We act for both lenders and borrowers on real estate finance transactions, from loan origination to enforcement. This enables our finance practice to see both sides of the lender/ borrower relationship on institutional and unconventional transactions.

We are able to draw on extensive in-house experience in European “Bad Banks” giving direct insight into the decision making process which precedes enforcement of loans in default.  Our in-house experience also enables us to appreciate the pressures on banks in the lending process, particularly in this heightened regulatory era.  For borrowers, we advise on the full life cycle of the borrowing process, including setting up the most tax efficient funds and providing support at exit.

Bristows’ Real Estate finance practice has experience of the full lifespan of the lending process, from setting up new funds and SPVs, to negotiating loan facilities and security documents, and advising on enforcement action against defaulting borrowers.

We have a wide network of offshore lawyers with whom we work closely when a party is located in another jurisdiction.

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Teresa Edmund

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Experience

As part of Santander’s panel we have acted on loans secured on in excess of £100m of real estate assets.

Advising a Spanish borrower on the English law aspects of a development loan facility.

Acting for a UK pension fund providing mezzanine development finance to complete a mixed use commercial/ residential development in Cambridge.

On the Borrower side, acting for a Royal Charter Body securing finance to extend its long lease of a trophy building in St James;

Advising a Guernsey LP securing development finance to build a Morrisons filling station in North London.

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What others say

“The ‘highly responsive, commercial’ Marek Petecki is a ‘standout partner’ who ‘finds and communicates practicable solutions to issues, and tailors his work carefully’; he is noted for his strength in M&A involving IP and technology. Petecki’s highlights included advising AstraZeneca on the £135m sale of its pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Avonmouth to Avara, and assisted Diageo with its acquisition of a stake in a joint venture established by Piers Adam to develop a new whisky brand.”

Legal 500 2017

“The ‘partner-led’ practice group at Bristows LLP has ‘good expertise in the area of partnership’, acting for investment partnerships and professional partnerships. Joint department head Iain Redford specialises in investment partnerships and also has particular expertise in refinancing partnerships. In 2016, he acted for multiple individual members in relation to the sale of their LLP.”

Legal 500 2017

“Commended for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘good value for money’, Bristows LLP’s department is strong in the TMT and life sciences sectors; it also has notable experience in the consumer goods space.”

Legal 500 2017

“Life sciences expert Mark Hawes, who heads the group, acted for Albireo on its NASDAQ listing and its $200m reverse merger with Biodel.”

Legal 500 2017

“Corporate partners Mark Hawes and Marek Petecki…are recommended” in the Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology sector.”

Legal 500 2017

Recent rankings and awards

Real Estate: Commercial property - General / Investment 
Legal 500 2017

Real Estate: Lower Mid-Market (London) - Noted Firm
Chambers and Partners 2015