Dr. Johannes Honzen - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Johannes Honzen advises national and international companies as well as private equity and other financial investors on real estate matters, in particular on real estate transactions and joint ventures, as well as on corporate law and M&A projects.

He has significant experience in complex single-asset and portfolio transactions by way of asset deals, share deals, or joint venture structures. In recent years, Johannes Honzen has been involved in a large number of major real estate transactions in various asset classes and, in this context, has primarily advised large international real estate funds as well as national companies on all aspects of real estate and corporate law, including project developments.

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Johannes advised:

  • VR Equitypartner (VREP) on the acquisition of a significant minority stake in Midoco Holding GmbH
  • DEMIRE on the sale of an office property to a company of the Merckle group
  • The seller on the sale of the living property Fürstenhöfe in Düsseldorf to CT Real Estate Partners Germany
  • Blackstone on acquisitions and sales of major single assets and real estate portfolios in various asset classes as well as asset management matters, in particular, on the acquisition of the Oberbaum City and the Leibniz-Kolonnaden in Berlin and the Arabella Bogen in Munich as well as on the sale of the Munich project MediaWorks and the ABC Bogen in Hamburg*
  • KKR on the acquisition of a majority stake in Velero together with a residential portfolio*
  • Cara Investment on the sale of the BHF Tower in Frankfurt*
  • A leading international real estate investor on the acquisition of a logistic portfolio*

*Matter handled prior to joining McDermott


  • The Legal 500 EMEA, Recommended, Germany: Real Estate Law, 2023-2024
  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™, “Ones to Watch” in Germany: Private Equity Law, Real Estate Law and Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2022-2024


  • Frankfurt Bar Association


University of St. Gallen (HSG), Executive Diploma HSG in Law and Management, 2019
Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt, Second State Exam, 2014
University of Bayreuth, Dr. jur., 2012
University of Bayreuth, First State Exam, 2009
University of Bayreuth, Commercial Lawyer (Wirtschaftsjurist (Univ. Bayreuth)), 2009