Ashurst strengthens German real estate department by appointing Nicolas Deuerling as a new partner

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    With effect from 1 May 2017, Ashurst has appointed German lawyer and counsel Nicolas Deuerling as a new partner. The German partnership now consists of 20 lawyers.

    Nicolas, who joined Ashurst as a trainee in 2005, advises national and international clients in relation to complex real estate transactions by way of asset or share deal. He has particular expertise in cross-border portfolio transactions and property financing as well as in project development. In addition, Nicolas has extensive experience in regulated and corporate transactions in the real estate market. He also advises in distressed real estate transactions and assists Asian clients with in-bound investments in Germany.

    Nicolas advised, inter alia, global private equity group EQT on the acquisition and financing of TechnologiePark Köln. Furthermore, he was part of the team advising Kildare Partners on the acquisition of the German commercial real estate business of GE Capital Real Estate.

    Thus, Nicolas is the third partner of the German real estate department alongside Dr Liane Muschter and Dr Hendrik Theisman. In 2016, the team, consisting of 11 lawyers headed by Liane Muschter, advised on four of the 20 biggest real estate transactions listed in the ranking of the news portal for real estate markets Thomas Daily.

    Dr Tobias Krug, managing partner of the German Ashurst practice, said:

    "I warmly congratulate Nicolas on the occasion of joining our partnership. He is an excellent lawyer with outstanding legal skills who is extremely service-oriented and capable of advising clients in a pragmatic and solution-oriented way. I am convinced that he will substantially contribute to the continued successful expansion of our real estate department and the development of our firm."

    Worldwide, 19 lawyers in 9 offices will be appointed partners, 53 per cent in Europe and 47 per cent in the Asia-Pacific region. Ten of the new partners are located in the European Ashurst offices in London (7), Germany (1) and France (1), 9 in the offices in Asia/Australia (Sydney (5), Brisbane (1), Perth (1), Singapore (1) and Hong Kong (1)). In terms of practice areas, 4 partners were appointed in each Banking and Corporate, 3 in Employment, 2 in Securities & Derivatives and Utilities & Resources and 1 partner in each of the practice areas Competition, Dispute Resolution, IP and Real Estate. 

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