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Amanda Howard

Amanda Howard

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
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"

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

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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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Education

  • 1986 – LL.B Law, University of Southampton
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Memberships

  • Previous Chair of Investment Property Forum
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14 November 2019
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...
22 November 2019
CMS Ex­pert Guide to AIFM pass­port­ing
In­form­a­tion provided as of Novem­ber 2019.The EU Com­mis­sion pro­moted pass­port­ing rights as one of the key be­ne­fits for hedge, private equity, real es­tate and oth­er al­tern­at­ive in­vest­ment fund man­agers...
22 June 2020
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...
14 November 2019
CMS Guide to Private Place­ment of Funds
When im­ple­ment­ing the Al­tern­at­ive In­vest­ment Fund Man­agers Dir­ect­ive (“AIFMD”), some EU States have tightened or severely re­stric­ted their private place­ment re­gimes, which is im­port­ant when non-EU...
22 November 2019
CMS Ex­pert Guide to private place­ment rules and law
When im­ple­ment­ing the Al­tern­at­ive In­vest­ment Fund Man­agers Dir­ect­ive (“AIFMD”), some EU States have tightened or severely re­stric­ted their private place­ment re­gimes, which is im­port­ant when non-EU...
08 October 2018
FCA con­sults on il­li­quid open-ended re­tail funds
Today, the FCA has launched a con­sulta­tion pa­per (CP 18/27) on open-ended re­tail funds in­vest­ing in il­li­quid as­sets.  After the Brexit vote in 2016, there were sig­ni­fic­ant in­vestor out­flows from open-ended...
18 June 2019
An­nu­al Re­view 2018 – 2019
Cross­ing bor­ders is both the theme of this year’s CMS An­nu­al Re­view and a guid­ing idea that we had when we es­tab­lished CMS 20 years ago. At that time, we de­cided to cre­ate a high-qual­ity, ex­pert and mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al law firm. This Re­view shows what we’ve achieved over the last year in pur­suit of this goal.Since 1999, work­ing across bor­ders has be­come a daily task for all our law­yers. We are one of the most in­ter­na­tion­al law firms, with more than 70 of­fices in over 40 coun­tries. Our 4,800 leg­al ex­perts world­wide work as one team across jur­is­dic­tions, prac­tice areas and sec­tors to en­sure that you get clear, ac­tion­able and busi­ness-fo­cused ad­vice. You can read about our mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al sup­port for cli­ents in the stor­ies through­out this An­nu­al Re­view. For ex­ample: an in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team ad­vised Ad­vance / Ne­w­house Part­ner­ship on its pur­chase of Stage En­ter­tain­ment, one of the world’s largest theatre pro­du­cers and own­ers. Our law­yers spe­cial­ising in cor­por­ate, me­dia, real es­tate, tax, em­ploy­ment, IP, com­pet­i­tion and bank­ing all worked on the trans­ac­tion.Glob­al­isa­tion con­tin­ues to im­pact the busi­ness en­vir­on­ment pro­foundly, as do the key is­sues on the glob­al agenda such as the US trade talks with China, Brexit and the con­sequences of cli­mate change. With our glob­al firm struc­ture and mind­set, we help you an­ti­cip­ate the prob­lems you face in your daily op­er­a­tions. On page 28, you can read what some of our part­ners around the world have told us about the chal­lenges their cli­ents are cur­rently fa­cing.An­oth­er ma­jor factor shap­ing our daily work is the im­pact of tech­no­logy on all busi­nesses. This year, our an­nu­al event in Da­v­os on the oc­ca­sion of the World Eco­nom­ic For­um (see page 18) fo­cused on how in­creased di­git­al­isa­tion is af­fect­ing con­ven­tion­al busi­ness mod­els.Today, in­tro­du­cing more ad­vanced tech­no­lo­gic­al tools in­to leg­al prac­tice is a must in or­der to meet cli­ents’ qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency ex­pect­a­tions. For CMS, it is about more than just us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence soft­ware or di­git­al tools. To us, in­nov­a­tion means de­vel­op­ing tech­no­logy to of­fer our cli­ents new high-qual­ity ser­vices and to provide new ways of de­liv­er­ing all our leg­al of­fer­ings. Our scale and pres­ence across many jur­is­dic­tions, coupled with our deep un­der­stand­ing of cli­ent needs in their loc­a­tions, means that we are very well qual­i­fied to de­vise such solu­tions. On page 16, some of our key in­nov­at­ors de­scribe the ways in which our tech­no­logy is be­ne­fit­ting cli­ents.I hope you find some in­ter­est­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing stor­ies in this year’s An­nu­al Re­view and wish you an en­joy­able read. My col­leagues in the CMS ex­ec­ut­ive team and I are al­ways happy to hear from you if you have any com­ments or ques­tions.Cor­neli­us Brandi, Ex­ec­ut­ive Chair­man
02 October 2018
CMS - Fo­cus­ing on Funds – Changes for over­seas own­ers of UK real es­tate
This Fo­cus­ing on Funds looks at three pro­posed changes for over­seas own­ers of UK real es­tate in­clud­ing hold­ing en­tit­ies and funds. The first change is a tax charge on cap­it­al gains on dis­pos­als and the...
28 September 2018
CMS - Fo­cus­ing on Funds - Tough­er Tax Rules for Ger­man Real Es­tate
This Fo­cus­sing on Funds up­date looks at the con­tinu­ing hot top­ic of how tax changes af­fect fund struc­tures and deals. Fol­low­ing our pre­vi­ous look at the France and Lux­em­bourg double tax treaty, the fo­cus...
12 September 2018
CMS - Fo­cus­ing on Funds - Re­spons­ib­il­ity and Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Mat­ters
This Fo­cus­ing on Funds up­date looks at a de­vel­op­ing hot top­ic of sus­tain­able, re­spons­ible and im­pact in­vest­ment (SRI) and why this mat­ters for funds. En­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) and SRI...
06 June 2018
CMS - Fo­cus­ing on Funds
CMS - Fo­cus­ing on Funds  |  Double Trouble - France and Lux­em­bourg double tax treaty   This Fo­cus­ing on Funds up­date looks at a spe­cif­ic hot tax top­ic af­fect­ing how and where funds are struc­tured...
24 May 2018
CMS Fo­cus­ing on Funds: GDPR – Are you ready?
What is GDPR? The GDPR will re­place much of the ex­ist­ing pri­vacy le­gis­la­tion across the EU (in­clud­ing in the UK, the Data Pro­tec­tion Act 1998). As an EU Reg­u­la­tion it will ap­ply across the EU. However...