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Real Estate

Our highly experienced lawyers provide a comprehensive range of client-focused services in acquisitions and disposals, construction law, financing, commercial real estate, land use, planning and development, leasing, environmental law, insurance and tax.  

With real estate an attractive long-term prospect for investors seeking diversification and stable yields in uncertain economies, DLA Piper is one of the most active law firms on the African continent. We help clients throughout the lifecycle of real estate investments from financing and acquisition to disposal. We also understand that real estate is an inherently local business − and requires strong local knowledge. 

Our clients benefit from our deep experience in orchestrating complex projects in Africa and around the world, including documentation, negotiations, legal and regulatory issues and, if necessary, litigation.  

Local insights, international resources: with teams in 20 African countries, we offer an unrivalled local presence backed by the global platform of one of the world’s biggest business law firms. Our lawyers understand the specific legal, political, cultural, regulatory and economic issues that affect real estate law in Africa. 

Our global Africa team comprises more than 200 lawyers in key centers including Johannesburg, Casablanca, London, New York, Paris, Dubai, Perth, Hong Kong and Beijing. We can also draw on the multidisciplinary resources of our global practice of 500 real estate lawyers, helping established real estate companies, new market entrants, multinational corporations and investors on projects and transactions that transcend borders, providing a fully integrated cross-border business legal service. 

Key capabilities include advising on:

  • acquisition and disposition
  • construction
  • cross-border investment
  • development
  • environmental and planning
  • finance and tax
  • fund formation and disbursement
  • restructuring and loan workouts
  • joint ventures
  • partnerships
  • land use
  • government relations
  • leasing and litigation 

Please contact us to discuss how we can help you to achieve your objectives.