Mayer Brown today announced the appointment of Dr. Fabian Hartwich as a partner in the firm's Real Estate practice in Frankfurt. Dr. Hartwich joins Mayer Brown from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), where he was the founding partner of that firm's Germany practice.

Dr. Hartwich is a real estate lawyer with considerable experience advising banks, asset managers and funds on real estate investments, real estate development projects, real estate tax and joint ventures. Having previously worked in the restructuring department of a leading UK bank, his commercial experience also includes advising creditors, sponsors and special servicers on high-value, contentious and non-contentious restructurings.

Martin Wright, firm practice leader for Real Estate in Europe at Mayer Brown, said, “Real estate is a core Mayer Brown strength, and as a firm we have long been committed to strengthening our capability in Frankfurt. The German market is of real importance to our clients, both local and multinational, and post-Brexit we have seen heightened international interest in Germany generally, and Frankfurt in particular. Fabian is a highly accomplished lawyer with substantial experience representing a diverse range of clients on real estate investments and restructurings. He is a great fit for our firm and we are delighted that he joins us at this exciting time. He will be a significant asset to our team in Frankfurt and its work helping Mayer Brown clients firmwide.”

"We are expanding the firm’s Real Estate practice with Fabian and continuing Mayer Brown’s growth strategy for Germany with his appointment," added Dr. Guido Zeppenfeld, the managing partner in Germany.

Dr. Hartwich said, “One of the many attractions of Mayer Brown is the caliber and depth of its client relationships, both in Germany and across the globe. Mayer Brown offers a great platform for my practice, and I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues in order to further extend the depth of the firm’s real estate capabilities in Germany.”

Mayer Brown’s global Real Estate practice includes lawyers who regularly advise on both local and cross-border transactions for a variety of clients, including institutional investors, pension funds, private equity funds, real estate investment trusts, banks, governments, corporations and statutory bodies.