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


  • Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers™, Germany: Real Estate Law, 2021-2024
  • Chambers Real Estate Finance (individual ranking and ranking of the practice), 2023
  • The Legal 500 EMEA/Germany, Recommended for Real Estate Finance, 2023
  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers, independently rated lawyers, 2022-2023
  • IFLR1000, Financial and Corporate, 2023
  • Wirtschaftswoche, Most Renowned Law Firms and Lawyers for Banking and Finance Law, 2021


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