What the team is known for Acts for private equity funds and
institutions on property portfolio sales and acquisitions, as well
as single asset deals. Particular expertise on investment in the
retail sector. Also handles asset management for institutional
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Olswang are excellent, very commercially minded. They don't
tell you the law; they tell you the way forward."
"In terms of resourcing both numerically and in quality terms
they've yet to let us down. There's a deep bench there on the
various areas of advice we're now seeking from them."
What's new? New clients include Qatari Diar, Kennedy Wilson and
Ronson Capital Partners.
Work highlights Acted for F&C REIT Asset Management on its
£250 million acquisition of a portfolio of shopping centres.
Advised Capital & Regional on exchange of contracts with
Resolution Property for the £71.1 million sale of the Great
Northern Warehouse shopping centre, Manchester.
Simon Kanter's caseload includes portfolio transactions, single
asset deals and corporate real estate. Clients say: "He has his
finger on the pulse and has a good understanding of our affairs.
Responsive and very approachable."
Head of department Jonathan Lewis recently acted for Quintain on
a £39 million portfolio sale. "He is one of the best lawyers I've
ever worked with," enthuses one client, adding: "He's incredibly
clever, his contracts are very good and he just knows how to get
the other side to agree to what we want."
Tim Westhead advised Oaktree Capital Management on its £40
million acquisition of an office property in Manchester. "Tim is a
very practical lawyer," explains one client; "he knows how to get
things done, but at the same time if we need to choreograph the
pace of a transaction to suit us he can do that too."
Significant clients Delancey, Gamla, Aberdeen Asset Management,
Practice head Carol Griffin and senior associate Stephen Baker
act for an impressively broad range of clients from Olswang LLP's
Reading office, including funds such as Aberdeen Asset Management
and UBS Triton Fund.
Olswang LLP gives clients 'an excellent deal team on
transactions' and provides 'a seamless service'. It advised F&C
REIT on a transaction to acquire the Dollar shopping centre
portfolio in a £250m club deal from the Grosvenor Estate. Simon
Kanter is 'outstanding', and Jonathan Lewis and Tim Westhead are
A well-regarded practice offering advice to banks and non-bank
lenders in the market. A trusted adviser to borrowers in relation
to structured finance. Offers advice on tax and corporate
issues in addition to real estate finance.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from
Clarity: "I like the way they communicate to break down
legally complex matters into something less complicated."
Work highlights: Advised Capital & Regional
and Oaktree Capital Management on the £130 million financing for
the acquisition of Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
Advised lenders Santander and Hypothekenbank on £177 million
facilities issued to Legal & General UK Property Income Fund to
make acquisitions, including the Fix Portfolio.
Significant clients: Lloyds, Aareal Bank,
Nationwide, Delancey, NAMA.
The "impressive" Christian Schede enjoys an excellent reputation
for the breadth of his knowledge of real estate matters in Germany.
He is visible in transactions for Canadian clients and recently
advised Dundee International REIT on its acquisition of 11 office
buildings across Germany.
Clients say Peter Schorling is "a smart negotiator who
understands what people need to achieve and adapts quickly when
things change." Other interviewees highlight his creative approach,
saying: "He is dynamic and has lots of ideas for working around a
Florian Rösch handles a mix of transactional, real estate
development and asset management work. Clients praise his "economic
understanding of the deal" and ability to develop new strategies
Germany: Real Estate and Real Estate Finance
What the team is known for
Established real estate practice, regularly seen handling some of
the largest transactions in the German market. Respected for its
varied client base and impressive share of the Berlin real estate
market. Clients particularly value the collaboration between real
estate and finance partners on large transactions. Also has a
strong focus on the growing impact of energy efficiency initiatives
on the real estate industry.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very effective combined real estate, M&A and real estate
finance practice which works well when you have a short
"The firm works in a very structured way and provides the best
guidance in big cases."
New clients for the team from recent months include AXA
Investment Managers and Union Investment.
Advised Dundee International REIT on the acquisition of a
German commercial portfolio valued at EUR420 million, along with
related asset management and leasing agreements.
Advised long-standing client GSW Immobilien on acquisitions of
three extensive residential property portfolios in
GSW Immobilien, Tristan Capital Partners, pbb Deutsche
Pfandbriefbank, Corestate Capital, Hatfield Philips.
Wide expertise in construction matters, particularly on the
contentious side. The team is adept at handling matters in a
variety of areas, including retail, residential, sport,
education and commercial. It also has international
Strengths(Quotes mainly from clients):
Client service:"They work in tandem with the client and it's almost
like they're in-house and there to do the job how you want."
Client service:"They're extremely helpful;
I'm delighted with the service they offer."
What's new? New clients include Benson
Elliott Capital Management, Dastur Trading
Work highlights: Acted for Capital &
Regional on construction matters related to its acquisition of
the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch.
Acted for Liberty Living on the construction aspects of its
purchase of student accommodation in Newcastle.
is the key contact.
Significant clients: UBS Global Asset
Management, Aberdeen Asset Management, Tottenham Hotspur, F&C
Reit, Benson Elliott.
Focuses on investment, development and corporate
occupiers. Particularly active in hotels and
shopping centre work.
What's new? New clients include BP, DEVK
and Melia Hotels International.
Work highlights: Acted for Legal & General
on the £100 million sale of St Martin's Court.
Advised Capital & Regional on its £130 million acquisition
of Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch.
Kanter acts for international and domestic investors. He
specialises in structured real estate, with recent work including
the £70 million acquisition of Lanes Shopping Centre and other
properties for a limited partnership.
Lewis advises investors and developers on real estate
matters in the industrial, office, retail and hospitality
Westhead focuses on development, portfolio
acquisitions, joint ventures and structuring. He is active in
the student accommodation and retail sectors.
Significant clients: F&C REIT, UBS,
Delancey, Heron, Aberdeen Asset Management.
Sizeable property litigation specialist team that acts
for major property developers and investors in large-scale
Work highlights: Acted on a high-profile
break options case for Intergraph UK, achieving a High Court
Instructed by Legal & General to obtain possession of a
property which had been unlawfully let to another party.
Barclay has particular expertise in rent reviews. His
clients include Legal & General and Delancey.
Cameron Lawes has recent experience of advising on
landlord and tenant matters.
Significant clients: BP, Capital & Regional
Group, Delancey, Legal & General Property, UBS.
Olswang LLP's 'exceptional' team includes recommended Carol
Griffin and Stephen Baker, who is 'an excellent problem-solver and
negotiator'. Clients include institutional investors such as
F&C REIT and InfraRed Capital Partners.
Olswang LLP has a 'good ability to cross-refer to other areas of
the firm for specialist advice'. It acted for Capital &
Regional on the £130m acquisition of Kingfisher Shopping Centre,
Redditch. Hotels work included acting for Melia as future tenant
and occupier of a 208-bedroom hotel in Manchester. Jonathan Lewis,
Tim Westhead and Simon Kanter 'know their stuff and are very
Olswang's real estate team has a strong client base
of investors, developers and banks which it advises on
acquisitions, disposals and developments. The firm has particular
expertise in advising on shopping centre investments, while sources
also note its international capabilities, which are
exemplified by a notable Berlin real estate team. One
particular highlight has been the firm's advice to Delancey
on its £557 million purchase of the Olympic Village
in Stratford. Clients say: "They are responsive to our
needs and know our business and ethos. We get a quick response at
the right level of seniority and have open access to them at all
times." Key clients include Delancey, Legal & General and
KEY INDIVIDUALS Simon Kanter is
described by admiring peers as "one of the best legal brains in
property." He has advised on numerous high-value acquisitions and
sales, including recent advice to F&C REIT Asset Management on
its £165 million disposal of St Katherine's Dock,
Jonathan Lewis is a key partner in this team, and he has
been active on a number of transactions, including representing
Ronson Capital Partners in a £62.5 million purchase of an office
building on Chiltern Street in London.
Tim Westhead is hugely experienced in corporate and
finance work, and his recent workload has included advising Liberty
Living on its £200 million refinancing of a student
Clients say that Martyn Needham "knows his stuff and
explains it very well." He is particularly expert in the handling
of retail sector transactions, which has recently included advice
to Aberdeen Property UK Retail Parks Partnership on its £40
million disposal of St John's Retail Park,
Olswang's 'overall level of service is
excellent with great sector knowledge'. The firm acted on over
£5bn-worth of transactions, including the £165m sale of St
Katharine's Dock. Hotels and leisure work increased with
transactions for Melia Hotels International, Guoman Hotels and Soho
House Group. The team has 'outstanding commercial acumen', and
includes Tim Westhead, Simon Kanter and Jonathan Lewis.