Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Real Estate Finance Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for High-calibre team of finance lawyers regularly working with domestic and international clients. Offers a deep bench of experts and the capacity to work with both sponsors and high-profile lenders. Also experienced in borrower-side representation, and particularly in high-profile acquisition financings. Augments its capabilities by drawing on strengths in planning, construction and real estate to provide a full service to clients.

Strengths"I have a very positive impression of the team," reports one client, adding: "They're service is well joined up. They have the right people on the right calls."

An interviewee remarks: "They won't miss anything but at the same time are able to offer advice that lets us take a commercial position."

Work highlights Advised Henderson Park Capital Partners on the financing of its public-to-private takeover of Green REIT, including arranging a EUR1.18 billion package with Blackstone.

Notable practitioners


Claire Watson
is sought after by borrower, lender and investor clients for her prowess in complex real estate financing transactions. She regularly advises on domestic and cross-border developments and acquisitions.
"Claire is excellent - she is good on deals, good with clients and commercial." "She gets a very good balance of protecting our position and making sure we're doing the right thing."


Gordon McMillan
is recognised for his considerable expertise in advising lenders, investors and developers on a range of real estate financing transactions. He has experience in matters involving an array of real estate asset classes, as well as cross-border mandates.
"He's very responsive and hard-working, and he thinks about things holistically." "Gordon is excellent."

Head of the firm's real estate finance team
Naveen Vijh
regularly acts for banks and other lenders. He has experience in an array of areas including acquisition financing, fund financing and development matters.
"He's very good at taking commercial views and picking out what we should be concerned about."


Payam Yoseflavi
is noted for work on behalf of lenders and borrowers on a range of financing transactions. He has experience across various asset classes including office, hospitality and industrial.
"He takes a very commercial and 'get the deal done' approach."