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real estate law

Schoenherr's experts advise on the full range of legal matters in real estate law in Austria and CEE.

"An excellent real estate practice, which always maintains the highest standards."
Client, Chambers Europe



Schoenherr's team advises clients active in real estate investment and development and management on all legal aspects of their business in Austria and CEE/SEE. Schoenherr covers the full range of real estate sectors: commercial, office, industrial, logistics, residential, hotel & leisure, health, mixed-use projects, agriculture and forestry.

The main focus is advising developers and investors on the acquisition and sale of real estate via asset and share deals, forward purchases and fundings, distressed transactions, including tax structuring and financing; the development and operation of real estate projects, including permitting and building contracts (design, construction and operation), including built-to-suit; lease agreements; sale and leaseback; and claim management. Schoenherr also represents employers and contractors, sellers and purchasers, landlords and tenants as well as other participants in real estate-related litigation and arbitration.

hotels & leisure

Schoenherr advises investors and developers on hotel developments and transactions in CEE/SEE. The advice also includes management and hotel lease agreements.


shopping centres & retail

Schoenherr's experience in this sphere includes advising developers and investors on transactions and project development, as well as retailers (food, non-food, DIY) on their network expansion plans. The advice includes also restructuring and asset management.


office buildings

Schoenherr has built an impressive track record advising on the (single-ticket or portfolio) acquisition and sale of office buildings for investors and end users, as well as on the development of office or mixed-use projects. The team has acted on transactions involving some landmark office buildings, business centres and towers in Vienna (e.g. Florido Tower, Rivergate, Green Worx, Space2Move, DC Tower, OMV Tower, T-Center, Austria Campus, etc.), and is equally successful in capitals and secondary cities in CEE/SEE. Schoenherr assists office buildings landlords in managing their properties, including in connection with complex fit-out and lease agreements, or real estate-related litigation.



Schoenherr advises developers and end users on the acquisition and development (including built-to-suit) of industrial projects, covering both logistics and production facilities. Highlights include advising Swiss energy group Alpiq on the sale of industrial business to Bouygues Construction.



Schoenherr also advises developers in the high-end market of apartments in connection with purchase, building and sale of residential projects, as well as investors on buying portfolios of apartments including ongoing asset management. Highlights include advising Invester United Benefits on the sale of its residential projects (e.g. "Wohngarten"; "Schweizergarten"; "Erdberger Lände" in Vienna; "Grillweg 1 und 2, "Neubaugasse" in Graz.etc).


corporate and asset management

Schoenherr acts as permanent advisor to investors and companies on their real estate portfolios. It also advises on the restructuring of real estate companies and on setting up joint ventures. Throughout the region the team advises various leasing companies and real estate funds on a regular basis on all aspects of asset management, including litigation with contractors and tenants.


agriculture and forestry

Schoenherr has a long-established practice in advising on real estate aspects specific to agriculture and forestry. We advise investors owning, managing and exploiting agriculture land, as well forestry properties. We assist on acquisition and sale transactions, land improvement organisations, land lease/concession agreements, and ownership title safeguarding (including litigation).

legal areas



  • corporate real estate
  • acquisition/sale of real estate and companies holding real estate/forward purchases and forward funding/portfolio transactions/distressed transactions
  • project development
  • construction projects (FIDIC, EPC, design & build)
  • due diligence/title investigation
  • lease agreements
  • contracts for architects, general contractors and builders
  • plant construction and building permits
  • land registry law
  • construction and real estate-related litigation and arbitration




our team

Meet Schoenherr's highly experienced experts in the field of real estate, hotels, asset management & leisure, located all across CEE.

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press release

Schoenherr advises BHM Group on acquisition of portfolio of 10 Polish retail parks

Schoenherr advised BHM Group, an important investment group on the Czech market, in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of 10 Polish retail parks worth CZK 1bln. The goal of the newly established retail division is to acquire several dozen retail parks in Central Europe or the Balkans over the next two to three years.


14 December 2020


S.Stroe M.Mitan M.Banu

Romania: New provisions on the sale of farmland located outside buildable areas


04 August 2020


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Hungary: Impacts of COVID-19 on the labour and real estate markets | Podcast

The COVID pandemic and the subsequent state of emergency in Hungary have disrupted conventional methods of working, with most companies having successfully transitioned into home office – a modus operandi rarely used before.