Morrison & Foerster Strengthens Global Real Estate Capability With New Partner In Berlin

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Addition of Florian Ehrich represents a major step in building out a dedicated real estate practice in Germany

Morrison & Foerster, a leading global law firm, is pleased to announce that Florian Ehrich has joined the firm’s Berlin office as a partner in its Real Estate practice. Mr. Ehrich comes to Morrison & Foerster from Noerr. He joins the firm as Head of Real Estate for Germany and brings significant expertise in complex real estate transactions, large-volume commercial lease agreements and real estate project development.

Mr. Ehrich’s practice will complement the real estate finance and transactional capabilities that Morrison & Foerster already has in Germany. His cross-border experience will also further strengthen Morrison & Foerster’s global Real Estate Group, which has a client roster that includes some of the most prominent names in the real estate industry.

“Florian’s arrival is a milestone in further establishing a strong real estate practice in Germany and enhancing our global real estate capabilities,” said Paul Friedman, Morrison & Foerster’s managing partner for Europe. “We are also continuing our strategic investment in European capabilities. Real Estate is the third dedicated practice we have added in Europe in just over a year, following the addition of a finance practice in Germany and a private investment funds practice in London.”

Mark Edelstein, chair of Morrison & Foerster’s global Real Estate Group, commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Florian to Morrison & Foerster. Expanding the global footprint of our Real Estate Group will help to further meet our clients’ growing cross-border needs. Florian’s arrival is also critical because Germany is Europe’s biggest and one of its most buoyant markets for commercial real estate investment.”

Jens-Uwe Hinder, co-managing partner of the Berlin office, added: “Florian comes to Morrison & Foerster with a strong German real estate practice. He has an impressive cross-border track record and an exceptional network in the local real estate market. Crucially, his arrival will enable us to provide a full-service real estate offering in Germany. I look forward to working closely with him on developing the practice in Germany.”

Mr. Ehrich’s practice involves a wide variety of real estate transactions, including complex real estate acquisitions and disposals, large-volume commercial lease agreements and real estate project development. He has represented a broad range of international clients, including a significant number of European, U.S. and Chinese real estate funds and companies on their investments into Germany. Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Ehrich spent 11 years at a top-tier real estate practice in Berlin, where he advised on high-profile transactions, including advising real estate investor Henley on the purchase of a property portfolio from the industrial services provider Ferrostaal, property fund manager Activum SG on the sale of the Atrium office complex in Leipzig, and Caleus Capital Investors on the sale of residential complexes with a total of 1,800 units in Berlin.

“The global nature of Morrison & Foerster’s real estate platform and the leading status of the practice in the U.S. and Asia in particular played a key role in my decision to join the firm. I look forward to building out the real estate practice in Germany and also working closely with my new colleagues around other parts of the world on cross-border transactions,” said Mr. Ehrich.

Mr. Ehrich earned his law degree at Berlin’s Humboldt University. He received his Ph.D. in 2004. Mr. Ehrich is admitted to practice in Germany.

Morrison & Foerster established its German office in late 2013. The German team represents clients in M&A transactions, corporate and commercial litigation, antitrust and sector-specific regulation, tax issues, employment, real estate, finance and privacy matters.

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