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Andrew Besser


CMS Israel LLP
34th Floor, North Tower
Ha’arba’a Towers
28 Ha’arba’a Street
Tel Aviv 6473926
Languages English, French, Hebrew

With over 25 years' experience, Andrew has advised on all aspects of banking law and has particular expertise in acting for lenders and large property companies involved in complex real estate financings in the UK and Europe.

Andrew's clients are leading lenders in the market, including UK clearing banks, a large number of German banks, international investment banks as well as specialist niche real estate and "alternative" lenders. Andrew also acts for large real estate investors on their financings, investment and development

A leading individual in property finance in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories, Andrew is involved with CREFC (Commercial Real Estate Finance Council) and sits on the UK working party for the vdp (Pfandbrief Association).

Andrew works closely with the CMS Tel Aviv office, advising Israeli clients on their activities outside Israel and supporting non-Israeli clients on their activities in Israel. 

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Andrew Besser listed as "Leading lawyer" for Property Finance.

Legal 500 UK 2016

Andrew Besser works with a number of clearing and investment banks. He regularly takes on real estate finance and development finance transactions for funds and developers.

Chambers UK 2017

The ‘very likeable, very bright’ Andrew Besser; he ‘manages complex cross-border matters with ease’. The practice had a very strong year, advising Cain Hoy and Sager House (Almeida)’s joint venture vehicle on a £190m loan from Lloyds Bank to develop Islington Square.

Legal 500 UK 2016

Relevant experience

  • Heron Tower Unit Trust on the £400m refinance of Salesforce Tower, Bishopsgate, London EC2.
  • Cain Hoy/Sager on a joint venture vehicle in connection with a development loan facility of £190,000,000 arranged by Lloyds Bank plc to finance the development of Islington Square.
  • Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CACIB) on the refinancing a shopping centre in Greater London.
  • Münchener Hypothekenbank EGon a loan facility to GLL Holdings to finance the acquisition of a Lux vehicle that was the owner of 1 Brindleyplace, Birmingham. It was a complex corporate acquisition facility, the first that the bank has funded in the UK.
  • Deutsche Pfandbriefbank (pbb) on two loans arranged by 90 North LLP. One was a corporate acquisition, the other a property acquisition.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Law Society
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Lectures list

  • LexisNexis Webinar – Overview of UK Real Estate Finance Market 2015
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  • 1984 – LL.B (2:1) – University of London (London School of Economics)
  • 1985 – Law Society Finals – Chancery Lane College of Law
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