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Chris Vause

Wedlake Bell LLP

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Partner specialising in advising lenders and borrowers on a broad range of real estate finance, general banking, insolvency and restructuring transactions. In addition to his general banking and real estate finance practice, Chris has a particular interest and skill in the structuring, funding and, when called for, restructuring of real estate development transactions. Chris has many longstanding connections with stakeholders in the built-environment industry and that, together with his substantial transactional experience as a property lawyer both in NZ and the UK, means that Chris provides his clients with a deep and valued insight into real estate as an asset class.


Chris joined Wedlake Bell in 2015 from the London office of a leading national firm.  He moved to London from New Zealand in 1996.  Chris qualified in New Zealand in 1991 and then in England and Wales in 2001.

London: Finance

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Within: Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Led by the 'very professional' Hilary Platt, Wedlake Bell LLP 's 'well-balanced' two partner team provides a 'responsive service' to lenders and corporate borrowers across a wide range of syndicated and bilateral financings. Platt has recently handled numerous large refinancing deals for Day Lewis plc including in relation to the addition of a new tranche of debt to the group's main club facility. Chris Vause is also recommended. Other clients include HSBC, Honest Burgers and Bank of Ireland.

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Hilary Platt leads the 'well-balanced', 'knowledgeable' and 'approachable' team at Wedlake Bell LLP, which has handled transactions relating to a variety of asset classes, including student accommodation, residential schemes and hotels. In addition, Chris Vause acted for HSBC on a £15m term loan and accordion facility with a golf club company, and advised a central London property investor on a £35m loan secured over a portfolio of commercial properties. Key clients include Alpha Bank London, Day Lewis, Care UK and Fairacre Asset Management; Arbuthnot Latham, Elysian Residences and Global Holdings are among the team's new clients. Associate Helena Heaton and solicitor Tamsin Davies are also noted; Richard Roberts left for an in-house role.

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