Partner Christopher Szostak specialises in real estate matters. He is mainly involved in acquisition and disposal work concerning real estate assets and companies, joint ventures, development projects, leases and financing.
His main clients are listed real estate companies, Middle-Eastern sovereign wealth funds and private equity funds.
Christopher is dual qualified (Solicitor (England and Wales) and Paris bar).
He is regularly listed as a leading lawyer in real estate in legal guides such as Legal 500 (as ‘always available, gives detailed analysis and is able to handle the most complex transactions, Legal 500 EMEA 2017), and Best Lawyers in France.
Recent work includes advising:
- a sovereign wealth fund on the disposal of 6-8 Haussmann buildings for circa. €470 million (2017);
- Orange on the lease of its new global headquarters (2017);
- Hammerson on the €250 million redevelopment and extension of the "Trois Fontaines" shopping centre project in Cergy-Pontoise (2017);
- Doughty Hanson on the disposal of the Golf Park complex of five office buildings in Toulouse (2017) and on the prior acquisition, financing and development of the project (2009-2016);
- One Third on structuring a co-living project (2016);
- Swiss Life Reim on financing the acquisition of a portfolio of 8 hotels in Germany (2016);
- GLL Real Estate Partners on the acquisition of a logistics facility from Gicram (2016), a lease of a prime Paris CBD building to Parfums Christian Dior (2016), the disposal of a prime Paris CBD office building to CARMF (2016), and the €200 million disposal of a portfolio of 8 logistics assets to AEW through a share deal (2015);
- Rockspring on the acquisition of two logistics portfolios from Foncière des Régions (2016) and CBRE Global Investors (2015);
- Hammerson on the €450 million development of the 45,000 sq.m. sales area "Terrasses du Port" shopping centre project in Marseille (2009-2016);
- Ghelamco on the acquisition of the Pomme de Pin hotel in Courchevel in view of a redevelopment project and assistance with the redevelopment project (2015-2017);
- Captiva Capital Partners and Nexity on the disposal to Weinberg of the Aviso office building in Suresnes (2014);
- Grosvenor on the €300 million acquisition from ANF of 30 mixed-use (retail, office and residential) buildings in the rue de la République area in Lyon (2012).