Sebastian Kaufmann

King & Spalding LLP

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6th Avenue 1185
New York 10036 NY US

Sebastian F.C. Kaufmann is member of King & Spalding LLP. As a partner in our Corporate, Finance and Investments practice, Sebastian specializes in commercial real estate and other project-based transactions in the U.S., Europe and globally. Recognized by Chambers, he represents both investors and lenders in a wide range of complex equity and debt transactions across all asset classes.

Sebastian advises clients in all positions of a project’s capital stack: He represents private equity as well as institutional investors in the development, acquisition, disposition, structuring and financing of real estate and other projects.

He also represents financial institutions and other debt providers as lenders in a broad range of debt transactions, including mezzanine debt, preferred equity, structured debt, nonperforming loans and restructurings.

Trained and actively practicing as a German lawyer, English solicitor and New York attorney, one focus of Sebastian’s practice is advising German regulated investment funds and banks in corporate, tax and regulatory matters concerning their U.S., UK and German investment and lending activities. On the equity side, he advises regulated fund vehicles on compliance with the German Investment Act in relation to real estate investments in the U.S. and abroad. On the debt side, he frequently counsels banks on the eligibility of real estate, aircraft and export financings as cover for German covered bonds.

Fluent in German and English, Sebastian is a frequent author and speaker in both languages. He has been recognized by Chambers Global as an expert in foreign law, and by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Real Estate Finance. JUVE recognizes him as “frequently recommended for Real Estate.”


  • Ph.D., University of Hamburg, Germany
  • LL.M., Columbia University
  • J.D., University of Hamburg, Germany


  • England and Wales
  • Germany
  • New York


  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association


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