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John Kelsey

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John is a partner in the Simmons & Simmons real estate group, which forms part of the financial markets department. He specialises in commercial real estate and has wide-ranging experience of advising on investment and development transactions. John has a wealth of experience in relation to the structured acquisitions and disposals of investment portfolios, joint ventures, sales and leaseback arrangements, infrastructure projects, and the more general aspects of landlord and tenant law. John has particular experience in dealing with the restructuring and insolvency aspects of real estate interests. He also specialises in dealing with real estate interests within industries such as hotel and leisure, oil and gas, and regulated business such as water companies. John represents a broad spectrum of financial institution clients, which include major investors, banks and property funds, and he acts for a range of developers, landlords and tenants.


Qualified 1997; worked at a leading City practice for 16 years; joined Simmons & Simmons 2012.

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Simmons & Simmons‚Äô property team has ‚Äėgreat strength in depth‚Äô and provides ‚Äėconsistently prompt and responsive service without sacrificing quality‚Äô. The department is particularly focused on large asset management, private capital and funds investment, and property finance. In one of the first major investment deals following the Brexit referendum, Matthew Hooton¬†advised Deka Immoilien on the acquisition of a 420,000 ft development site at Rathborne Square. Similarly, John Kelsey¬†assisted Deka Immobilien with the ¬£485m acquisition of Cannon Place, which was among the largest single-asset deals in 2017. Kelsey also advised London Properties on its ¬£100m+ sale of one of the market‚Äôs first large-scale co-living developments. Ali Crosthwaite¬†has acted for various development partners in matters including a joint venture data centre development and an office-led development in Central London. Further, the ‚Äėresponsive and practical‚Äô Richard Hopkinson-Woolley¬†is advising Tishman Speyer on the refurbishment of Economist Plaza at London St James‚Äôs. Additional contacts include Deian Rhys¬†and Nick Jones. Simon Gardiner¬†joined the team from¬†Pinsent Masons LLP, and Caroline Turner-Inskip¬†was promoted to partner.

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    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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