Real estate finance

Our real estate finance 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.

We are a fully integrated team comprising a mixture of finance lawyers and real estate lawyers who all sit together in one department.  This structuring provides a seamless link between the finance team and the real estate team enabling us to work together in a joined up way for exceptional service delivery.

Our real estate finance experts advise banks, alternative lenders, borrowers, investors, funds and developers across the real estate investment and development sectors.

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 the private rented sector (PRS), student housing, hotel/leisure, healthcare, education, and other not-for-profit sectors
  • loan restructuring and dealing with distressed debt

A client praises the team as "friendly, hard-working and diligent." 

Chambers UK 2020

Centre Point, £60 million investment facility

We acted for SMBC on a high profile investment facility provided by SMBC to Almacantar, following the successful development by Almacantar of the site at Centre Point.

£245 million acquisition of retail park portfolio loan facilities

We acted for Tristan Capital Partners, a long standing client of the firm, on loan facilities for Tristan's acquisition of a £245 million retail park portfolio, reported by Cushman & Wakefield as the biggest single retail warehouse transaction in the first quarter of 2017.

3 St James Square, £135 million acquisition financing

We advised a consortium of investors led by Joint Treasure in their financing arrangements for their £135 million acquisition of 3 St James's Square, SW1 (a trophy asset in the heart of London).

£258 million 33 Old Broad Street acquisition and financing

We acted for Hong Kong based client S E A Holdings on their acquisition of 33 Old Broad Street, HBOS's London HQ, for £258 million, and their related financing provided by HSBC for £169 million.

London Rosewood Hotel, £175 million term facility

We acted as lead counsel on this transaction advising The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited on their £175 million term facility, which was used to refinance the acquisition costs of the iconic Rosewood Hotel in Holborn, London.

1 Spinningfields Manchester, £81 million investment loan

We advised Barings as arranger and original lender on their investment loan to a Schroders managed investment vehicle for the purchase of 1 Spinningfields, Manchester.

London Hotel Café Royal, £165 million facility

We advised Barings on providing a £165 million 7 year fixed rate facility to refinance an Israeli Bank's facility for the flagship Hotel Café Royal, Regent Street, London.

Royal Liver Building, £29.65 million financing arrangement

We acted as lead counsel to Barings as arranger and original lender in putting in place the £29.65 million financing arrangement which supported the acquisition of the Grade I listed Royal Liver Building.

Holland House and Renown House refinancing

We acted for Wells Fargo on their refinancing of Holland House and Renown House, two prime London properties situated next to the 'Gherkin', owned by the Stena group and managed by Trinova.

€420 million senior/mezzanine acquisition financing of shopping centre portfolio

We advised real estate fund Pradera on a secured financing for the acquisition from Ikea of a pan-European portfolio of 25 shopping centres in central and eastern Europe, including 3 prime retail centers in France. The mezzanine & senior financing was arranged by Goldman Sachs and included a double luxco structure.

€40 million mezzanine financing

We advised Rawlinson & Hunter, owner of Château Cantenac Brown on a secured mezzanine financing with a value of €40 million.

€30 million secured bridge private placement of bonds

We advised real estate fund Resolution Property on a secured bridge private placement of bonds for the construction of an outlet center in Honfleur (Normandy) with a value of €60 million.

HK$3,110 million development financing of residential building project

We advised Wang On Properties on the HK$3,110 million financing of the development of a 23,500 square metre residential building project.

HK$1,914 million development financing of residential building project

We advised Hang Seng Bank Limited and five other local and international banks on a HK$1,914 million financing of the development of the 45,000 square metre residential project known as Alto Residences.


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Latest news & insights

06 Aug 2020

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30 Jan 2019

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18 Sep 2018

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On 24 July 2018 the Law Commission made 53 recommendations for reform of the Land Registration Act 2002 ("LRA 2002") in a long-awaited report which runs to 587 pages. ..


27 Mar 2018

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17 Jul 2017

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Stephenson Harwood advises SEA Holdings on £260 million acquisition of 33 Old Broad Street

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised SEA Holdings on its £260 million acquisition of 33 Old Broad Street, London, from real estate private equity firm Brockton ..


16 Feb 2017

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09 Jan 2017

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30 Nov 2016

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The long-awaited LMA real estate security document has arrived

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23 Nov 2016

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01 Mar 2016

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