The real estate technology industry – popularly referred to as proptech – is undergoing explosive growth. In 2018 alone, roughly $7.1 billion was invested in real estate tech, according to benchmark data from RE:Tech. In this time of rapid change, the need for experienced and knowledgeable legal service providers who understand the challenges and opportunities within the proptech industry is essential.

The DLA Piper advantage

DLA Piper is at the forefront of providing legal counsel and business support to emerging proptech companies, investors and developers of innovative real estate technology in areas critical to both their short-term and ongoing success. In addition, we advise established real estate companies in their implementation of new technologies that have the potential to disrupt the real estate sector.

Our broad range of legal services helps companies grow and adjust to new business challenges and assists them throughout their business life cycle. We help startups get organized and funded and assist both growing and established technology companies in obtaining venture capital and other private financing, corporate partnerships, including research and development arrangements, intellectual property and growth strategies, and IPO and M&A exit transactions. We also assist traditional real estate companies and multinational corporations with their investment strategies.

We provide counseling in other areas important to proptech companies, such as data management and security; privacy law; digital transformation strategies and related technology services like blockchain; artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics; big data analytics; and Internet of Things. DLA Piper is well positioned to support all of your proptech needs – whether you are an entrepreneur, an investor or an established participant in the real estate and construction ecosystem.

Key rankings

  • We have been ranked one of the ten "Most Innovative Law Firms" (Financial Times, 2018) and the second "Most Recognized and Favorable Brand in the TMT Sector" (Acritas, 2018)
  • We have been named Global Real Estate Firm of the Year by Who's Who Legal (2005-2018)
  • We are consistently ranked in the top 5 nationally in terms of venture capital deal volume (Pitchbook, 2018) and have been named "Law Firm of the Year in Corporate Venture" (Global Corporate Venturing, 2015 and 2016)
  • We have been ranked #1 globally in M&A for nine consecutive years (Mergermarket, 2010-2019)