Clifford Chance LLP

Real Estate Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Able to bring the strength of a combined corporate and real estate group to bear when advising on high-value property matters, including acquisitions and disposals, development projects and leasing matters. Fields a number of experts on tax structures, cross-border investment and other complex structured real estate deals. Advises on both strategic investments and large-scale developments in the private rental and student accommodation sectors. Further strength handling major real estate matters in the rail sector, including infrastructure improvements and station redevelopments.

Strengths"They provide high-quality output and have some extremely good negotiators and drafters," says a source.

A commentator says: "Clifford Chance offers exceptional client service and an extensive range of specialists, meaning that the firm is able to cover a wide range of issues within a single engagement."

"The team demonstrates excellent project management skills as well as depth and breadth of knowledge and experience," says a client, also praising the firm's ability to "turn things around quickly on a large scale."

Work highlights Acted for private equity firm Apollo Global Management on the pre-letting of its new London headquarters at 1 Soho Place, located above the new Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station.

Notable practitioners


Franc Peña
advises on a range of transactions relating to real estate investment and development, including the acquisition and disposal of substantial property portfolios. He has experience with a range of asset classes, including private rental, student accommodation and office buildings.
"Franc is always trying to come up with solutions to potential issues. He is very commercial and we have a very good collaborative relationship."


Ian Painter
has a good reputation for his real estate practice, which largely focuses on the development market. He advises on acquisitions, pre-lettings and joint venture formation related to a range of projects including student accommodation, private rental and rail station redevelopments.
"He is considered and commercial in his proposals and exhibits a deep level of technical understanding, which enables him to deal with the most complex of matters. He is also an engaging individual who develops strong relationships and offers the best level of client service I have ever come across."