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Fladgate advises Seastar on £15m refinancing of Strand development

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Fladgate has advised the award winning residential developer Seastar on the £15m refinancing of its luxury apartment development (Strand Chambers) at 227-228 Strand in London. The refinancing follows a sale of the retail and restaurant units on the lower floors for £4.5m which completed in February and comprised a number of stages including: The transfer […]


Fladgate acts for overseas trust on £7.5m purchase in West Hampstead

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Fladgate LLP acted for an overseas trust on the forward purchase of a £7.5m retail investment scheme in West Hampstead. This comprised the acquisition of the entire commercial investment within part of a Ballymore mixed use development known as West Hampstead Square. The Fladgate team was led by Gideon Dabby-Joory (real estate partner) and Jenny […]


Fladgate advises on the acquisition and financing of central London hotel

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Fladgate has advised Audley Grosvenor Limited on a development agreement for lease with Grosvenor.  This was for the acquisition of a £40m long lease interest of premises at 22 Grosvenor Square, 43 North Audley Street and 1 Lees Place, London W1 for the construction of a 32 room boutique hotel, restaurant and private members club […]


Fladgate advises on third transaction for Israeli investor

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Fladgate LLP has advised on the acquisition of a retail investment property for an Israeli investor investing through a Gibraltar SPV.  This is the third transaction completed by the team for this client who is building up a diversified portfolio of UK real estate investments and involved a forward funding of a retail unit let […]


Taxation of residential property in the UK

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The taxation of residential property in the UK has changed almost beyond recognition over the past few years. What were once tried and tested structures are in many cases no longer suitable. The tax consequences in any given situation are now liable to depend not only on the type of structure used but also the […]


SDLT on commercial and mixed property transactions

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Significant changes to the SDLT treatment of non-residential property (commercial and mixed property) were announced in the Budget on 16 March 2016. Freehold transactions, lease premiums and assigned leases On or after 17 March 2016, the SDLT rate for non-residential freehold transactions, lease premiums and assigned leases will be based on the portion of the […]


Taxation of residential property in the UK

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The taxation of residential property in the UK has changed almost beyond recognition over the past few years. What were once tried and tested structures are in many cases no longer suitable. The tax consequences in any given situation are now liable to depend not only on the type of structure used but also the manner […]


Fladgate advises Privet Capital on acquisition of Pyser-SGI Group Limited

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Fladgate LLP advised the investment company Privet Capital on the acquisition of Pyser-SGI Group Limited. Pyser was acquired from its existing management team which has owned the business since 1994. Pyser-SGI is a Kent-based supplier of sophisticated optical technology products. The business manufactures products including night vision systems, weapon sights, compasses, small arms collimators and […]


Fladgate advises Privet Capital on acquisition of Aeromet Group of Companies

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Fladgate LLP has advised the investment company Privet Capital on the acquisition of Aeromet, a UK based manufacturer of metal castings for the aerospace industry, from US based Black Diamond Capital Management for an undisclosed amount. Aeromet is a world class foundry with a turnover of £20m per annum, specialising in complex castings for commercial […]


HMRC tax disclosure facilities

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The UK Government has recently announced that the beneficial terms of the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) will cease on 31 December 2015 (the facility had previously been due to run until April 2016). The LDF is a tax disclosure process through which individuals can bring their tax affairs up to date with HMRC on favourable […]


Fladgate advises Satellite Solutions Worldwide

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Fladgate LLP has advised Satellite Solutions Worldwide Limited (SSW) and its management shareholders on its acquisition by Cleeve Capital plc (by way of a reverse takeover) and the admission of the combined group to trading on AIM under the name of Satellite Solutions Worldwide Group plc. At the same time, the company raised £2.3 million […]


Fladgate announces partner promotions

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of two partners, together with a number of other internal promotions within the partnership. Gavriel Cohen, who specialises in acquisitions and disposals, secured lending and management work for property investor and developer clients. John Forde, who advises primarily on business and real estate taxation but also advises […]