Alan Wight

Partner, Commercial Real Estate

"He knows our business and he's got the experience in the market to provide solutions" Chambers 2015
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Long-standing client relationships e.g. advised Canary Wharf Group for over 15 years with regard to their own estate
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Biography

  • Specialises in large development projects within the City of London and Docklands and focuses in particular on the preletting of buildings under construction.
  • Involved with the development  and leasing of many of the buildings on the Canary Wharf estate as well as 20 Fenchurch Street, 5 Broadgate, Cannon Place and Watermark Place in the City.
  • Advised a number of companies with regard to sale and leaseback opportunities including Credit Suisse, Travelodge and Kwik-Fit the latter including their French and Dutch portfolios
  • Acted for a number of US law firms (Sullivan & Cromwell, Weil Gotshal and Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton) with regard to their London office occupations.
  • A German speaker and has acted for German funds and developers in the London market (Kan Am, HansaInvest, Morgan Stanley).
  • A member of the British Council for Offices.
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Examples of work

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8 Canada Square (the HSBC Tower at Canary Wharf)

Advising on the whole cycle of real estate work. Acting for Canary Wharf on the original agreements entered into with HSBC for the building’s construction and leasing. In 2007, acting for National Pension Service of Korea on the acquisition of the then built building and in 2014 on its onward £1.1 bn sale to Qatar Holdings.

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20 Fenchurch Street (the ‘Walkie Talkie’)

Acting for the joint venture of Canary Wharf and Land Securities on the leasing of 20 of the 37 storey building, including the Sky Garden restaurant facilities at the top of the building, and 28 floors of office space to a variety of insurance companies and law firms.

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Shell Centre redevelopment

Advising the joint venture of Canary Wharf and Qatari Diar on the proposed mixed use redevelopment of the Shell Centre site on London’s South Bank. This will be one of the largest developments in London and will comprise up to 798 homes, 76,000 m sq. of office floor space including a new headquarters building for Shell, up to 6,000 m sq. of retail floor space and up to 2,500 m sq. of community leisure space as well as associated basement, plant and infrastructure.

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Credit Suisse

Advising on the sale and leaseback of their properties at 20 Columbus Courtyard and One Cabot Square as well as the subletting to Bank of America of space in 5 Canada Square.

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Sullivan & Cromwell, and Weil Gotshal and Manges

Advising Sullivan & Cromwell, Weil Gotshal and Manges and Cleary Gottlieb Steen Hamilton on their London office requirements.

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Bishops Square

Advising on the whole cycle of real estate work – acting for a joint venture between Hammerson and the City of London on the preletting to Allen & Overy and then again on the acquisition of the building by way of corporate sale from Hammerson and the Omani Investment Fund.

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