Real Estate


Dechert is a leading provider of legal services to the real estate markets in North America and Europe. Our attorneys deliver legal services in all matters, offering our clients the comprehensive representation, skill, experience, and cost-effective local support required to achieve their objectives. Backing up our team is Dechert’s capacity to deploy its international and national legal expertise across a range of practice areas, including corporate finance, banking and financial institutions, securities, real estate, secured transactions, international and domestic tax, creditors’ rights and insolvency, and environmental law.

Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency

In both the United States and the United Kingdom, we have Creditors’ Rights and Insolvency teams comprised of both trial and transaction lawyers skilled at addressing bankruptcy, restructuring, true sale and securitization issues, as well as the enforcement and realization of security interests.


We have extensive experience in real estate joint ventures, general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, business trusts and other investment vehicles, including all relevant regulatory and tax issues.

Synthetic Leasing and Sale Leasebacks

We have one of the leading synthetic lease and sale-leaseback practices in the United States. Our leasing attorneys advise lending institutions and facility owners and operators on domestic and cross-border transactions, including real estate and project finance-type transactions, across the globe.

Mergers and Acquisitions

We have acted in many high-profile U.S., UK, and cross-border restructuring, reorganization and takeover transactions involving real estate firms and corporate entities with substantial real estate assets, effectively guiding them through the complexities of M&A transactions.


Our group includes environmental law attorneys skilled in environmental compliance and property and financial risk management, including assessment and remediation strategies and the utilization of risk-shifting devices such as insurance policies to address environmental risks and hazards.


We are widely regarded as the United Kingdom’s preeminent commercial retailing team as well as an industry authority attuned to the latest trends in commercial retailing. We represent the owners of some of the U.K.’s largest shopping centers and retail schemes, as well as occupiers and U.S. and European retailers.

Public Sectors

Our U.K. team advises public sector organizations, such as central government departments, local authorities and the National Health Service (NHS), on real estate transactions and developments. Our advice has been critical to enabling these entities to harmonize their role as landowners with the proper discharge of their public sector duties.


We are supported by a large U.S. and U.K. tax team that includes practitioners with cross-border international experience. Our U.K. group has significant capabilities in VAT, stamp duty and company taxation has worked out a wide range of tax-advantageous structures. Our U.S. group includes lawyers concentrating on REMIC, FASIT and other CMBS, CBO and CLO tax structures and lawyers experienced with REITs and other investment vehicles. Our practice also includes advising on withholding tax issues and treaty matters.

Dispute Resolution

We provide the full range of alternative dispute resolution services including mediation, arbitration and other ways of resolving conflicts with the help of a specially trained neutral third party and without the need for a formal trial or hearing. Both in the United Kingdom and the United States, our dispute resolution services are supported by real estate litigation teams adept at representing clients in court and at the negotiating table.