Introduction

Welcome to the latest edition of Real Estate Horizons, our brief snapshot of key legal topics and market trends across the globe. Instead of our usual brochure, we have decided to create a series of quick videos on topical issues that we think will matter to you and your business as we head into 2021.

2020 has certainly been an eventful year. COVID-19 continues to dominate the headlines around the world; the full extent of its impact on the global economy and on the real estate industry is yet to be seen. In the U.S., President-elect Joe Biden heralds the start of a new administration with fresh priorities for housing and real estate. In the UK and Europe, a Brexit deal or no deal is going to the wire, whilst state scrutiny on investment by international entities is becoming a key topic high on the agenda.

The real estate industry continues to be bombarded by technological changes, which challenge the way we work and the ways in which deals can be done, particularly when working from home. And let’s not forget ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and ESG investing and financing, which are increasingly key to decision making.