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Ali Crosthwaite

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Ali specialises in commercial real estate with a particular focus on prime City of London and West End investment grade property. She acts primarily for institutional investors and private equity funds in relation to the structured acquisition and disposal of investment assets, joint venture arrangements and financing as well as all aspects of landlord and tenant law. She also specialises in advising TMT clients in respect of their real estate requirements.

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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  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    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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