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Michaela Sopp

Very competent, deal and solution orientated, and always kind, polite and direct.
Client, Chambers 2021

Michaela is a partner in the banking practice of our Munich and Frankfurt offices with over 20 years of experience in the finance industry.

Michaela specialises on all kinds of debt transactions including cross-border, asset-based finance, syndicated and bilateral lending, corporate and acquisition finance, green/sustainable loans as well as NPL-transactions and restructurings. She has a strong track record on advising financial institutions, debt funds and insurance companies as well as investment managers on senior lending, senior/mezzanine structures, preferred equity, loan on loan deals as well as restructuring/special situations, with a focus on the real estate and corporate sector

Professional QualificationsRechtsanwältin admitted with the Rechtsanwaltskammer Munich


  • Advising Blackrock in relation to a senior/mezzanine financing for a real estate portfolio.*
  • Advising ING, inter alia, on a green umbrella facility for acquisition finance transactions for European office properties by Hines.*
  • Advising Helaba in relation to a EUR432m A/B–Financing together with Goldman Sachs.*
  • Advising Unicredit Bank AG on the sustainability linked loan for Altana.*
  • Advising Deka on the acquisition financing for an logistic property with Generali as sponsor.*
  • Advising DWS on the mezzanine financing and intercreditor agreement for the acquisition and development/refurbishment of a mixed-use property. *
    *Denotes experience from previous firm 
  • German
  • English
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Second Bar Exam, 1996
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, First Bar Exam, 1994


  • The Financial Markets Team she has been leading at her previous firm has been nominated by JUVE for the Banking & Finance 2022 Team award.
  • Legal 500 Germany 2024: Recommended for real estate and construction: real estate
  • Chambers Europe Germany 2024: Recommended for real estate: finance
  • Handelsblatt in cooperation with Best Lawyers 2023/2024: Recommended for banking and finance law

Publications and media

She is the author of the real estate finance chapter of “Handbuch Immobilientransaktionen” published 2022 at C.H.Beck.  


Michaela is a regular speaker at LMA conferences on loan markets as well as real estate finance.

Prior Experience

Before joining DLA Piper in 2023, Michaela Sopp worked for leading international law firms in Frankfurt and Munich.