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Sidley’s real estate team is a recognized leader in its field, working across numerous industries, spanning the entire United States and also crossing international borders and markets. Our lawyers are at the forefront of breaking developments in the real estate arena and are well equipped to anticipate and navigate changes in real estate development and finance that may affect our clients’ businesses. The team works on a wide range of real estate transactions, real estate litigation, bankruptcies and workouts. This experience encompasses advising on large and sophisticated deals.


“The team are extremely responsive and knowledgeable. They have strong depth of experience across everything commercial real estate and are very technically proficient.”
Chambers USA 2018



Strong advocacy on behalf of our clients has earned us recognition in numerous industry publications, including The Legal 500, U.S. News – Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, The National Law Journal, Law360 and Chambers. In its 2018 edition, Chambers USA highlighted Sidley’s real estate team for having an “impressively diverse real estate practice, handling complex financing transactions, including commercial mortgage-backed securities deals, construction loans and portfolio financing” and for our “stellar experience acting for a range of clients on loan workouts, restructurings and foreclosures.” Sources told the publication, “The firm is very efficient and organized. They're excellent at turning complicated concepts into understandable writing.”

Such accolades stem, in part, from our ability to draw on our worldwide resources, including our real estate lawyers in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Century City, Houston, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. We assist a wide range of organizations, including investment banks, international and national banks and other institutional entities, opportunity and private equity funds, insurance companies, pension trusts and their advisors, REITs, publicly and privately traded homebuilders, hotel companies, and institutional, corporate and individual real estate investors, developers, owners and operators.

“Sidley Austin assisted us in negotiating our way through a very complex and lengthy lease assignment. Their dedication to getting this completed never wavered.”
2016 U.S. News - Best Lawyers© “Best Law Firms” Survey 

A diversified practice

In addition to real estate transactions, members of our team focus on land use and government entitlements pertaining to real estate, real estate litigation, bankruptcy, the environment and property and transfer tax. We are also well-versed in the complexities of real estate transaction structures, the unique aspects of new construction and development projects and the regulation of real estate by state and local governments. As an essential part of our real estate counseling we seamlessly harness the knowledge of our firm’s lawyers in such related areas as income tax, ERISA, REMICs, REITs, corporate, and insurance.

Our real estate team is dedicated to fostering strong and lasting relationships with our clients and bringing to each engagement a practical business-oriented approach and a sound understanding of our clients’ business objectives.