Real Estate Overview


The Real Estate Committee is the only truly international forum for lawyers interested in real estate law

Video: Welcome to the Real Estate Committee from the Chair, Nikolaus Pitkowitz

The recent globalisation of the real estate industry has fundamentally changed the Committee’s focus. While real estate assets are traditionally governed by national rules, real estate transactions have long ceased to be a purely national matter. Today, the ownership of properties is traded among investors around the globe. Increasing internationalisation of all aspects of real estate law has also changed the types of lawyers involved.

Transactional specialists who often have a corporate law background have in many cases replaced traditional real estate lawyers. In this evolving context, the Real Estate Committee provides a unique and valuable forum for lawyers from different countries and different legal backgrounds to address all sorts of practical and legal issues, exchange views and meet during conferences.

In recognition of its remarkable invigoration, the Committee has recently been officially awarded by the IBA Legal Practice Division. Members of the Real Estate Committee are encouraged to participate actively in the Committee's work at its annual conferences, its annual open officers meetings, and, throughout the year, through special projects and through articles in the Committee's Newsletter. Involvement with the Real Estate Committee provides an excellent opportunity not only to exchange views on real estate related matters but also to make useful contacts with real estate lawyers from all over the world.