Real Estate

Our Practice

Strategic and creative thinking are the hallmarks of our practice and our constructive approach to the law means clients view us as trusted business advisers. This is why we have a broad client base that includes substantial investors, property funds, lenders, borrowers, developers, landlords and occupiers. We understand the commercial challenges our clients face and we manage our resources effectively to run transactions efficiently and on budget.

The international reach of our cross-border, cross-sector team across Asia, Europe and the Middle East enables us to respond to varying client needs.

We also have teams well versed in sector-specific transactions such as hotels, student accommodation, healthcare, energy and infrastructure, TMT and real estate funds.

Our group’s breadth and depth of experience allows us to anticipate issues, create innovative solutions and identify opportunities to help our clients achieve their business objectives.

Our Experience

A substantial overseas investor

  • advising on the acquisition of the Waldorf Hotel for £175m.

A substantial overseas investor

  • advising on the acquisition of the Coutts building on the Strand.

Aareal Bank

  • advising on the financing, acquisition and development of real estate in the UK from our offices in both London and Frankfurt.

Abu Dhabi based private investor

  • advising on the funding and acquisition of a portfolio of hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai for in excess of AED 1bn.

Auchan S.p.A

  • our Milan office advised on the sale of the Italian headquarters of Auchan S.p.A to Beni Stabili S.p.A for €63m.

Bawabat Al Shamal

  • our Doha office advised on the construction of a retail and leisure development that was valued at over US$1.6bn.

BP

  • advising on the occupational requirements and on the major acquisition of space at Canary Wharf.

British Land

  • advising on the £1.015bn refinancing of its Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield securitisation, together with the establishment of the Meadowhall Limited Partnership, a Jersey vehicle with over £1.6bn of UK property assets.

Deka Immobilien GmbH

  • acting in relation to its UK property portfolio, including a number of substantial acquisitions, disposals and asset management transactions for landmark properties in the heart of London.

Four Seasons Healthcare

  • „„advising the UK’s third largest care home operator on the complex reorganisation and restructuring of its care home investment portfolio.

Henderson Global Investors

  • „„advising several European backed closed-ended funds investing in UK real estate with a combined value in excess of £400m and advising on the acquisition and acquisition finance of several shopping centres, office buildings and logistic centres in Germany.

Halfords

  • „„acting for this major retailer on the acquisition and development of its out of town retail portfolio, in excess of 350 superstores.

Hines

  • „„advising on the acquisition of their first property in the UK on behalf of their European Central Fund, by way of a sale and leaseback of Cadbury’s distribution centre and the subsequent disposal, and advising on the re-gear of the lease of 15 Suffolk Place, London with the Crown Estate.

Hong Kong Electric

  • „„advising this international energy company on its acquisition of the Seabank Power Station in Bristol.

Hypo Real Estate Bank International „„

  • acting on the £125m Islamic Financing of a major London office building and a range of Islamic financing deals in Germany.

IKEA

  • „„acting for IKEA on the acquisition of three windfarms in Germany.

ING Real Estate Investment Management

  • „„advising on the £380m acquisition of six shopping centres by ING Retail Property Fund Britannica LP and the financing of the centres with ING Real Estate Finance NV, together with the development of a new shopping centre.

Ministry of Defence

  • „„advising the MOD on a £12bn project to establish a new tri-service college at St Athan in South Wales as part of plans to overhaul the provisions of military technical training in the UK.

Municipality of Maassluis

  • „„our Amsterdam office recently advised on the development of a new City district spanning 25% of the current City as well as a new shopping centre.

Nationwide Building Society

  • „„advising on the development of land for a new UK data centre.

Starbucks Coffee Deutschland GmbH

  • acting for Starbucks on various matters related to their German lease portfolio, which included real estate litigation matters.

Threadneedle

  • acting for this long standing client on the re-gear of the head leasehold interest in the Heals Building on Tottenham Court Road and on the transfer of its head leasehold interest in Premier House, Twickenham to the Low Carbon Workplace Fund.