Mayer Brown LLP

Real Estate

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What the team is known for

Strong team for big-ticket property acquisition and financing transactions, while also handling major commercial and residential redevelopment schemes. Notable abilities in handling cross-border transactions involving international investment into the UK market, with a particular focus on Asian markets. Clients also include UK property companies, private equity funds and other institutional investors. Demonstrates strong expertise in transactions concerning alternative asset classes such as student accommodation, data centres and care homes.


Sources report: "They advised us tirelessly and thoughtfully, getting us through a maze of complications with first-rate advice and heavy involvement from the team."

"The firm is well managed, employs very talented people and has a positive and forward-thinking culture," says one interviewee, adding that "the team is able to take on challenging projects at short notice and deliver good results."

One client adds that "they are very diligent, thorough and responsive."

Work highlights

Acted for Kingswood Edge, a joint venture between Wing Tai Properties and Manhattan Garments Group, on the acquisition, financing and refinancing of 30 Gresham Street for approximately £411 million.

Notable practitioners

Caroline Humble is frequently called upon by major property investors and private equity funds to advise on high-value real estate transactions. She has considerable expertise in both development and investment matters relating to office, logistics and mixed-use assets.
"It's always a joy to work with her." "Caroline is a class act." "She is very diligent, thorough and responsive."

UK head of real estate Chris Harvey specialises in handling cross-border transactions for overseas clients looking to invest in the UK real estate market, particularly from Asia. He regularly advises on big-ticket deals concerning prime retail and office properties in London.
"He is responsive and highly skilled on all real estate matters, and he provides crucial support." "He is a deal-doer who can work constructively and understands that structuring and complexity on a matter are there to be worked through together."

Jeremy Clay serves as the firm's managing partner. He has vast experience in handling high-value investment and development transactions for property companies, as well as clients in the private equity space, and can also draw on his experience in real estate finance matters.

Head of the firm's transactional real estate practice in London Joe Conder has vast experience assisting funds, asset managers and investors with high-value transactions concerning property investments and development financing, including international matters. He has notable experience in handling matters relating to student accommodation.
"Joe is very good at taking ownership and accountability for a deal and doing everything in his power to ensure a successful conclusion." "He is excellent."

Martin Wright wins high praise from clients for his ability to handle complex transactions. His real estate expertise includes domestic and cross-border investments, development projects and joint venture formation, with notable experience acting for Chinese and Japanese investors. He is also the firm's head of real estate for Europe.
"He has a wealth of experience, and is practical and thoughtful."

Simon Price joined Mayer Brown from Linklaters in September 2020. He regularly assists clients with investment transactions and development work related to a range of property types, including prime office space and student accommodation. He also has notable expertise in matters concerning distressed real estate assets.
"Simon is smart, affable and gets to the point quickly." "He is very insightful with regards to commercial real estate."

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As one of the largest Real Estate practices in the world, Mayer Brown's Real Estate practice delivers comprehensive real estate advice through a team-oriented approach, which also draws upon Mayer Brown's depth in related areas such as tax, environmental, finance, construction and corporate. We are experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate facing corporate end users. We offer a cross-practice, cross-border approach to solving the needs of our clients, which enables us to support local, national and international real estate transactions. With our worldwide network of relationships with lenders, investors, developers and other professional advisors, the Real Estate team has the resources and experience to advise on any type of real estate transaction.

Real Estate Department

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London (Firms)

Real Estate: Big-Ticket

Caroline Humble
Band 6
Chris Harvey
Band 3
Jeremy Clay
Eminent Practitioners
Martin Wright
Band 2
Simon Price
Band 5