The real estate market continues to rumble along unabated, seemingly producing another headline-grabbing landmark deal every other week. It certainly is a ripe time to be practising real estate law.

In this Special Report, The Lawyer takes a look at some of the key issues. With climate change increasingly at the forefront of everyone’s minds, the report examines the measures being taken to improve the energy efficiency of new developments – something that will affect every newbuild real estate project in the future.

Further afield, it also examines the pan-European importance of secure property financing and the role that commercial mortgage-backed securities are playing; and takes the magnifying glass to the small but ever-increasing amount of foreign investment in the Chinese real estate market. A new set of guidelines published by local authorities portend big changes in this emerging market.