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Real Estate


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Harneys has a reputation for unmatched expertise and experience in advising on the BVI law aspects of real estate and related project financings backed by our decades of know-how. 

Overview

Our experience includes acting as BVI counsel to Redefine International P.L.C. (a FTSE 250 UK-REIT (a real estate investment trust) with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Redefine invests in large, well developed economies with established and transparent real estate markets and has a £1 billion investment portfolio focused on the commercial, industrial, retail and hotel sectors. We  recently advised on the BVI elements of Redefines’ £490 million acquisition of the AUK Portfolio and the Banbury Cross Retail Park from the Aegon UK Property Fund and the connected £303 million debt financing from a syndicate including HSBC Bank plc, Barclays Bank PLC, Abbey National Treasury Services and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc.
 
Other recent experience within this space includes: 
  • Advising various Asian banks in connection with a series of loans totalling over US$485,000,000 to a leading HKSE listed Corporate Group specialising in the development and maintenance of road infrastructure within mainland China .
  • Acting as BVI counsel to Cadogan Estates as the purchaser of two central London portfolios previously owned and managed by Brandeaux Managers Limited .
  • Advising the HSBC Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland lead syndicate and note holders on the £1.1 billion sale by Brandeux to the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board of the Liberty Living property management portfolio (the largest UK private student accommodation provider consisting of 41 properties mainly held by BVI SPVs).
  • Acting as BVI counsel to Kaisa Property Group and Shimao Property Group, two Hong Kong listed companies, on a series of note issues.

Contacts

Colin Riegels
Colin Riegels

Managing Partner
British Virgin Islands
Tanya Cassie-Parker
Tanya Cassie-Parker

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Russell Willings
Russell Willings

Partner
British Virgin Islands
Michelle Frett-Mathavious
Michelle Frett-Mathavious

Counsel
British Virgin Islands
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Recent Experience

Harneys advises Virgin on acquisition of renewable energy group 
​Harneys advises on investment in Southern Russia Irrigated Farming Project 
Harneys advises on US$2.5 billion Kaisa Group Holdings Ltd restructuring 
Harneys advises on £490 million real estate portfolio acquisition 
Harneys Singapore advises in Phoenix Property Investors' acquisition  
Harneys advises on £1.1 billion sale of property management portfolio