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Toby Barker

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Finance, Projects and Restructuring


UK Head Real Estate Finance

Toby Barker has extensive experience in acting for lenders on a broad range of transactions including senior and mezzanine debt, development funding and tax-driven structures.

He has particular knowledge in cross-border work and has acted on transactions involving a number of different jurisdictions including Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Holland, France, Hungary and China.

Whilst acting predominantly for lenders, Toby regularly undertakes work for borrowers and has experience in dealing with most types of property and sectors including healthcare, residential, student accommodation, hotel and leisure and commercial.


2006 to date, Partner, DLA Piper
2003 to 2006, Associate, DLA Piper
1999 to 2003, Solicitor, DJ Freeman
1997 to 1999, Solicitor, Underwood & Co


English, French and German


Law Society


Reading University, BA Hons History
London College of Law, CPE Diploma, LPC (with merit)

London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Leading individuals

Toby Barker - DLA Piper

Within: Property finance

DLA Piper counts leading market lenders such as Lloyds, HSBC and Deutsche Bank among its clients, and it recently took on Harrison Street and Capstone Asset Management. Highlights included UK group head Toby Barker acting for Aareal Bank on its financing of Henderson Park’s £500m acquisition of the London and Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotels and assisting Barings Real Estate Advisers with the acquisition and development financing of the Landmark Manchester office space. Among the team’s cross-border work was Christopher Chan’s advice to an investment bank on the provision of a facility to assist with the acquisition and development of a student accommodation site in Belfast, and to a German financial institution in relation to an investment facility to refinance the acquisition of a portfolio of assets in Germany. Paul Gray is also a key member of the team. Laurence Rogers moved to McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in April 2018.

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