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From supporting successful people as they evolve their property portfolios, to helping notable companies to build a presence around the world, we have extensive experience in structuring and project-managing all kinds of real estate transaction.
As one of the world's leading law firms in advising on private capital we have extensive experience in the sale and purchase of investment properties and portfolios, as well as development deals, financing and the global hospitality and retail sectors.As part of a global practice, we are adept at helping you project manage your cross-border transactions. Our team will also ensure you protect the value of your property investments, by structuring them in the most tax-efficient way.
Clients include individual investors, banks, financiers and developers based around the world, including well-known names from ‘rich lists’ in the US, Europe and Asia. Many have substantial property portfolios, and seek advice on transactions of urban and rural land of every description, from offices, retail units and warehouses to forestry and agricultural land. We recently represented the seller of a beachfront residential parcel in the Hamptons, New York; one of the highest residential sale prices recorded to date.
Hospitality is a particular strength, and we can advise on numerous debt and equity financing products that are suitable for hotel and restaurant businesses. Our longstanding clients in this sector include Soho House, which has in recent years acquired a string of new sites for new private members’ clubs in locations as diverse as Barcelona, Istanbul and Malibu.
With more than 100 charity and nonprofit clients, we often advise these organizations on secured lending relating to property and facilities. Recently, we represented a major donor for a new public museum in New York State, helping with joint venture financing and construction agreements with public and private participants. And we structured funding for the redevelopment of London's Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.
Advised a high profile property fund to acquire 5 shopping centres across the UK for a total value of for £226 million
We have advised banks and borrowers in Singapore on project financing for the development of hotel/office/shopping complexes, residential estates, highways, pipelines, petrochemical plants and other industrial developments, and financing for the acquisition of hotels, hospitals, plantations, commercial and industrial buildings and complexes and the takeover of companies, secured against all kinds of assets and guarantees, in jurisdictions such as Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam, and others.
We acted for a bank in the financing to an international school in Singapore for the construction of an additional building to its existing campus.
We acted for an international school in the financing of SG$87.56 million from DBS to acquire state land, and construct and develop a new school building in Singapore.
We represented a multilateral agency on a €123.5 million loan to Hrvatska Elektroprivreda DD to finance the construction of a 68MW Ombla hydroelectric power plant at the Rijeka Dubrovacka Bay near Dubrovnik.
We advised two developers in connection with their construction and funding arrangements for rural anaerobic digestion facilities. Both contracts required the preparation and negotiation of bespoke EPC contract terms, direct agreements and other supporting documents.
We advised an American specialist engineering contractor on EPC contracts to retro-fit existing coal fired power stations with 'green' technology. These contracts were based on various FIDIC, NEC3 and bespoke terms. We also offered additional advice on joint venture arrangements with other specialist contractors.
Withers have represented a multilateral agency as lead international counsel on €50 million worth of sustainable energy projects. This representation included the securing of loans to companies in Albania, Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia and Croatia for the development of hydro power plants, a biomass plant, and to support energy efficiency improvements.
We advised on the purchase of a £15 million estate comprising diverse assets including a private water supply.
We acted as counsel to IFC in connection with the financing of the acquisition by Orient Express Hotels of a 93.5% stake in St. Petersburg's historical Grand Hotel Europe. The deal marked the largest single property acquisition in Russia at that time and was the first ever acquisition financing by IFC in Russia.
We represented First Corporate Shipping Limited on a financing of construction at the Bristol Port in the UK led by BHF Bank, and also in connection with facilities construction finance by users of Bristol Port.
We acted for a major Indian bank in financing a steel galvanising plant in Nigeria.
We acted as counsel to a syndicate of banks lead-arranged by ZAO Raiffeisenbank Austria with respect to a USD$43 million secured syndicated loan facility to Alini Investment BV.
The proceeds of this loan were used for the construction and development of an office-center in central Moscow.
We advised a landowner on the lease of a UK site for the development of a windfarm consisting of 18 turbines.
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