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Stephen Turner

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Baker McKenzie LLP

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Real estate.


Stephen Turner has considerable experience working on a broad range of legal matters related to real estate law in the UK. Formerly a partner at Lawrence Graham and a US-based law firm, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Stephen joined Baker McKenzie in October 1999. He currently sits on the steering committee of the Europe Real Estate Practice Group, and has been recognized by Chambers legal directory as a "notable practitioner." Stephen Turner focuses his practice on property financings, investment sales and purchases and development work.


Trained Breeze & Wyles; qualified 1982; assistant solicitor 1982-86; partner 1986-88; assistant solicitor Lawrence Graham 1988-93; partner 1993-97; partner Morgan, Lewis & Bockius 1997-99; partner Baker McKenzie 1999 to date.




Law Society


University of Nottingham (LL.B. Honors) (1979); College of Law at Lancaster Gate (L.S.F.) (1980)


Family, food, photography.

London: Real estate

Commercial property

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Turner - Baker McKenzie

Within: Commercial property

Baker McKenzie’s ‘highly regarded’ London real estate team is regularly instructed to handle corporate real estate mandates for overseas, in-bound investors and also has a strong real estate finance practice. Of particular note, the ‘experienced and hands-onStephen Turner assisted Hong Kong-listed Spring REIT with its £73.5m acquisition of 84 let properties in the UK, which marked the client’s first real estate acquisition outside the Asia Pacific region. Turner also advised Singapore-based Mapletree Investments on its £60m acquisition of a 796-bedroom student housing block in Essex. Leveraging its global network, the ‘commercial and capable’ London team is often involved in real estate transactions involving property in various European jurisdictions. Justin Salkeld is counselling Michael Kors on its EMEA store expansion and maintenance, which has included new store openings and portfolio rationalisations. Indeed, the team has particular experience in the hotel and retail sectors. Salkeld is also acting for Edwardian Group on the development aspects of its £300m luxury hotel development in Leicester Square. The department is also involved in the infrastructure, energy and utilities sectors and has recently assisted CLdN Cobelfret with multiple matters, including the £35m sale of a freehold property in London and, separately, advice regarding the redevelopment or sale of a decommissioned port.

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Property finance

Within: Property finance

The practice at Baker McKenzie is led by Sebastien Marcelin-Rice, who is  experienced in acquisition finance, particularly the acquisition of loan portfolios. The team also handles development finance; since 2013, it has been advising CIMB Bank Berhad on the £2bn redevelopment of Battersea Power Station, which has involved Islamic and conventional financing. Stephen Turner acted for Singaporean fund Mapletree Investments on the £60m acquisition of student accommodation in Colchester, and Justin Salkeld assisted Thai joint venture FS JV with the refinancing of a portfolio of UK hotels. The team has also handled multi-jurisdictional matters, advising Hines Pan-European Core Fund on the financing of properties in England, France and Germany. Nick Tostivin and Sudhir Nair are also noted. Other key clients are ING, BNP Paribas, Standard Chartered Bank and Tyndaris.

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