The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.

Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.


Global Elite Thought Leaders

  • Alessandro Balp – BonelliErede, Milan
  • Cécile Berger Meyer – Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
  • Anne Sofie Bjørkholt – BAHR (Advokatfirmaet BAHR AS), Oslo
  • François Bonteil – Clifford Chance LLP, Paris
  • Anthony Burnett-Scott – Macfarlanes LLP, London
  • François De Montpellier – Law Square bcvba, Sint-Stevens-Woluwe
  • Christian Keilich – Clifford Chance LLP, Frankfurt
  • Marzio Longo – Greenberg Traurig, Milan
  • Corrado Rampini – Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich
  • Olaf Schmidt – DLA Piper, Milan
  • Niko Schultz-Süchting – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Hamburg
  • Tim Weber – Gleiss Lutz, Frankfurt

Leading firms


Heinrich Schirmer draws widespread plaudits for his market-leading real estate practice, spanning high-value transactions and developments.
Stefan Gerster
is held in high esteem by market commentators who distinguish him as “an excellent real estate lawyer” in the Swiss market.
Sibylle Schnyder
is highly regarded as “a fantastic real estate lawyer”, sought after for her deep expertise in the sector.
Marie Scott
ranks highly among peers thanks to her excellence when it comes to real estate investment and mixed-use developments.
Stuart Tait impresses respondents with his adept handling of real estate developments in the UK spanning a range of sectors including retail and leisure.

Clifford Chance

Christian Keilich is a prominent figure in the German real estate sector, renowned for his top-tier handling of real estate development projects and related transactions.
François Bonteil
is singled out among peers as a leading real estate lawyer in France, well versed in high-value M&A across the sector.
Reinhard Scheer-Hennings
is a go-to lawyer in Germany for matters relating to national and international real estate investment.
Klaus Minuth
is “a top lawyer and notary” in the German market, commended for his significant experience of complex real estate portfolios and projects.
Fabian Böhm
excels in the real estate sector, where he is recognised among peers as “a very strong and amicable lawyer”.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Norbert Impelmann takes a place among Germany’s foremost real estate lawyers, with peers readily endorsing his 20 years of experience in real estate investment transactions.
Hanns-William Mülsch is a favourite among peers and clients, who recommend his skill with corporate real estate transactions and private equity matters.
Olivier Mesmin
is a well-regarded figure among peers in the French real estate market. His practice focuses on corporate tax matters pertaining to the real estate sector.
Chris de Pury earns recognition from market commentators as “a leading practitioner in his field” who is “excellent both technically and commercially”.
Samant Narula is described by sources as “a very strong lawyer” in the real estate sector, whose practice focuses on advising private equity funds and international institutional investors.
Ian Waring is an esteemed real estate practitioner who focuses on investment and development work for institutional landlords in particular.

Hogan Lovells

Dirk Debald is recognised as “a leading name” in the German real estate market. His practice encompasses the full range of transactional, financing and project development matters
Roland Bomhard is appreciated by respondents as “a very experienced practitioner” when it comes to transactional and financing issues in the real estate market.
Marc Werner is identified as prominent name in Germany when it comes to real estate matters. He brings over 20 years of experience with property matters in the hospitality sector.
Dion Panambalana is lauded by sources as “a very strong real estate lawyer”, well versed in joint venture, development leasing and financing matters


Wolfram Krüger is held in high esteem by market commentators, who remark that he is “excellent both as notary and adviser” on real estate matters.
Françoise Maigrot gains widespread acclaim from peers thanks to her “great experience and mandates on the investment side”. She has 20 years of experience advising clients on real estate transactions in Europe.
Yves Moreau is recognised by respondents as “a well-known and highly regarded professional” with over 25 years of experience advising domestic and international clients on real estate transactions and tax issues.
Martin Elliott stands out in the English real estate market for his excellent work advising developers and investors on transactional matters.

DLA Piper

Olaf Schmidt gains endorsements from peers due to his “large experience and commercial approach” to real estate matters.
Fabian Mühlen is hailed “a good negotiator” who “is always looking for pragmatic solutions”. Sources add that he “maintains good relationships with the counterparties” and applaud his “availability and commercial approach”.
Line Ravlo-Losvik is “highly recommended” by market commentators as a “tough, talented and really skilled lawyer” in the real estate sector.


Other Leading Individuals


François De Montpellier at Law Square sits among Belgium’s finest real estate lawyers, with peers noting that he is “a well-known and highly regarded professional”.


Anthony Burnett-Scott at Macfarlanes is identified by peers as a keystone of the English real estate market. His practice encompasses the full range of commercial property matters.

Brie Stevens-Hoare QC at Gatehouse Chambers has an “unrivalled ability to listen and understand the client, whoever that may be”. Sources add: “Her expertise is unmatched by all save for the most experienced silks.”

Martin Hutchings QC at Wilberforce Chambers is “a talented all-rounder” whose expertise lies in commercial landlord and tenant disputes, as well as easement and restrictive covenant issues.

Peers say that Mayer Brown’s Joe Conder “sits at the top of the market” when it comes to real estate matters. His practice is geared towards high-value real estate transactions and funding matters.


At De Pardieu Brocas Maffei, Emmanuel Fatôme is celebrated by respondents as a leading name in the French real estate market, with a practice that spans real estate and banking law issues.
Paul Talbourdet secures impressive recommendations for his real estate expertise. He is sought after by clients for his skill with acquisition financing, sales and leasing matters.
Pierre Gebarowski is a highly sought-after real estate practitioner, whom sources applaud as “a first-class expert in a market-leading team”.

Frédéric Nouel at Gide Loyrette Nouel is a legend of the French legal market, with peers endorsing his adept handling of real estate transactions and financings.

Jean-Dominique Casalta at Allen & Overy ranks among the foremost French real estate lawyers thanks to considerable recommendations from peers for his leading work in the sector.

Antonia Raccat with AREA AVOCATS comes highly recommended as “a committed and responsive transactional lawyer” who offers “all-around expertise, from real estate law to corporate M&A and financing”.


Niko Schultz-Süchting at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer shines as one of Germany’s leading names in real estate practice. He has impressive experience advising domestic and international clients on commercial real estate investment.

Gleiss Lutz’s Tim Weber is “a very knowledgeable lawyer” report peers. His practice focuses on M&A transactions in the real estate, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Matthias Durst at POELLATH “is very strong in contract negotiations, knows the market standard and his response and processing times are very short”.

Greenberg Traurig’s Christian Schede is recognised as “a very good and well-connected lawyer”. He co-chairs the global real estate practice at the firm and specialises in M&A transactions in the sector.

Jens Ortmanns at McDermott Will & Emery is well experienced in advising domestic and international investors on cross-border transactions and financing issues.

Thomas Müller at Hengeler Mueller is an accomplished name in the German market who earns recommendations from respondents as “a great general practitioner in real estate matters”.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher’s Cornelia Thaler ranks highly among peers who commend her “excellent combination of corporate and real estate law expertise”.

Fabian Böhm of Clifford Chance enjoys a sterling reputation in the German real estate market. He provides domestic and international investors with considerable expertise in real estate transactions and financing issues.


Alessandro Balp at BonelliErede is one of Italy’s top names for real estate issues and is described by sources as “a well-prepared lawyer with a practical approach to matters”.

Greenberg Traurig’s Marzio Longo is a key name in the Italian legal market, whom peers laud for his “very strong experience and sophisticated practice”.


Anne Sofie Bjørkholt at Advokatfirmaet BAHR has built an enviable real estate practice in Norway, where peers recognise her as one of the top names in the domestic market.
Andreas Rørvik is praised as “a really skilled lawyer that has a lot of expertise in real estate matters”. He advises clients on primarily on cross-border real estate transactions.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen’s Christopher Borch is a top-tier real estate lawyer, with sources recommending him as a “go-to guy” for transactions, development and leasing matters.

Camilla Kristiansen Lunne at Advokatfirmaet Schjødt is a respected name in the Norwegian market, with peers endorsing her as “a very strong lawyer”.


Cécile Berger Meyer at Lenz & Staehelin is praised by sources as “a hands-on practitioner” who has the “ability to adapt to any situation”.

Corrado Rampini at Bär & Karrer is recognised for his profound knowledge of M&A and capital market transactions in the real estate sector.


Global Elite Thought Leaders

  • Stephen A Cowan – DLA Piper, San Francisco
  • John C Currie – McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
  • Michael D Hamilton – O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Los Angeles
  • Robert J Ivanhoe – Greenberg Traurig LLP, New York
  • Meredith J Kane – Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, New York
  • Andrew Lance – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, New York
  • Jonathan L Mechanic – Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, New York
  • Juli Morrow – Goodmans LLP, Toronto
  • Jay A Neveloff – Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, New York
  • Ira J Waldman – Cox Castle & Nicholson LLP, Los Angeles
  • Pamela L Westhoff – Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, Los Angeles

Leading Firms

DLA Piper

Stephen Cowan is looked upon with enormous favour by sources for his market-leading work on real estate financing and transactions.
Jay Epstien
ranks highly among peers, and “is certainly one of the most well-known and well-respected real estate attorneys in the country”.
Theodore Novak
impresses market sources with his adept handling of real estate acquisitions and property development.
Alison Mitchell
focuses her first-class real estate practice on a range of matters from leasing transactions to portfolio financing.
Chris Smith
is a top name for real estate law in the US, where he enjoys a strong reputation for his work on developments across the leisure and retail sectors.

Greenberg Traurig

Robert Ivanhoe is held in high esteem by respondents who say he is “considered a leading real estate lawyer nationally”.
Steven Fleissig
is applauded by sources for his in-depth expertise in join ventures, corporate financing and leasing matters across the real estate sector.
Stephen Rabinowitz
co-chairs the real estate practice and is highly sought after for his excellence in related development and financings.
Robert Lane Jr
is singled out by market commentators for his first-rate work representing REITs, developers and financial institutions.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Andrew Lance is lauded for his first-class real estate practice spanning leasing transactions and related loans.
Steven Klein
comes highly recommended by sources thanks to his significant experience of acquisitions and refinancings across the real estate sector.
Jesse Sharf
draws high praise from sources who compliment his deep expertise in real estate financing and lending transactions.
Dennis Arnold
continues to impress respondents with his top-notch practice, focusing on commercial transactions and financing within the real estate sector.


Other Leading Individuals


John Currie at McCarthy Tétrault is a leading figure in the Canadian real estate sector, well versed in high-value transactions and contracts.
Abraham Costin is a long-standing fixture in the real estate market, praise for his vast experience of property development and financing.

David Dell at Torys impresses market commentators with his leading knowledge of real estate development and construction projects.

At Goodmans, Juli Morrow is a top-tier real estate specialist, recognised by sources as “an extremely smart and creative lawyer”.

John van Gent at Bennett Jones is “excellent real estate counsel” who is “both knowledgeable and collegial in all dealings”.


Michael Hamilton at O’Melveny & Myers is distinguished among peers by sources who describe him as “an outstanding real estate finance lawyer”.

Meredith Kane at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison “is a pleasure to work with” remark sources, who she impresses with her profound ability when it comes to advising on real estate development, finance and transactions.

At Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Jonathan Mechanic is held in high regard by market commentators, one of whom considers him “the best real estate lawyer in NY city”.

Jay Neveloff at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel is “absolutely top notch” compliment sources, further praising his adept handling of real estate sales and acquisitions.

At Cox Castle & Nicholson, Ira Waldman is a go-to name in the real estate sector say sources who note that “his experience and judgment is invaluable, in addition to his grasp of the strategic perspective and the importance of attention to transaction details”.

Pamela Westhoff with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton is lauded for her invaluable experience of high-value real estate leasing transactions and financings.

Peter Aitelli at Shartsis Friese stands out for his extensive experience of real estate leasing and project development.

Duval & Stachenfeld’s Bruce Stachenfeld is a prominent figure in the US real estate sector, where he is regarded as “top of the class”.

Fredric Altschuler at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft is a go-to real estate lawyer in the North American market, where he stands out as “at the top of his game”.

Ballard Spahr’s Tina Makoulian is “a standout lawyer”, praised for her tremendous understanding of real estate development projects.

Global Elite Thought Leaders

  • Julie Couch – Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Sydney

Leading firms

Herbert Smith Freehills

Julie Couch is a prominent lawyer in the Australian real estate sector, lauded for her market-leading work on high-value commercial and industrial real estate developments.
Jane Hodder is highly sought after by clients thanks to her excellence in real estate project development.
Nicholas Cowie
is well versed in advising real estate clients on the full gamut of development and investment issues.

Clayton Utz

Andrew Steele focuses his top-notch real estate practice on agreement negotiation, project development and acquisitions across the sector.
Nikki Robinson
stands out in the Australian market for her expert handling of high-value real estate transactions.
Julie Levis
is commended for her in-depth knowledge of commercial transactions and projects across the real estate sector.

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Eriko Ozawa is held in high regard by market commentators who consider her “a very active and high-quality lawyer”.
Masanori Sato is a first-class real estate lawyer, distinguished by sources as “one of the leaders of the market”.
Noboru Suwa
impresses market sources with his considerable experience of real estate financing and investments.

King & Wood Mallesons

Stuart Dixon-Smith draws widespread plaudits for his excellent work on real estate development and property-related financing.
Harry Du
is a go-to real estate lawyer, recognised for his strong experience of project financing and M&A deals within the sector.


Other Leading Individuals


Ken Gray at Arnold Bloch Leibler is renowned among sources as “a long-time practitioner with an excellent knowledge of leasing matters”.

At Allens, David McLeish is “a very strong lawyer”, praised for his in-depth understanding of real estate development and property law.


Yingying Wang Fangda Partners impresses market commentators with her adept handling of real estate acquisition and investment deals.


Theodore Seltzer at Morrison & Foerster ranks prominently in the Japanese market for his vast experience of real estate financing and project development.


Dorothy Chia at Dentons Rodyk & Davidson is hailed a go-to real estate specialist in the Singaporean market, with invaluable experience handling related contract negotiation and acquisitions.


Global Elite Thought Leaders

  • Marcelo Terra – Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra Advogados, São Paulo
  • Olivar Lorena Vitale Junior – VBD Advogados, São Paulo

Leading Firms

Duarte Garcia, Serra Netto e Terra – Sociedade de Advogados

Marcelo Terra is “an excellent lawyer and well-recognised by the real estate market”. He impresses with “his strong experience and knowledge of the applicable laws and regulations”.
Guilherme Terra is a well-respected figure in the real estate sector, specialising in complex and large-scale transactions including swaps, leases and acquisitions.

Campos Mello Advogados

Rafael Jordão Bussière enjoys a fantastic reputation for his wide-ranging experience of real estate matters.
Bernardo Buarque Schiller
is a prominent name in the Brazilian market, widely praised for his expert knowledge of real estate law.
Fabio Perrone Campos Mello
draws high praise from peers for his impressive work advising clients on all aspects of real estate law.

Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez

Carlos Aiza is looked upon with enormous favour by market commentators who applaud his considerable experience of real estate financing involving banking and capital markets transactions.
Carlos del
Río is well respected among peers for his top-tier real estate practice spanning investments, acquisitions and joint ventures.


Other Leading Individuals


At VBD Advogados, Olivar Lorena Vitale Junior is a prominent figure in the Brazilian real estate sector, singled out by sources as “a very competent and good lawyer”.

Rodrigo Cury Bicalho at Bicalho e Mollica Advogados is “a very professional, knowledgeable and friendly lawyer”, commended for his “deep legal knowledge”.

At Huck Otranto Camargo Advogados, Thomaz Henrique Monteiro Whatley is distinguished by respondentes as “an excellent and extremely qualified lawyer practising in the Brazilian real estate market”.

At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Maria Flavia Seabra Gemperli gains recognition as a top figure in the real estate sector for complex financing and regulatory issues.


Alvaro Rosenblut at Albagli Zaliasnik impresses market sources with his top-notch work on M&A transactions across the real estate sector.


Rodrigo Conesa Labastida at Ritch Mueller Heather & Nicolau is held in high regard among peers for his tremendous understanding of real estate transactions.

Basham Ringe y Correa’s Daniel Del Río is renowned for his in-depth knowledge of real estate M&A, financings and investments.


At De la Flor, García Montufar, Arata & Asociados, Moisés Arata Solís ranks highly among peers in the Peruvian market thanks to his strong expertise in real estate and property law.
Guillermo García Montufar
is a go-to name in the real estate sector thanks to his significant experience handling regulatory and contractual matters.

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