Press Releases / Real Estate

Borrowers are under huge strain to navigate the complications of commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) structures when putting forward requests or restructuring proposals, warned a senior legal expert at the IMN European Distressed Real Estate Forum in London today (25 March 2010). “In the early days of 2006-2007, many borrowers were lured by attractive rates, very […]

UK real estate fund managers are focusing on straightforward, low risk real estate funds as investors seek more transparency and accountability in current market conditions. More exotic or complex funds are being shunned in favour of ‘stable income returns and  diminished risk’, according to Cathryn Vanderspar, a tax partner at leading City law firm Berwin […]

Two Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partners have been appointed to head up some of the most respected legal bodies for their areas of expertise. Ian De Freitas, an IP specialist, has been appointed President of the Intellectual Property Commission of Union Internationale des Avocat (UIA), and Joanna Lampert, a real estate disputes expert, has been […]

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised Stenham, the property fund manager, on their acquisition of four prestigious properties in London’s Mayfair. The portfolio comprises 73, 74 and 75 Grosvenor Street – three buildings interlinked with a total space of 32,700 sq ft – and 8 Bourdon Street, with a total space of 10,512 sq ft. […]

Berwin Leighton Paisner (“BLP”) acted for St. David’s Limited Partnership, a joint venture between Land Securities Group PLC and Capital Shopping Centres PLC, in relation to a £290,000,000 term facility provided by Westdeutsche ImmobilienBank AG, London Branch, acting as facility agent and lender, together with DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale, Eurohypo AG, London Branch and Nationwide Building […]

Berwin Leighton Paisner (“BLP”) advised Oxford Properties (“Oxford”) and UBS South East Recovery Partnership (“UBS SERF”), in the recent deal to locate Japanese investment bank Nomura at Watermark Place, EC4. The transaction is thought to be the largest ever non pre-let office leasing deal in the UK. The BLP team advised on a wide range […]

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has advised entities controlled by Daniel Harris (Chief Executive of Harvard International plc) and members of his family on the acquisition of Harvard International’s Medical Equipment Division (HMD), together with the related acquisition of a portfolio of properties from Harvard International, a distributor of consumer electronic goods in the UK and […]

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has recruited Richard Hughes to join the Banking and Capital Markets Group within its Finance team as a partner.  He was previously at Sidley & Austin. Richard has a wide range of experience in banking and general finance, securitisation and structured finance, property finance and asset finance.  His clients include lenders […]

Berwin Leighton Paisner (“BLP”) acted for DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale (“Deka”) in relation to £26m of acquisition finance being provided to Pramerica Real Estate Investors Europe, a subsidiary of the US institutional investor Pramerica, towards the purchase of 11 Pilgrim Street, EC4, London. The 100,000sq ft office buildings, previously owned by UBS Global Asset Management, is […]

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