Lee Sheldon > Addleshaw Goddard > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Real estate funds and M&A.


Lee heads up the London Funds and Indirect Real Estate team. Lee specialises in advising both managers of and investors in UK, pan-European and global investment funds operating across the real estate, infrastructure and private equity sectors. Lee’s work with fund managers covers advice on all aspects of fund formation and the establishment of their fund management business and in relation to investors, advice on fund investments, coinvestments and acquisitions/disposals of portfolios of fund interests in the secondary market. Lee also advises a range of property companies (both public and private) and real estate fund managers on complex corporate wrapped real estate transactions including investments/divestments, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Clients advised by Lee in recent years include; HB Reavis; CC Land; Aviva Investors; Hammerson PLC, SEGRO PLC,  as well as a variety of institutional and SWF investors.


Trained/qualified Ingram Winter Green LLP – 2003; Nabarro LLP 2007-10; Clifford Chance LLP 2010-13; Addleshaw Goddard October 2013 to present.


Queen Elizabeth School; University of Birmingham.


Football and travelling.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds

Head of the investment management group and co-head of the firm’s real estate sector at Addleshaw Goddard Lee Sheldon , has experience leading the real estate funds offering in advising LPs and GPs on ultra-high-net-worth fund formation and establishment. Notably, the team successfully navigated investors through the difficult fundraising landscape at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, launching multiple funds for emerging GPs. In addition, it is entrusted by its clients to to work ESG issues into existing funds; Jan Gruter has particular expertise in this field.  Daniel Woolston is well-equipped to advise fund managers, asset managers, developers, family offices and financial institutions. Jonathan Powling departed the firm in mid-2021 to DLA Piper.

London > Investment fund formation and management > Private funds

Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘very personable, client focused team’ has a focus on mid-market and emerging GPs. The investment management group is headed up by Lee Sheldon; he works alongside private equity fund formation head Jan Gruter, who splits his time between London and Glasgow. Recent work of note has included advising on the launch of commercial forestry investment funds, private equity fundraising and co-investment fund structuring arrangements.