BLP bolsters Real Estate Finance expertise with appointment of Daniyal Ansari as Partner

International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (BLP) has today (25 February 2015) announced the appointment of real estate finance specialist, Daniyal Ansari, as Partner in its Real Estate Finance (REF) Group. He will join the firm on 4 March 2015.

Previously a partner in the London banking team at Eversheds LLP, Daniyal brings a broad range of real estate finance expertise including investment, development and complex structured debt.

Daniyal advises many high profile real estate and finance clients and has recently acted on several significant investment transactions for Deutsche Bank AWM, Lloyds CRE and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank in his role as relationship partner.

BLP’s market leading real estate finance team is headed by Partner Naveen Vijh, who works alongside Partners Claire Watson and Steve Clark. The team specialises in complex, high value real estate finance deals for financial institutions, major developers and global corporate real estate clients such as Aviva, Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Deka, M&G, Cheyne Capital, Rockspring, Blackrock, Carlyle and CBRE Global Investors. The team recently advised Aviva on its £352m debt facility to Kennedy Wilson to finance the acquisition of 180 UK property assets from multiple receivers.

With Daniyal joining, BLP’s real estate finance team will be 35 lawyers strong which provides the deepest and broadest bench of any specialised real estate finance team in the City. The team works alongside BLP’s market leading real estate, construction and planning departments.

Daniyal commented: “BLP’s reputation as one of the leading firms for Real Estate Finance and the quality and international reach of its practice were key factors in my decision. BLP’s client list is second to none and includes many of the highest profile investors and debt providers in the European real estate industry; this will provide fantastic opportunities for involvement in some of the most challenging and innovative transactions in the current market.”

Adam Dann, Managing Partner of BLP’s Finance Department, said: “The Finance team at BLP is moving forwards with a busy roster of varied and interesting client work. We are focused on continuing to build our international finance capability and look forward to having Daniyal’s expertise for both the UK and elsewhere. ”


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