Real estate finance

Our real estate finance team is regarded as a key market player in all areas of real estate finance. The team has wide-ranging experience acting for lenders, borrowers and other key stakeholders across domestic and international markets, advising on the full spectrum of investment and development financings.
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With one of the largest dedicated real estate finance teams in the City, working closely with the firm's specialists in corporate, tax, construction, environment and regulation, you can expect our advice to get to the point. We will deliver pragmatic advice based on an understanding of your business and the market in which you operate.

Our real estate finance experts advise banks, alternative lenders, borrowers, investors, funds and developers across the real estate investment and development sectors. We are able to offer advice wherever in the world you need it, when handling cross-border transactions in jurisdictions where we do not have a presence we will call upon our extensive network of foreign counsel and other professional advisers retaining the coordination of the transaction to ensure a seamless service.

We can help you with:

  • bilateral and syndicated loans – investment and development; public and private sectors
  • senior and mezzanine facilities – dealing with complex intercreditor issues
  • financing real estate investment funds, REITs, unit trusts, limited partnerships and other entities, both on and off-shore
  • tax efficient funding structures
  • specialist sectors, including healthcare, education, and other not-for-profit sectors, hotel/leisure
  • loan restructuring and dealing with distressed debt

"[A] distinguished team offering comprehensive counsel on real estate finance matters for borrower and lender clients"
Chambers UK 2015

The Langham Estate £540 million refinancing, bank syndicate

We advised a bank syndicate on a £540 million investment facility secured on The Langham Estate - a large portfolio of commercial property located in the West End of London.

£400 million Henderson Retail Warehouse Fund refinancing

We advised Wells Fargo, Aareal Bank and Helaba on the £400 million refinancing of the Henderson Retail Warehouse Fund on 16 retail shopping centres valued at just over £1 billion.

Sea Containers House £325 million redevelopment, ING Real Estate & Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

We advised banks in a club deal for the redevelopment and refinancing of the iconic riverside building Sea Containers' House of which part now comprises the Mondrian Hotel.

Schroders' WELPUT fund, £200 million, Wells Fargo

Acted for Wells Fargo on the £200 million refinancing of WELPUT, Schroders’ West End of London Property Unit Trust, secured against a mixed use prime property portfolio.

Campden Hill development, £200 million development facility, Native Land

We advised a joint venture (comprised of Native Land, Grosvenor, Hotel Properties Limited and Amcorp Properties Berhad) on their £200 million facility with a Singaporean bank syndicate to develop the former Holland Park School site.

Ampersand Building, Soho, £102 million financing, Peterson Group

We represented Peterson in negotiating their financing arrangements with DBS Bank relating to the acquisition of the Ampersand Building a design-led mixed use development in the heart of Soho.

Acquisition of Amber portfolio, £80 million, Wells Fargo

We advised Wells Fargo in relation to a complex transaction to provide financing to a fund managed by Clearbell for the purchase of a mixed use property portfolio.

Oxford Street block acquisition, £95 million, Crédit Agricole

We advised Crédit Agricole on a £95 million financing arrangement to refinance the joint venture acquisition by Tribeca Holdings and Pramerica's of a high-profile Oxford Street block opposite Selfridges.

TIAA Henderson Real Estate, €47.3 million commercial refinancing, Italy

We acted for Rende Shopping Centre S.p.A. (a borrowing vehicle for TIAA) on the refinancing of a shopping centre in Rende by Deutsche Bank. This was a complex cross-border financing involving close co-operation between lawyers in the UK, Italy and Luxembourg.

LaSalle Investments, £142 million shopping centre acquisition, central Warrington

We acted for a fund managed by LaSalle on the financing of the acquisition of Golden Square Shopping Centre, Warrington, for £142 million from Warrington Retail Limited Partnership.


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