Dr. Christian Thiele is a partner in the Hamburg office and Global Co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group. He advises private equity funds as well as national and international real estate investors on domestic and cross-border transactions in connection with direct and indirect acquisitions and disposals of all kinds of real estate, including financing and restructuring of real estate portfolios and real estate NPLs and performing loans. In addition, his practice focuses on the negotiation and restructuring of real estate joint ventures and all the resulting corporate and real estate issues. His range of services includes all types of assets with a special focus on retail and multi-family.
From 1997 to 2000, he was a research assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. During his German practical training he completed positions with the German embassy in Windhoek, Namibia, and in a law firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was the Joseph Story Research Fellow at Harvard Law School in 2001/2002.
“The ‘very good’ Christian Thiele heads Latham & Watkins LLP’s ‘strong’ real estate team” (The Legal 500 Germany 2015). Mr. Thiele is a “brilliant lawyer,” and clients praise him for being "very thorough, pragmatic and incredibly responsive” (Chambers Europe 2015). Furthermore, he is a “recommended” lawyer for real estate by JUVE 2015/2016 and a “key individual” for real estate (Chambers Europe Germany 2014).
He has published numerous law review articles and held many lectures on international contract drafting and negotiation.