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Frank Schwem has extensive experience in the financing sector, particularly in real estate financing, where he is among the leading advisors in Germany. He advises banks and borrowers on real estate acquisition financings and construction project financings.
In the area of restructuring advice, Frank advises his clients on loan portfolio sales, refinancings, debt-add-on structures as well as on liability-related issues for managing directors, shareholders and creditors.

Moreover, Frank offers extensive experience on project and acquisition financings, with a particular focus on the sectors of pulp and paper, wind farms, energy, pipelines as well as ECA financings.

His clients include national and international banks and investors, including German Pfandbriefbanken, investment banks, private equity houses and real estate developers.

Prior to joining BCLP, he worked as a managing consultant for financial institutions, among others.

Directory rankings and quotes

  • JUVE Handbook 2021/2022: Frequently recommended for real estate/project development; “professional”, “savvy”, competitor
  • Legal 500 Germany 2022: Leading individual and recommended for banking and finance: real estate financing
  • Chambers Europe Germany 2022: Recommended for real estate finance; “very good and very commercial, with strong negotiation skills.”, client
  • Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers 2022: Recommended for banking and finance law, project finance and development as well as real estate (focus real estate finance)
  • Kanzleimonitor 2020/2021: Recommended for real estate law (focus real estate finance)

Representative Experience

  • *Advising Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (pbb) as lead arranger in a consortium with Berlin Hyp AG (Berlin Hyp) and Helaba on the EUR 380 million refinancing of a logistics portfolio managed by GARBE Industrial Real Estate.
  • *Advising LBBW on the financing of two residential property portfolios owned by the future ADLER Real Estate Group with a total financing volume in the high three-digit million range.
  • *Advising Helaba on the financing of the purchase of the landmark office tower “Silberturm” in Frankfurt am Main.
  • *Advising Helaba as the lead bank of a consortium on the senior financing of the office tower “T1”, with 228 meters the tallest of four towers that form the high-rise quarter FOUR in Frankfurt city centre.
  • *Advising Allianz Real Estate GmbH, the real estate investment arm of Allianz Group, on the provision of financing to an investment vehicle managed by GLL Real Estate Partners for the purchase of Bishop’s Square in Dublin.

*Prior to BCLP