Bertrand Oldra became a partner of the Paris Real Estate team in 2007, where he works predominantly on acquisitions, property development transactions, and property restructuring. He is also particularly interested in the resolution of disputes involving real estate assets, whether before the courts or through mediation. He frequently acts for international clients, both in France and abroad.
Recent experience includes the acquisition and sale of a number of properties (direct acquisition or acquisition of corporate shares) with a view to their restoration, leasing or sale; acquisition of real estate developers; overseeing the construction of office developments and shopping centres; drawing up crisis exit strategies; and general real estate disputes.
Clients include J.P. Morgan Asset Management, AEW, Financière Apsys, Bouygues Immobilier, Qatari National Bank, Decathlon, Caisse d'Epargne, and Foncière Atland.
Bertrand is the author and co-author of various articles on real estate law, and is a regular speaker at conferences.
Bertrand is cited as being "a proactive adviser who oversees the group's transactions and 'is good at identifying risks and proposing alternatives: he brings security to the deals'" (Chambers Europe 2009). He is recommended in Legal 500 EMEA 2017 & 2018.
« The impressive Gide Loyrette Nouel A.A.R.P.I. is ‘among the top law firms in Paris, comes first for large deals’, is ‘very professional, delivers on time, and gives good insights on the market’s latest developments’. The large 49-lawyer team serves many high-profile European listed property companies, French and international investment funds, developers, industrial operators, high end-users and lenders and is consistently involved in the market’s largest investment deals. Highlights included assisting AccorHotels with the spin-off of its business line HotelInvest; Norges Bank Investment Management with the €1bn share-deal acquisition of a real estate complex located at Place Vendome and rue Saint Honoré in Paris, which is the largest ever transaction by value on a single asset in Paris to date; and Union Investment Real Estate with the off-plan acquisition of the "Grand Central" building. The team also assisted Total with the off-plan lease of its new headquarters. The highly recognised Frédéric Nouel, Stanislas Dwernicki, Eric Martin-Impératori and Renault Baguenault de Puchesse head the practice. Other key names in the team include Bertrand Oldra, Christopher Szostak who ‘anticipates clients’ needs and is a very trustful and pro-business adviser that you are glad to have on your side at the negotiating table’, the ‘always available’ Hugues Moreau and Nicolas Planchot. The firm is also second-to none for property finance work. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2018
« Gide Loyrette Nouel ‘provides outstanding legal and business-oriented advice that shows high responsiveness and understanding of clients’ needs’. The ‘large and available’ team of almost 40 lawyers has full-service expertise, spanning investments, portfolio deals, finance, tax and property fund matters. [...] Key partners include: Frédéric Nouel, who gives ‘to-the-point advice’ and is one of the best in the field; Stanislas Dwernicki; Eric Martin-Impératori; Renault Baguenault, who is ‘dedicated to servicing his clients’; Bertrand Oldra, who ‘understands his clients’ needs and seeks to find solutions’; Christopher Szostak, who is ‘always available, gives detailed analysis and is able to handle the most complex transactions’; and Nicolas Planchot. »
Legal 500 EMEA 2017
« Extremely well-regarded practice covering the full spectrum of real estate matters. Lawyers have expertise in construction and finance, as well as in development, commercial leases and litigation. Represents all types of clients including funds, financial institutions and developers. Acts on pan-European and cross-border mandates. Clients find the lawyers to be 'absolutely fantastic' and suggest that they 'work at the speed of light. They all have a way of formulating things very clearly, even for someone who is not a lawyer.' Another interviewee adds: 'The lawyers' strengths are their technical excellence, ability to negotiate, understanding of the issues, responsiveness and organisation.' »
Chambers Europe 2018