Firms To Watch: Commercial property: investment

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Commercial property: investment in London

Ashurst

Best known for advising on big ticket real estate matters, Ashurst's full service offering in the development, investment and corporate occupier space makes the firm a top choice for clients. The group is frequently instructed on large scale development and regeneration schemes and has a strong pipeline of work in the logistics, BTR and life sciences sectors; Henry Moss leads on BTR / private rented sector work while Richard Vernon specialises in life sciences and hotels. The team has a strong international focus; David Jones is an expert on inbound inward investment from South Korea and the wider team regularly advises on deals in the UK and Europe, with particular expertise in global joint ventures and M&A. Global projects and real estate co-head Sarah Sivyour assists a diverse range of clients, including investors from the US and Singapore. Melanie Jordan heads the UK real estate team that includes Tim Regis and Jamie Chapman, an expert in major infrastructure and regeneration projects, including renewable energy transactions. The group’s extensive corporate occupier offering includes the acquisition and leasing of HQ buildings, portfolio management and lay-out construction advice, amongst others.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Sivyour; Richard Vernon; Melanie Jordan; David Jones

Autres avocats clés:

Jamie Chapman; Henry Moss; Tim Regis

Les références

‘Long term leaders in real estate with great training base and strength in depth. Very normal people with good all round legal and commercial skills’

‘Very friendly and approachable but at the same time professional and commercial.’

Principaux clients

Oxford Properties

Panattoni

Capitaland

Invesco Real Estate

CDLHT

City Developments Limited

Tritax and Delancey

Hines

La Francaise

Gaw Capital

CAIN International

Cromwell Property Group

Vestas Investment Management

Savills Investment Management

The Valesco Group

Arax Properties

Knight Frank Investment Management

Goldman Sachs

McLaren

ADNOC

bp

Samsung SRA

Samsung Securities

Mirae

Meritz

AIP Asset Management

JR AMC

LB Asset Management

Korean Investment Management

Korea Investment & Securities

KB Securities

Hana Financial

Kildare Partners

Norges Bank Real Estate Management

Almacantar

Oaktree

Blackstone

Varde

Apollo

Davidson Kempner

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Tritax/Abrdn on the real estate funding and construction delivery of Britishvolt’s ‘game changer’ GBP 3.8 billion gigaplant car battery factory and associated infrastructure.
  • Advising Oxford Properties on the joint venture for the acquisition and development of the West Midlands Interchange, a £1 billion logistics site, set to be the largest logistics site in the UK.
  • Advising City Developments Limited (CDL) on the expansion of its United Kingdom Private Rented Sector (PRS)/ build to rent (BTR) portfolio with the acquisition of a 250-year leasehold site, the Octagon Building in Birmingham.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP ‘s impressive and diverse real estate offering ranges from day-to-day asset management to complex high-value regeneration projects. Its client base consists of domestic and international clients and covers both traditional and alternative asset classes. In the residential investment and development market, the group remains at the forefront of the BTR sector, with Andrew Yates continuing to lead in this area. Practice co-head Chris De Pury, Chris Rowe, and Liana Hewson have been heavily involved in advising on sustainable developments while Matthew Peel focuses on transactions in the healthcare and senior living sectors. Elsewhere, Claire Milton advises on lettings and corporate real estate deals. Co-head Samant Narula's experience includes investment work for private equity funds and HNWIs while Celia Berg has a strong student accommodation practice. Alan Wight, Robert MacGregor, Emma La Wita and Juliet Thomas are part of the corporate occupier team that is known for handling high-value pre-letting transactions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris de Pury; Samant Narula

Autres avocats clés:

Andrew Yates; Robert MacGregor; Chris Rowe; Liana Hewson; Matthew Peel; Celia Berg; Claire Milton; Alan Wight; Juliet Thomas; Chris Rowe; Emma Le Wita; Simon Kenley

Les références

‘Exceptional market knowledge from a legal perspective but also from an investor’s position is unsurpassed. Innovations include excellent networking initiatives and a willingness to role sleeves up on industry lobbying initiatives which has helped to establish the build to rent asset class.’

‘Innovative, creative, thoughtful, one step ahead of others, industry leader, personable, approachable.’

‘Fully engaging, “in the market”, informed and well-connected. BCLP provides an innovative approach to market collaboration through regular sector – specific events of varying nature and scales. One example of which is the annual BtR dinner hosted by Andrew Yates and his team. The event is always well-attended by the most influential client organisations across the industry.’

‘Andrew Yates is stand-out, prolific in his field, widely respected, and an excellent lawyer. Most importantly, Andrew is passionate about his subject; the Build to Rent sector. Andrew goes above and beyond to navigate this significant yet still relatively nascent market in the UK. He does so in a way that is engaging, fun and entirely unique.  Andrew should be recognised as a stand-out expert in his field.’

‘Enthusiastic and more commercially aware than most lawyers.’

‘Know where to focus their time, don’t clock up hours on topics that have no impact on value.’

‘Technical knowledge is a given, coupled with unrivalled understanding of the client and principles and processes that matter to the client .able to resource client requirements more than adequately for significant transactions be they complex or high value urgent or larger longer term projects’

Principaux clients

Northwood Investors

Magdalen College, Oxford University

KKR

Unite

Landsec

Federated Hermes

Oxford Properties

Ares

Tristan Capital Partners

Edge Technologies

Henderson Park

WR Berkeley

Ballymore

Investcorp

Capital Industrial

BlackRock

LaSalle Investment Management

Brydell Partners

KWAP

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Zetland Capital Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised WR Berkley Insurance on the indirect sale of the Scalpel building for c£720m to Ho Bee Land Limited, a Singaporean property investment company.
  • Advised leading global investment firm KKR on four major transactions in 2021, across a range of sectors: the £291 million sale of five major student housing developments across the UK to Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC; their first investment in a new, £1.7 billion build-to-rent joint venture platform with Apache Capital. Moda Living will develop and operate the sites across the UK which, in time, are expected to deliver up to 4,000 homes; their subsequent investment into a further joint venture with Moda aimed at building up to 5,000 homes using an innovative “condensed amenity” private rental sector development model; and their acquisition of the iconic Heal’s store on Tottenham Court Road, London.
  • Advised European PERE group, Tristan Capital Partners, on the acquisition, joint venture and management arrangements in relation to the Point A hotel portfolio from Wellcome Trust and Queensway for circa. £420 million. The portfolio comprises 1,521 rooms across ten operational hotels together.

CMS

International firm CMS houses a ‘hugely knowledgeable and experienced’ UK real estate team, which is lead by Ciaran Carvalho. Carvalho is an ‘exceptionally good negotiator’ and serves an extensive range of international and domestic investors and developers which include Blackstone and Angelo Gordon & Co. On the development side of the practice, Mark Heighton principally focuses on residential and mixed use development projects, with an emphasis on BTR and senior living, while Barry Morris and Chris Oakley specialise in office developments in the City of London. Oakley also contributes his transactional experience in the retail, and industrial sectors. Leilah Rawle focuses on energy and infrastructure projects and networks. Has extensive experience advising on the real estate aspects of renewable energy projects and land portfolios. On the investment front, Amanda Howard is a key contact and heads the funds and indirect real assets group, whilst Caroline Maude spcialises in matters concerning the acquisition and disposal of offices and mixed use investments.  Alan Crawford supports the team with his particular focus on acting for opportunity funds and on fast paced transactions. The corporate occupiers side of the practice serves a number of lucrative clients such as TikTok, UCL, and Hogan Lovells. Andrew Banton, leads the China and Hong Kong inward investment team and acts for various occupiers in the retail, office, and leisure sectors with an emphasis on US corporates. Marie Scott is ‘focused, practical and experienced’ and leads transactions covering a variety of assets which include self-storage and data centres, and advises on occupiers, investment, and development matters, while Jules Needleman specialises in HQ lettings and provides ‘unparalleled support’ to clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ciaran Carvalho

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Heighton; Barry Morris; Chris Oakley; Leilah Rawle; Alan Crawford; Amanda Howard; Caroline Maude; Marie Scott; Andrew Banton; Jules Needleman; Adrian Wright; Candice Blackwood; Amit Unadkat

Les références

‘The team can deliver the full scale of legal advice required for property acquisitions from real estate to corprate and financing advice. The team communicates exceptionally well. Advice is of utmost quality. I specifically like that each partner always had the commercial impact of the legal issue on the transaction as a whole in mind and considered it as well.’

‘Ciaran Carvalho is an exceptionally good negotiator and able to take out the tension because of his high level of empathy.’

Principaux clients

Blackrock

Wellcome Trust

CBRE IM

The Crown Estate

Union Investment

Savills IM

Delancey

Great Portland Estate

Legal & General

DWS

Welltower

Columbia Threadneedle

Copley Point

Ironstone Life Science

Mitsubishi

M&G

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised longstanding client Landsec on its acquisition of a 75% interest in MediaCity, Europe’s leading, digital, media and tech hub, for GBP 425.6m.
  • Advised leading US private equity firm TPG on its sale of Arlington, a UK science, innovation, and technology real estate platform, for GBP 714m.
  • Advised new client Korian, a leading European care services group for elderly and fragile people, on its first acquisition in the UK of the Berkley Care Group, worth GBP 120m.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is well known for its expert handling of big-ticket real estate transactions. It has a strong track record acting for key players across the global property sector, including investors, developers, SWFs and private equity funds. Jeremy Walden chairs the UK and EMEA real estate practice, regularly working with investors to complete first investments and joint ventures in these regions. The group has significant expertise in major development and regeneration projects, with Donald Rowlands and Richard Forsdyke being the key contacts. Elsewhere, the team is highly active advising on large leasing transactions, including pre-lets; Nick Turner leads the corporate occupiers practice and also focuses on developments that interact with rail and underground assets. Shona Grey advises on high profile corporate acquisitions and disposals while Julian Pollock ‘s diverse practice includes advising inbound investors, particularly those from Asia. Paul Chases maintains a strong reputation in handling corporate real estate matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeremy Walden

Autres avocats clés:

Donald Rowlands; Richard Forsdyke; David Rosen; Julian Pollock; Shona Grey; Paul Chases; Nick Turner; Ian Cox; William Turnbull

Les références

‘Great client service, deep market knowledge, constructive commercial advice’

‘David Rosen – great client service, obviously invested in long term relationship, clear investment in assisting and educating clients with a view to the long term, always great availability and responsiveness.’

‘The team are very commercially minded and look beyond the legal jargon to deliver results for us.’

‘They provide exceptional service and often go beyond their means to make sure we deliver on our goals and targets.’

Principaux clients

PSIP

CPPIB

Transmission Capital

Macquarie

KKR

Suntech

Hammerson

LCR

Cain International

Ballymore

Greenland

Madison International

AEW

Wiseley

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the Public Sector Pension Investment Board on its joint venture with Long Harbour and Cadillac Fairview to form a £1.5 billion UK build-to-rent platform.
  • Advised CPPIB on a new joint venture partnership with Lendlease Group of a new 50:50 development joint venture partnership dedicated to the development of four new buildings consisting primarily of offices in the International Quarter London (IQL).
  • Advised Transmission Capital Partners on the £279 million acquisition of the Transmission Link for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is particularly active in major city regeneration schemes, acting for some of London’s biggest developers. It also represents several overseas investors, particularly from Asia and the Middle East; Leona Ahmed is the key contact for cross-border real estate matters. The team continues to be instructed on alternative asset classes, with divisional managing partner Adrian Collins specialising in BTR and student accommodation while Rachel Orton is an expert in the senior living and healthcare sectors. Practice head Iain Hindhaugh‘s wide range of expertise includes international inbound investment, listed UK PropCos, logistics as well as acting for corporate occupiers. Chris Cartwright  co-heads the corporate occupiers team in London.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adrian Collins; Iain Hindhaugh

Autres avocats clés:

Leona Ahmed; Rachel Orton; Peter Hardy

Les références

‘Andrew Martin provides pragmatic and commercial advice.’

‘Strong team led from London by partners with high quality associates in the regions offering excellent value.’

‘Iain Hindhaugh isan extremely commercially astute lawyer and probably the best I’ve worked with in over 20 years. Not afraid to give a view, and is value-efficient by getting things done effectively.’

Principaux clients

British Land

Pension Insurance Corporation

Argent LLP

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd

Canary Wharf Group

Aviva Investors

Federated Hermes

The Eden Fund

KAMCO

Terra Firma

Angelo Gordon

Heimstaden

Bank Leumi (UK) Plc

QIP Investments

Civitas Social Housing Plc

McLaren Property

Allen & Overy LLP

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy LLP's real estate practice assists a wide range of international investors, developers of complex redevelopment projects, and financial institutions. Christopher Woolf is the global head of real estate at the firm, with over 20 years’ experience in advising private equity and sovereign wealth funds, institutional investors, public bodies, and family offices; Over the last decade, Woolf has advised on over £15bn worth of investment transactions spanning across the Europe and the UK. Nick Saner provides expertise in commercial real estate transactions relating to the acquisition and disposal of offshore property holding structures, and has deep experience in advising sponsors on renewable energy projects. Emma Willoughby handles direct and indirect property sales and purchases, as well as lettings and landlord and tenant matters. Hayden Cameron was promoted to partner in May 2021 and has a particular focus on indirect real estate investments and the establishment of real estate joint ventures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christopher Woolf

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Saner; Emma Willoughby; Daniel McKimm

Les références

‘Very strong team in multiple markets – especially London and Paris.’

‘Nick Saner is very strong and responsive.’

Principaux clients

Quadrant Estates

C C Land

Cofinimmo SA

Evans Randall

Kennedy Wilson

Mapletree

Nuveen

Orion Capital Managers

Oxford Properties

Westbrook

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the Weston family on its sale of the Selfridges Group.
  • Advised Liberty Global on its award-winning joint venture with Digital Realty to form AtlasEdge, a pan-European Edge data centre business.
  • Advised Fiera Infrastructure Inc. on the establishment of Domus Social Housing Ltd, a newly created social infrastructure platform and the related acquisition of a portfolio of 25 multi let residential properties.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP has a strong track record in complex real estate developments and is particularly well known for its City and Canary Wharf headquarter projects. Other areas of expertise include mixed-use, urban regeneration and infrastructure projects as well as corporate real estate acquisition and joint venture work. The group demonstrates significant cross-border expertise with Angela Kearns focusing on inbound investment work from the APAC region, particularly from Japan, while Mark Payne and Alis Pay assist international investors on a range of deals, including pan-European portfolio transactions. Elsewhere, the group has impressive credentials for acting on major HQ transactions for both occupiers and landlords and is involved in several secondary market lettings. Matt Taylor has experience in largescale landlord/tenant matters, with an emphasis acting on the tenant-side. Head of London real estate Nigel Howorth has a strong energy-related practice that includes advising on power station developments. Ian Painter is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nigel Howorth

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Payne; Angela Kearns; Ian Painter; Arian Levy; Alis Pay; Angela Kearns, Matt Taylor; Franc Peña; Zain Farook

Les références

‘Alis Pays brings a high level of experience and market awareness. Alis is a truly trusted legal advisor as she will always give the best advice to balance the legal considerations and the commercial drivers with a view to delivering the transaction. Melissa Jones is a joy to work with. She is calm and collected whilst demonstrating legal excellence and understanding the full picture of the transaction.’

‘The team are top of the market and do a lot of pan-European work. They are both M&A lawyers and true real estate specialists. Quite the force.’

‘Iain Painter and his team of associates are an absolute pleasure to work with. They know their stuff, are very down to earth, and deliver clear and practical advice and solutions on complex issues.’

‘Very adept at optimising the deal structures on investment transactions with excellent interface across different disciplines in the Clifford Chance teams. Often use innovative approaches to solve issues and technically extremely strong across the piece. Extremely strong technically and commercially with excellent problem solving skills. Very responsive and always aligned to our commercial drivers.

‘Alis Pay is knowledgeable, pragmatic and a calming presence on deals.’

‘Clifford Chance is a standout team in the market and a class above the competition. I have worked with them throughout my career at four different organisations and I highly recommend them for complex, high value work particularly when the deal involves an indirect acquisition or disposal, a portfolio or pan-European element and/or joint venture structuring. Their lawyers really truly understand real estate and bring the added-value of market knowledge however we want to structure a deal. They are very strong in development too which is a real advantage because it means they are able to deliver the full lifecycle of projects and meticulously set them up from the outset with an eye to funding and exit. In my view they are a truly top notch outfit with a strong bench of very capable partners who go above and beyond to execute and get the deal done.’

‘Angela Kearns is a top quality lawyer and extremely commercial. She can turn her hand to all aspects of transactions. She is on top of her game, works hard for her clients and gets deals done. Matt Taylor is an expert on the indirect side and a go-to adviser for joint venture. He is a technically excellent lawyer and gives practical and commercial advice.’

‘Excellent commercial acumen with an ability to be able to give various options to the client and advise on a favored outcome. Strong diversity within the team and up to date on latest PropTech technologies and influences emerging with the real estate industry.’

‘Mark Payne thinks about problems, offers solutions and gets things done. His experience comes through when needed.’

Principaux clients

AIG Global Real Estate

Allianz Real Estate

Angelo Gordon

AshbyCapital

BentallGreenOak

Blackstone

Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC)

EQT Exeter

GLP

Helical plc

Heimstaden Bostad AB

Hillwood Investors

Hondo Enterprises

Legal & General

Mitsubishi Estate London

Mitsui Fudosan

Network Rail

NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT

NTT Global Data Centers

Nuveen Real Estate

Partners Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as lead legal counsel for EQT Exeter’s sponsored private real estate fund Exeter Europe Value Venture III on the sale for approximately EUR 3 billion of a 2.2 million sqm logistics portfolio consisting of 132 properties (20 of which are located in the UK and the others in Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Poland).
  • Advised a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of CK Asset Holdings Limited on the £1.21 billion sale of 100% of 5 Broadgate, London. The landmark building which is located in the heart of the City of London was completed in 2015 and is the UK headquarters of UBS.
  • Advised Allianz Real Estate on their 50:50 development joint venture with Ivanhoe Cambridge for the redevelopment of Stonecutter Court in Farringdon, London. This is Allianz Real Estate’s first development in the UK.

DLA Piper

The ‘exceptional’ commercial property team at global firm DLA Piper is highly regarded for advising on complex living, office, pharmaceutical, and logistics development projects. Jonathan Northey leads the development side of the London practice, and specialises in complex multi-party development agreements and all parts of the development process, whilst senior associate Hayley Russell-White focuses on housing, mixed-use schemes, hotel and leisure, and healthcare projects. On the investment and corporate occupiers front, James Knox leads with over 30 years’ experience in acting for sovereign wealth and investment funds, private equity investors, and family offices both domestically, and in Europe. Key members of the team for investment also include William Naunton, who acts for a variety of fund managers and insitutional investors, and Bonnie Calnan with her wealth of experience in multidisciplinary private equity and investment transactions. For the corporate occupiers side of the practice, Paul Jayson, who has a special interest in sustainability strategy and leads the firm’s green real estate team, is a key contact. Senior associate Nicholas Haringman contributes his experience in advising institutional investors, pension funds, and retailers on a broad range of commercial real estate matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Knox

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Northey; Hayley Russell-White; William Naunton; Paul Jayson; Nicholas Haringman; Joanne Owen; Omer Maroof; Lorraine Reader; Bonnie Calnan

Les références

‘The team is very capable and has a strong bench at the different areas needed for complex real estate development investments (including planning, construction, corporate, real estate, REF) across multiple jurisdictions in Europe. What makes them stand out is their commercial approach and ability effectively manage across these difference workstreams.’

‘In particular William Naunton and Paul Jayson stand out for their responsiveness, commerciality, ability to see the big picture and effectively coordinate the different disciplines.’

Principaux clients

AXA IM

La Salle Investment Management

Harrison Street Real Estate

Mace Developments

Barings Real Estate/Mass Mutual

ProLogis

Shaftesbury plc

PGIM

Hines

Oval Real Estate

Ares

TPG

Savills IM

CBRE IM

Sunrise Real Estate

GLP

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising on the acquisition of circa £250 million of industrial assets for the TPG/4th Industrial portfolio.
  • Advising on circa £150 million of asset acquisitions and disposals for Savills Investment Management.
  • Advising Harrison Street Real Estate on the JV with Trinity Investment Mangement to acquire science parks across the UK, following the five the firm acquired in 2020.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland's London real estate team - which offers an 'unusual combination of technical competence and commercial realism' - is led by the hugely experienced Bruce Dear. He fronts a 'very strong occupier advisory team' which acts for a raft of household name clients, including major tech companies. On the investment front, the team handles complex and high-profile transactions, covering acquisitions and joint ventures for clients from a range of sectors, including financial services, office providers, student accomodation, pension funds and many more. The highly regarded Tom Goldsmith has a track record of work on complex, mixed-use development projects and large-scale portfolio purchases and is seen as 'a very strong technical lawyer with excellent project management skills.' Nicholas Bartlett heads up the real estate investment team and also leads the firm's living sub-group, while Lee Jackson plays a key role in the firm's private capital real estate business.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bruce Dear

Autres avocats clés:

Nicholas Bartlett; Lee Jackson; Tom Goldsmith; Stewart Womersley; Richard Lampert

Les références

‘Supportive in our transactions.’

‘Lee Jackson has an excellent big picture view and is detail-oriented at the same time.’

Principaux clients

SEGRO plc

Aventicum

The Office Group

Elite Commercial REIT

Legal & General

EQT Exeter

Abrdn

Sun Ventures

LaSalle Investment Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised SEGRO on Project Orion, a swap deal with Schroders involving the acquisition of a urban warehouse estate in West London for £140m and simultaneous sale of a portfolio of UK big box and urban assets for £205m.
  • Advised Legal & General on a £500m a 15-year joint venture with NatWest Pension Trustee Limited, to build a portfolio of retirement homes with a gross development value of roughly £4bn.
  • Advised Sun Venture on their £148m acquisition of 120 Moorgate, London.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

The team at US firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher serves a variety of clients on all aspects of commercial real estate with an emphasis on corporate and investment property acquisitions and disposals, development, financing, and joint ventures. Practice head Alan Samson is 'seasoned and measured' with over 25 years' experience in commercial real estate; since the onset of the financial crisis, Samson's practice has focused on the acquisition of real estate loan portfolios from financial institutuions, debt restructurings, and recapitalisations. Claibourne Harrison is 'meticulous, quick-thinking and thorough' with his experience in advising domestic and international clients on a spectrum of corporate and private equity transactions as well as M&A. Jeremy Kenley has expertise in all aspects of real estate private equity, including debt funds and acquisitions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alan Samson

Autres avocats clés:

Claibourne Harrison; Jeremy Kenley; Sandy Bhogal; Ben Fryer; Patrick Hennessy; Isabel Berger; Amar Madhini

Les références

‘Very strong at advancing deals and pushing things forward without constant guidance. Ability to identify explain and rank risks so that we focus on the right thing. Swift turnaround times on deliverables.’

‘Alan Samson: seasoned and measured. Speaks up when critical issues arise, and allows others to address basic blocking and tackling. Clai Harrison: meticulous, quick-thinking and thorough. Has led several complicated deals, and very strong at moving the ball forward.’

‘The practice is very commercial.’

‘Alan Samson is an elder statesman of the industry and yet is still all over the detail on any transactions.’

Principaux clients

Accuride Corporation

Apollo Global Management

Ares Management

Brookfield

Cale Street Partners

Centerbridge

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Deutsche Bank AG

Fremont Realty Capital, LP

Groupe Sofidy

Investcorp Bank B.S.C.

KKR

Meadow Partners

Nuveen Real Estate

Oaktree Capital Management

Realty Income Corporation

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Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG uses its global reach to serve a wide range of domestic and overseas property investors, which include insitutional investors and REITS, developers, occupiers, and regeneration authorities. Chris Hunt heads the real estate sector team; his areas of expertise include sizeable retail expansion programmes and distribution premises for retailers. Richard Bate has 30 years’ experience of acquisitions and disposals of large-scale consortium developments and strategic land, whilst Nick Mumby is known for advising on complex development projects for family run developers, institutional investors, and international private equity firms. On the corporate occupiers front, Helen Emmerson leads the team and advises clients on leasing regarding a variety of projects such as supermarkets and retail, to life science labs and offices.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Hunt

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Mumby; Helen Emmerson; Richard Bate; Dan Gwilliam; Michael Twining; Matt Walker

Les références

‘Deliver a decent service at a competitive price point.’

‘Matt Walker is responsive and helpful.’

Principaux clients

Aldgate Developments Limited

Axa

Bevis Land Limited

Bracknell Regeneration Limited Partnership

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

EcoWorld

Empiric Student Property plc

HC-One Limited

Intu Properties

Janus Henderson UK Property PAIF

LaSalle Investment Management

Legal & General

Lidl

London and Strategic land

London & Cambridge Properties

Mosley Street Ventures

NFU Mutual

Portland Capital Real Estate Limited

Red Bull Racing

Royal London

Rushmoor Borough Council

SEGRO

Stamford Land Corporation Limited

Stenprop

The Hut Group

Transport for London and London Underground

U + I

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Aldgate Developments on the sale of their interest in One Braham, London E1 to Union Investments for a purchase price in excess of €500 million.
  • Acted for Royal London Asset Management Limited on all aspects of its 50:50 joint venture with CDC Investissement Immobilier, the real estate arm of €177bn pension giant Caisse des Dépôts, on the £115m acquisition of 1 St John’s Lane in Farringdon.
  • Advised NFU Mutual on the sale of a six-strong portfolio of logistics assets to Goldman Sachs for £111.5m.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP deploys its international strength and presence to act for an impressive overseas investors and major landowners, advising on the full life cycle of investment transactions and properties. The global real estate practice is headed by Daniel Norris, who specialises in direct and indirect investment transactions, asset management, and student housing. Oliver Chamberlain is head of the UK real estate practice; his expertise covers all aspects of commercial real estate and he represents lucrative clients such as the BBC, M&G Real Estate, and British Land, whilst former practice head Jackie Newstead can draw on many years of expertise in advising retailers and hoteliers on acquisitions and disposals, management arrangements, and financings. Gill McGreevy is particularly knowledgeable in areas relating to regeneration and development relating to energy projects, retail, and institutional investment. Dion Panambalana contributes his focus on mixed-use urban and non-urban developments and regeneration, structured sales, and leasebacks to the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Daniel Norris; Oliver Chamberlain

Autres avocats clés:

Jackie Newstead; Gill McGreevy; Dion Palambalana

Les références

‘Strength in depth and full-service; no weak links; all partners are exceptional’

‘Dan Norris – consummate deal-doer, very commercial.’

‘Dion Panambalama is  meticulous’

‘Nick Roberts – hard working and a delight to deal with’

‘Jackie Newstead – gets the deal done and keeps things simple.’

Principaux clients

SCPI Pierval Santé

Roku

Immediate Capital Group

Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Aberdeen Standard

British Land

CapitaLand

CCLA Investment Management

Columbia Threadneedle

Landsec

Coal Pension Funds

M&G Real Estate (Prudential)

Pontegadea

Shaftesbury

Electra

The Crown Estate

U+I Group Plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Elite Partners Capital, a Singapore-based private equity firm, on the disposal by Elite Logistics Fund I of its pan-European logistics portfolio to Blackstone.
  • Advising ICG on numerous acquisitions including their acquisition of four sites from Iron Mountain in the UK on a sale and leaseback basis.
  • Advising SCPI Pierval Santé on numerous acquisitions during 2021 totalling £268,000,000.

Jones Day

The ‘affable and extremely capable’ team at Jones Day has demonstrable experience in handling the full gamut of ‘sophisticated, complicated and cross-border transactions’, from disposals and acquisitions to fund formations, joint ventures and financing matters. With notable expertise in the office, retail and logistics sectors, high-value developments and regeneration schemes take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload. The US firm’s London real estate team is jointly led by Anna Cartwright, who has considerable experience in private equity and M&A transactions, and David Smith, who is a key contact for mandates arising out of the student accommodation and build-to-rent sectors. Ryan Hill was promoted to partner in January 2022 and Laura Pembridge focuses on domestic and international private equity real estate matters, while John Crowley advises on developments and infrastructure projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Anna Cartwright; David Smith

Autres avocats clés:

Alistair Grant; Simon Kiff; Ryan Hill; Laura Pembridge

Les références

‘Jones Day advise us on all aspects of real estate matters and are a preferred firm for sophisticated, complicated and cross border transactions. The Jones Day team is very affable and extremely capable.’

‘The team has real strength in depth and creativity and all team members row in the same direction.’

Principaux clients

ARA Dunedin Limited

Oxford Properties

Sun Communities, Inc

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

Delancey

CBRE

Goldman Sachs

Henley Investment Management

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

MARK (fka Meyer Bergman)

Pictet Alternative SA

Get Living plc

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

M. Safra & Co.

Linklaters LLP

The top-class team’ at Linklaters LLP advises its roster of clients, including domestic and international developers and investors, on big-ticket transactions, including M&A and distressed real estate mandates, as well as high-value regeneration and development projects. Praised as a ‘a steady and knowledgeable guiding force’, global practice head Andy Bruce leads the London-based real estate team and handles acquisition, disposal and financing matters, while senior partner Martin Elliott is the practice’s key contact for development projects. Senior partner Patrick Plant has considerable experience advising investors, developers, lenders and tenants on the full gamut of real estate property mandates in the UK, and Tom Watkins focuses on real estate M&A transactions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andy Bruce

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Plant; Tom Watkins; Matthew Plaskow

Les références

‘Andy Bruce is impressive and knowledgeable.’

‘A top-class team from our experience. Consistently good advice from a stable and capable team. They are respected by their peers and competitors and adopt a mature and collaborative approach, as well as meeting the objectives of our instructions.’

‘Andy Bruce and his team (including Matthew Plaskow) provide clear, practicable and commercial advice. They are quick to respond despite the time difference and very agile in thinking of creative solutions.

‘The team collaborates extremely well to deliver the investment vision.’

‘Andy Bruce is extremely personable, has in-depth market knowledge and very clear in his advice.’

‘Linklaters understands the property market from an investor’s angle and excels at structuring deals driven by an investor’s vision.’

‘Matthew Plaskow stands out. He is extremely personable and very efficient.’

‘Andy Bruce is a steady and knowledgeable guiding force. Matthew Plaskow has been exceptional in working through complex legal concepts within structures, but always ready to explain the practicalities of these to inform commercial discussions.’

Principaux clients

CBRE Investment Management

RCL Partners LLP

Permodalan Nasional Berhad

PSP Investments

Cerberus

KanAm Grund

Ho Bee Land Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising CBRE Investment Management’s Pan-European Core Fund on the acquisition by PEC Wallis S.a r.l. from Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH of landmark London office building, Atlantic House, the current HQ of Hogan Lovells.
  • Advising RCL Partners on the disposal of and development funding arrangements in relation to a UK logistics site.
  • Advising Ho Bee Land Limited in relation to its share purchase of the Jersey company, which owns the freehold of The Scalpel landmark HQ building in the City of London.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP acts for clients across the logistics and life sciences sectors on redevelopment and urban regeneration projects, and has demonstrable experience in cross-border commercial and residential property transactions, including mandates pertaining to build-to-rent, private rented sector and student accommodation. ‘First-class practitionerAnthony Burnett-Scott, who advises on mixed-use developments, jointly leads the real estate practice alongside ‘affable partnerClare Breeze, who acts for international investors in commercial property and financing matters, as well as joint ventures. In the corporate occupier space, the practice acts for professional services, retail and media occupiers on relocation projects, acquisition of new premises, disposal of excess space and management of existing premises. Well-placed to advise on the real estate aspects of high-value corporate transactions, the team’s workload relating to private equity real estate continues to grow.

Responsables de la pratique:

Clare Breeze; Anthony Burnett-Scott

Autres avocats clés:

Dan Marriott; Dominic Cunliffe; Nick Barnes; Gerald Kelly

Les références

‘The Macfarlanes team are highly responsive, engaging and offer transparent advice.’

‘Anthony Burnett-Scott is a tremendous practitioner.’

Principaux clients

Legal & General

M7 Real Estate

Hillwood

Berkeley Homes

Brookfield

Canary Wharf Group

Derwent London

Ecoworld

Kennedy Wilson

Supermarket Income REIT

NatWest Pension Fund

Realstar

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Supermarket Income Reit plc on several acquisitions and refinancings.
  • Advised Realstar on a £580m disposal in the build-to-rent sector.
  • Advised Legal & General on the sale of Central Saint Giles to Google for $1bn, which includes 408,000 sq ft of office space and more than 100 residential apartments with restaurants and cafes on the ground floor.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Praised for its ‘breadth of talent and experience’, Mayer Brown International LLP is no stranger to big-ticket real estate transactions, as demonstrated by its advice to Cabot Properties on the sale of its logistics portfolio to Blackstone Real Estate, led by head of development Caroline Humble. ‘InvaluableChris Harvey spearheads the firm’s UK and European real estate team and is the ‘go-to partner in the London market for Asian investors, who are looking to do substantial, complicated deals’. Simon Price is noted for his expertise in the hospitality sector and advises on corporate real estate transactions, joint ventures, acquisitions and high-profile lettings, while Iain Roberts handles headquarter relocations, post-property acquisition leasing transactions, as well as mixed-use development projects. Other key members of the team include head of corporate real estate Anita Jones, experienced practitioner Joe Conder, who joined from Goodwin in early 2021, and managing partner Jeremy Clay. The practice has demonstrable experience across the office, retail, residential, logistics, student accommodation and co-living sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Harvey; Andrew Hepner

Autres avocats clés:

Caroline Humble; Simon Price; Joe Conder; Jeremy Clay

Les références

‘Chris Harvey is invaluable for us, as he has an incredible knowledge of the UK market and its main players.’

‘Mayer Brown are a practical and responsive practice, who have a strength in commercial property investment.’

‘Simon Price is a knowledgeable leader in issues associated with property investment.’

‘The Mayer Brown team (led by Chris Harvey) are head and shoulders above the other large firms we have worked with. Chris Harvey is the number one and go-to partner in the London market for Asian investors, who are looking to do substantial, complicated deals.’

‘Chris Harvey is exceptional and we think he is the number one partner in London for overseas investors who are doing large and complicated deals. He brings real strength and confidence to our deals, so we know we are in the best, capable hands.’

Principaux clients

Cabot Properties, Inc.

Round Hill Capital

Generali

Wing Tai Properties

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Limited

Sinar Mas Land

The British Land Company plc

Tide Construction

Gaw Capital

Giant Mind

K&K

Meyer Bergman/MARK

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s commercial real estate group leverages the expertise of the firm’s property disputes, planning, construction, tax and finance teams to handle high-value, multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects. Praised for its ‘high degree of integrity, thoughtfulness and collaboration’, the practice is noted for its expertise in the build-to-rent, student accommodation and senior living sectors. Team leader Stephen Hughes advises on portfolio acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, as well as regeneration projects, while Edward Hughes-Power handles investment sales and acquisitions in the alternative residential sector. Other key members of the team include Simon Hart, Nick Minkoff and Ian Paul, while Lee Foxcroft joined the firm from Slaughter and May in March 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Hughes

Autres avocats clés:

Nick Minkoff; Ian Paul; Simon Hart; Edward Hughes-Power; Lee Foxcroft

Les références

‘A sizeable team who adopt a very collaborative approach.’

‘High integrity and always put the client first.’

‘The team are excellent. Commercial, clear and pragmatic.’

‘Good commerciality, balanced advice, proactive and reactive, and good availability of partners.’

Principaux clients

Brookfield

Brookfield’s ‘Student Roost’

PGIM Real Estate

Fusion Students

Watkin Jones

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)

Delancey

Get Living

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London Plc

UBS Global Asset Management

Dominvs Group

AEW UK

Helical plc

Fizzy Living

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Brookfield on its £714m acquisition of science and technology property investment business Arlington.
  • Advised Brookfield on its £330m acquisition of UK retail park assets from Hammerson Plc and the simultaneous financing.
  • Advised Fusion Students on its £1.5bn joint venture with US investor, Cain International.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's London-based real estate practice has demonstrable experience in high value investment transactions across the logistics, office and alternative residential sectors, and acts for local authorities on high-profile regeneration projects. Noted for her expertise in the hotel and leisure sectors, Claire Hughes leads the team and has considerable experience in investments and mixed-use development schemes, while ‘exceptional partnerMike Reid also focuses on development schemes, as well as joint ventures, pre-letting and letting matters. Other key members of the team include Richard Lloyd, who handles real estate projects with significant development components, and ‘outstandingNatalie Harris, who focuses on housing, student accommodation and build to rent projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Claire Hughes

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Lloyd; Mike Reid; Adam Carney; Natalie Harris

Les références

‘Natalie Harris is outstanding. She really understands build-to-rent development and is very thorough.’

‘Real sector expertise, particularly in the build-to-rent sector.’

Principaux clients

Aviva Investors

Royal London Asset Management

Legal & General

AXA Real Assets

Landsec

Heathrow

Capital & Counties Properties plc

Invesco

Grainger

The Portman Estate

RDI REIT

Lend Lease

Abstract Securities Group

Grosvenor Europe

Ministry of Defence

Hines

Oxford Properties

Kier Property Developments

Berkeley Group

Junson Capital

William Pears Group

Telereal Trillium (Land Improvement Holdings)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Adagio/Accor

AEW

Anglo American Plc

Heathrow

Urban & Civic

Ballymore

Guildford Borough Council

LaSalle Investment Management

iQ Student Accommodation

90 North

Melia Hotels International

William Pears Group

Telereal Trillium (Land Improvement Holdings)

Romulus Construction

EcoWorld International

Elevation Advisors

Medical Properties Trust REIT

Central Group

Signa Holding

Land Securities

Pensions Insurance Corporation PLC

EVI Leadenhall S.A.R.L.

LEN Property Investment Limited

Aviva Investors

Royal London Asset Management

Legal & General

AXA Real Assets

Landsec

Heathrow

Capital & Counties Properties plc

Invesco

Grainger

The Portman Estate

RDI REIT

Lend Lease

Abstract Securities Group

Grosvenor Europe

Ministry of Defence

Hines

Oxford Properties

Kier Property Developments

Berkeley Group

Junson Capital

William Pears Group

Telereal Trillium (Land Improvement Holdings)

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Adagio/Accor

AEW

Anglo American Plc

Heathrow

Urban & Civic

Ballymore

Guildford Borough Council

LaSalle Investment Management

iQ Student Accommodation

90 North

Melia Hotels International

William Pears Group

Telereal Trillium (Land Improvement Holdings)

Romulus Construction

EcoWorld International

Elevation Advisors

Medical Properties Trust REIT

Central Group

Signa Holding

Land Securities

Pensions Insurance Corporation PLC

EVI Leadenhall S.A.R.L.

LEN Property Investment Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Legal & General Pensions Limited on the acquisition and forward funding of Amazon’s new distribution centre at Panattoni Park, Swindon.
  • Refinancing Legal and General Leisure Fund’s entire portfolio.
  • Advising Central Group and Signa Holding on the real estate aspects of their acquisition of the Selfridges group.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Praised for its ‘exceptional dedication to serving the client at any time, on any matter’, international firm Taylor Wessing LLP’s real estate team has demonstrable experience in big-ticket transactions, regularly involving cross-border elements, and has been particularly in advising on investments arising out of the logistics sector. Large-scale residential and mixed-use development projects take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload, as well as lease renewals and regears, and major letting matters. Paul Lawrence leads the firm’s international and UK real estate group, and Mark Rajbenbach, who is commended for his ‘uncompromising approach to detail and results’, advises on hotel portfolio sales and purchases, leasebacks and management agreements. Keith Barnett is a key contact for corporate occupier matters and Matthew Swainston handles joint ventures, in addition to landlord and tenant transactions, while Alan Evans focuses on sales and leasebacks, as well as portfolio acquisitions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Lawrence

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Swainston; Mark Rajbenbach; Keith Barnett; Chris Turley

Les références

‘Exceptional dedication to serving their client at any time on any matter. Commercially astute and they won’t waste time debating theoretical outcomes. Can cut to the heart of any situation with relative ease.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach combines a user friendly approach with an uncompromising approach to detail and results.’

‘Good commercial thinking and proactive.’

Principaux clients

British Land

BentalGreenOak

Tritax Big Box REIT

Invesco Real Estate

Fortress

Canada Life

LabTech Investments Limited

McLaren Property

CityPride Limited

R&F Properties

Cain International

Brockton

British Land

BentallGreenOak

Tritax Big Box REIT

Invesco Real Estate

Fortress

Canada Life

LabTech Investments Limited

McLaren Property

HIG Capital

R&F Properties

Cain International

Brockton

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Fortress Investment Group on the structured investment into Prem Group.
  • Advising Clal Insurance Group, an Israel-based Pension Fund, on its purchase of a 49% stake in two London hotels owned by the Amsterdam-based hotel owner and operator, PPHE Hotel Group.
  • Advising Cain International on their acquisition of a UK logistics portfolio from Firethorn Trust for a total of £550m.

Baker McKenzie

Multinational firm Baker McKenzie‘s commercial property practice is headed by Justin Salkeld, who has a wealth of experience in operational and investment real estate matters; Salkeld consistently advises banks and borrowers on financing and development, in addition to investors and operators regarding hotel transactions. The team’s ‘incredible range and depth of expertise’ includes Ben Farnell, who advises tenants, domestic and multinational corporates, and foreign governments on a full spectrum of real estate matters regarding investment, planning, and development requirements; and Stefanie Price, who forms a key part of the firm's corporate occupier practice with her focus on landlord and tenant law, and the real estate features of corporate transactions. The firm’s corporate occupier practice focuses on acting for blue chip clients such as global corporates, as well as retail clients on portfolio rationalisations, and leasing matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Justin Salkeld

Autres avocats clés:

Stefanie Price; Ben Farnell

Les références

‘I worked with the commercial property investment estate team in Baker McKenzie on a very complex high value real estate transaction and I would highly recommend them. They have an incredible range and depth of expertise in their teams and some of their key strengths are the quality of their advice and their in-depth knowledge of our business and the issues they know are important to us.’

‘Stefanie Price is a stand out partner who provides comprehensive, coherent and considered legal advice. She has excellent communication skills and she demonstrates exceptional attention to detail.’

‘Exceptional on a technical level they are always willing to share experience from other projects and other areas of the business. The projects on which we are involved require teams from the UK and Asia and their togetherness and leadership stands out.’

‘Justin Salkeld stands out in the industry due their knowledge and skill set, ability to maintain relationships in difficult circumstances and willingness to work in trying circumstances for the benefit of their client but also the wider project.’

‘Execution from Justin is always to a high standard and having worked with many legal teams in the industry, I can safely say that it is always the most enjoyable, most successful and all other parties are able to learn from his experience and demeanour.’

Principaux clients

ICGL Sale and Leaseback S.a r.l

Google

Mapletree Investments

Cobelfret

Capri Holdings (Michael Kors)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Led by Lee Medlock, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers a ‘one-stop-shop’ service for a mix of investors, commercial developers and corporate occupiers. The group handles complex mixed-use schemes, with particular expertise in joint venture and partnership agreements. The team demonstrates considerable strength in both the logistics and life sciences sectors, with Eddie Richards and Suzi Gatward focusing on the former, while Louise Ward concentrates on the latter. Robin Grove and Alexander Gold are the key names for development work, specialising in regeneration schemes. Sarah Morley leads the office occupiers practice at the firm and focuses on headquarters moves and the rationalisation of space.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lee Medlock

Autres avocats clés:

Robin Grove; Suzi Gatward; Louise Ward; Lynn Povey; Alexander Gold; Eddie Richards; Sarah Morley

Principaux clients

Derwent Valley London Limited

BioMed Realty

IQHQ

David Lloyd

Bellway Homes Limited and Redrow Homes Limited

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

EQT Exeter

Derwent Valley Central Limited

Bellis Acquisition Company 3 Limited

Topland Olympus Limited

Crab Hill Developments

Hello Fresh

Freddies Flowers

TDR Capital

Derwent Valley London Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Derwent London on the sale of its 192,700 sq. ft freehold interest in the Johnson Building, 77 Hatton Garden and 5-7 Cross Street EC1 to Eurazeo Patrimoine, the real assets division of Eurazeo.
  • Advising Blackstone portfolio company BioMed Realty on all UK real estate and construction matters, including the acquisition of Granta Park and Babraham life sciences campuses, the financing of Granta Park and negotiating the construction provisions of agreements for lease and drafting the construction documents.
  • Acted for longstanding client EQT Exeter on the acquisition of a high value distribution asset, a 785,000 sq. ft Northamptonshire warehouse from LondonMetric for £102m.

Dentons

Multinational firm Dentons advises a host of international investors from as far afield as South Korea, India, the US, and Luxembourg, drawing on its large, cross-border real estate network. The firm is active in the alternative assets and BTR sectors, as well as the senior living market and student accomodation, all of which national real estate practice head Deepa Deb has a particular focus in. Rob Thompson is head of the national and Middle East real estate practice and uses his 'deep knowledge' to advise banks, private equity funds, and listed and non-listed property companies, in addition to large corporates which operate in the office, hotels, logistics, retail, and high-end residential sectors. Alex Coulter  focuses on investment, development, and lease negotiations in the logistics, retail, and office sectors, while associate Carla Revelo has 'excellent attention to detail' and extensive expertise in high-value development projects and investment portfolios.

Responsables de la pratique:

Deepa Deb; Rob Thompson

Autres avocats clés:

Alex Coulter; Andrew Henderson; Simon Masri; Carla Revelo

Les références

‘Extensive experience across the real estate market.’

‘Rupert Dowdell is exceptionally hard working.’

‘Ability to see and interpret the commercial aspects of a deal from the persective of the client’s business needs.’

‘Rob Thompson and Carla Revelo provide an in-depth knowledge of our portfolio that comes from a long-standing business relationship. They act as an extension to our own business. They provide astute analysis of the most complex arrangements.’

‘Partner egagement exceptional from start to finish. Very commercially minded, understand what is important in a transaction and act accordingly.’

‘Very commercially minded. Take responsibility for the project and understand/know the detail even when handing work down to others in the team.’

Principaux clients

RTP Global

Brydell Capital

Harrison Street

Realstar

Heitman

Frasers Group Plc (Sports Direct)

Redevco

Castleforge

Aprirose

KSL

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised KKR and Global Infrastructure Partners on the all-cash transaction valued at approximately $15 billion to acquire data center operator CyrusOne.
  • Acted for Kier Property on the £400m logistics development joint venture with PGIM.
  • Advised Mike Ashley’s St James Holdings Limited on the sale of Newcastle United for £305 million.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

US firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's real estate practice advises a host of blue-chip, transatlantic clients on transactional real estate mandates. Darren Rogers leads the team and focuses on advising clients which include sovereign wealth funds and private equity firms, on capital markets transactions, major City of London lettings, and joint ventures. The team's varied experience means they are able to advise clients on all asset classes which include the growing trend of secondary co-invest transactions. Patrick Williams advises transatlantic investors on matters concerning life-sciences, retail, offices, and living real estate matters, such as Brookfield Asset Management.

Responsables de la pratique:

Darren Rogers

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Williams

Les références

‘Strong advice in delivering a creative solutions to difficult positions.’

Principaux clients

Invesco Real Estate

Madison International Realty

Grosvenor Estate

Brookfield Asset Management

Goldman Sachs

Alecta pension fund

LumiraDx

PSP Investments

Cove Communities

VGO Capital Partners and Roundhill Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Brookfield Asset Management in their c. £635 million agreement to acquire 30 Fenchurch Street (formerly known as No. 1 Plantation Place), thought to be the UK’s biggest office deal during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Represented Invesco Real Estate’s European Fund (IREEF) in the redevelopment and pre-let of circa 85,000 of new office space at 20 Manchester Square, to form the new London headquarters of Lazard.
  • Advised Madison International Realty and Alecta in relation to their co-investment worth £180 million into the Regent’s Wharf Jersey Property Unit Trust to facilitate the redevelopment of Regent’s Wharf Kings Cross London into a new c.120,000 sq ft campus adjacent to the Google HQ.

Goodwin

The London commercial property investment team at US firm Goodwin is known for handling complex real estate transactions and cross-border investment work. The team collaborates with the firm's finance, funds, tax, and regulatory practices to advise clients on the full life-cycle of a deal. James Spence and Martin Smith co-head the practice; Spence specialises in advising stakeholders on high value real estate investments and M&A transactions, while Smith's expertise is acting on asset and corporate SPV transactions. Chair of Goodwin's European offices David Evans specialises in fund restructuring and represents investment banks, hedge funds, and other investors. Justin Cornelius' expertise lies in the establishment and operation of real estate funds and joint ventures. 

Responsables de la pratique:

James Spence; Martin Smith

Autres avocats clés:

David Evans; Justin Cornelius

Principaux clients

Away Resorts

Cabot Properties

BentallGreenOak

Clarion Partners Europe

DWS

Kadans Science Partner

Kennedy Wilson

Medical Properties Trust

Partners Group

Workspace Group

Cerberus

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Clarion Partners Europe in relation to the sale of a corporate structure owning a portfolio of 31 institutional quality logistics properties located across Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, for a consideration which values the properties at over €880 million.
  • Advising MPT on its acquisition of a portfolio of select behavioural health facilities, and their concurrent leaseback, from the leading UK behavioural health provider The Priory Group.
  • Advising Cabot Properties on its agreement with Blackstone and two vehicles affiliated with Blackstone Real Estate to sell its institutional-quality logistics assets for $2.8 billion in two separate transactions.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

The London real estate team at US firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP provides a one-stop shop for investment fund clients in addition to developers and charities. Danielle Martin has extensive experience in the private equity real estate space, with an emphasis on restructurings, investment sales, and purchases. Martin co-heads the practice with Matthew James Priday, whose expertise covers the breadth of commerical real estate, and includes investments sales and purchases as well as development projects. The firm also works on a variety of schemes which include redevelopment and logistics, and joint ventures. Daniyal Ansari joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in March 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Danielle Martin; Matthew James Priday

Autres avocats clés:

Danyal Ansari; Steven Cowins; Sarah Atikinson; Carol Hopper

Principaux clients

Berkeley (SQP) Limited

Westbrook Partners

Paloma Capital

Absolute Return for Kids

Hillside Holdings

Goodman

PLP

The Ardent Companies

Oaktree Capital and MGT Limited

Valor Real Estate Partners

BlackRock

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Berkeley (SQP) Limited in relation to real estate aspects of its GBP600 million development of South Quay Plaza.
  • Represented longstanding client, Westbrook Partners, on its disposal of two large logistics portfolios to Blackstone.
  • Represented Goodman in connection with the purchase of Mowlem Trading Estate, Tottenham together with the subsequent financing and the transfer of the purchasing vehicle into a newly formed joint venture.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP ‘can be relied upon to deliver sound advice across a broad range of real estate property matters’ and its ‘breadth of knowledge and experience means the team is able to act as a one-stop-shop‘ to its roster of clients in the fashion, retail, finance, logistics and technology sectors. Head of the London-based real estate team Christian Major and of counsel Steven Cox, who notably acts for clients in the leisure sector, are key contacts for corporate occupier matters, often involving an international element, while Wayne Smith advises institutional investors on acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management. Tim Webb has experience in acting for multinational corporations and domestic real estate companies across Europe, South East Asia, Brazil and China on real estate private equity matters, as well as institutional investments and development projects. ‘IntuitiveEmma Maher and special counsel Chiara Del Frate are key contacts in the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christian Major

Autres avocats clés:

Neil Logan Green; Tim Webb; Wayne Smith; Emma Maher

Les références

‘They are proactive, highly qualified, commercial and smart, fast and it is a pleasure to work with them. We also appreciate their global platform.’

‘Tim Webb is the lead contact and the main reason for recommending K&L Gates.’

‘As a firm, the breadth and depth of knowledge across the real estate space impressed me.’

Principaux clients

Abrdn Plc

Akelius

Avanton

Beehive Affordable Homes

Caisson Investment Management LLP

Coty Inc.

Cromwell Property Group

Edinburgh St James Limited Partnership

European Estates Plc

The Guinness Partnership

LRC Group

Madison International Realty

Nuveen Real Estate

Patrizia AG

Stroud District Council

Workspace Group Plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Nuveen Real Estate in connection with the disposal of a portfolio of retail parks.
  • Advising Patrizia on the £70m financing of the £95m purchase and development of Edgbaston Residencies.
  • Advising Beehive Affordable Homes to acquire social housing units from registered providers and to on-let these units to local authorities.

Maples Teesdale LLP

Praised as ‘diligent’ and ‘always hungry for deals’, specialist commercial real estate firm Maples Teesdale LLP provides a partner-led, ‘seamless service’ to its client roster, ranging from institutional investors and property developers to UK-based construction companies, international occupiers and global law firms. Declan Power handles forward funding and purchases matters, as well as joint ventures and development agreements, arising out of the retail, mixed-use and industrial sectors, while Roger Thornton is a key contact for investment transactions, including high-value sales and purchases. Neil Sagoo acts for occupiers in headquarters and other business-critical relocations, while Katherine Watts focuses on both corporate occupier and landowner matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Roger Thornton

Autres avocats clés:

Declan Power; Martin Smith; Katherine Smith

Les références

‘Maples are a hard working, diligent business. They are responsive, hungry for deals and are easy to work with. Their advice is always clear.’

Principaux clients

abrdn

City of London Corporation

BMO Real Estate Partners

Legal & General Investment Management

CBRE Investment Management

Patrizia AG

Pictet Real Estate Capital

CLS plc

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc

Henry Boot plc

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised City of London Corporation on a £350m development project at Stonecutter Court opposite Canadian pension fund, Ivanhoe Cambridge, in a JV with Allianz and with city offices development manager, CORE.
  • Advised abrdn on over £300m investments including the purchase of the life sciences and technology-focused Precision Park in Leamington Spa, Warwick.
  • Advised Patrizia on the portfolio sale of nine multi-let industrial estates in England and Scotland, by way of share sale, to Prudential Assurance Company advised by M&G, for c. £165m.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The ‘exceptionally talented team’ at Norton Rose Fulbright has demonstrable experience in energy, infrastructure and other long-term development projects, as well as social housing investment mandates and leverages its international network to advise on complex cross-border real estate matters. UK practice leader and leading Islamic finance specialist Wasim Khan has experience in acting for developers and banks in relation to waste to energy schemes, in addition to renewable energy and power projects, while global head of real estate Dan Wagerfield handles mixed-use developments and outbound capital from Asia. Louisa Roe, who was promoted to partner in January 2022, is praised as a ‘tour de force’ when acting for both landlords and tenants in leasing transactions, while Charlie Pinkerton advises on office and headquarter relocations. David Hawkins focuses on mixed-use developments and David Sinclair handles a range of projects in the office, hotel and infrastructure sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Wasim Khan

Autres avocats clés:

David Sinclair; David Hawkins; Dan Wagerfield; Charlie Pinkerton

Principaux clients

Credit Suisse

LRC-RE1

Picton Property Income Limited

L1 UK Property Investment Pty Ltd

Ocubis Limited

Soho House Limited

Caleus Capital Investors

Greenergy International Ltd

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (Canada) Ltd

NatWest

Greencoat UK Wind

AIG

MUFG Bank

Patrizia AG

Bank of London and the Middle East Plc

Dagenham Dock

GLL Real Estate Partners

United Overseas Bank Limited

ICBC (London) plc

RWE AG

Resolution Property IM LLP (UK)

Europa Capital (UK)

Civitas plc (UK)

Commerz Real (Germany)

Prudential plc (UK)

Olympia London

57 Whitehall S.à.r.l. (Old War Office) (India and Spain)

Bank ABC (Middle East)

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management (UK)

Tristan Capital Partners (UK)

HSBC Alternative Investments (UK)

Bank of Montréal (Canada)

Employees Provident Fund (Malaysia)

Argo Group (USA)

WELPUT (Jersey)

Ashby Capital (UK)

State General Reserve Fund (Oman)

SOFAZ (Azerbaijan)

Hobart Partners (UK)

Sidra Capital (Dubai)

Ivanhoé Cambridge (Canada)

Funding Affordable Homes Plc (UK)

Standard Chartered Bank

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a private Asian investor on the sale of 8 St. James’s Square, a recently developed office building in London, SW1.
  • Advised Civitas Social Housing on the continued acquisition and financing of its portfolio of registered care and specialist supported housing.
  • Advised West End of London Property Unit Trust on the co-investment and financing of the UK’s largest all-electric net-zero carbon office scheme at 105 Victoria Street in Central London.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings LLP’s London-based real estate practice can leverage the expertise of the wider firm’s corporate, finance and tax teams to advise on big-ticket investment transactions, often involving an underlying corporate element. Noted for its demonstrable experience in hotel purchases, the team’s workload also includes structured acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, fund investments and financing mandates. Michael James leads the practice and focuses on cross-border transactions involving multiple European jurisdictions, while Stephen Nicolas, who was promoted to partner in July 2022, focuses on corporate real estate matters. Other key members of the team include associates Edward Meadowcroft and Matthew Peters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michael James

Autres avocats clés:

Edward Meadowcroft; Stephen Nicolas; Matthew Peters

Principaux clients

Starwood Capital

Goldman Sachs

TPG

Highgate Hotels

Evans Randall Investors

Pinebridge Benson Elliot

Walton Street

Cerberus

Angelo Gordon

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Starwood Capital on the acquisition of a £200m development site in Manchester, in joint venture with Property Alliance Group.
  • Advised Activum SG Capital Management on the corporate acquisition of three retirement living development sites, valued at £25m, with the overall GDV of the development projects estimated in excess of £200m.
  • Advising Angelo Gordon on the acquisition of three sites in Ireland, UK and Germany.

Reed Smith LLP

The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Reed Smith LLP has demonstrable experience in large-scale portfolio acquisitions and disposals, sales and leasebacks, auction deals, as well as mixed-use and commercial developments. Noted for its expertise in the hospitality and alternative residential sectors, the London practice, which is led by global head of real estate Jimmy Theodorou, is well-placed to collaborate with the firm’s offices globally to handle multi-jurisdictional matters. ‘Outstanding partnerNick Harris handles mixed-use development projects, while Andrew Jenkinson ‘provides clear, commercial advice on the most complex of issues’ pertaining to portfolio transactions. Other key members of the team include Brigid North and Chris Beaumont-McQuillan, who focuses on corporate real estate deals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jimmy Theodorou

Autres avocats clés:

Brigid North; Andrew Jenkinson; Nav Sahota; Chris Beaumont-McQuillan

Les références

‘The team is knowledgeable and responsive. They are open to discussions on fees and pragmatic in their advice.’

‘Nick Harris is an outstanding partner.’

‘They deliver a professional and commercial service, in a friendly and accessible manner. The firm is a leader on diversity and inclusion.’

‘Andrew Jenkinson always provides clear, commercial advice, even on the most complex of issues.’

Ropes & Gray LLP

Noted for its expertise in big-ticket, private equity transactions, the London real estate team at US firm Ropes & Gray LLP ‘has a unique, proactive and entrepreneurial ability in complex, cross-border joint ventures’, in addition to corporate sales and purchases, and large-scale development projects. Counting debt and sovereign wealth funds, endowments, operating partners and family offices among its key roster of clients, the team is led by David Seymour, who has experience across all types of real estate assets, including logistics and industrial, offices, data centres and life sciences. Will Bryant was promoted to partner in November 2021 and advises on a range of direct and indirect investment structures and transactions.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Seymour

Autres avocats clés:

Will Bryant

Les références

‘The property team at Ropes & Gray has a unique, proactive and entrepreneurial ability in complex, cross-border joint ventures. They take a very holistical and commercial approach to transactions and were able to join up multiple disciplines into the negotiation.’

Principaux clients

APG

Arax Properties

Arrow Capital

Bain Capital

Cathexis/Yondr

GIC

King Street

Partners Group

QuadReal

Sixth Street

Millemont Capital Partners

Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (pro bono)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC, on a UK RE life sciences investment in The Oxford Science Park (TOSP) from Magdalen College, Oxford and on related joint venture and development matters in relation to TOSP.
  • Advised Partners Group on its programmatic joint venture with ARA Dunedin to build up a £250m UK logistics platform and on the joint venture’s first acquisition of a seven-asset portfolio from Regional REIT for £45m.
  • Advised the London-based real estate team of Sixth Street on its platform joint venture with Henley Investment Management and on the joint venture’s first acquisition of a large office campus in West London close to Heathrow Airport.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons’ workload includes a wide variety of high value investment transactions and development projects, pertaining to skyscrapers, retail centres, alternative living, office buildings and industrial warehouses and logistics premises. Led by John Kelsey, who has demonstrable experience in real estate finance matters, the team counts joint ventures and corporate wrapper deals in its workload and is noted for its active asset management practice. Other key members of the team include Ali Crosthwaite, who advises on inbound investments into the UK and Europe, and Matthew Hooton, who handles corporate wrapped real estate mandates. Former head of Stephenson Harwood’s real estate practice, Jonathon Wilkes, joined the firm in June 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Kelsey

Autres avocats clés:

Ali Crosthwaite; Matthew Hooton; Simon Gardiner; Richard Hopkinson-Woolley; Deian Rhys; Jonathon Wilkes

Principaux clients

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Hondo Enterprises

M7 Real Estate

Blackrock

Breakthrough Properties

Old Park Lane Management

Columbia Threadneedle

Goldman Sachs Asset Management

LaSalle Investment Management

Man Group plc

NextEnergy

PGIM

Nationwide Pension Fund

Tishman Speyer

Legal & General Assurance Society Limited

Patrizia AG

WeWork

Valor Real Estate Partners LLP

Westcore Europe

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised APG on its consortium deal with Blackstone and Scape Living in relation to the take private of GCP Living.
  • Advised Tishman Speyer on the acquisition of the shares in the Derwent London group company, which owned the 126,200 sq ft property known as Angel Square in Islington, EC1 from Derwent London.
  • Advised BlackRock on its £500m joint venture with retirement villages provider Audley Group.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May advises on all aspects of large-scale development projects, particularly in the sports sector, where the ‘excellent real estate team’ has demonstrable experience in major stadia mandates. In the corporate occupier space, high-profile headquarters relocations take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload - the team is notably well-regarded for its work for other major law firms. The team is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s corporate and tax groups to handle all forms of direct and indirect investments, particularly portfolio transactions, often involving a cross-border element. Jane Edwarde leads the team and has considerable experience in sports-related projects, such as advising Everton Football Club on the development of its 52,000-seat stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. John Nevin has a ‘marvellous talent for distilling the key points’ when advising on acquisitions, developments and letting matters, while ‘exceptional’ senior counsel Simon Bartle is another key member of the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jane Edwarde

Autres avocats clés:

John Nevin; Richard Todd; Simon Bartle

Les références

‘John Niven is personable, hugely knowledgeable, commercially astute, a joy to work with.’

‘The team is extremely clear, accurate and responsive.’

‘Simon Bartle is very efficient and effective.’

Principaux clients

Clothworkers’ Company

Delancey

Derwent London

Fishmongers’ Company

Global Infrastructure Partners

Legal & General

Masterworks

Midlothian Capital Partners

NTT Urban Development Corporation

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Derwent London on the £214.6m acquisition of two West End properties and the establishment of a new £120m property joint venture with Lazari Investments in relation to sites at Baker Street, London W1.
  • Advised Masterworks in connection with the sale of Bavaria House, Appold Street, London EC1 to a private Chinese investment group.
  • Advised Derwent London on the sale of Angel Square, Islington to Tishman Speyer for £86.5m.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The full-service real estate practice at Trowers & Hamlins LLP has ‘a broad range of expertise across the development lifecycle, from site acquisitions and planning to construction and delivery’ and has demonstrable experience in acting for local authorities on large-scale redevelopment and regeneration schemes. With an active inward investment practice, particularly from the Far East and Middle East, the team is also noted for its capability in the mixed-use, office, retail, hotel and leisure sectors. Tonia Secker leads the practice, as well as the firm’s affordable housing group, and Rebecca Wardle acts for both private and public sector clients in residential development and regeneration projects, with particular expertise in student accommodation and build to rent mandates. Tom Calnan joined the team from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in April 2021 and focuses on private equity real estate matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tonia Secker

Autres avocats clés:

Tom Calnan; Julien Allen; Sam Folley

Les références

‘The Trowers team has a deep understanding of the real estate market, commercial drivers and their client’s goal. They have a broad range of expertise across property sectors and the development lifecycle, from site to planning and from construction to delivery.’

‘Trowers’ commitment to real estate really shows in the service they provide us. The breadth and depth of Trowers real estate expertise inspires confidence that all aspects of a transaction will be dealt with by an experienced specialist, who really understands how real estate transactions should be run.’

‘Tom Calnan was flexible, responsive, and creative. He focused on the right balance of legal and business issues.’

‘There is clearly great rapport and trust amongst their team, which means we can trust them to work together to deliver what we need. A high level of partner contact is clearly a key element of Trowers client service model, at the same time as allowing more junior lawyers to take on responsibility.’

‘The Trowers’ team have been extremely efficient throughout the whole transactional process. Their communication was always strong and we knew they would always be able to help.’

Principaux clients

Global Net Lease (NYSE: GNL)

Broadside Holdings Limited

Ellison Oxford Limited

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Urban Logistics REIT PLC

Boklok Housing Limited

Phoenix Community Housing Association

Westminster City Council

Hill Residential Limited

Bury Council

Vengrove (Vengrove Real Estate Social Housing Partners Fund)

Apache Capital Partners

Poplar Housing and Regeneration Company Limited

Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB)

American Realty Capital Global (ARC)

Wates Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for US REIT giant Global Net Lease on the purchase and leaseback of the 50-hectare Norman Foster-designed McLaren Campus near Woking, Surrey.
  • Acted for Urban Logistics REIT on various industrial asset acquisitions across the UK, which were acquired in the lead up to its listing on the Main Market in December 2021.
  • Acted on the recent acquisition by the Ellison Institute of a 5.9-acre site in Oxford.

Wedlake Bell LLP

Praised for its ‘diligent attention to detail, personal relationship management and depth of experience across the team’, City firm Wedlake Bell LLP acts for a wide range of domestic and international corporate buyers and funds in investment transactions. Led by David De Maupeou, the real estate group is noted for its capability in residential development projects, as well as mixed-use and business park schemes, with Kim Lalli being a key contact in this space, particularly for housebuilders and healthcare providers. David Roberts has considerable experience in investments arising out of the retail and logistics sectors, while Sarah Blunn and Suzanne Gill, who is commended for her ‘razor sharp mind’, are key contacts for corporate occupier matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

David de Maupeou

Autres avocats clés:

David Roberts; Claire Nelson; Kathryn West

Les références

‘The diligent attention to detail in their work, personal relationship management and depth of experience across the team is excellent.’

‘Suzanne Gill has a razor sharp mind. She has a grasp of the details and demonstrates extreme intellectual honesty. Suzanne has immense gravitas and is not scared to show it.’

Principaux clients

Urban Logistics REIT Plc

LondonMetric Property PLC

Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Jersey Co

London City Mission

Summix Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Hugo Boss UK Limited on the acquisition of new flagship store in Oxford Street, London.
  • Advising LondonMetric Distribution on the forward funding of a new temperature controlled distribution warehouse at Alconbury Park, Huntingdon.
  • Advising Europa Capital Partners (investor) in joint venture with Panattoni UK (developer) on the purchase of Interchange Park, Rotherham, for the development of “a vast distribution centre” of 715,000 sqft alongside the M18 in Rotherham.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s multifaceted team handles high-value investment transactions, in addition to real estate M&A and finance mandates, most of which often involve cross-border elements on account of the firm’s international footprint. The practice also acts for private equity clients and sovereign wealth funds on digital real estate matters, an area in which team leader James Dodsworth ‘brings exceptional experience’ too. Victoria Landsbert advises on acquisitions and disposals, as well as real estate finance mandates; other key members of the team include James Johnson and James Pullen.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Dodsworth

Autres avocats clés:

Victoria Landsbert; James Pullen; James Johnson

Les références

‘Their legal expertise is excellent. Added to this, they bring excellent commercial and operational understanding of our business.’

‘James Dodsworth brings exceptional experience to our business.’

Principaux clients

Colf Technology

Digital Realty

LabTech

Arjun Infrastructure Partners Limited

Oaktree Capital Managemnet

Neighbourly Brands Limited

LRC Group

Scala Family Office

Aroundtown S.A.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Colt Technology Services on the carve-out and subsequent sale of twelve data centers across its Europe portfolio to AtlasEdge, the recently formed joint venture between Liberty Global and DigitalBridge.
  • Advised Oaktree on its acquisition of Tide Construction’s co-living modular tower project in Croydon and associated building contract, development agreement, joint venture and asset and development management agreements.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP‘s real estate practice is known for advising a variety of private capital clients, which include family offices, private funds, and overseas investors; Simon Williams leads the team; he has a keen interest in the retail and office market and significant experience advising hotel owners on investment and development projects. The firm’s fortes include advising on the financing, development, asset management, and disposal of mixed-use and residential developments and investments, while co-working spaces and serviced offices continue to be an area of growth. Caroline King has long-standing experience in real estate transactions across multiple sectors which include residential build-to-rent, senior living, hotels and retail, and industrial.

Responsables de la pratique:

Simon Williams

Autres avocats clés:

Caroline King; Andrew Wilmot-Smith; Rajeev Joshi

Les références

‘They offer a full range of services – the partners stayed involved throughout the process.’

‘They are intelligent and knowledgeable and respond quickly with good commercial advice.’

Principaux clients

Marriot International

IBM UK Pensions Trust Ltd

Bedford Estates

Black Pearl Limited

Berry Brothers & Rudd

Harcourt Investment Limited

Lovett Enterprises

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Verokey SDN. BHD., a subsidiary of IGB Berhad, and Tower Ray Limited on the sale of 18 Blackfriars Road, a development site in a prime Central London location which has planning consent for a mixed-use scheme with an estimated gross development value of in excess of £1 billion.

Burges Salmon LLP

The national real estate practice at Burges Salmon LLP is spread across Bristol and London and serves clients on a full spectrum of matters, from large-scale infrastructure projects to headquarters relocations. Richard Clark leads the real estate sector group, advises private and public sector clients, which include Transport for London, The Crown Estate, and John Lewis Partnership. Paul Browne contributes to the development and investment side of the practice, regularly acting for banks as well as lenders wherever the matter concerns real estate assets; Browne has particular expertise in the real estate side of the nuclear industry and also advises multi-national organisations and institutions. Richard Read advises UK and international investment funds and companies, and global corporates. experience in offices, retail, and industrial asset classes with an emphasis on student accommodation, hotels, and leisure. Ross Polkinghorne is passionate about sustainable real estate and has a great deal of experience in sustainable regeneration schemes.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Clark

Autres avocats clés:

Paul Browne; Richard Read; Matthew Sims; Chris Preston; Ross Polkinghorne

Les références

‘Richard Clark offers clear, straightforward advice. Always available, with timely production of drafts for consideration.  Clear understanding of bigger picture.  Knowledgeable of our counterparty’s position which aided negotiation.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne really knows his stuff; an excellent example of what makes Burges Salmon a trusted law firm.’

‘Philip Beer was excellent in a complex land deal. Excellent manner when negotiating with third parties.’

‘Ross Polkinghorne is excellent, and immediately focuses on the key points of a transaction providing practical and commercially minded advice in a straightforward manner.’

‘Commercially minded legal expertise with quick turnaround times for projects.’

‘Attentive to detail – bring in expertise in specialist sectors as and when necessary- very careful in ensuring that advice is fully understood.’

‘The team is helpful and responsive. Burges Salmon have a highly committed team.’

‘The people and team we worked with over a few transactions were fantastic. They extremely diligent and also understanding with certain requests. They also stuck to timelines extremely well.’

Principaux clients

UK Atomic Energy Authority

The John Lewis Partnership

St. Modwen Properties Plc

Darwin Leisure Fund

Andrew Brownsword / The Royal Clarence Hotel Limited

The Crown Estate

The Church Commissioners

Aerium Group

Knight Frank Investment Management

FTI Consulting (acting as administrators of Côte Restaurants Group Holdings Limited)

West Ranga Property Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the John Lewis Partnership in connection with the acquisition of a major new 1 million sq ft distribution centre in Milton Keynes.
  • Advising London based investor, Darwin Alternatives’ Bereavement Services Fund on the £150 million acquisition and financing of a nationwide portfolio of crematoria and memorial parks.
  • Appointed to manage the £500 million+ Cadogan portfolio, comprising assets in the West End of London and the flagship One Central Square, Cardiff.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co's real estate practice is recognised for the full range of service it offers and the longstanding client relationships the team builds. The practice is co-headed by Will Deeprose, who focuses on residential led mixed-use development, retail, and trade park projects, and acts for public sector entities; and Graeme Taylor, who has over 25 years’ experience of advising a spectrum of clients, which include domestic and international institutional investors, development companies, charities, and high net worth individuals. The firm also has notable strength in build to rent schemes as well as regeneration projects and retail.

Responsables de la pratique:

Graeme Taylor; Will Deeprose

Autres avocats clés:

John Pearce; Daniel Keys; Annabelle Redman; Laura Oliver

Principaux clients

Native Land Limited

Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk

Brentwood Developments (a joint venture between Brentwood Borough Council and Morgan Sindall/Muse)

Connected Living London (a joint venture between Grainger Plc and TFL)

Rockwell

Corinthian Homes Group

U+I Plc ( now part of Land Securities Plc)

Bolsover Land Limited – a JV between iSec and St Francis Group

Grainger Residential Limited (part of the Grainger PLC group)

Native Land Limited

Regal London

Osborne Development Holdings Limited

Mylecke NV

Signal Capital Partners

Fidells

Wyngrove Limited

B&Q Limited

Kingfisher plc (and group companies)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Connected Living London (a joint venture between Grainger Plc and TFL), a joint venture to construct over 3,000 new build to rent homes across London. The firm is acting on the agreements for leases, asset protection provisions, construction and planning documents.

Davitt Jones Bould

Specialist real estate firm Davitt Jones Bould works nationally under the leadership of Madeleine Davitt, who has a stellar reputation for her work on lucrative public sector projects such as the new Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, and the London 2012 Olympics, in addition to her advice to local authorities. The firm has a strong performance record in advising on corporate occupiers and development matters for important landmarks including the development of a new Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre at Victoria Gardens, and Fujifilm’s new headquarters. The firm is benefiting from the experience brought by new members of the team, which include: John Condliffe from Hogan Lovells International LLPJohn Adams from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP; Michelle Powell from Wedlake Bell LLP; and Tina Durani from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Madeleine Davitt; Peter Allinson

Autres avocats clés:

Malcolm Iley; Teresa Kamppari Baker; Melanie Greer-Walker; Sean Bulman; Philippa Hipwell; Tina Durani; John Adams; Mary Anderson; John Condliffe; Michelle Powell

Les références

‘I have collaborated with DJB. Worthy of note is their absolute professionalism, speed of turnaround and innovative approach. My experience of them is that they also empower their associates and team members. More than that, they are consistent in performing to a high standard – difficult to achieve but very much appreciated and it makes them easy to work with and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Madeleine Davitt is extremely client focused and ensures that the firm consistently delivers to a high standard.’

‘Peter Allinson is dedicated to finding innovative and clever ways to deliver excellent and cost effective service to clients.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a local authority on two proposed real estate investments totalling over £250million.
  • Advised two FTSE 250 companies on the management of their investment portfolios.
  • Advised Merchant Land Investments on their London based acquisitions.

DWF

The ‘genuinely passionate‘ commercial real estate team at DWF advises a host of public and private sector clients, which include multinational businesses and the Welsh Government. The investment team regulardly advises on large-scale transactions, such as portfolio acquisitions and disposals. James Froud handles complex investment transactions and asset mangement matters, an area in which senior associate Oliver Lovett has expertise. Mark Shepherd has extensive experience in direct and indirect real estate investment and joint venture arrangements.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Froud

Autres avocats clés:

Oliver Lovett; Mark Shepherd

Les références

‘A strong team of professional solicitors’

‘The team is really dedicated to the job and the advice given. DWF’s real estate team is always acting with great professional conscience. The team combines both approaches: legal and business, and their responsiveness is great.’

‘James Froud and Oliver Lovett are genuinely passionate lawyers who take the lead during the process.’

Principaux clients

Freehold Acquisition Corporation Limited

Investec Bank plc

Evans Randall Investors Ltd

Oaktree

Best Star Real Estate Limited/Tikehau Capital

Squarestone Growth LLP

Clearbell Capital

Hargreaves Group

Alvarium

Corum XL

Panatonni

Moda

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Freehold Acquisition Corporation Limited in respect of the acquisition of numerous ground rent reversion interests including the acquisition of a second 12 property portfolio of retirement living homes from Churchill Group by way of corporate structured acquisition, several developments from developer counterparties such as Select Group, X1 and Salboy.
  • Acting for Alvarium, a global investment house, for more than seven years.
  • Acting for Panatonni (a global real estate logistics investor/developer) on deals across their portfolio.

Farrer & Co

The Farrer & Co team is well known for its mid-market work as well as its legacy developments with landowners; clients consider the group to be ‘pioneers’ in this space. Elsewhere, it has seen an increase in instruction from US backed private equity firms looking to invest in development projects in the UK, particularly in TV and film studio productions. Practice head Mark Gauguier handles both development and investment work, with specific expertise in handling large scale urban developments. Henry Stevens  specialises in development transactions and portfolio management relating to institutions and estates, while senior associate Barbara Beasley focuses on institutional investment, including forward funding and purchases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Gauguier

Autres avocats clés:

Hayley Wilson; Charles Anderson; Kate Corke; Sarah Aggarwal; Henry Stevens; Barbara Beasley

Les références

‘A friendly approachable, no nonsense team that get the job done (and well!)’

‘Hayley Wilson is fun to work with, because she is thorough, meticulous and efficient’

Meghan Hatfield is great, thorough and responsive’

Principaux clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Shinfield Studios Limited

UKVB LuxCo 1 S.à r.l

The Ironmongers Company

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The British Library

Property Trust Group

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Commonwealth Real Estate LP

Blackhall Global Partners LLC

Englefield Estate Trust Corporation

Gascoyne Cecil Estates

Graven Hill Purchaser Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a newly-formed Luxembourg real estate investment fund on various acquisitions focussing on the retail park sector with an aggregate value of c.£67m.
  • Advised Blackhall Global Partners on a landmark transaction with The University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire, the acquisition and associated development costs of which are circa £350 million.

Fladgate LLP

The ‘incredible, smart, and skilled’ real estate team at Fladgate LLP assists a host of clients with their commercial property needs from a single office in London. Practice head Stephen Lewis acts for family offices, banks, offshore and onshore private investors, with a particular focus on the retail and leisure sectors. Gideon Dabby-Joory advises a range of clients, which include private funds and institutional investors, on urban markets; corporate occupiers on expansion programmes and headqaurters relocations; and often acts for providers of shared office space and retail occupiers. Dabby-Joory and Alan Karsberg  are key to the corporate occupiers side of the practice; Karsberg is particularly adept in advising on complex portfolio transactions, sales and leasebacks, as well as landlord and tenant work. Kirsty Corkum  joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and contributes over 25 years’ experience in providing advice on mixed-use and urban development projects for developers, investors, landlords, and tenants.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Lewis

Autres avocats clés:

Gideon Dabby-Joory; Gavin Whitney; Richard Reuben; Alan Karsberg; Amanda Hado-Bodfield; Kirsty Corkum

Les références

‘Technically very sound, with a rigorous but pragmatic approach. Partners and associates are very accessible and approachable.’

‘Legally highly competent, as well as being collaborative and client/objective focused. Very accessible and approachable’

Principaux clients

CapitaLand REIT Plc

Quintain Group

Eren Paper

Ocado Group

London & Regional

APAM

Strawberry Star

Supermarket REIT Plc

Stonehealth Alpha Limited

Black Mountain

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Eren Paper Ltd, a Turkish industrial conglomerate, in connection with its acquisition of Shotton Mill Limited from a subsidiary of UPM-Kymmene, a Finnish listed group. The overall value of the investment is circa €600 million.
  • Acted for Forma Real Estate Fund II, an Israeli HQ Private Equity Fund in connection with the acquisition of a very high profile office building in the core central business district of Glasgow.
  • Advised Yoo Capital Management, on the acquisition of the former Saville Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, London.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP advises its roster of clients on acquisitions and disposals, in addition to handling portfolio management work, and continues to see an increase in alternative asset investment, including life sciences, student accommodation, senior living and higher education. Charles Staveley, who divides his time between the firm’s London and Cambridge offices, leads the investment practice and acts for institutional pension funds, management houses, family offices and property investors. The development team, which is spearheaded by London-based Orla O’Sullivan and Michael Giess, and Cambridge-based Christine De Ferrars Green, has demonstrable experience in asset-specific development projects, as well as regeneration mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Charles Staveley

Autres avocats clés:

Orla O’Sullivan; Michael Giess; Christine de Ferrars Green; Laura Holdaway; David Roberts

Principaux clients

RPMI Railpen (Railways Pension Fund)

South Kensington Estates

Bruntwood Science Limited

HSBC Alternative Investments Ltd

Urban&Civic plc

AgFe

Trinity College, Cambridge

LaSalle Investment Management

Legendre Group Limited

London & Regional Properties

Langtree Property Partners Limited

Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund

Bericote Properties Limited

Pandox AB

Hines UK

Royal Mail Pension Plan (managed by LaSalle Investment Management)

Hermes Fund Managers Ltd

Henley Investment Management

Wrenbridge

Bruntwood

Henderson UK Property PAIF (managed by Nuveen Real Estate)

Rhône Group LLP

Derwent London

Achilles Therapeutics UK Limited

Argent

Floreat Real Estate

Lendlease

Autolus Limited

Pigeon Group

O&H Properties

Hillview Group

Kadans Science Partner

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Kadans Science Partner on the acquisition of property at Kings Cross, London, for development of new life sciences and technology innovation space.
  • Advised SUE Developments LP (Urban&Civic) on the sale of BtR parcel at Houlton, Rugby to Goldman Sachs.
  • Advised Reassure Limited on two additional loan facilities to Target Healthcare REIT plc, to refinance an additional healthcare portfolio (£37m), and additional loan facilities to acquire a further 18 healthcare portfolio from a Jersey-based investor (£64m).

Osborne Clarke LLP

The real estate practice at Osborne Clarke LLP frequently collaborates with the wider firm’s construction, litigation, planning and finance teams to handle development and regeneration projects arising out of the logistics, mixed-use and alternative residential sectors. Noted for its capability in mid-market mandates, the team’s workload includes investment transactions, leasing matters and joint ventures. Practice leader Louise Cartwright advises on portfolio deals, corporate wrapper acquisitions and real estate finance mandates, while Richard Wilkinson has experience in joint ventures, corporate real estate transactions and headquarters relocations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Louise Cartwright

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Wilkinson; Peter Day; Emma McPeake

Les références

‘Small, but efficient team, who are well-placed to advise on investment matters and asset management.’

Principaux clients

M&G Real Estate

The British Land Company Plc

Global Logistics Properties (GLP)

Panattoni

Reef Group

Bank of America

Hughes House Liverpool GP Limited

A joint venture between Patrizia and Kingston Space Property known as the Greater London Industrial platform (GLI)

Mirastar Real Estate Investment Management and KKR

Packaged Living Limited

Baytree

Fiera Capital

Colony Capital

Marchmont Investment Management

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising British Land on two retail park acquisitions, including Blackwater Shopping Park in Farnborough acquired for £38m, and an office building acquisition at Surrey Research Park for £15.3m.
  • Advising M&G on the launch of the M&G Shared Ownership Fund, the first institutional shared ownership fund, and a long-term strategic partnership with the Hyde Group to deliver £500m of new, sustainably designed affordable homes.
  • Advising Global Logistics Properties (GLP) on the £196m acquisition of 396 acres of development land.

Sidley Austin LLP

US firm Sidley Austin LLP continues to consolidate its position in the London real estate market; handling big-ticket deals covering a wide range of real estate assets, including hotels, logistics, retail and leisure, alternative residential and offices, among others. Practice co-leader Lyndsey Laverack has considerable experience in forward purchase and funding transactions, as well as acting for private equity funds on their investments into real estate assets, while team co-leader Jade Williams-Adedeji handles sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant matters and portfolio management. Emilie Stewart, who ‘takes no prisoners in negotiations’, and Paul Dunbar joined the team from Vinson & Elkins LLP in August 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Lyndsey Laverack; Jade Williams-Adedeji

Autres avocats clés:

Emilie Stewart; Paul Dunbar

Les références

‘Market-leading real estate investment team. Excellent technical skills and commitment.’

‘Emilie Stewart is a key partner for us, very committed and lots of energy to ensure the deal gets done efficiently. She takes no prisoners in negotiations.’

Principaux clients

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

Apollo

HIG Realty

Northwood Advisors

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented funds managed by Apollo affiliates on their agreement to acquire Miller Homes Group Limited from Bridgepoint Group plc.
  • Advised Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts on a new joint venture with Fokus Asset Management in connection with their acquisition of a residential real estate portfolio consisting of more than 300 residential units across nine properties located in Central and Greater Copenhagen.
  • Advised Northwood Investors on its sale of 20 Gracechurch Street, London.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Elite US firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP notably acts for private equity real estate funds, including The Blackstone Group, on big-ticket domestic and cross-border investment transactions, ranging from M&A, joint ventures and portfolio deals to developments, leasing work and structured financing matters. Praised as a ‘brilliant partner to handle multi-jurisdictional deals’, practice leader Wheatly MacNamara focuses on real estate acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures in the private equity arena. The team leverages the firm's wider expertise in corporate real estate, banking finance, M&A and private funds to act for its roster of clients.

Responsables de la pratique:

Wheatly MacNamara

Les références

‘Great team with in-depth expertise. Very agile, easy to work with and always straight to the point.’

‘Wheatly MacNamara stands out. Brilliant lawyer to handle multi-jurisdictional deals. In-depth market knowledge and expertise. Easy to work with and always available.’

Principaux clients

The Blackstone Group

Blackstone Real Estate Partners

Blackstone Property Partners Europe

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Strategic Partners

BC Partners

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Northwood Investors

Round Hill Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Blackstone in its €21bn recapitalization of Mileway, the largest last mile logistics portfolio in Europe, alongside Blackstone’s Core+ strategy.
  • Representing Blackstone Capital Partners and Blackstone Real Estate in connection with the acquisition of Bourne Leisure.
  • Representing two open-ended Blackstone real estate funds in the acquisition of $2.8bn of logistics assets from Cabot Properties.

Cripps

Based across offices in Tunbridge Wells and London, Cripps serves a host of clients which include developers and housebuilders, banks, and real estate investors. Stephen Hedley heads the overall real estate practice at the firm, while Jason Tann leads the commercial real estate team and advises landed estates, property companies, private high net worth investors, and offshore investors. Corporate occupiers remains one of the core areas of focus in the firm. Led by Oliver Morris, who has over 20 years’ experience in advising clients on large-scale head office relocations in the professional services, financial services, advertising media, and technology sectors, the team also advises occupiers on domestic and international expansions, negotiating new lease terms, disputes, and relocations.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jason Tann; Stephen Hedley

Autres avocats clés:

John McGeough; Beth Myers

Les références

‘Approachable at any hour and willing to move quickly to get me the desired result. Non-combative in arguing with their opposite number but firm in setting parameters and no-go zones.’

‘Jason Tann is a class act. An uncanny ability to find his way through the knottiest of issues – and usually with good humour!’

Principaux clients

AEW

AroundtownSA

Baylight Properties Ltd

Cadogan

The Eyre Estate

Emirates National Bank of Dubai

Federated Hermes

Fender Musical Instruments Europe Limited

Gopuff

Kennedy Wilson

The Prudential Assurance Company Limited

The Sloane Stanley Estate

SRG Holdings

The Academy of Medical Sciences

The Zetter Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Birchall on all aspects of the development of the Peak Resort – a £400m mixed leisure, health, sport and education scheme on the edge of the Peak District.
  • Acting for a private investor in prime central London for £80m hotel/leisure investments, dealing with financings, acquisition, construction and planning issues and potential joint ventures.
  • Acting for the grocery delivery start-up Godija/Go Puff as their sole real estate property advisors, securing twelve sites across London.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The real estate team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is an 'excellent blend of professional, experienced and approachable', and advises a varied client base across the retail, leisure, health, hotel, offices, and government sectors; the firm's strengths also include advising on Shari'ah compliant financing. Practice head Robert Lee has over 35 years' experience in advising clients across the residential development sector, large regeneration projects, and joint ventures. Charlotte Wilson is 'an outstanding solicitor' with a deep knowledge of the negotiation and implementation of complex acquisition agreements, strategic land matters, and development partnerships with public sector landowners. The firm often serves international and domestic investors, as well as a number of NHS Trusts. On the corporate occupiers front, the firm assists lucrative clients such as L'Oréal and Hard Rock Cafe on a diverse portfolio of retail shops, hairdressing academies, and the acquisition of freehold interests.

Responsables de la pratique:

Robert Lee

Autres avocats clés:

Charlotte Wilson; Helen Murcott; Glenn Ruddy; Andrew Boulton; John Noonan

Principaux clients

The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Portland Place (Properties) Jersey Limited

Royal London UK Real Estate Fund

Taylor Wimpey

Bellway

Vistry Group

Crest Nicholson Operations Limited

Derwent London

Arab Investments Limited

Panasonic

Go Ahead Group

L’Oreal

Guy’s and Thomas’s Hospital

Royal Brompton Hospital Trust

Qatari Investment Bank

Intu

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield

Canterbury City Council

Blackpool Borough Council

Allied Irish Bank

Waverley Borough Council

Wates Developments

Barratt

Countryside Properties

Persimmon

Berkeley Homes

Redrow

CALA

Hill Group

Places for People

Stonebond Properties

Ilke Homes

Fairview

Clarion Housing Association Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising on the sale of Derwent London’s New River Yard, EC1 2AU to a private property company with a deal value of £67.5m.
  • Advising on the property elements of the disposal of the Elysium Healthcare group by its private equity owner BC Partners to Ramsay Health.
  • Acting on the disposal of Touchwood Shopping Centre in Solihull for £90m.

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP ‘s ‘professional and efficient‘ real estate practice offers clients expert advice on a full range of commercial property matters, which include developments, leasing, and management, as well as complex structuring and lending issues. Practice head Mark Hurst  has almost 25 years’ experience in managing large portfolio transactions and representing fully listed PLCs, high net worth individuals, and offshore funds. Joseph Holder  advises funds, institutional investors, and substantial family offices across a whole range of commercial real estate transactions; Holder contributes his deep experience in residential investment practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Hurst

Autres avocats clés:

John Leasure; Joseph Holder; Victoria Camfield; Nigel Mason

Les références

‘Partner led no matter the size of the deal. Quality advice explained brilliantly. Always contactable. Very slick service’

‘John Leasure, very personable, very efficient, knows exactly what issues to highlight and what not to.’

‘Joseph Holder is a solicitor that knows his stuff and doesn’t cut any corners is always available and ready for you’

‘The team are very transparent , thorough, and have a good understanding of commercial property, very good at returning calls, and are happy to accept criticism in a constrcutive way.’

‘Joseph Holder is efficent and always returns calls, very thorough and takes responsibility. The lenders lawyers really like him and his transparent approach, they trust his legal view on probabilities’

‘Very professional and efficient.’

Principaux clients

Bourne Capital

Burhill Group

Casa Bella Developments Limited

Citivest Limited

Citrus Group

Criterion Capital

Ego Restaurants

Firefly Capital

LEON Restaurants Limited, Rosa’s Thai, Pizza Pilgrims Limited, Pizza Union and Ping Pong

Lightstone Properties LLP

Marwees Ltd (Edgware Trust)

Orwell Real Estate

Palace Capital plc

Park Plaza Hotels

Structadene Group

William Pears Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised William Pears Group on the acquisitions and sales of various industrial estates with a combined value of over £60m; the acquisition of the office headquarters and associated factory and warehouse premises of The Body Shop International in Littlehampton for c.£22m; and ongoing management of its existing portfolio, including notable regears to substantial retail and warehouse tenants across England & Wales, often at rents in excess of £100k pa.
  • Acting on various sales as well as day to day advisory on the £285m portfolio for Palace Capital PLC.
  • Advising Structadene Group on complex or large transactions, most recently acting on a £240m refinancing of part of the portfolio comprising over 100 properties.

Memery Crystal

Following the acquisition of Memery Crystal (part of RGB Legal Services) by RBG Holdings in April 2021, the real estate team welcomed ‘standout partnerJohn Aynsley, who now leads the practice, and Matthew Hind from sister brand and dispute resolution specialist firm, Rosenblatt (part of RGB Legal Services), in December 2021. Daniel Abrahams handles acquisitions and disposals, as well as development projects, pre-letting issues and financing transactions, while Nicola Kravitz is noted for her expertise in the retail sector. Other key members of the team include Alastair Moss and Victoria Lowe.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Aynsley

Autres avocats clés:

Daniel Abrahams; Nicola Kravitz; Alastair Moss; Victoria Lowe; Matthew Hind; David O’Dwyer

Les références

‘Excellent mid-level firm for the lower value investment transactions. Large and well resourced team.’

‘Very responsive and highly knowledgeable of our commercial needs and the wider market. Technically excellent at all levels of mainstream investment work. Strong approach on billing. John Aynsley leads team and is an excellent, all-round lawyer. Very responsive and extremely strong.’

‘John Aynsley, who is the standout partner we work with, is very responsive, commercial and understand our business and is willing to give a pragmatic view.’

‘They have the resources to address all needs and are able to move swiftly.’

‘The practice is unique, in that we always get dedicated service from a partner, all the way through a project.’

‘Victoria Lowe manages her team effectively and is always readily available.’

Principaux clients

Ashtrom Properties

ODC Management

Waste Knot Energy

Z. C Ronogil

Telford Homes

PPR Estates

Dandi Living

Luxgrove Capital Partners

Fairview New Homes

British Garden Centres

Wooldridge Group

DAO Estate

Blue Diamond

Blackbrooks Garden Centres

Arlington Advisors

GFZ

United Green

Maidenhead Aquatics

McDonalds

Lodha Group

Countryside

Canary Wharf Group

Rontec Roadside Retail

Leathams

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Ashtrom Properties UK on the £82m acquisition of No. 8 First Street and the £39.5m acquisition of Colmore Gate.
  • Advising on a joint venture, including Z. C. Ronogil on the purchase of the Luma Building and the sale of The Grimaldi Building.
  • Advising Countryside on the sale of a serviced land parcel to Anchor Housing at its flagship Rochester Riverside regeneration scheme.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Real estate investment transactions make up a large proportion of Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP’s workload, as well as high-value development projects, office relocations, leasing negotiations and distressed property matters. James Nadin leads the team and has demonstrable experience in portfolio acquisitions and disposals, while James McNeilly focuses on long income real estate mandates and consultant Simon Allan has considerable experience in handling large-scale high-value development and infrastructure projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Nadin

Autres avocats clés:

James McNeill ; Alex Prew; Joel Kordan

Principaux clients

Munroe K Luxembourg SA

Fairbridge Developments Limited

Scarborough Group International