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Christoph M. Tegel

Christoph M. Tegel

German Attorney at Law since 1996
German Notary since 2011
Mediator since 2015
Partner at SCHIEDERMAIR since 2010

Practice Areas

  • Real estate transactions, real estate law, commercial leases, investment law
  • Notarial services in German and English
  • More than 18 years of experience advising and representing national and international real estate clients

Practice Summary

Real Estate Transactions

Christoph M. Tegel represents sellers or buyers in real estate transactions. This advice encompasses the “full set” of representation, starting with legal due diligence, drafting and negotiating real estate sale and purchase agreements (either in German or English and either as asset or share deal) and culminating in post-closing matters. Christoph represents clients in transactions concerning existing buildings as well as for project developments, for single assets as well as for portfolios. He also litigates claims – either as plaintiff’s or defense counsel, as the case may be. His clients are primarily institutional investors or public bodies, but include also private individuals who have particular experience in real estate matters.

Commercial Leases

Christoph advises landlords or tenants in connection with large commercial leases. He drafts and negotiates lease agreements and litigates lease disputes.

Notarial Services

Christoph is qualified as a German Notary, specializing in real estate related notarial services, such as drafting, recording, and executing real estate sale and purchase agreements, agreements on hereditary building rights, and complex easements. In connection with the financing of real estate financing, he also often records land charges.

Industry focus

Real Estate, Institutional Investors, Open-Ended and Closed-Ended Investment Funds

Representative Client Matters

  • Advised an insurance company on the sale of a Frankfurt landmark building to an institutional investor (share deal; nine-figure purchase price)
  • Advised a foreign fund on the sale of a large logistics property to a retail chain for the development of a large distribution center
  • Advised a foreign fund on the sale of a German logistics portfolio
  • Advised a foreign fund on entering into a complex lease with various sub-lessees and neighbors to prepare the real estate for a sale to an institutional investor
  • Advised a fund on the conclusion of a complex addendum to a joint venture agreement; including the acquisition of additional real estate and the conclusion of various service agreements
  • Advised an insurance company on the acquisition of office buildings; focus of the due diligence was on the possible invalidity of the building permit
  • Ongoing notarial service in real estate matters
  • Advised a foreign fund in connection with a retail company portfolio; focus of the advice concerned the issue of whether the regulations for large-scale retailers were being observed
  • Advised and represented an institutional investor in making a claim for breach of representations and warranties (deficiencies regarding the real estate used for logistics; represented client in several evidentiary hearings and trials)
  • Ongoing advice of a public body situated in Frankfurt (large property owner) on all real estate matters, with a particular focus on hereditary building rights and commercial leases
  • Advised an institutional investor on the planned purchase of a large shopping center; the focus of the due diligence investigation was on whether the leases met the “writing” requirement that is determinative for whether such leases may be terminated.
  • Advised a lessor on the tax-efficient structuring of a lease due to a failure of lessee to enable lessor to opt for VAT
  • Regularly represents lessors and lessees in court in connection with the validity of leases (so-called “writing” requirement), diverse ancillary charges, and various other issues, e. g., the lessor’s obligation to protect the property against heating-up during the summer months

Education and Career

Christoph has been a German Attorney at Law since 1996, a German Notary since 2011, and a Partner at SCHIEDERMAIR in Frankfurt since 2010. He is a Member of SCHIEDERMAIR’s Corporate Law, M&A, Tax, and Notarial Services Practice. Christoph acts for clients across a broad spectrum of real estate-related and investment-related matters. He also regularly advises and represents non-German clients in their activities in Germany. Christoph advises open-ended real estate investment funds and other investors in connection with the acquisition, sale, and management of German and foreign real estate and real estate companies.

Prior to joining SCHIEDERMAIR, Christoph practiced at the Frankfurt office of the German law firm RP RICHTER & PARTNER (2009) and at the Frankfurt office of MAYER BROWN (2001-2008, Partner as of 2003), concentrating on real estate transactions. Christoph began his career as an attorney at ALBERT, FLAD & SCHLOSSHAN (1996-1997, that merged to form GAEDERTZ RECHTSANWÄLTE) and GAEDERTZ RECHTSANWÄLTE (1998-2001, subsequently merged to form MAYER BROWN). Previously, Christoph served as an Assistant Lecturer at the Johann Wolfgang-Goethe University in Frankfurt.

Professional Recognition

Christoph is regularly listed as a “Recommended Lawyer” by Best Lawyers.