The real estate lawyers at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner bring a multidisciplinary approach to the unique challenges faced by clients in the real estate industry. We partner with clients and work as a collaborative team to find solutions to the sophisticated legal and business issues associated with complex commercial real estate transactions.

We have significant experience negotiating from both sides of the table, involving virtually every asset class including office, multifamily/built to rent, hospitality, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties. We are adept at handling all types of transactions, large and small, including the structuring and negotiation of sophisticated joint ventures and project financing.

Our extensive track record, combined with broad industry knowledge, gives us valuable insights into the needs of our clients, helping us identify and create optimum deal structures that minimize risk and maximize return. The depth and geographic reach of our group makes Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner an ideal choice when it comes to taking your commercial real estate project from concept to reality.  We regularly assist clients with all their real estate needs including:

  • Acquisition and disposition transactions
  • Lease negotiations
  • Equity and debt investments
  • Development projects
  • Joint venture arrangements
  • Construction projects
  • Management and operational needs
  • REIT acquisitions
  • Financing transactions
  • Zoning and land use planning
  • Mortgage and mezzanine loans
  • Project finance and municipal incentives

Key Facts and Figures

  • $75bn cumulative value of real estate projects advised on in the past two years
  • Number one ranked in leading UK legal directories (Chambers and Legal 500) for the past 15 years
  • Advise 12 of the world’s largest Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Advise over 50% of the world’s largest real estate private equity investors

Awards

  • Winner: Real Estate Law Firm of the Year - ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2018
  • Winner: Real Estate Legal Team of the Year - Estates Gazette Awards 2017

What They Are Saying

 "They have experts in every facet of real estate. The way they bring together all the different teams for corporate real estate transactions really stands out. It's seamless. They provide a superb service for us."
Chambers 2018 – Client Quote

Representative Experience

THREE LARGEST SINGLE ASSET PROPERTY DEALS IN THE UK EVER
Location: UK, London

  • Advised Canary Wharf Group plc and Landsec Group plc on £1.28 billion sale of 20 Fenchurch Street to LKK Health Products Group.
  • Advised CC Land on the £1.15 billion acquisition of the Cheesegrater, 122 Leadenhall, from a joint venture between British Land and Oxford Properties.
  • Advised JP Morgan/National Pension Service on the sale of 8 Canada Square, the HSBC Tower to the Qatar Investment Authority for £1.17 billion.

€450 MILLION ACQUISITION OF A LOGISTICS PORTFOLIO WITH 30+ PROPERTIES
Location: Germany and Netherlands
Acted for a group of institutional investors on a complex joint venture with the Garbe Group for the acquisition of 34 industrial logistics properties located throughout Germany and the Netherlands for €450 million. The deal was widely reported to be the most complex industrial real estate transaction in Germany of 2016.

DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCING FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST HOTEL AND CASINO COMPLEXES IN THE US
Location: US, Oklahoma
Advised a real estate opportunity fund in a joint venture on the development of a 400-room hotel in Oklahoma and the related financing for the expansion of an adjacent gaming facility operated by a federal Indian tribe, which is now one of the largest casino complexes in the US.

ASSET MANAGEMENT OF THE CROWN ESTATE'S £7 BILLION CENTRAL LONDON ESTATE
Location: UK, London
Advising on the asset management of the prestigious Central London portfolio – Regent Street and St James’. We advise on the full range of real estate matters, ranging from temporary lettings to joint venture developments.

AED500 MILLION ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT IN ABU DHABI
Location: UAE
Advised in relation to the AED500 million acquisition and development of two plots of land at Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, as residential and commercial towers.

ALL REAL ESTATE MATTERS FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST MULTIFAMILY REITS IN THE US
Location: US, Nationwide
Represent AIMCO, one of the largest multifamily REITs in the US, as lead counsel in connection with the acquisition, disposition, new construction development and rehabilitation of multifamily residential apartment complexes throughout the country.

SOLE REAL ESTATE LEGAL ADVISER FOR UK'S LARGEST SUPERMARKET CHAIN
Location: UK, Nationwide
A client of the firm for over 30 years, we are sole adviser to Tesco for real estate legal advice in relation to their portfolio of approximately 2,500 properties across the country, which includes supermarkets, distribution centres, commercial and residential space.

TROPHY ASSET ACQUISITION IN BERLIN
Location: Germany, Berlin
Advising Allianz Real Estate on the purchase of the office building Stettiner Carré in Berlin from Global Asset Capital for €210 million.

ACQUISITION AND FINANCING OF 14 SKI RESORTS ACROSS NORTH AMERICA, THE LARGEST IN HISTORY
Location: US and Canada
Represent a New York-based private equity fund and its affiliates in connection with various real estate transactions, including sophisticated joint venture arrangements, equity and debt investments, developments, sales, financings and restructurings. We have closed approximately 25 transactions for this client in the past year alone covering many asset classes, such as residential, hotel, office, retail, healthcare and gaming – the highest profile being the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of 14 ski resorts across the US and Canada, the largest single ski resort transaction in the history of the sport.

LANDSEC'S £2.2 BILLION REINVENTION OF CENTRAL LONDON DEVELOPMENT
Location: UK, London
We advised Landsec on Nova, a 897,000 sq ft mixed use scheme which is one of the largest developments in Central London. It forms part of Landsec’s £2.2 billion reinvention of Victoria, delivering offices, high quality apartments, high profile retail and numerous restaurants. The development has taken place alongside the Victoria Station upgrade and the re-configuration of Terminus Place bus station.

ADVISING MULTI-NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS ON THEIR HQ OFFICE LEASES
Location: Russia, Nationwide
We advise eBay, Toyota Bank, Procter & Gamble, Motorola, Alfa Bank, Saint-Gobain, Kimberly-Clark, Philips, Nike, Volkswagen, PVH/ Tommy Hilfiger & Calvin Klein and many others on national HQ office leases.

$4.9 BILLION ATLANTIC YARDS PROJECT, FUTURE HOME OF THE NEW JERSEY NETS BASKETBALL TEAM
Location: US, New York
We represent the Empire State Development Corporation in connection with the environmental review and other public approvals for the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards Project, which will include an 18,000 seat arena (the future home of the New Jersey Nets basketball team) and 16 other residential and commercial buildings comprising 7 million sq ft of development on a 22-acre site in Brooklyn, New York.

1.8 MILLION SQ FT REDEVELOPMENT OF BIRMINGHAM TOWN CENTRE
Location: UK, Birmingham
Advising on the Paradise Circus regeneration scheme, comprising 1.8 million sq ft of offices, commercial, civic, retail, leisure and hotel space. We advised Hermes on the formation of the initial joint venture between Hermes and Birmingham City Council, and subsequently the joint venture between Hermes and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. We have also advised on construction matters, tax in relation to the joint venture, discrete planning issues, and pre-lets.

ACTING ON RUSSIAN "COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE DEAL OF THE YEAR"
Location: Russia, Moscow
Acted for one of the buyers, PPF Group, in the sale-purchase of two office buildings in the Metropolis Multi-Functional Complex in Moscow, which was recognized as the Deal of the Year at the Commercial Real Estate Awards ceremony.

DEVELOPMENT AND FINANCING FOR ONE OF THE LARGEST SOLAR PROJECTS IN THE US
Location: US, California
Represent Sempra Energy, an American natural gas utilities holding company based in San Diego, California, in connection with the Mesquite Solar project (one of the largest such projects in the US), including the development of new Phases 4 and 5, U.S. Department of Energy financing issues, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approvals. The deal value will be approximately $2 billion upon completion of all five phases of the project.

EXPANSION OF LONDON HEATHROW AIRPORT, THE LARGEST AIRPORT IN EUROPE
Location: UK, London
Advising Heathrow Airports Ltd on the promotion of the 3rd runway at Heathrow airport.

ACQUISITION OF FASHION PROPERTIES IN CALIFORNIA
Location: US, California
Represented a New York-based real estate investment firm as buyer/developer in connection with the acquisition of two adjacent retail properties in Santa Monica, CA, currently occupied by a world famous fashion retailer.

WEMBLEY PARK'S £3 BILLION REGENERATION
Location: UK, London
We have advised Quintain on the development of their large mixed use development at Wembley for many years, advising on joint ventures, acquisitions, disposals, development and investment leases, housing, planning, development, contracts, property finance, infrastructure and regeneration, company, intellectual property and taxation. We are currently advising Quintain subsidiary, Tipi, on the build-to-rent aspects of the development.

US REAL ESTATE COUNSEL TO FORTUNE 500 COMPANY
Location: US, Nationwide
Advise a Fortune 500 manufacturer of electronic and electrical equipment on various acquisitions, disposals, development and leasing transactions involving facilities throughout the US.

ADVISING UK'S LEADING STUDENT ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER
Location: UK, Nationwide
We advise Unite Students, who have over 50,000 beds across 28 UK cities, on financings, acquisitions and disposals relating to their large scale student accommodation portfolio.

REPRESENTATION OF US REIT FOCUSED ON SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES
Location: US, Nationwide
Represented Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc., a REIT providing capital and financing to the long-term care industry, in its acquisition of Aviv REIT, Inc., for $3.5 billion. The combined company is the premier publicly traded REIT focused on skilled nursing facilities, with a diversified portfolio including more than 900 properties operated by 81 different operators in 41 states.