Through our network in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we advise on local and cross-border issues drawing on the skills of our leading real estate finance, real estate, regulatory, tax, securitisation, capital markets, corporate, funds and restructuring and insolvency specialists while maintaining one point of contact with you. We have the commitment, resources, experience and know how to get deals done, whatever and wherever they are.
We act for banks, borrowers, funds, mezzanine lenders, issuers, arrangers and rating agencies. We are a leading firm in the sector and thrive on complex matters, as we structure our business to ensure close partner attention on all our deals. Our real estate finance partners are recognised as leaders in the field and we operate on a local and cross-border basis in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia.
We have extensive experience in financing the acquisition and refinancing of all types of investment property from landmark buildings to large portfolios including office, retail (from single units to the largest regional shopping centres), leisure, distribution centres, industrial and business parks.
We act for lenders, owners and developers on a wide range of development finance transactions from large scale transformational developments to refurbishment works. We understand how to identify and manage construction risk.
Hotels and leisure
We act for owners, operators and financiers in connection with secured and unsecured financings and securitisations, hotel and restaurant management arrangements, asset management, franchising, branding, regulatory advice and dispute resolution.
We are experienced across the healthcare sector including financing the acquisition and development of hospitals, psychiatric care units, nursing homes and village care using a number of financing techniques such as whole business securitisations, sale and leasebacks, PFI/PPP and leveraged buy outs.
We have advised on some of the leading student accommodation projects including structuring and advising on equity investments, bond financing, development and investment facilities both on campus and off campus and involving leases and hard and soft nomination arrangements.
Real estate funds and debt funds
With our market leading Asset Management & Investment Funds practice we advise on the establishment of all forms of real estate funds (closed- and open-ended, corporate and partnership, onshore and offshore) and debt funds (including specialist tax and regulatory structuring) and related financings including, fund level equity bridge facilities and capital call facilities and asset level financings.
We act for lenders and borrowers in the property sector in connection with their working capital and unsecured borrowing requirements.
We have extensive experience of acting for originating lenders, issuers, borrowers, rating agencies, loan servicers, special servicers, junior investors and swap counterparties in connection with the structuring, arrangement and restructuring of agency and conduit securitisations involving single assets and portfolios, the purchase, funding, repackaging and restructuring of B notes and other junior pieces in capital structures.
Islamic and Shariah structures
Our award-winning Islamic finance team advises on conventional and Shariah-compliant financial institutions, fund managers, financial advisors and corporates globally on all aspects of Islamic finance. With a deep understanding of Shariah principles and close relationships with many of the world’s leading Shariah scholars, we offer a leading capability in advanced Islamic product development and transaction management. We have expertise in the full range of modern and traditional Islamic finance contracts such as Sukuk, W’ad, Murabaha, Ijara, Mudaraba and Musharakah.
Distressed real estate
We regularly act for senior lenders, mezzanine lenders, swap counterparties, representative agents (such as bond trustees, facility agents, security trustees, loan servicers and special servicers) and insolvency office holders in connection with all aspects of the enforcement of security, from initial security review and development of strategy to the appointment of administrators and fixed charge receivers and subsequent disposal of the secured assets and advising on restructurings and work outs outside of a formal insolvency process.
Distressed and non-performing loan portfolios
We regularly act for sellers, purchasers and funders in connection with all aspects of trading distressed and non-performing loan portfolios and bonds including running and managing bidding processes and data rooms for sellers, due diligence for purchasers and their funders and structuring and executing the sale and purchase of single loans and portfolios and bonds.