Real Estate, Urban Planning and Construction Projects
Drawing on its long-standing know-how and experience in the construction, urban planning and, more generally, real estate market, the Soulier AARPI law firm is geared to provide clients with integrated comprehensive legal services that encompass the whole chain of skills required for addressing legal, tax, financial and judicial issues that may be faced by the various market players in the real estate industry at all stages of their project.
As such, our lawyers assist French and foreign corporate clients in structuring and implementing contractual schemes pertaining to all types of real estate assets. They draft and negotiate the legal documentation for the design, construction and/or renovation of a wide range of works (EPC contracts, so-called FIDIC contracts, off-plan sale contracts, real estate development agreements, general contractor agreements, project management contracts, etc.).
They also provide legal assistance in connection with the structuring and implementation of real estate financings (acquisitions of portfolios of erected or to-be-erected real estate assets) and counsel borrowers, investors and financial institutions in the preparation and negotiation of real estate financing contracts, the implementation of real estate collaterals and security interests, and the creation and incorporation of real estate companies.
Our lawyers have developed a significant expertise in and regularly counsel French and foreign clients on the whole spectrum of lease agreements (commercial leases, civil leases, leases pertaining to buildings not yet erected) for all types of real estate assets (industrial sites, offices, business premises, stores in shopping centers, etc.).
We also provide legal assistance in the framework of major infrastructure, equipment and investment projects in the transportation, telecommunications, natural resources and energy industries.
With respect to urban planning, we assist the various market players on the applicable national or local legislation, centralize and follow-up the various administrative procedures, and liaise with the competent local authorities to obtain the necessary permits and authorizations.
We rely on a proven expertise in real estate and urban planning related disputes to successfully assist our clients before French judicial and administrative courts, both in summary proceedings and proceedings on the merits. We frequently handle litigation issues that are specific to commercial lease agreements (renewal, change of intended use, rent indexation, termination, etc.).
We regularly act on behalf of multinationals, investment funds and groups of investors, first-rate French and foreign banks and financial institutions, public and semi-public bodies and big brands and chain owners.