Real Estate

As cross-border real estate transactions continue to increase, so does the need for on-the-ground legal support. Members of the Lex Mundi Real Estate Practice Group work together across jurisdictions to provide solutions to complex situations, including joint ventures, financing, and the navigation of international regulations.

As laws and regulations vary between jurisdictions, we provide you with local expertise in the countries you do business in. We work together to develop unique solutions to your business needs.


Experience and Expertise

  • Compulsory acquisition by regulatory authority
  • Development
  • Due diligence
  • Financing
  • Foreclosure
  • Joint ventures
  • Leasing
  • Litigation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Negotiations
  • Sale and purchase agreements
  • Subdivision

Contact Us

For more information or to inquire about a matter, please contact Stephanie DeLao, Lex Mundi Business Development Manager (Tel: +1.713.335.0125).


Real Estate Guide I – Foreign Investment

This guide addresses several topics of interest including national/state restrictions imposed on ownership of real estate, the taxes that are levied in each jurisdiction, and reporting requirements.

Real Estate Guide II – Ownership of Real Property

This guide addresses several topics of interest including fee simple ownership; the most common forms of investment vehicles available; and what state or local transfer, stamp, or similar taxes are levied on sellers or buyers.

Real Estate Guide III – Finance

This guide provides an overview of the important issues involved in the financing of real estate projects, including such topics as the method for creating a security interest or lien on real property, interest rate limitations, and licensing requirements for lenders in each jurisdiction.

Real Estate Guide IV – Commercial Leasing

This guide provides an overview of the important issues involved in the leasing of commercial real estate projects, including the transferring of taxes payable on creation or assignment of a lease, legal restrictions limiting the maximum term of a lease, and restrictions on the transfer of ownership of real properties subject to a lease.


Peter McMahon
Clayton Utz
Level 15
1 Bligh Street
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Tel: 61.2.9253.4168

Janis Cheezem
Akerman LLP
Three Brickell City Centre
98 Southeast Seventh Street, Suite 1100
Miami Florida 33131
Tel: 1.305.374.5600

Regional Vice Chair Europe/Middle East/Africa:
Yves Delacroix
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
Boulevard de l'Empereur 3 Keizerslaan
Brussels B-1000
Tel: 32.2.551.14.18

Regional Vice Chair North America:
R. Keith Colvin
Jones Walker LLP
201 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans Louisiana 70170-5100
Tel: 1.504.582.8000

Regional Vice Chair North America:
John Hutmacher
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
199 Bay Street
Suite 4000, Commerce Court West
Toronto Ontario M5L 1A9
Tel: 1.416.863.2219