Real estate finance

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Our team advises banks, developers, housing associations, property funds, investors and administrators of distressed assets whether based in the UK or internationally, on all aspects of real estate finance. We act for both borrowers and lenders, in secured lending transactions, forward-funding, drafting and negotiating facility agreements and security packages to facilitate a range of high-value investment and development transactions. We can draw on the expertise of our Banking & financial disputes and Insolvency teams to provide a seamless service to investors and developers.

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Make an enquiry Experienced lawyers acting for both lenders and borrowers

We are experienced in acting for both lenders and borrowers in connection with the provision of senior debt, mezzanine finance, intercreditor and subordination arrangements.

We have an excellent mixed-use development team accustomed to dealing with complex developments including forward-funding of build-to-rent schemes and the establishment of joint ventures, public-private partnerships and profit sharing and overage arrangements. Our clients value our ability to identify and to mitigate risk for all sides of a transaction.

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We support our clients with individually tailored legal advice, in areas such as:

  • LIBOR transition.
  • Banks.
  • Developers.
  • Housing associations.
  • Property funds.
  • Investors.
  • Administrators of distressed assets.
  • Borrowers.
  • Lenders.
  • Secured lending.
  • Forward-funding.
  • Facility agreements.
  • Security packages.
  • Provision of senior debt.
  • Mezzanine finance.
  • Intercreditor agreements.
  • Subordination arrangements.
  • Property investment.
  • Mezzanine finance.
  • Provision of senior debt.
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    Important update: In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the FCA has decided to extend its deadline for ceasing to issue new loans based on LIBOR until the end of Q1 2021.

    Getting to grips with LIBOR transition and loans

    Collyer Bristow surveyed real estate businesses on the steps they are taking to prepare for the end of LIBOR and the introduction of new benchmark reference rates.

    Read our latest White Paper for the findings of our research; the differences between LIBOR and risk free rates; the impact on borrowers with new loans; the impact on borrowers with existing loans.; and how Collyer Bristow can help.

    Home Ownership Attitudes and Aspirations

    Home ownership remains the ultimate goal for ‘Generation Rent’ in London, yet with a growing market for rental ‘co-living’ schemes and a drop in the financial support available from Mum and Dad, it is no wonder that fewer 18-44 year olds now believe they will be buying a home in the next five years.

    Read our full report for more interesting findings.

    Recent experience

    • We acted for the independent owner of a newly refurbished, historic, franchised hotel, in a refinancing transaction. This has involved negotiation of a direct agreement with one of the world’s leading hotel brands.

      COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE & REAL ESTATE FINANCE

      Hotel refinancing

      Alex O’ConnorPartner

      Case study

      We acted for the independent owner of a newly refurbished, historic, franchised hotel, in a refinancing transaction. This has involved negotiation of a direct agreement with one of the world’s leading hotel brands.

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    • We acted for the lender on the acquisition of a site for the mixed-use development of a secondary school, approximately 500 new homes (including open market housing, build-to-rent and affordable homes), 100,000 sq ft of office space and student accommodation.

      COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE & REAL ESTATE FINANCE

      Acquisition of major development site

      Rory MacphersonPartner

      Case study

      We acted for the lender on the acquisition of a site for the mixed-use development of a secondary school, approximately 500 new homes (including open market housing, build-to-rent and affordable homes), 100,000 sq ft of office space and student accommodation.

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    • We are acting for a joint venture between a major developer and a housing association in connection with site assembly, funding, development and sales for a substantial mixed-use development in East London. This is a ten year programme for the construction of over 1,000 units, including build-to-rent homes, a community centre, health centre, retail space and a new public square.

      COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE & REAL ESTATE FINANCE

      Major development in East London

      Alex O’ConnorPartner

      Case study

      We are acting for a joint venture between a major developer and a housing association in connection with site assembly, funding, development and sales for a substantial mixed-use development in East London. This is a ten year programme for the construction of over 1,000 units, including build-to-rent homes, a community centre, health centre, retail space and a new public square.

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    • We act for a long established property investment company regarding the management of its office, retail and industrial real estate portfolio. Our advice covers all areas of commercial and residential real estate, litigation, finance, development, construction, and planning.

      COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE & REAL ESTATE FINANCE

      Property investment company

      Stephen GawnePartner

      Case study

      We act for a long established property investment company regarding the management of its office, retail and industrial real estate portfolio. Our advice covers all areas of commercial and residential real estate, litigation, finance, development, construction, and planning.

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    • We are acting for a major Far-Eastern bank in relation to the funding of the acquisition of a site for a 600 bed hotel and its subsequent development. The market value of the completed development will exceed £100 million.

      REAL ESTATE FINANCE

      Funding of a hotel

      Rory MacphersonPartner

      Case study

      We are acting for a major Far-Eastern bank in relation to the funding of the acquisition of a site for a 600 bed hotel and its subsequent development. The market value of the completed development will exceed £100 million.

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    • We are acting for an overseas bank on the relocation of its European HQ in central London. This ongoing project is due to last for several years and includes the negotiation of documents in respect of the new premises, re-gearing of existing leases and detailed advice in relation to exit from the bank’s existing properties.

      COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE & REAL ESTATE FINANCE

      Overseas Bank’s European HQ

      Jonathan WiesePartner

      Case study

      We are acting for an overseas bank on the relocation of its European HQ in central London. This ongoing project is due to last for several years and includes the negotiation of documents in respect of the new premises, re-gearing of existing leases and detailed advice in relation to exit from the bank’s existing properties.

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    SimonEdwards

    Simon Edwards

    Partner

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    StephenGawne

    Stephen Gawne

    Partner

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    RoryMacpherson

    Rory Macpherson

    Partner

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    AlexO'Connor

    Alex O'Connor

    Partner

    Talk to Alex about Commercial real estate

    JohnRochman

    John Rochman

    Consultant

    Talk to John about Commercial real estate & Residential property

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