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Clifford Chance LLP 's investment fund practice handles work concerning large private equity real estate funds, including real estate debt funds. Gerard Saviola, in addition to advising M&G Investment Management, advised ICG-Longbow on forming two real estate debt funds - he advised ICG-Longbow on forming ICG-Longbow Senior Programme Vintage IV, which raised £400m, and ICG-Longbow UK Real Estate Debt Investments V, which raised £1bn. Nigel Hatfield, who also handles billion-pound fundraising exercises, advised AEW Europe on forming a value-add fund.

CMS  'provides excellent legal strategy, substantive knowledge and a high level of expertise, delivered in a practical way.' The practice is the sole legal adviser to UBS Global Multi-Manager on its real estate and infrastructure investments in Europe, the Americas and Asia, a relationship led by Victoria Henry. She also advised Schroders Real Estate Investment Management on a closed-ended fund aiming to purchase brownfield sites in areas of high demand. Darren Stolzenberg handled the creation of Curlew Student Trust II for Curlew Capital, a student accommodation fund with a quarter-century term and greater liquidity rights for investors, and advised Goodman on its sale of an interest in a fund managed by Legal and General to TPG for £450m. Amanda Howard advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on creating a £1.5bn build-to-rent investment platform with Lendlease, and advised Ivanhoé Cambridge on its role in the creation of Peel Logistics Property UK Joint Venture. Christopher Luck advised Hearthstone Investments on structuring a new PRS fund, which raised £100m from five local authority pension funds at first closing. The Wellcome Trust is a new client win. Melville Rodrigues is now at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Goodwin¬†is 'a market leader in this area', with 'good knowledge of the way the industry works and a commercial way of thinking'. The firm handles a range of work, primarily in the private equity real estate space, with many mandates involving European elements. Samantha Lake Coghlan's 'abilities in the funds space are second-to-none';¬†she¬†continues to advise NREP on the formation of NREP Nordic Strategies Fund III, which targets ‚ā¨900m for retail, logistics and residential investments in the Nordic countries. David Evans¬†and Gregory Barclay¬†are 'very good and responsive, and make sure clients have covered every angle with professional advice' - they advised GreenOak on three funds, including GreenOak Europe II, a ‚ā¨650m value-add and opportunistic fund. Shawn D‚ÄôAguiar, whose work includes real estate debt funds, is also a name of note, as is Patrick Deasy, who has particular strengths in infrastructure funds and emerging markets. Other clients include Tunstall Real Estate Asset Management, which Evans is advising on forming its debut fund.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP is 'commercial and knowledgeable of best market practice, and very engaged and responsive'. Steven Cowins  is 'a strong negotiator, and good to work with - he consistently makes suggestions that simplify the legal processes'. He acted alongside Marc Snell for CBRE, a new client, on restructuring CBRE Global Investment Partners, a $2bn open-ended fund, and advised Europa Capital on several UK and European-based fund projects, including an ongoing UK real estate debt fund with a £750m target. Snell and Cowins also advised Paloma Capital on forming its debut, £145m value-add fund. Michael Goldberg advised Brockton on raising its third UK-focused value add fund, which raised a total of £830m. Cowins also advised Valor Real Estate Partners on raising a £400m fund, backed by AIG, to invest in logistics assets across Europe. Other clients include M3 Capital, Goodman, Places for People - which the firm advised on the creation of its fund management arm - and Revcap, which the team advised on its £275m Kitty Hawk IV fund.

At¬†Linklaters LLP, counsel¬†Rahul Manvatkar¬†advised Barings Real Estate Advisers on the launch of a pan-European core real estate fund, which raised ‚ā¨850m.¬†¬†Matthew Keogh¬†advises well-known names in real estate on fund formations, while¬†Amanda Sanchez-Barry¬†advised ProLogis on forming a ¬£1bn joint venture investing in British logistics assets. Tom Watkins¬†advised Cromwell Europe on the sale of two of its real estate funds to a new entity which was listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Jonathan de Lance-Holmes¬†handles investor-side work for sovereign wealth funds. Edward Smith has left the firm, while Tom Alabaster¬†joined from Latham & Watkins. BlackRock is another client.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP handles a range of fundraising work for major clients, covering both traditional real estate funds as well as infrastructure assets. Brookfield is a cornerstone client, with Ed Gander a key name in that client relationship - the team continues to advise it on the $20bn Brookfield Infrastructure Fund IV and on $2bn real estate debt fund, Brookfield Real Estate Fund V. Gander and newly promoted counsel Peter Olds advised Actis on forming the Actis Long-Life Infrastructure Fund. Nigel Clark advised Union Eiendomskapital on forming its second real estate fund, which raised 2.4bn NOK. Other real estate clients include InfraRed, which James Sargent advised on closing a £500m real estate fund, and Castleforge Partners (formerly known as Mercer Real Estate Partners), which Sargent is advising on Castleforge Fund II, which has a target of $500m.

Allen & Overy LLP's Matt Huggett advised TH Real Estate on forming its China Outlet Mall Fund, while Nick Williams advises Hines on various real estate projects, including the ongoing operations of its Luxembourg-domiciled pan-European fund. John Goodhall also handles work with complex issues of LLP law involved. Other clients include Tishman Speyer and several sovereign wealth funds. Dominic Von Wulffen is a key senior associate.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 's real estates fund practice - drawn from the Berwin Leighton Paisner team prior to the merger - 'is always responsive, and provides a high quality of advice because it understands its clients' businesses'. Clients value Justin Cornelius' 'sound guidance and pragmatic approach' - he advised Clearbell Capital on Clearbell Property Partners III, which raised £350m for a private equity real estate fund. Antony Grossman also handled the fund vehicle elements of Canary Wharf Group and LandSec's sale of 20 Fenchurch Street, commonly known as "The Walkie-Talkie", to the Lee Kum Kee group. Simon Pollock advised Hermes Investment Management on forming an investment pool for the Paradise Circus regeneration scheme in Birmingham. Other clients include United Student Living, which Cornelius advised on forming a fund with GIC to acquire a student housing development in Birmingham, and Morgan Sindall Investments, which he advised on forming a fund with the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Other work includes matters concerning listed real estate vehicles.

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, Sian Owles  advised Land Securities on restructuring the Metro Shopping Centre Fund, including the exit of one investor - she also has experience of residential deals, including student accommodation. Nicholas Holman advised M&G Real Estate on its formation of a value-add closed ended fund. In listed real estate funds, Erik Jamieson advised Canaccord Genuity as sponsor and bookrunner of the IPO of Aberdeen Standard European Logistics Income PLC. Jonathan Baird joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and advised Urban Exposure (which lends to residential real estate developers) on its flotation on AIM.

'A very strong and hardworking funds and real estate team with an impressive and expanding client base', Jones Day has 'done well as one of the few growing US firms in London that has properly broken into the private real estate funds space alongside the British-headquartered incumbents.' John MacGarty ('nicely balances strong technical and commercial skills') worked with the firm's US offices on forming Orion Capital V. Anna Cartwright was involved in elements of Henderson Park Real Estate Fund I's formation. Vica Irani advised Sequoia Investment Management Company on UK elements of a Guernsey-domiciled infrastructure debt fund listed in London. Alistair Grant, who is 'calm, likeable and very experienced in complex real estate structuring', advised Henley Healthcare Investments on an assisted-living sector fund. Other clients include Meyer Bergman, which MacGarty advised on forming Meyer Bergman European Real Estate Partners III, and The Townsend Group, which it advises on investments into various funds. Neil Ferguson is also a name of note.

At Macfarlanes LLP, Alex Amos advised Venn on forming its first-ever closed-ended real estate debt fund, which raised £185m over two closes. Simon Thomas is also a name of note for real estate debt funds work. In infrastructure, Stephen Robinson advised Ancala Partners on the creation of its debut mid-market infrastructure investment platform. Listed real estate fund clients include Supermarket Income REIT, which Lora Froud advised on its IPO. The firm also acts for Octopus Investments.

Osborne Clarke's Tim Simmonds¬†¬†advised Deutsche Alternative Asset Management on creating an open-ended Luxembourg-domiciled fund, which raised ‚ā¨588m at its first close. Other highlights included advising Bridges Fund Management on the final closing of its Bridge Property Fund Alternatives IV, which raised ¬£220m. Other highlights include advising CBRE on a club deal to purchase the Park Plaza London Waterloo Hotel with several pension schemes. The firm also acts for Newcore Capital Management and Cording Real Estate Group.

At Ashurst, Nick Goddard¬† advised CapMan Real Estate on forming CapMan Nordic Real Estate Fund II, which raised ‚ā¨425m to invest in value-add properties in the Nordic countries. Nicholas Holmes¬†handles listed REIT work, such as his advice to Credit Suisse and J&E Davy as joint bookrunners of the aborted IPO of Core Industrial REIT on the Enterprise Securities Market in Dublin and AIM in London.

At Baker McKenzie,  James Burdett  and senior associate Eric Lim continue to advise The Townsend Group on various investments made by its clients. Other highlights include fund formations, manager M&A and representation of institutional investors. The Employees' Provident Fund of Malaysia is a cornerstone client.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, Julian Brown  advised Royal London Asset Management on launching a property fund, seeded by two existing portfolios covering a range of assets, structured as an authorised contractual scheme with a PAIF feeder fund. Ronald Paterson assisted Gresham House Asset Management with the formation of a £150m fund investing in housing and infrastructure, with a local authority pension scheme acting as key investor.

Alongside work concerning listed real estate vehicles, Gowling WLG advises a number of institutional investors such as the Universities Superannuation Scheme, which Sharon Ayres (who divides her time between London and Birmingham) assisted with forming a joint venture with Morgan Sindall to invest in supported housing. Names of note for listed real estate vehicles include Oliver Riley, who advised GCP Student Living on a placing programme, plus Nick Heather and John Reed , who advised Aberdeen Standard Investments on the launch of a £350m listed fund investing in logistics.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles a range of matters in real estate investment, some of which with residential elements. Stephen Newby handles work concerning funds with European assets, as well as fund restructurings. Tim West  has expertise in authorised contractual schemes. Nigel Farr is also a name of note. Clients include Lendlease and Neuberger Berman.

Paul Hastings LLP's Duncan Woollard advised Octopus Healthcare on the tax and structuring elements of the conversion of MedicX I Healthfund from a closed-ended English partnership into an open-ended Guernsey unit trust. Other highlights in 2017 include Mayfair Capital's creation of a UK value-add fund.

Travers Smith LLP is 'extremely professional and commercially astute, across all elements of clients' businesses'. Sam Kay handles work on private real estate funds, including work for sponsors. He also advised Tesco Pension Investment on a real estate joint venture with IO Asset Management. As far as listed real estate funds are concerned, Aaron Stocks, who 'has a complete understanding of clients' responsibilities and objectives, which breeds confidence in the wider team' advised Impact Healthcare REIT on its £160m IPO on the specialist fund segment. Jeremy Elmore is another name of note.

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