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Chris Beaumont-McQuillan is an associate in the Firm's Real Estate practice. Chris was originally based in the London office, but he relocated to the UAE in 2013 to establish and head-up our Real Estate practice in the region. Chris splits his time between our Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices, and has also spent considerable time in our Doha office.
Chris has extensive experience in commercial real estate matters and related corporate and finance projects and transactions. He has acted on a wide variety of domestic and international real estate transactions in the UK, the UAE, the wider GCC and globally.
He has experience acting for a broad base of domestic and international clients including financial institutions, developers, owners, private and institutional investors (including sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds and hedge funds) and corporations on all aspects of their domestic and cross-border transactions involving the purchase, sale, financing, development, ownership, leasing, management, operation and investment in all types of real estate asset-classes, including retail, office, residential, mixed-use, hotels and resorts, data centres, ports, industrial and undeveloped land.
Chris played a central role on a number of the deals that led to the Firm recently being named as Mergermarket's "Middle Eastern Real Estate M&A Legal Adviser of the Year 2016".
Chris joined the Firm from a Magic Circle law firm in London, where he trained and qualified as an associate.
Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A. (CDP) and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) as arranger and agent, respectively, together with a group of lenders comprising SCB, CDP and UBI Banca S.p.A, on the negotiation of a $300million SACE covered facility to Meydan Group LLC which was signed on April 7, 2017, which will be used by Meydan (a Government of Dubai related entity undertaking real estate, hospitality and equine sporting investments and operations) to finance the initial construction phase of their landmark "Meydan One" project in Dubai which will include the construction of a mall complete with a retractable roof and the world's largest indoor ski slope. The Meydan One project aims to create a new urban area of Dubai and include a 711m-high residential tower, a 25,000 sqm indoor sports facility, the biggest dancing fountains in the world, and a beach.
Investment Corporation of Dubai, the principal investment arm of the government of Dubai, in respect of its acquisition of a number of key hotel and other assets including: the W Hotel, Washington DC; a majority interest in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, New York; and a minority interest in the One & Only Hotel, Cape Town.
Labregah Real Estate Company (a subsidiary of Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company) and Barwa Real Estate Company Q.S.C. on an ongoing series of strategic transfers of real estate and other assets which, to date, has involved the acquisition by Labregah of approximately US$5.3 billion of assets (including major Qatari real estate projects at Barwa City and Barwa Commercial Avenue). This represents one of the largest ever M&A transactions in Qatar and was named "Domestic M&A Deal of the Year" at the IFLR Middle East Awards 2014.
Katara Hospitality (a subsidiary of Qatar Holding LLC), the Qatar-based global owner, developer and operator of hotels, on the acquisition of five luxury InterContinental properties in France, Italy, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, including the InterContinental Carlton Cannes and the InterContinental De La Ville Rome.
An Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund in respect of its leasing and development of a large plot of undeveloped land in Abu Dhabi.
An Abu Dhabi-based developer in respect of its acquisition of Musataha rights over, and its development of, a residential tower block in Abu Dhabi, to be sold off-plan to end users.
A Saudi-based real estate investment fund in respect of its acquisition of a long lease of industrial premises at Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai.
A Dubai-based developer and hotel manager in respect of its acquisition, development and financing of a major development site in Dubai, to include a shopping mall, hotel and residential complex.
A Qatar-based corporation in respect of drafting and implementing a new suite of template leasing and related documentation for use in connection with all of its real property (retail, commercial, industrial, residential, development land) assets in Qatar.
A UAE-based healthcare company in respect of its entry into leases and Musataha agreements in connection with the development and operation of a number of new healthcare facilities in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Qatar.