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Stephen Laud

T: +44 20 7809 2514 M: +44 7717 341 733 Email Stephen | Vcard Office: London

Stephen Laud Partner

Contact details

Stephen Laud

Stephen Laud
Partner

T: +44 20 7809 2514 M: +44 7717 341 733 Email Stephen | Vcard Office: London

Stephen specialises in commercial real estate, principally advising on investment acquisitions and disposals, development and landlord and tenant matters. He also has particular expertise in the hotels and leisure sector. Stephen acts for a wide range of clients, including institutional investors, one of London's main estate landlords, entrepreneurs, corporate owner/occupiers, hotel/restaurant/bar owners/occupiers, banks and charities. Clients value Stephen's highly commercial and pragmatic approach and his drive to achieve a successful outcome for them.
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Stephen has broad experience acting for commercial real estate investors, often involving offshore holding structures. He advises on acquisitions and disposals, ranging from large town centre multi-let mixed use properties, office blocks, shopping centres, regional industrial estates and development sites. His work often involves dealing with the real estate aspects of financing acquisitions. Following acquisition, Stephen advises on the asset management required to increase the property value.

Stephen has a strong track record acting for corporate occupiers with their office headquarters requirements, including FTSE 100 companies, London-based law firms, hedge funds, hotel groups, insurers and overseas companies setting up in England for the first time. This often includes advising on the strategy for exiting existing premises in the most cost effective way.

In the hotels and leisure sector, Stephen has significant experience gained over many years acting for recognised hotel and bar/restaurant chains. He acts for hotel owners/operators on sales and purchases of hotels as going concerns, redevelopment and refurbishment projects and also asset management, including leases/licences/concessions granted to third party operators. He acts for a number of restaurant and bar owners and his work for them includes new site acquisitions, disposals and financings.

"Up to speed, knows the answers – very intelligent"
Chambers UK 2013

  • Real estate
  • Real estate development and investment
  • Landlord and tenant

Acquisitions and disposals

Advising institutional investors, real estate companies and high net worth entrepreneurs in relation to the acquisition and disposal of real estate assets, including office blocks, multi-let mixed use sites, shopping centres, industrial estates and development sites. This includes financing aspects.

Asset management

Representing landlord investor clients on all aspects of managing their real estate portfolios to grow asset value.

Corporate occupiers

Advising corporate clients on their office requirements, including flexibility for future expansion/contraction and where appropriate, advising on the exit from existing premises in the most cost effective way.

Hotels and leisure

Representing hotel owner/operators on sales and purchases as going concerns, redevelopment/refurbishment projects and ongoing asset management, including the grant of leases/licences/concessions to third party operators. Also advising restaurant and bar owners on new site acquisitions, disposals and financings.

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Development

Advising institutional funds, real estate companies, developers and high net worth individuals in relation to the full life cycle of real estate development. This includes the initial site acquisition, development aspects, construction contracts/professional team appointments and negotiating institutionally acceptable forms of leases with end occupiers.

Investment

Advising institutional investors, real estate companies and high net worth entrepreneurs in relation to the acquisition and disposal of real estate assets, including office blocks, multi-let mixed use sites, shopping centres, industrial estates and development sites. This includes financing aspects.

Asset management

Representing investor clients on all aspects of actively managing their real estate portfolios to grow asset value.

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Asset management

Representing landlord clients on all aspects of managing their real estate portfolios – the grant of leases, re-gearing existing leases, lease variations, lease surrenders and the grant of licences.

Corporate occupiers

Advising corporate clients on their office requirements, including flexibility for future expansion/contraction and where appropriate, advising on the exit from existing premises in the most cost effective way.

Hotels and leisure

Advising hotel operators on leasing arrangements, landlord consents for redevelopment/refurbishment projects and the grant of leases/licences/concessions to third party operators. Also advising restaurant and bar owners on the acquisition of new site leases, re-gearing leases to extent the term and guidance through the landlord consent process for fitting out/refurbishment.

More: Landlord and tenant

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