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Real Estate Finance and Funds

Our finance & funds team supports clients across the property lifecycle

Our real estate finance & funds team works with clients to achieve their strategic objectives, regardless of location, deal complexity or funding structure. We advise on restructuring portfolios, securing financing for a development, refinancing or releasing equity for acquisitions, structuring funds to attract investors and maximising tax efficiency. Our clients include international developers, senior & mezzanine lenders, investors and funders.

Working closely with market participants on a recurring basis ensures that we understand the inherent intricate real estate refinancing and restructuring issues. We have particular expertise in the commercial, residential, hospitality and retail property sectors.

We are highly regarded for our work on high value intricate transactions and provide a multi-disciplinary team which combines the expertise of our banking, real estate, corporate, tax, restructuring and dispute resolution know how. This ensures that clients benefit from one dedicated client-centric team throughout the course of their real estate transactions.

Our Finance & Funds Work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • ICC arbitration regarding the termination of a joint development and funding agreement

    Advising a Moroccan real estate developer in an ICC arbitration regarding the termination of a joint development and funding agreement

  • Multi-jurisdictional joint venture investment structuring

    Advising on a multi-jurisdiction investment structure spanning the British Virgin Islands, Hong Kong and China to enable a joint venture between US and Italian investors to invest in Chinese real estate opportunities

    British Virgin Islands
  • Australian Real Estate experience

    Acting for a leading telecommunications company in relation to their disposal program, commercial leases, agreements for lease, all aspects of their mobile facilities and the tender and sales processes of a wide range of sites.


    Acting for a major national service provider in...

  • USD 1 billion acquisition financing for 15 plots on The Pearl-Qatar

    Negotiating USD 1 billion facilities for developers to acquire 15 plots on The Pearl-Qatar, an artificial island spanning nearly four million square metres, including drafting a security package involving assignments, refund guarantee's, and escrow arrangements


    Establishing a Sharia compliant investment vehicle in Jersey

    Advising on establishing and structuring of a Jersey-based Sharia compliant investment vehicle facilitating Qatari investment in prime London property assets


    Joint ventures and financing for luxury accommodation owners

    Advising the owners of a five-star hotel and apartment complex in Doha’s West Bay area on joint ventures and financing arrangements with a consortium of banks (led by Commercial Bank) and on the hotel management suite of agreements.

  • Funding and acquisition of land for a regeneration project

    Acting for Cathedral Group on the funding and acquisition of a site in Bromley and disposal of residential apartments and housing as part of the redevelopment of a mixed-use housing scheme.

    United Kingdom

    Mixed use development of former bus depot

    Acting on a mixed use development of the former town centre bus depot site into a vibrant, and accessible leisure quarter in Darlington, UK.  The scheme involves a cinema, hotel, restaurants and bars.

    United Kingdom

    Flat disposal for Hong Kong stock exchange listed group

    Advising one of the largest commercial real estate companies based in China in connection with the disposal of flats being sold 'off plan' at a development in Nine Elms, London.  This was the first residential UK project for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange listed group and was the most successful...

    United Kingdom

    Crossrail re-developemnt area on London's Oxford Street

    Advised on the property acquisitions, due diligence, purchase contracts, transfers and the potential re-development of acquisitions on Oxford Street, which have significant re-development value in view of the areas new connections with Crossrail

    United Kingdom

    Secured property financing with offshore trust structures

    Acting for a private bank on secured property financing (ranging between GBP 3.5 million to GBP 36 million) involving offshore corporate/trust structures, over freehold and leasehold residential properties in central London

    United Kingdom

    GBP 80,000,000 portfolio of retail development schemes

    A comprehensive redevelopment scheme including a new, modern 100,000 sq.ft. food store, petrol filling station, new business units and investment in local infrastructure.  This forms part of a wider portfolio of retail development schemes in the UK for this client equating to around GBP...

    United Kingdom

    Significant London office letting

    Acted on the grant of the new lease of our client's newly refurbished offices at Africa House, London, to the incoming tenant.  This was one of the most significant lettings in the London office market in 2014 due to the value of the rental income, the location of the property and the identity...

    United Kingdom

    Shariah-compliant student accommodation fund

    Advised CastleHill Capital on the establishment of its inaugural GBP 100 million Shariah-compliant UK student accommodation fund aimed at institutional and high net worth individuals, primarily across the Middle East and Asia, looking to invest in secondary towns across the UK with well...

    United Kingdom