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Simon Masri

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Real estate.


Simon has extensive experience of all aspects of commercial real estate transactions with particular emphasis on property and hotel investment, finance and mixed-use development projects.

Simon acts for institutions, private and public companies from the UK and overseas on structured investment acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and developments.


Trained Dentons, qualified 2005. Partner 2012.


Yarm School; King’s College, London (LLB Law with German Law).

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Dentons is rated for its ‘strong business acumen’ and ‘high-quality legal advice’, but time and again clients have suggested that it’s the lawyers’ ‘top-notch client service and impressive response times’ that really make the team stand out. The firm is well known for its global hotels expertise. Indeed, the team acted for Aprirose in relation to its £525m acquisition of QHotels from Bain Capital Credit and Canyon Partners, which was among the largest hotel portfolio acquisitions of 2017. Further, Mark Daliere counselled Astir Palace Vouliagmeni on agreements with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for the operation of the iconic Astir Palace in Athens. Similarly, Daliere advised 1875 Finance on agreements with Six Senses Resorts for the development and management of an ultra-luxury resort and branded residences in Switzerland. In the retail space, Andrew Henderson has handled a number of strategic portfolio transactions for Sports Direct, and Simon Masri assisted US-based Karlin Real Estate with its acquisition of two retail outlet centres in the UK. Richard Budge is acting for Slough Urban Renewal and North West Quadrant on multiple projects, including the five-phase redevelopment of the former Thames University Campus. The department also has particular expertise in developing student accommodations and PRS projects. Rob Thompson is ‘first-class’ and ‘personifies the team’s stellar client service’. Thompson, Rupert Dowdell and several others joined the firm in 2016, and the London real estate team continued that growth trend into 2017-2018. The firm absorbed Maclay Murray & Spens, which brought Alex Coulter, Wendy Wilks and director Nicholas Mole to the real estate team. Virginia Glastonbury is another key contact.

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Property finance

Within: Property finance

Dentons is known for its ability to handle complex, cross-border transactions, and for its lender-side strength; in a recent highlight, team head James Irvine advised HSBC on €635m of real estate investment facilities to Chariot Top Group, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) incorporated in the Netherlands. The practice is, however, also strengthening its borrower-side capabilities, with clients including KSL Capital Partners, Apollo Global Management and Aprirose; Simon Masri was part of the team which advised the latter on its acquisition and the related financing of QHotels group from Bain Capital Credit and Canyon partners, the largest hotel portfolio acquisition deal in the UK in 2017. The team also counts a number of Asian banks, including United Overseas Bank, Development Bank of Singapore, OCBC and CIMB Bank Berhad, among its clients. Lorraine Davis, Simon Tweedle, Jason Sheard, Brendan Slack and Rob Thompson are also noted.

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