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Hannes is a Counsel in our Real Estate practice in Frankfurt.

Hannes advises both domestic and international clients on all aspects of real estate related transactions and services, in particular on real estate acquisitions and disposals (share and asset deals), real estate developments, joint venture investments, sale and leaseback transactions. He also advises on all aspects of asset management with a focus on lease agreements and management agreements.

His transactional experience covers a wide range of asset classes, including office, residential, retail, hotel, logistics and healthcare properties as well as data centers.

Hannes also has substantial experience in real estate finance transactions.


Hannes studied law at the University of Tübingen and the University of Oslo and was admitted to the bar in 2013.

Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills in 2024, he worked for several leading international law firms, most recently an American law firm.

A native German speaker, he is fluent in English and Dutch.

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • Apollo Real Estate in connection with the acquisition of several real estate portfolios, including retail, residential, office and mixed-use properties*
  • Carlsberg on a sale- and leaseback in relation to a brewery in Hamburg*
  • Conren Land on the acquisition of office properties in Leipzig, Frankfurt and Hamburg*
  • Invesco Real Estate on the acquisition of a hotel portfolio in various cities in Germany and on the sale of individual hotel properties*
  • KanAm Grund on the acquisition of several logistics properties in Germany*
  • Principal Real Estate on the acquisition of hotel properties throughout Europe in multiple transactions*

* experience gained prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills