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James Burdett

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James Burdett has extensive experience acting on fund transactions in the private equity, real estate, environment markets and renewable energy sectors. He also acts as adviser to buyers and sellers in secondary transactions involving private equity and real estate fund interests. James heads the London Investment Funds Group and sits on the Firm's Global Funds Group Steering Committee. A partner in the Firm's Corporate Group in London, he also serves on the Law Society Company Law Committee and its Investment Funds Working Group. James frequently speaks at external and internal conferences on funds and secondary market transactions. James offers substantial experience in the formation of private equity and hedge fund structures, fund reviews and due diligence for investors, investment management and advisory agreements, information memoranda and other offering documents. He also provides counsel on specific investment structures for asset classes.


Trained Bond Pearce, qualified 1995; made partner 2004.




Law Society of England & Wales - Company Law Committee


University of Edinburgh (Master of Arts Geography Honors) (1990); London Guildhall University (C.P.E.) (1991); London Guildhall University (Law Society Finals) (1993)



London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds

Within: Private funds

Baker McKenzie’s James Burdett’s work includes a number of fund formation mandates, often related to government-backed funds, as well as significant limited partner work. He advised Earth Capital Partners on the creation of the Nobel Sustainability Fund – a joint venture with a Chinese counterparty and backed by Prince Albert II of Monaco to create a fund investing in sustainable technology. He also acted for the Japan Bank for International Co-operation on launching the Russo-Japanese Investment Fund, a $1bn platform joint venture with the Russian Direct Investment Fund. Clients include Banque Cantonale de Genève and Guardian Media Group.

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Real estate funds

Within: Real estate funds

Baker McKenzie’s funds team, led by James Burdett, advises a number of key institutional investors and managers. Highlights included Burdett advising Invesco on the creation of its UK Residential Fund and its European Value Add Fund, a €400m fund which invests in value-add properties across asset classes in Europe. In the limited partner space, he acted for Townsend Holdings on the investment by three of its clients as cornerstone investors into Standard Life Investments Real Estate Club III. Other clients include Mapletree.

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London: Real estate

Property finance

Within: Property finance

Often acting on high-profile, high-value matters, Baker McKenzie’s practice has cross-border capabilities and excellent lender-side experience. Justin Salkeld and department head Stephen Turner continued to act for CIMB Bank Berhad on the financing of the £2bn Battersea Power Station redevelopment, the third of phase of which required a combination of Islamic and conventional financing. Paul Hibbert advised ING and Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on a £400m senior loan to refinance Salesforce Tower, also known as 110 Bishopsgate. Together with the Barcelona-based Marcel Enrich, Lynn Rosell Rowley assisted Spanish elderly care operator SARquavitae with refinancing a number of its existing loans. Other clients of the practice include Edwardian Group. Acquisition finance expert Sebastien Marcelin-Rice, funds specialist James Burdett, real estate tax expert James Smith and Ian Jack, who has a particular focus on CEE transactions, are also recommended.

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