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Steve Smith

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Banking, Real Estate Finance


Steve specialises in real estate finance transactions of all kinds, with a particular emphasis on more structured and/or distressed transactions.
He has extensive experience of advising on multi-disciplinary and cross-border real estate finance transactions in the most demanding circumstances. Selected relevant experience relevant to the leisure sector includes advising:

  • the senior lenders on the restructuring of the Arora Airport Hotel portfolio
  • the senior lenders on the restructuring of debt secured on a portfolio of UK Hilton Hotels
  • the senior lenders on the restructuring of a portfolio of Travelodge Hotels
  • the sponsor on the refinancing of the Lanesborough Hotel
  • the mezzanine lenders on the refinancing of a series of European hotels held by a pre-eminent private equity firm.


2010 to date Partner, Linklaters
2000 - 2010 Lawyer, Linklaters
1999 - 2000 Solicitor, Simpson Grierson, New Zealand
1998 - 1999 Solicitor, New Zealand Guardian Trust Limited, New Zealand


1998 Professional Institute of Legal Studies, Professional Qualification
1998 Victoria University of Wellington, Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours)
1995 Victoria University of Wellington, B.A.

London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Leading individuals

Steve Smith - Linklaters LLP

Within: Property finance

Linklaters LLP ‘stands out for cross-border or complex deals’, and is praised for its ‘flexible approach, willingness to go the extra mile, ability to tell clients if they want too much, and market know-how’. Led by Steve Smith, who is ‘hands down one of the top performing, most knowledgeable and commercial lawyers in the market today’, the team acts for borrowers, sponsors and developers, and has added to its historically strong debt-funds client base with a number of investment and commercial bank clients, including Citibank and Wells Fargo. Smith and Scott Simpson, an ‘excellent communicator’ and ‘an invaluable port of call for advice’, advised LaSalle Investment Management and DRC Capital as lenders on the financing of Global Student Accommodation’s acquisition of a Spanish student accommodation portfolio, operating business and brand from Oaktree; the €141m deal was the client’s first in Spain. Mark O’Neill, a ‘stalwart of the industry’, also acted on a number of high-value development finance matters.

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