I am a commercially minded real estate finance lawyer, and a partner in our Real Estate Group in London. I lead our teams acting for international banks and lenders, major property development companies, large corporates and leading insolvency practitioners.
Specialising in real estate finance, I have extensive experience in all aspects of secured lending transactions (development and investment, commercial and residential) the purchase and sale of real estate and loan portfolios, as well as acquisition finance, including management buy-ins and buy-outs, corporate disposals and Islamic financing. My practice is international and I regularly work with colleagues from other offices on cross border transactions. I also act for banks and insolvency practitioners on insolvency related property matters and for major corporates and individuals on a diversity of commercial property and landlord and tenant issues.
Our one firm approach and regular contact with my overseas colleagues allows me to resource and project manage international deals efficiently. In addition, leading specialist real estate finance teams, familiar with both the property and finance angles, provides a simultaneous grasp and real understanding of the issues important to our client's customers as well as those of our client. This helps negotiations on the whole suite of documentation and the client also has just one point of contact for all aspects of the deal, to get it done quicker!
I also believe that personal chemistry is essential and getting on with clients, through regular contact, to build lasting trust, is more and more important in a world where pure legal advice is becoming more commoditised. I hope I am good at this!