Dr. Oliver Lieth - McDermott Will & Emery


Dr. Oliver Lieth leads McDermott’s German banking and finance practice since 2011. His own advisory focus is on real estate finance. His long-standing track record in this area includes high-volume single asset transactions (including the financing of many landmark projects such as Kaufhaus des Westens, Alsterhaus and Elbtower) as well as complex portfolio transactions in senior and mezzanine structures. He and his team are familiar with both, financings according to the LMA standard as well as the VdP standard.

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Oliver Lieth advised:

  • SIGNA Group in numerous real estate and real estate portfolio financings
  • Empira Group in numerous real estate financings
  • Various borrowers in promissory note (Schuldscheindarlehen) transactions
  • A Japanese car manufacturer in automotive wholesale financing cooperations with numerous banks in various European countries
  • A British car manufacturer in automotive wholesale financing cooperations in various European countries


  • Chambers Real Estate Finance 2023 (individual ranking and ranking of the practice)
  • Chambers Europe 2023: Recommended for Real Estate: Finance, Band 3 (“Oliver Lieth has successfully built a very strong real estate finance team”, “He is a very good transactional lawyer who represents his client’s positions expertly and with strong negotiating skills”, “He is a man for practical solutions”, “Oliver knows what is important and what is not. He is able to find compromises and is pragmatic”, “He is very pleasant, extremely competent and offers a reliable cooperation”)
  • Legal 500 Germany Real Estate Finance
  • The Best Lawyers in Germany, Real Estate Law, 2021 to 2024
  • Wirtschaftswoche 2021 Most Renowned Law Firms and Lawyers for Banking and Finance Law
  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers 2022-2023: independently rated lawyers


University of Bonn, Dr. jur. (PhD), 2006
Higher Regional Court of Cologne, Second State Exam, 2005
University of Edinburgh, LLM, 2003
University of Bonn, First State Exam, 2000