Jeffrey is a Partner in the firm's global real estate industry group; acting on a variety of real estate and NPL financing transactions for both the lender and borrower, including domestic and pan-European deals. Jeffrey has worked with a wide range of clients from private equity houses, sovereign wealth funds, private property investors and listed property companies to banks, mezzanine debt funds, noteholder groups and special servicers.
This broad client list has given him an all-round perspective and an appreciation of the issues likely to surface in a deal, across a wide range of situations.
He has a long history of working in property finance and combines his financial expertise with a genuine understanding of real estate as an asset. This gives him a head start in such transactions, as he recognises many of the practical priorities facing his clients, whether new money deals or restructurings.
Having practised in Canada prior to re-locating to London, Jeffrey continues to retain contacts and familiarity with the Canadian marketplace. Clients interested in Canada and Canadian companies investing abroad will benefit from his understanding of this market.
Acting as lead counsel to Kildare Partners in connection with the refinancing of real estate properties owned by Technopolis Plc located in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Lithuania. This sizeable mandate involves advising the Sponsor and Borrower group on all aspects of the senior and mezzanine financing arranged by Citi Bank Plc. The appointment by Kildare comes off the back of White & Case’s involvement with the acquisition of Technopolis Plc by Kildare Partners in 2018, when White & Case acted for Technopolis Plc.
Westmont Hospitality Group
Advising Westmont Hospitality Group on the acquisition of a portfolio of 11 hotels in the Netherlands under the brands of Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Hampton by Hilton and related financing provided by Och Ziff and Deutsche Bank.
Representing Cerberus on its acquisition of a large portfolio of Spanish and English non performing loans and the financing thereof from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The White & Case London Real Estate Finance department led a team of lawyers across the White & Case European network to deliver legal advice in respect of due diligence, transaction structuring and financing commitment documentation.
Acting for RBC in relation to the financing of the acquisition and development of 14 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1, a purpose built student accommodation property.
Advising GIC as finance provider for the circa £500 million acquisition by Davidson Kempner of a portfolio of NCP car parking properties in the UK.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Royal Bank of Canada
Representing the lenders in connection with the financing to Ares for the acquisition and ongoing capex needs of a pan European portfolio of logistics assets. The White & Case London Real Estate finance department led a cross-jurisdictional team of European lawyers from White & Case and NautaDutilh to deliver a cross-collateralised and cross-border solution for lenders in the initial closing and subsequent syndication of this acquisition financing of a large portfolio of logistics assets.
Advising Venn Partners on the £400million refinancing of the London and Birmingham Hilton Metropole Hotels and the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel owned by the Tonstate Group.
Advising J.P. Morgan on acquisition of the performing loan portfolio, and as finance provider to Lone Star as purchaser of the non-performing and sub-performing loan portfolios of the c.€4bn Propertize CRE loan book.
Advising Host Hotels and Resorts in connection with over £400m of term loan facilities in connection with various UK and European hotel assets.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Advising Bank of America Merrill Lynch on a c.€170m facility to finance Oaktree's acquisition of a portfolio of non-performing loans and properties in Spain and Portugal sold by FMS and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG (PBB).
Advising J.P. Morgan on the acquisition of the performing loan portfolio, and as finance provider to Lone Star as purchaser of the non-performing and sub-performing loan portfolios of the c.€2.75bn pan-European CRE loan book (11 jurisdictions).
Brookfield Asset Management
Advising Brookfield Asset Management in connection with the c.£300m of term loan facilities to finance the acquisition of a number of City of London office properties.
Advising Deutsche Bank on the financing of Blackstone's acquisition of a portfolio of non-performing Spanish real estate development loans.
Leading Lawyer, Chambers UK 2020, Real Estate Finance – London
Leading individual, Legal 500 2019, Property Finance – London