Allen & Overy LLP

Real Estate Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Offers extensive expertise in real estate investment and development transactions. Able to draw on a firm-wide pool of resources to advise on the corporate structuring of acquisitions and disposals. Also equipped to advise on large-scale headquarters moves. Adept at facilitating joint ventures and related agreements on behalf of private equity firms, developers and institutional investors. Frequently involved in high-value transactions concerning large industrial and retail portfolios. Often advises on multi-jurisdictional deals.

Strengths"You get huge benefit from the number of transactions the firm has worked on and from its understanding of where the market is at any time," notes a client. "It's because of this experience that they're able to work very efficiently to get deals done."

"They're very quick, detailed and commercial," a source observes, adding: "You can really trust them on all aspects of a deal."

Work highlights Advised CC Land on its joint venture with Meyer Bergman to redevelop Whiteleys shopping centre in Queensway, London.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Woolf
is frequently instructed by international clients to advise on major development and investment opportunities, particularly with regard to large property portfolios. He advises major institutional investors, along with private equity firms and property joint ventures, on high-value acquisitions and disposals.
"He's very commercial and interested in coming up with innovative solutions, while still protecting his client's interests."

Imogen Moss
is the firm's global head of real estate and widely admired in the market for her experience in high-value transactions. She regularly advises on the sale and acquisition of large property portfolios as well as establishing joint ventures and offshore structures for real estate investment and development purposes.
"She's an unbelievably trusted adviser and a great resource." "She engages well with the other side and can build a good relationship to find solutions."