Hans Thomas Kessler, LL.M. (LSE)

Partner | Head of Real Estate Legal & Member of PwC Public Sector Legal Service Group Frankfurt am Main Berlin


PwC Legal

Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35-37

60327 Frankfurt am Main


Tel.  +49 30 2636-1057

Mobile  +49 171 4397636

Email  E-Mail


  • Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) since 1997


  • Private Equity, Funds and Investment Companies
  • Federal Government, State Governments, Municipalities
  • Real Estate and Infrastructure Companies


  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
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About me

Hans Thomas Kessler specializes in the areas of real estate transactions, real­ estate finance and infrastructure. Thomas has advised numerous investors,­ owners, financial institutions and other companies with regard to acquisitions, ­sales and financing of commercial real estate and real estate portfolios, real estate developments and infrastructure projects as well as leases of commercial real estate.­ Furthermore, he has considerable experience in advising (including legal ­representation) construction and engineering firms as well as principals on­ construction, planning and infrastructure projects. As part of his responsibilities at PwC, a key focus of his work is at the interface between the public sector and the private sector and advising on the implementation and financing of transformation and modernisation projects.­


  • Chairman of ELNET – the European Leadership Network – in Germany, Member of ELNET’s NATO and EU Board
  • Member of the Friends and Supporters of Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main
  • Federal Association Public Private Partnership (BPPP)
  • Since 2023: PwC Legal, Frankfurt am Main und Berlin
  • Until 2023: Head Real Estate Germany of International Law Firm, Frankfurt am Main
  • Until 2013: Head Real Estate Germany und firmwide Co-Head Real Estate of European Law Firm, Frankfurt am Main
  • Until 2008: Head Real Estate of German large Law Firm, Frankfurt am Main and Düsseldorf
  • Until 2004: Real Estate and Infrastructure Lawyer (Rechtsanwalt) at German and U.S.-American large Law Firm
  • Until 1997: Legal Clerkship at the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf and Admission to Bar
  • Until 1995: Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • Until 1994: LL.M. studies at London School of Economics und Polical Science (LSE)
  • • Until 1993: Studies of Law and International Relations at the Universities of Frankfurt am Mai, Lausanne/Genf and Strassburg
  • Recommended lawyer for Real Estate – JUVE 2019/2020, 2020/2021, 2021/2022
  • Ranked In Who's Who Legal: Real Estate as one of Germany's best lawyers 2018 to 2022
  • Included in the Best Lawyers List for Germany Real Estate for 14 consecutive years (2009 – 2023) and for Investment Funds in 2023
  • Ranked by Chambers Europe for Real Estate Germany since 2020
  • Clients note "He has a good practice and has had one for decades.", Chambers Europe 2022
  • Clients comment his "very strong knowledge of real estate law.", Chambers Europe 2021
  • "Well-regarded transactional real estate lawyer", Chambers Europe 2020
  • "If he is involved, the deal happens", Client, Chambers Europe 2020
  • "Highly competent, transaction-focused and imaginative", Client, Chambers Europe 2020
  • "good guy, dealmaker", competitor – JUVE 2017/2018
  • "One of Germanys leading lawyers" – Best Lawyers 2017/2018
  • "Outstanding", competitor – JUVE 2016/2017
  • "Who has him at the table, has a deal at the end" – Chambers Global 2014