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Acuity Legal Limited

3 ASSEMBLY SQUARE, BRITANNIA QUAY, CARDIFF BAY, CARDIFF, CF10 4PL, WALES
Tel:
Work 029 2048 2288
Fax:
Fax 029 2049 5588
DX:
200750 CARDIFF BAY
Web:
www.acuitylegal.co.uk
Cardiff, Swansea

Jonathan Geen

Tel:
Work 029 2067 4407
Email:
Acuity Legal Limited

Work Department

Partner ‚Äď real estate.

Position

Partner specialising in property development, finance, acquisitions and disposals and leasing. Acted on many of the largest and highest-profile property transactions in Wales, including the sale of the Cardiff Bay Inner Harbour, the Penarth Heights redevelopment project, the National Assembly for Wales Debating Chamber, Cardiff Arms Park, Holland House Hotel, Cardiff International Sports Village, the Cardiff City football stadium and acted for the developer on the new BBC Wales HQ. Winner of the ‚ÄėWales Property Lawyer of the Year‚Äô in both 2006 and 2008 at the ‚ÄėPeople in Property‚Äô Awards.

Career

Trained Clifford Chance London 1993, qualified 1995; partner Capital Law Cardiff 2000; partner M & A Solicitors 2005; partner Acuity Legal 2011.

Education

Oxford University (MA Law); College of Law, York.

Leisure

Football, karate.


Wales: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Acuity Legal Limited represents a balanced mix of lender and borrower clients across the gamut of mandates ranging from acquisition financing to securing financing for working capital purposes. Given the firm’s excellence within the commercial property arena, it is perhaps unsurprising that a significant proportion of work handled by the team relates to real estate finance matters. Recent highlights in this space include Jonathan Geen and Gareth Baker’s work for marquee developer client Rightacres on the £400m financing by Legal and General of the Central Square development in Cardiff. Damien Cann also has significant market visibility within the real estate sector and has a particular expertise advising on innovative financing solutions to clients within the affordable housing sector. Beverley Jones has broad-ranging finance expertise and is regularly at the forefront of the most significant non-real estate-related financings handled by the firm including advising Cambrian Pet Foods on its refinancing from Santander to HSBC and representing Newport Wafer Fab on the funding arrangements associated with the buy-out from Infineon. Other clients include Warwick Capital Partners, Principality Building Society, Hodge Bank and Mears Group.

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Wales: Real estate

Commercial property: Cardiff

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Geen - Acuity Legal Limited

Within: Commercial property: Cardiff

Led by the 'excellent' Jonathan Geen and Steve Morris, Acuity Legal Limited 's 'responsive and cost-effective' five-partner team provides a 'partner-led service' on many of the highest-profile real estate mandates in the local market. The firm's deeply entrenched ties with leading developer Rightacres ensures that it continues to pick up a significant flow of work in relation to the various developments in the Central Square area of Cardiff. The 'first-class' Gareth Baker 'has his finger on the pulse of each deal' and continues to be the lead lawyer on the Central Square regeneration scheme - work which has included not only assembly of the entire site for Rightacres but also advice in relation to the lettings, financing and sales of the various Central Square developments including the £400m finance deal with Legal & General, the letting and sale of 1 and 2 Central Square and the GPU building. Baker also  advised leading global semiconductor company, IQE, on the historic deal to develop the world’s first compound semiconductor cluster in south Wales. Outside of Wales, 'personable and approachable' affordable housing expert Damien Cann continues to handle a raft of work for the Mears Group including on on innovative leaseback arrangement with Luton Borough Council to provide affordable housing in Eaton Green, Luton. Although it is best-known for its private sector work, the firm's appointment to the National Procurement Service's (NPS) property panel has begun to generate some sizeable public sector mandates as demonstrated by the firm's work for University of Wales Trinity Saint David on the SA1 development in Swansea. Other clients include Associated British Ports, Sony Europe, LifeCare Residencies and Principality Building Society.

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Social housing

Within: Social housing

At Acuity Legal Limited, the 'personable and approachable' Damien Cann and 'excellent' Jonathan Geen are noted for their ability to provide innovative funding solutions in the sector. Geen handles a significant amount of work for Mears Group including recently advising its housing management arm on a novel transaction in Eaton Green, Luton which involved it taking an operational lease for the provision of Exempt Accommodation for homeless households through a further leaseback arrangement with Luton Borough Council. Other clients include Cadwyn Housing Association, Sapphire Homes and West Sussex County Council.

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