Corporate Real Estate – the corporate string to our real estate bow

Property acquisition, development, management and disposal have become more complicated as values and risks have increased, finance has become more difficult to obtain and new taxes have eroded margins. Properties are often bought and sold within corporate wrappers and innovative tailored joint ventures or other tax efficient structures are needed to accommodate the requirements of clients (both UK and non-UK) investing in and developing UK property.

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"My interests were very well-represented. The advice on complicated legal and tactical matters was clear, to the point and easy to understand."

Chambers UK, 2018

Our corporate real estate team, which includes members of the firm’s corporate, real estate, finance, construction and tax practices, advise our institutional and entrepreneurial clients on a wide range of corporate real estate transactions and related structures. Working closely with clients to understand their needs we can guide you through your transaction and provide a service which is tailored to your requirements. Our team has specific expertise in the hotels, leisure, retail, and education sectors.

Our impressive client roster includes institutional developers, investment advisors, family offices, high net worth individuals and entrepreneurs from both the UK and overseas.

Our expertise includes-

  • Sales and purchases of UK and offshore corporates (including companies and partnerships) owning commercial and high value residential property;
  • Corporate and contractual joint ventures;
  • Opco-Propco structures;
  • Cross border investment and structuring;
  • Tax planning;
  • Planning and construction;
  • Debt financing;
  • IPOs and fundraisings for construction and property companies;
  • Property management agreements.

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Advising Urbanista in respect of a c. £4m joint venture development agreement with Cogress.

Acting on the acquisition of two properties near Heathrow into two UK SPVs and the subsequent sale of the SPVs one for £7.5m the other £3.5m.

Advising the buyer on a £15m BVI corporate real estate acquisition and a related £11m senior/mezzanine loan facility.

Advising a family on a Section 110 demerger of a major property portfolio with net asset value of c. £40m.

Advising on tax and HMRC clearances on incorporation of a substantial property business previously carried on in partnership.

Advising various tax matters on sales and purchases of companies owning real estate including corporate residence, ATED, SDLT and VAT.

Advising in respect of tax on de-enveloping property held in a corporate structure.

Accolades

  • Chambers UK 2019 Leading Firm
  • Legal 500 UK 2019 Leading Firm

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