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Edouard Vitry

Partner
+33.(0)1.58.44.15.08
Fax +33.(0)1.58.44.15.01

Edouard Vitry, a partner in the firm’s Paris office, has more than 25 years of experience in real estate. He advises on all commercial real estate matters, with a particular focus on investment, finance, construction, real estate development and commercial leases. He has experience in all types of real estate work including due diligence, sale and purchase process, securitisation, drafting and negotiating contracts and leases, property disputes and ADR.

Mr. Vitry acts for international and French clients including real estate funds, asset managers, developers, banks, builders, real estate companies, landlords, occupiers and insurance companies.

 

Professional Background

Before joining K&L Gates LLP, Mr. Vitry was partner in a British law firm where he headed their real estate group after spending 12 years with major French and British law firms.

Achievements

In France
  • Ranking “real estate” of the magazine Décideurs Stratégie Finance Droit, since 2008
    • Band 3 (Strong reputation): Real estate Investment
    • Band 3 (Strong reputation): Real estate finance
    • Band 3 (Strong reputation): Leases
    • Band 4 (Well-known expertness): Real estate structuring
    • Band 5 (High-quality expertness): Real estate development
Internationally
  • Chambers Europe (since 2014): Ranked Recognised Practitioner
  • Legal 500 EMEA since 2009:
    • Band 4: “real estate ”
    • “The team has ‘excellent mastering of skills and knowledge’. Edouard Vitry leads an ‘always reactive team’; ‘straight forward’ and delivering ‘outstanding work’. The expertise has in-depth capabilities in investment, finance and tax .”
  • PLC Which Lawyer? 2010
    • “Recognised” in the “real estate” category.
  • Selected by the Legal Media Group Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in real estate (among the 35 practitioners selected for France in 2017).
  • International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Awards 2011: Real estate team of the year – France
  • ACQ Magazine Awards 2012: Real estate team of the year – France
  • Corporate Live Wire: Real Estate Law Firm of the Year - France 2016
  • Corporate INTL Global Magazine: Real Estate Lawyer of the Year in France, 2017

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • RICS Accredited Mediator (Since 2014)
  • RICS France - Board member (2014 - 2019)
  • Chairman of the dispute resolution professional group of RICS France
  • Past-President of AJEDIM ASSAS (Association des Juristes et Etudiants en Droit Immobilier de Paris II Assas - Real Estate Lawyers Alumni Association)
  • Vice-President of the Club des Clubs Immobiliers (alumni association)
  • Teacher in real estate at the Paris Bar School 
  • Professor in real estate at CNAM/ICH
  • Member of ULI (Urban Land Institute)

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Vitry has held real estate conferences in France and abroad. He also has written numerous articles on real estate.
Real estate investments
  • Hong-Kong based Kai Yuan Holding on the purchase of the Marriott Champs-Elysées hotel in Paris from ADIA for 344 M€
  • Equinix on the purchase of a datacentre from Digital Realty for 190 M€
  • Crowe Horwath, first, on the purchase and the financing from Axa REIM and Sefri-Cime, then on the sale of Sodexo worldwide headquarters to La Française REIM for more than 100 M€
  • Rockspring first on the purchase and the financing of three off plan buildings for 60 M€ from Lazard Real Estate then on the sale of these buildings to Invesco, Primonial and Valad.
  • Irish Family office on the sale of Hermès Paris headquarters to DTZ Investors for more than 100 M€
  • Columbia Threadneedle Investments on the sale of their French real estate portfolio
  • Boralex on the acquisition of a large wind farms portfolio from Enel Green Power for 306 M€
  • Bayern LB on the sale of their Paris headquarters to New Star for 30 M€
  • Gramecy Property Trust and Goodman on the acquisition of an Amazon large warehouse in Lille for 62 M€
  • Goldin Financial Holdings based in Kong-Kong on the purchase of 3 Bordeaux vineyards
  • Vectrane (Eurosic) on the sale and lease back purchase of the Club Méditerranée Les 2 Alpes for 23 M€
  • Crowe Horwath on the purchase and the financing from Bouygues Immobilier of 2 offices buildings in Marseille for more than 100 M€ and on the sale of one of these buildings to Deka Immobilien
  • Crowe Horwath on the purchase and the financing from Matmut of an office building in Le Havre for 25 M€
  • Parisian Property Partners on the acquisition of a 12,000 sqm office building from Sercib for 70 M€
  • Crowe Horwath first on the purchase and the financing from DCB International then on the sale to Cordea Savills of an office building in Lyon for 10 M€
  • Le Premier fund on the acquisition of an portfolio from Cortona for 10 M€
Real estate finance
  • Crédit Foncier de France (BPCE) on the financing of the acquisition by ANF Immobilier of Alstom Transport’s office building in Lyon
  • Hong-Kong based Kai Yuan Holding on the financing of the Hôtel Marriott on the Champs-Elysées with Société Générale for 344 M€
  • BlackRock on the purchase of a 15 M€ B Note from Morgan Stanley related to La Défense Plaza office building
  • Locindus (BPCE) and Oséo (Bpifrance Financement) on the financing of the largest youth hotel in France developed by Cleaveland/Generator
  • La Française REM and Crédit Foncier de France (BPCE) on the structured financing of le Ponant office building in Paris
  • Marathon Asset Management on the acquisition of 280 M€ European Loan Portfolio from the Lloyds Banking Group
  • Credit Foncier de France (BPCE) on the refinancing of Red Blue fund's French portfolio
  • Crédit Foncier de France (BPCE) on the financing of an acquisition by Ares Management of an office building in Massy
Development
  • International Trade Center, ITC on the development and the construction of large commercial real estate complex of 130,000 sqm near Roissy CDG Airport for 600 M€ which will include a conference centre, an exhibition hall, hotels and office buildings
  • FedEx on the extension of their existing hub in Roissy CDG airport for
    200 M€
  • Panafrance (Panattoni France) on an off plan commercial lease with the SNCF concerning a new technicentre in Rennes.
Leases
  • E.ON France on their headquarters office lease in Paris
  • Bank of America on the negotiation of their new Paris headquarters commercial lease
  • Securitas Direct on their new lease in Villeneuve d'Ascq with Monceau Assurances
  • Wargaming Europe on their 2,000 sqm lease signature with Gecina
  • Nexans on the lease of their new 7,000 sqm headquarters in Paris with Deka Immobilien
  • Aviva Investors on various commercial lease issues