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Matthew Hooton

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Matthew has in depth experience on all facets of the real estate sector. He has acted for buyers and seller on investment deals, where he has advised on complex tax matters, corporate structures and joint venture arrangements. He has acted for landlords and tenants on shopping centres, portfolios and trophy buildings. Matthew has acted for developers in connection with site assemblies, options, pre-emptions, pre lets, forward fundings and forward purchases. He has also acted for, and on the other side of, the public sector in connection with urban regeneration agreements. Matthew has acted for the major banks, as well as funds, on real estate backed finance matters, including loan portfolios. He has acted for lenders and sponsors on a wide variety of PFI matters and has more recently acted on real estate restructuring deals.

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Commercial property

Simmons & Simmons’ property team has ‘great strength in depth’ and provides ‘consistently prompt and responsive service without sacrificing quality’. 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’s 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 ‘responsive and practicalRichard Hopkinson-Woolley is advising Tishman Speyer on the refurbishment of Economist Plaza at London St James’s. 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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London: Transport


Within: Rail

Simmons & Simmons is noted for its experience in advising on UK and international rail projects. Railway PPPs, M&A, freight railway projects, operation and maintenance arrangements, property arrangements, track access and railway regulation are key areas of expertise. The team is advising Momentum Infrastructure is on its bid for work on HS2. Real estate partner Matthew Hooton and projects partner Andrew Petry are key members of the team, which is led by Juliet Reingold. Rob Horne has joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

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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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