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Amanda Howard


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

Amanda leads CMS’s Funds and Indirect Real Assets team and the international CMS Funds Group. Amanda specialises in structuring and equity raisings for real estate funds, complex joint ventures for property investment and development, and corporate wrapped property acquisitions and disposals in the UK and across Europe. 

Amanda’s team has been recognised in Band 1 for Real Estate Investment Funds in the leading legal directories for many years, where Amanda is consistently named as a leading individual and in Who’s Who Legal as one of the Global Elite. 

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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

  • QuadReal on their GBP 580m BTR and student accommodation portfolio acquisition in JV with Realstar and investment in the Realstar operating business. 
  • APG on their acquisition of Hammerson's 50% interest in the Euro 1.5bn VIA retail outlets pan-European operating business. 
  • Lendlease on their partnership with PSP Investments for the development of the Euro 2.5bn urban regeneration project, Milano Santa Giulia in Milan covering 110 hectares. 
  • QuadReal on the creation of a GBP 1bn urban logistics platform in UK, France and Germany with Valor Real Estate Partners. 
  • Principal Global Investors on their first pan-European Data Centre Fund focusing on manage-to-core data centre assets in core European markets.
  • QuadReal and PSP Investments on their GBP 600m PRS JV with URW to develop Cherry Park next to Westfield shopping centre, Stratford. 
  • CPPIB on their Euro 1.5bn UK PRS development JV with Lendlease. 
  • Ivanhoe Cambridge on their JV with Peel Logistics to develop a GBP 1bn UK logistics portfolio. 
  • Principal Global Investors on the establishment of the Principal European Durable Income Fund and the Principal European Data Centre Fund. 
  • Qatari Diar on their GBP 1.6bn JV restructuring of the UK Get Living PRS operating platform. 
  • Verdion on the establishment of the Verdion European Urban Logistics Fund. 
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its GBP 1.1bn acquisition of the Liberty Living student accommodation operating platform. 
  • Abrdn on the establishment of Euro Club 1, 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.
  • AXA IM on the establishment of their 4-way JV to acquire and develop 22 Bishopsgate, London. 
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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 Ex­pert Guide to AIFM pass­port­ing
In­form­a­tion provided as of 1 Decem­ber 2022.The EU Com­mis­sion pro­moted pass­port­ing rights as one of the key be­ne­fits for hedge, private equity, real es­tate and oth­er al­tern­at­ive in­vest­ment fund man­agers...
CMS Ex­pert Guide to private place­ment of funds rules and law
In­form­a­tion provided as of Decem­ber 2022.When im­ple­ment­ing the Al­tern­at­ive In­vest­ment Fund Man­agers Dir­ect­ive (“AIFMD”), some EU States have tightened or severely re­stric­ted their private place­ment...
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...
Pop­u­lar in­vest­ment vehicles in the UK and off­shore jur­is­dic­tions
Up­dated on May 2022 In­vest­ment vehicle UK Lim­ited Part­ner­ship [Private Fund Lim­ited Part­ner­ship]UK Un­au­thor­ised Ex­empt Prop­erty Unit Trus­tOpen-Ended In­vest­ment Com­pany (OE­IC)Au­thor­ised Con­trac­tu­al Scheme...
Fo­cus­ing on Funds - New Re­gister for over­seas leg­al en­tit­ies and their...
On 15 March 2022, the Eco­nom­ic Crime (Trans­par­ency and En­force­ment) Act (the Act) re­ceived Roy­al As­sent after be­ing fast-tracked through Par­lia­ment in re­sponse to the war in Ukraine. In this Fo­cus­ing...
Risk, Re­si­li­ence and Repu­ta­tion We­bin­ar Series
We are launch­ing a tailored train­ing pro­gramme fo­cus­ing on spe­cif­ic top­ics rel­ev­ant to par­ti­cipants in the in­ter­na­tion­al funds in­dustry fo­cused on Risk, Re­si­li­ence and Repu­ta­tion. Wheth­er you are a fund...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...