Star in Real Estate

-July 27, 2020

Erin Rothfuss Named Among 2020 Women of Influence in Real Estate

-July 23, 2020

Best Lawyers in Germany 2021 Recognizes 19 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 26, 2020

City of Los Angeles Proposes Penalties for Unoccupied Property by Imposing New Vacancy Tax

-June 23, 2020

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2021 Recognizes 12 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-June 12, 2020

New York State Legislature Passes Relief Package for Renters and Property Owners

-June 2, 2020

Pending California Landlord-Tenant Legislation Could Have Significant Impacts on Property Owners

-May 21, 2020

New York Moratorium on Residential and Commercial Evictions Extended Through August 20, 2020

-May 7, 2020

Gibson Dunn Earns 84 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2020

-April 24, 2020

English Law Force Majeure Clauses: A 4-Step Checklist & Flowchart

-April 1, 2020

State of California and City of Los Angeles Enact New Tenant Protections in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

-April 1, 2020

The CARES Act Decoded:  A Primer for Real Estate Stakeholders & What to Focus on Next

-March 31, 2020

Practical Solutions for Resolving Commercial Disputes When the Courthouse Is Closed

-March 26, 2020

Force Majeure Clauses: A 4-Step Checklist & Flowchart

-March 25, 2020

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among Its 2019 Real Estate Practice Groups of the Year

-February 4, 2020

Gibson Dunn Named a 2019 Law Firm of the Year

-January 13, 2020

2019 Year-End German Law Update

-January 10, 2020

Noam Haberman Named to GlobeSt. 50 Under 40

-October 10, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2020

-October 10, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2020 UK Legal 500

-October 4, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked Among Top New York Real Estate Law Firms in 2019

-October 2, 2019

Law360 Names Seven Gibson Dunn Lawyers as 2019 Rising Stars

-September 9, 2019

12 Gibson Dunn Partners Named Lawyers of the Year

-August 19, 2019

Gibson Dunn Lawyers Recognized in the Best Lawyers in America® 2020

-August 15, 2019

New York State Supreme Court Invalidates State Title Insurance Regulations

-August 7, 2019

Gibson Dunn Ranked in 2019 U.S. Legal 500

-July 11, 2019

Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom 2020 Recognizes 11 Gibson Dunn Partners

-July 1, 2019

Best Lawyers in Germany 2020 Recognizes 14 Gibson Dunn Attorneys

-July 1, 2019

Gibson Dunn Earns 79 Top-Tier Rankings in Chambers USA 2019

-April 25, 2019

Gibson Dunn’s Real Estate Practice Named Transactions Law Firm of the Year for North America by PERE

-March 1, 2019

Law360 Names Gibson Dunn Among Its Real Estate 2018 Practice Groups of the Year

-February 12, 2019

Gibson Dunn Named a 2018 Law Firm of the Year

-January 16, 2019

2018 Year-End German Law Update

-January 11, 2019

UK Real Estate Tax – A New Landscape For Investors

-December 18, 2018

Law360 Names Eight Gibson Dunn Partners as MVPs

-November 28, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked in the 2019 UK Legal 500

-November 21, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked in Chambers UK 2019

-November 2, 2018

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Awards Gibson Dunn 132 Top-Tier Rankings

-November 2, 2018

IRS Provides Much Needed Guidance on Opportunity Zones through Issuance of Proposed Regulations

-October 22, 2018

Webcast: CFIUS Reform and the Implications for Real Estate Transactions

-October 19, 2018

Financing Arrangements and Documentation: Considerations Ahead of Brexit

-October 11, 2018

Gibson Dunn Ranked Among Top New York Real Estate Law Firms

-October 2, 2018

Dodd Frank 2.0: U.S. Federal Banking Agencies Propose New HVCRE Capital Regulations

-September 24, 2018

New York State Supreme Court Annuls State Title Insurance Regulations

-July 6, 2018

India – Legal and Regulatory Update (June 2018)

-June 28, 2018

Gibson Dunn Receives Chambers USA Excellence Award

-May 25, 2018

Dodd Frank 2.0: Reforming U.S. HVCRE Capital Treatment

-May 24, 2018

Real Estate Finance Partner Kahlil Yearwood Joins Gibson Dunn in San Francisco

-May 4, 2018

Supreme Court Approves Deferential Review of Bankruptcy-Court Determinations on “Insider” Status

-March 20, 2018

Supreme Court Settles Circuit Split Concerning Bankruptcy Code “Safe Harbor”

-March 5, 2018

New Threat of Substantive Consolidation for Real Estate Lending Structures

-February 7, 2018

2017 Year-End German Law Update

-January 7, 2018

International Investors to Be Liable to UK Tax on Capital Gains Derived from UK Real Estate from 2019

-November 24, 2017

Proposed Revised Capital Treatment for “High Volatility Commercial Real Estate”: More Loans Likely to Be Covered

-October 5, 2017

Webcast: Enforcing Security Interests Outside of Bankruptcy: Remedies Under the Uniform Commercial Code

-September 6, 2017

California Supreme Court Upholds Los Angeles County’s Interpretation of Documentary Transfer Tax Act

-July 10, 2017

Proposed New Disclosure Regime for Overseas Entities Owning UK Real Estate

-June 20, 2017

UK Private Fund Limited Partnerships

-May 8, 2017

2016 Year-End German Law Update

-January 13, 2017

IRS Issues Final and Proposed Regulations Addressing Partnerships and Section 956 and the Active Rents and Royalties Exception

-November 11, 2016

IRS Releases Final Regulations Clarifying the Definition of Real Property for REITs

-September 9, 2016

FinCEN Expands Temporary Reporting Requirements on Title Insurance Companies for All Cash Luxury Real Estate Transactions to Six Major U.S. Areas

-August 1, 2016

Is It Still Possible to Implement Tax-Free Step-Up of Real Estate Assets Held Through a French SCI?

-July 25, 2016

BREXIT – What Next? Key issues if you are doing business in or with the UK and the EU

-June 28, 2016


-June 24, 2016

IRS Releases Temporary and Proposed Regulations Extending REIT Built-in Gain Recognition Period for Property Acquired from a C Corporation and Tightening the Rules for REIT Spinoffs

-June 14, 2016

2015 Year-End French Law Update

-February 24, 2016

Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200: FinCEN Imposes Temporary Reporting Requirements on Title Insurance Companies for All Cash Luxury Real Estate Transactions in Manhattan and Miami

-February 11, 2016

Webcast – Real Estate Lending Structures and their Bankruptcy Drivers; Understanding How We Got Here

-January 27, 2016

President Obama Signs Appropriations Bill Exempting Non-U.S. Pension Funds from FIRPTA, Taxing REIT Spinoffs, and Making Other Important Changes to the Taxation of U.S. Real Property Investments by Non-U.S. Investors and the REIT Rules

-December 29, 2015

Amendment to France-Luxembourg Tax Treaty Will Not Tax the Sale of Companies Owning French Real Estate Before 2017

-November 23, 2015

President Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, Sweeping Aside Rules That Have Governed Tax Audits of Partnerships Since 1982

-November 12, 2015

Webcast: Compliance Strategies for Private Real Estate Fund Managers

-November 5, 2015

Proposed IRS Regulations Target Management Fee Waivers and Other Partnership Interests Received for Services

-July 28, 2015

Potential Impacts for EB-5 Investments in the Real Estate Sector as September 30 Deadline for Reauthorization Approaches

-June 17, 2015

U.S. SEC Adopts Final Rules Implementing “Regulation A+” Offering Exemption for Offerings of up to $50 Million

-April 22, 2015

“High Volatility Commercial Real Estate”: U.S. Federal Banking Agencies Release Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

-April 17, 2015

ECJ Decision Halts 15.5% French Social Taxes on Income from French Property of Certain EU Residents, Inviting up to Two Years of Refunds

-March 6, 2015

2014 Year-End French Law Update

-January 23, 2015

2014 Year-End German Law Update

-January 9, 2015

Applicable As of November 2014, France Lists Which Charges May No Longer Be Imposed by Lessors to Lessees under French Commercial Leases

-November 12, 2014

Recent Court Decision Upholds Los Angeles County Assessor’s New Interpretation of Documentary Transfer Tax Act

-October 30, 2014

The Scarlet Letter Of Self-Stigmatized Property

-October 23, 2014

Renegotiation of the France and Luxembourg Tax Treaty: Taxation of Real Estate Capital Gains Now Expanded by Way of a September 5, 2014 Amendment to the Treaty

-September 8, 2014

Renégociation De La Convention Fiscale France Luxembourg : Par Un 4ème Avenant, La France Se Voit Attribuer Le Droit D’imposer Les Plus-Values De Cession De Titres De Sociétés A Prépondérance Immobilière Détenant Des Immeubles En France

-September 8, 2014

2014 Mid-Year French Law Update

-July 22, 2014

Real Estate and Tax Practice News – Sommer 2014 (German language)

-July 22, 2014

2013 Year-End German Law Update

-January 15, 2014

UK Consults on Its AIFM Remuneration Code

-September 26, 2013

OSHA’s Proposed Silica Limits Have Major Implications for Fracking, Construction, Manufacturing, and Maritime Industries

-August 28, 2013

First Circuit Issues Troubling ERISA Decision for Private Equity Funds

-August 2, 2013

Grunderwerbsteuerliche Neuregelung zur Vermeidung von grunderwerbsteueroptimierten Erwerbsstrukturen (RETT-Blocker Strukturen)

-July 22, 2013

Germany Adopts Capital Investment Act (KAGB) to Implement the European AIFM Directive

-July 22, 2013

Obama Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue Proposal Would Facilitate Investment in U.S. Real Property by Foreign Pension Funds

-May 22, 2013

French Court of Appeals Adopts New Safeguard Plans for Heart of La Défense

-March 7, 2013

Expatriation vers la Suisse: la France durcit le ton

-January 14, 2013

2012 Year-End German Law Update

-January 10, 2013

UK Government Targets Foreign Owners of UK Residential Property

-March 30, 2012