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Mark Waghorn

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Mark is a partner in the banking group, which forms part of the financial markets department. He acts for all market participants in the real estate finance market: lenders, borrowers, senior, junior and mezzanine debt players providing investment, development and structured finance, including commercial mortgage backed securitisations. Mark also specialises in real estate restructuring and insolvency work, working with lenders and borrowers and with insolvency practitioners and LPA receivers.Key sector experience includes: residential, hotels and leisure, healthcare and retail.


Qualified 1992; worked at a leading City practice for 21 years; joined Simmons & Simmons 2011.

London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Waghorn - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Property finance

The 'calm, responsive and knowledgeable' Mark Waghorn heads the practice at Simmons & Simmons, which is noted for its traditionally strong relationships with UK retail banks, as well as its growing client base of investment banks, insurance lenders and debt funds; new clients include a major investment bank, ING and Starwood. The team is also experienced at handling complex cross-border transactions; Waghorn and Helen Hagan, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in February 2017 and is 'excellent at managing transactions and taking responsibility', recently advised Deutsche Asset Management on mezzanine facilities totalling £64m to two major European investment and asset managers, which were secured on real estate in the UK and France. The practice also advises borrower clients, such as logistics fund Valor Real Estate Partners. Simon Kildahl, William Greig and newly promoted partner Paula Macnamara are also key members of the 'well-connected, pragmatic and commercial' team; John Davies retired in late 2017.

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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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