Sven Nickel is counsel in the Frankfurt office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Real Estate Practice.

Mr. Nickel advises German and international investors, asset managers, and financial institutions on real estate transactions, project developments, joint ventures, commercial leases, and all types of asset management matters.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Nickel worked as an associate in another international law firm in the real estate department, in the Frankfurt office for seven years.

Mr. Nickel’s experience includes advising:

  • Acquisition of Wilhelminenhaus in Darmstadt. Extending over around 25,700 sqm, the centrally located property in Darmstadt was transferred from the Commercial Portfolio of DIC into the fund*
  • Acrotec Group on the acquisition of Friedrich Daniels
  • Advent International on a global joint venture with LANXESS and joint acquisition of DSM Engineering Materials
  • AEW on the acquisition of the office building "Baseler Palais" in Frankfurt*
  • AFIAA Investment Foundation for Real Estate Investments in foreign countries on the sale of Westfalen-Center Dortmund
  • Apollo on:
    • The €1 billion investment in the Northern Portfolio (residential real estate portfolio controlled by Vonovia)
    • The €1 billion investment in the Suedewo Portfolio (residential real estate portfolio controlled by Vonovia)
  • Barings and Tristan-managed fund CCP 5 LL on the acquisition of 34 logistics facilities for cold foods from Nagel. The transaction was conducted by way of a sale & leaseback deal. The portfolio comprises 260,000 sqm located in Germany and Denmark*
  • Bregal on the:
    • Acquisition of medavis GmbH
    • Sale of EA Elektro-Automatik Holding GmbH
  • Deutsche Bank and Orchard Global Asset Management on the sale of HIT Holzindustrie Torgau to Mercer International Inc.
  • Digital Realty on the sale of data centers in Germany and the US
  • EG Group on its acquisition of the OMV petrol station network in Southern Germany
  • EMZ on the acquisition of a majority stake in Aspire Education Group
  • Equistone
    • On the acquisition of a majority stake in Plutona Acquisition AG
    • And other shareholders on the sale of Sport Group
  • GEG German Estate on the acquisition of the 'Garden Tower' located in the Frankfurt banking district by way of share deal*
  • GIP and KKR on the strategic partnership with Vodafone to invest in Vantage Towers
  • Hg on the:
    • Strategic investment in LucaNet
    • Sale of MEDIFOX DAN
  • Mainova on the sale of a majority stake in its data center business to Blackrock
  • Novo Nordisk on the acquisition of Cardior Pharmaceuticals
  • One Rock Capital Partners on the acquisition of Prefere Resins Group
  • Quadriga Capital on the sale of its majority stake in SCIO Automation Holding GmbH
  • Samsung Life Insurance on the acquisition of the Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt am Main*
  • Taiwanese insurer Fubon Life on the acquisition of the Eurotower in Frankfurt. The purchase price was €530 million*
  • Versicherungskammer Bayern on the acquisition of the Calwer Passage in Stuttgart
  • Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate GmbH on the:
    • Acquisition of the DB Brick and DB Tower buildings located within the Europaviertel quarter in Frankfurt by way of a forward deal*
    • Acquisition of the "Hattrick"-Portfolio from Real I.S.*
    • Acquisition of the new office building "Kite" in Ossendorf, Cologne*
    • Acquisition of the office and retail property Pick-up in Aachen from the developer Landmarken within the framework of an asset deal*
    • Acquisition of the office campus project of the French Société Générale group in Hamburg from the developer ECE by way of an asset deal*
    • Sale of the TOP 5 Portfolio. The portfolio consists of five nearly fully let assets in Berlin, Hamburg, and Frankfurt and comprises of more than 70,000 sqm lettable area*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham 

Bar Qualification

  • Rechtsanwalt (Germany)


  • Second German State Exam, District court of Frankfurt am Main, 2014
  • First German State Exam, Goethe University, Frankfurt, 2011