BLP appoints Real Estate Partner in London

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) today (28 January 2016) announces the appointment of Partner Anthea Bamford. She joins the Firm’s Real Estate practice group on 2 March 2016 from Clifford Chance where she was a Senior Associate for the past nine and a half years.

Anthea is a real estate lawyer with 15 years’ experience in the sector and during her time at Clifford Chance advised on some of the largest deals in the market, including guiding GIC through its acquisition of a 50% interest in the Broadgate Estate in the City of London. She has advised on a wide range of direct and indirect real estate investments, joint ventures and real estate development projects, including use of JPUTs, ELPs and combinations of these vehicles for large institutional and private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds.

Anthea’s sector experience includes office, retail, logistics and hotels with a particular focus on advising investors into these sectors in the UK and Europe through indirect investment vehicles. Her appointment will boost the Firm’s Corporate Real Estate Investment Practice and will also strengthen the Firm’s number one ranked hotels business, with Anthea having vast experience of working with clients in the hospitality and leisure sector. Hiring Anthea will help advance the Firm’s strategic focus and further cements its leading position in Real Estate with an international practice currently comprising over 60 Partners.

Chris de Pury, Head of Real Estate, said: “Given the strength and breadth of our market-leading Real Estate Practice, it takes someone special to add something new to our top ranking team. Anthea does exactly that. Her appointment will add great experience to our Corporate Real Estate offering and her understanding and insight into the market will be of huge value to clients and their complex multi-jurisdiction deals.”

Anthea Bamford added: “I’ve worked across the table from BLP on a number of deals and the in-depth knowledge the Firm has as a full-service real estate practice makes this a truly desirable place for a real estate lawyer to work. My experience will be a strong fit and I am excited about joining the team which provides a top ranking platform for advising clients on their key real estate transactions.”

Anthea qualified in Australia in 2001 and was an associate at Freehills in Canberra and Sydney between 2001-2006. During this time she undertook a secondment as Legal Counsel at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia before joining Clifford Chance in 2006.

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