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Tobias Gries, LL.M.

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Tobias Gries is a partner in the firm’s Berlin office and a member of the real estate practice group. He has been advising domestic as well as foreign investors on real estate transactions and legal asset management for many years, especially with regard to hotels, hotel projects, micro apartment and serviced apartment houses, shopping centers and office buildings. His particular know-how lies in advising hotel investors and hotel operators on hotel acquisitions, operator and lease contracts and complex refurbishment and revitalization projects. He regularly advises clients within the scope of project management, in negotiations with authorities regarding the general framework of construction planning law, as well as the ongoing administration and management of hotel, retail and office properties.

Mr. Gries is highlighted in Legal 500, 2018.

Professional Background

Mr. Gries joined K&L Gates in April 2007 and has been a partner in the real estate practice group in Berlin since March 2014. From 2001 to 2007, he worked as a legal assistant at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) in the field of European and Public International Law. Mr. Gries passed his First State Exam at the Viadrina European University in 2000. Before passing his Second State Exam in Berlin in 2007, he was awarded the Master’s Degree at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund, Sweden, in the field of international human rights protection and international humanitarian law. He was admitted to the Bar in 2007.

Additional Information

Mr. Gries has authored several publications in European and International Public Law.
  • Acquisition of a Holiday Inn Express Hotel in Gütersloh and restructuring of the hotel lease
  • Acquisition of a design budget hotel in Hannover
  • Acquisition of a conference and wellness hotel project in Wolfsburg
  • Development project by DB Station&Service regarding a four-star hotel in the historical “Bonatzbau” of Stuttgart Central Station
  • Re-letting and revitalization of a four-star hotel in Düsseldorf
  • Acquisition and later revitalization of a hotel property in Trier
  • Revitalization of a shopping center in Magdeburg including comprehensive advice on the public law regulations concerning permissible tenant structure
  • Acquisition of several micro apartment projects in Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Berlin and Munich
  • Acquisition of hotel operations and ongoing legal advice for a German hotel operator regarding hotels in Frankfurt am Main, Darmstadt, Munich, Ulm, Hof, Ludwigshafen und Bielefeld
  • Acquisition and sale of several office properties for an Israeli Property Group in Hamburg, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Wolfsburg etc.
  • Sale of the German retail portfolio of the Australian APN Property Group