Real Estate Finance Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Well-resourced practice with an emphasis on complex cross-border finance transactions. Enjoys longstanding relationships with major lenders and borrowers. Often handles acquisition and development finance, as well as restructuring, senior debt and mezzanine transactions. Offers clients a comprehensive service, with complementary strengths in banking and tax.

Strengths According to one client, "Linklaters are a good firm - they're the right mix of magic circle depth of skills with a personal and very much relationship-driven business."

Work highlights Advised a joint venture between Permodalan Nasional Berhad and the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia on the £1.583 billion acquisition of Battersea Power Station.

Notable practitioners

Philip Gore
acts for both lender and borrower-side clients, including developers, banks and funds. He has a broad real estate finance practice, with experience advising on both domestic and cross-border transactions.
"He's incredibly easy to talk to, he really knows what he's doing and he's incredibly personable."

Scott Simpson
is highlighted for his expertise in mezzanine financing. He acts for lender and borrower clients on a range of transactions, often with a cross-border element.
"Scott is very good for mezzanine financing and an ambitious, smart negotiator." "He's very efficient on moving a transaction forward and striking the right balance between pushing for points but not asking for unreasonable requests."

Head of the firm's real estate finance practice
Steve Smith
enjoys an excellent reputation in the market, providing expertise to lenders and sponsors. He has a wealth of experience advising on a wide range of complex and cross-border real estate financing transactions.
"Steve is someone you definitely want on your side in difficult negotiations. He always keeps a calm mind and is very commercial." "Steve is incredibly commercial, very good at understanding the important priorities, and his advice is geared towards addressing the important points."