Investment property is a fiercely competitive sector, with success dependent upon balancing investment with commercial imperatives.
We advise a range of clients and, by understanding the business sectors and context in which our clients operate, help them to find commercial solutions for their requirements.
Our real estate investment team comprises experienced partners and lawyers whose skills encompass acquisitions, sales, lettings, joint ventures, finance and receiverships, backed by in-depth market knowledge and support from specialist areas such as planning and construction.
Tax is a key aspect of any real estate investment, and our expertise in this area underpins our advice on the structuring and implementation of transactions; we have substantial experience of VAT and SDLT, domestic and international tax matters.
We advise on investments ranging from individual shops and industrial units to shopping centre portfolios, leisure parks, hotels and office buildings. We are active in purchases and disposals at auction and are renowned both for our responsiveness and our ability to stick to the tightest of deadlines.
Post-acquisition, we have a wealth of experience in property management, enabling our clients to maximise full value from their real estate portfolios.
In recent years, foreign investment in central London has accounted for a significant proportion of market turnover. Our international dimension enables us to advise overseas investors, both private and institutional, who are seeking opportunities in the UK property market, particularly in London and the south east of the UK.
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Known for representing high net worth individuals and private family trusts. “Clear, accurate, dynamic, reactive. In one word: excellent!” “We get value because they close deals.”
The practice is also noted as being ‘a very good source for guidance in difficult transactional situations’, and in one highlight Nick Mumby acted for Aldgate Tower Investments on its £346m sale to a joint venture between China Life and Brookfield Property Partners. Other names to note include the highly recommended Gideon Dabby-Joory, who represented an offshore private family trust on the £35m disposal of a brownfield site for development in St Pancras, and senior associate Amanda Hado-Bodfield, who ‘gets the deal done’. In the retail sector, high-end tenant clients include Roche Bobois and Jurlique UK. The ‘very insightful’ Richard Reuben leads the team.
Well-reputed specialists in representing mid-size businesses and property developers and investors. Effective in transactions, including those complicated by tax or offshore concerns, and experts in the hotels and leisure sector. Acted for Patron Capital on a series of acquisitions and sales, including the purchase of the Arlington Business Park. This Thames Valley site comprises ten highly specified office buildings and a distribution centre.
“They have a commercial view and are quick to act while still providing sound advice when the timeframe allowed is limited.” “I found them very good and well rounded.”
Daniel Polden’s clients include overseas and domestic investors, and he advises on commercial and residential matters. He also demonstrates financial expertise and advises lenders and borrowers on property-related finance matters.
Continues to grow and diversify, working on complex portfolio transactions and investment matters for institutional clients, high net worth individuals and well-known companies. Maintains a strong presence in the hotels and residential spaces.
“A very good customer focus and eye for detail.”
“What stands out is the interpersonal relationship and feeling that you are working with peers and friends but also professionals.”
Represented various offshore groups in the acquisitions of Camden Lock Market and 50% of shares in Camden’s Stables Market.
Acquired a significant hotel development site in Shoreditch on behalf of Highgate Hotels. Assisted CNM Estates with its £53.5 million purchase of Tolworth Tower. Richard Kaufman advises clients on real estate investment and finance. He is regularly retained by overseas clients, particularly Israeli investors. Daniel Polden covers a wide span of pure real estate and finance transasctions.
Fladgate has a strong presence on mid-market real estate transactions in the London market, and also houses notable expertise in the hotels and leisure sector. One particular highlight for the firm has been its representation of Hitachi in the design and construction of energy-from-waste plants in the UK; to date, the value of the matters undertaken exceeds £3bn.
Richard Kaufman is hugely experienced in property investment and finance, and regularly advises overseas investors on their forays into the UK market. These include Israeli property investors, who are aided by his fluency in Hebrew. Recent work highlights include acting for a Swiss trust on its £20.1m purchase of The Circus, Manchester, and assisting with the firm’s recent advice to Hitachi.
Fladgate LLP “excels in giving clients substantially more partner time”. The team advised on the sale of the Dalton Park retail outlet centre in Durham, and advised Esporta on the £179m sale of a portfolio of freehold and long-leasehold racquet clubs. Allen Cohen and the “outstanding” Philip Turner are recommended, as is Mark Saunders, whose “understanding of complex leases is as good as it gets”.
Fladgate LLP provides “outstanding service and attention to detail – the accuracy and quality of work proves to be faultless”. The group had a particularly good year on the investor side, advising two substantial offshore family trusts on the financing and acquisition of a number of corporate groups via Luxembourg and Gibraltar-based structures for a consideration of £2bn. Fund-related work is an area of strength, with the team advising on the formation of a £330m offshore unit trust. Clients say that “the quality of service is high across the board”.
Well-reputed specialists in representing mid-size businesses and property developers and investors. Effective in transactions, including those complicated by tax or offshore concerns, and experts in the hotels and leisure sector. Also advises on residential development projects. “They’re absolutely brilliant! They’re informative – they break things down and translate them into layman’s terms so we can understand what the impact of our decisions will be,” one client comments.
Advised on CNM Estates’ purchase of Tolworth Tower and on its proposed redevelopment. Advised Migdal Insurance on the £40 million acquisition of two unit trusts which own an Edinburgh office building. Also advised on a £35 million share purchase transaction in a company which owns three shopping centres.