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Amanda Howard


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Amanda heads the firm’s Funds and Indirect Real Estate Assets team. She specialises in structuring, equity raisings and restructurings for real asset funds, complex joint ventures for investment and development, and structured acquisitions and disposals, with a particular focus on the real estate and infrastructure sectors in the UK and internationally.

Amanda has structured funds and joint ventures for a wide range of investors, including institutional investors, property companies, overseas investors and family offices. Amanda’s experience includes UK, Pan European and global funds, limited partnerships, unit trusts, corporate structures, general partnerships, trusts and listed vehicles.

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"Outstanding and first-rate" "Formidable" "Amanda Howard is noted for her market credibility"

Chambers & Partners

"The best negotiator in town" "Particularly adept at dealing with complex structures"

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • Advising Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its £1.1bn acquisition of the Liberty Living student accommodation operating platform.
  • Advising Standard Life Investments on the establishment of Euro Club I, II and III, all pan-European closed ended funds; restructuring of its European Property Growth Fund, a pan-European open ended fund; and the rollover of their flagship Shopping Centre and Retail Warehouse funds.
  • Advising AXA IM on the establishment of their 4-way JV to acquire and develop 22 Bishopsgate, London.
  • Advising Aviva on the disposal of their Quercus Fund to LoneStar.
  • Advising Hermes on the establishment of a segregated mandate platform to invest into US offices.
  • Advising the Church Commissioners for England on the £381m disposal of their interest in the Pollen Estate, London.
  • Advising London Metric on the acquisition and subsequent disposal by London Metric and its joint venture partner of a 50% interest in Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Sheffield.
  • Advising Grosvenor on the restructuring of Grosvenor London Office Fund and Grosvenor Liverpool Fund.
  • Advising institutional investors on infrastructure and real estate fund investments globally.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Previous Chair of Investment Property Forum
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  • 1986 – LL.B Law, University of Southampton
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CMS Funds Mar­ket Study 2021 - We­bin­ar ma­ter­i­als
We­bin­ar ma­ter­i­als
CMS Funds Glob­al Bro­chure
The world in which the in­ter­na­tion­al funds in­dustry op­er­ates is chan­ging at un­pre­ced­en­ted speed. The eco­nom­ic con­sequences of Cov­id-19 present a massive chal­lenge to some funds and an op­por­tun­ity to oth­ers...
CMS Funds Mar­ket Study 2021
Peri­od­ic­ally, CMS takes sound­ings on the state of the mar­ket from our funds-re­lated cli­ents. Giv­en the un­pre­ced­en­ted nature of the last 12 months we thought this was an op­por­tune time to look back over the last few years. This study ana­lyses the key mar­ket trends in fund doc­u­ment­a­tion of over 300 funds es­tab­lished in Europe, Asia, USA and off­shore jur­is­dic­tions ad­vised on by CMS of­fices through­out 2017 to 2020. We have also con­duc­ted cli­ent in­ter­views, which are high­lighted in this re­port, and con­duc­ted a se­lect­ive sur­vey of our in­ter­na­tion­al cli­ent base.We trust this CMS Funds Mar­ket Study will be a use­ful guide for both man­agers and in­vestors this year. The size of our deal sample and the range of coun­tries in­volved means that the study should be a uniquely valu­able and rich re­source for man­agers and in­vestors. Our re­search in­dic­ates that funds in­dustry play­ers are clear on how to move for­ward and that, while strategies may have shif­ted, there are reas­ons for op­tim­ism and bullish­ness, un­like the gloom that des­cen­ded after the glob­al fin­an­cial crisis in 2008.Look­ing for­ward we see an act­ive funds mar­ket, with Lux­em­bourg be­ing the jur­is­dic­tion of choice for European funds. ESG is now a key fo­cus for in­vestors. This mar­ket im­petus and reg­u­lat­ory drivers are mov­ing sus­tain­able in­vest­ment from a niche fo­cus in­to the main­stream for in­vestors and man­agers alike. We also see man­agers in­creas­ingly look­ing at the be­ne­fits and im­pact of AI and tech­no­logy with the token­isa­tion of as­sets and the use of block­chain. We see this pace of change ac­cel­er­at­ing.If you have any feed­back or ques­tions, we would love to hear from you.
Fo­cus­ing on Funds – Mer­ger Con­trol: Part 1
This Fo­cus­ing on Funds is top­ic­al for fund man­agers and in­vestors as mer­ger con­trol en­force­ment con­tin­ues to strengthen around the world and the num­ber of jur­is­dic­tions where the is­sue is rel­ev­ant con­tin­ues...
Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (FCA) con­firms that Sus­tain­able Fin­ance Dis­clos­ure...
This Fo­cus­ing on Funds looks at new changes in the UK's ap­proach to the Sus­tain­able Fin­ance Dis­clos­ure Reg­u­la­tion (SF­DR). The Fin­an­cial Con­duct Au­thor­ity (FCA) has con­firmed that the SF­DR will not ap­ply...
Fo­cus­ing on Funds – AIFMD Con­sulta­tion Pa­per
This Fo­cus­ing on Funds looks at some of the European Com­mis­sion con­sulta­tion pa­per on the AIFMD. The Con­sulta­tion fol­lows an in­ter­ven­tion by ESMA with its let­ter to the Com­mis­sion rais­ing nu­mer­ous...
CMS ad­vises Quad­Real Prop­erty on joint ven­ture and ac­quis­i­tion deals
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised glob­al real es­tate in­vest­ment group, Quad­Real Prop­erty Group (Quad­Real), on two ma­jor deals: an urb­an lo­gist­ics joint ven­ture (JV) with Val­or Real Es­tate Part­ners...
CMS Ex­pert Guide to private place­ment of funds rules and law
In­form­a­tion provided as of Septem­ber 2020.When im­ple­ment­ing the Al­tern­at­ive In­vest­ment Fund Man­agers Dir­ect­ive (“AIFMD”), some EU States have tightened or severely re­stric­ted their private place­ment...
CMS Ex­pert Guide to AIFM pass­port­ing
In­form­a­tion provided as of 2020.The EU Com­mis­sion pro­moted pass­port­ing rights as one of the key be­ne­fits for hedge, private equity, real es­tate and oth­er al­tern­at­ive in­vest­ment fund man­agers au­thor­ised...
CMS ad­vises APG on £274m ac­quis­i­tion of VIA Out­lets and £550m rights is­sue
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised APG As­set Man­age­ment N.V. (APG), one of the world’s largest pen­sion in­vestors, on the £274 mil­lion pur­chase of sub­stan­tially all of Ham­mer­son plc’s stake in...
ESMA con­sults on new rules for Cloud ar­range­ments
On 3 June 2020, ESMA pub­lished a Con­sulta­tion Pa­per (“CP” which is avail­able here) on draft guidelines for out­sourcing to cloud ser­vice pro­viders. For both as­set man­agers and funds, the CP pro­poses...
CMS Guide to Pass­port­ing (AIF)
The pur­pose of this guide is to provide a broad over­view of the key ele­ments of pass­port­ing reg­u­la­tions ap­plic­able to EEA AIFs in the coun­tries covered in this guide. The guide makes no claims as to com­plete­ness...