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Susheela Rivers

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Real Estate


Based and qualified in Hong Kong and the UK, Susheela is Head of the Asia-Pacific Real Estate group and leads the Hospitality and Leisure group (Asia). With nearly 20 years' of extensive property law and hotel sector experience, Susheela is a leading real estate lawyer who has advised on landmark developments in Asia (particularly China and Hong Kong), as well as in London and across the UK. An expert on real estate aspects of acquisitions and disposals, financings, developments, leases, hotels and private funding initiatives, Susheela brings a wealth of experience advising developers, investors, fund managers, financiers and tenants. She has advised property companies, international hotel groups, investment banks, retailers and hospitals on complex, high value transactions including securitisations and IPOs. Projects include leading hotels in Hong Kong, China and throughout Asia, as well as in London. With increased interest over recent years into the growth markets of Asia, Susheela has developed a particular focus on cross border real estate investment. She regularly acts for local and global investment and fund managers, advising in relation not only to the establishment of the fund, but also the investment structuring, acquisition or disposal and asset management strategies, including asset management agreements.


Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales; Admitted in Hong Kong


English; Bahasa Indonesian; Bahasa Melayu; Chinese (Cantonese); Chinese (Mandarin)


Law School Chancery Lane London (1990 - 1991); London University - Queen Mary College (1987 - 1990); National Junior College Singapore (1984 - 1986)

China: Real estate and construction

Real estate and construction: foreign firms

Within: Real estate and construction: foreign firms

With extensive experience in both domestic and outbound investments, DLA Piper's broad practice covers due diligence, acquisitions and divestments, joint ventures, structuring, financing and taxation. Other areas of strength are leasing and facilities management, project and commercial developments, REITs, hotel management and agreements, fund formation, and restructuring. Highlights include acting for a consortium of five international banks, as mandated lead arrangers, in a secured term loan facility to three borrowers that indirectly own a grade-A office tower in Beijing. It also advised a newly-established fund, Enhanced Real Estate Series APAC II – China Outlets (managed by TH Real Estate), on its acquisition of a pipeline of designer outlet malls; a global manager of real estate equity, debt, securities and specialised strategies on selling two Shanghai office buildings; and an international financial institution on the acquisition of a 49% interest in each of Merry Wave and Bright Power Enterprises from a subsidiary of Hong Kong-listed real estate company, Shui On Land. Shanghai's Lillian Duan is highly rated for real estate M&A and joint ventures as well as the sale and leasing of properties in China; Wayne Ma, who divides his time between Shanghai and Hong Kong, advises multinational and Chinese investment banks, financial institutions and private equity funds on both inbound and outbound transactions across Asia, Europe and the US. In Hong Kong, the Asia Pacific real estate head is Susheela Rivers and Janice Yau Garton is a key senior associate.

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Susheela Rivers - DLA Piper

Within: Real estate

Susheela Rivers heads up the team at DLA Piper, possessing ‘brilliant subject matter expertise in structuring transactions and negotiations’. It advised a fund managed by TH Real Estate on its acquisition of a series of Florentia Village designer outlet malls. Cross-border work included advice to a European real estate investment and asset manager on its co-investment into a fund (alongside Gaw Capital Partners, Goldman Sachs and Great Wall), which has acquired 16 properties in Hong Kong. Senior associate Janice Yau Garton is ‘intelligent, diligent and responsive’, ‘her advice is solid and she is very quick to grasp issues’. Clients also include Deutsche Bank and McDonald’s.

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