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Chris Rae


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

Chris Rae is a partner specialising in Real Estate, based in CMS Glasgow.

He advises a broad variety of key clients, including Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank, Wolseley plc, Hargreaves Services plc, and BASF plc. Chris also acts for clients such as National Australia Bank, Standard Life and Land Securities.

Clients consistently comment on Chris’s strong work ethic and client-focussed advice, and consider him an extension of their teams rather than an external advisor.

He takes a lead role in CMS’ CSR initiatives, and coordinates pro bono legal services provided to various UK charities, including The Prince’s Trust and Inspiring Scotland.

Chris spends much of his spare time volunteering as a Board member for various UK charities, including (currently) The Nepal Trust and IFDAS.

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Relevant experience

  • Hargreaves Services plc in its acquisition of certain assets of Scottish Resources Group and ATH Resources, and ongoing property work on these portfolios.
  • BASF plc in relation to the managed closure and disposal (for residential development) of a large former chemical factory complex.
  • Clydesdale & Yorkshire Bank on the sale and leaseback of 2 Data Centres, and 29 branches.
  • Wolseley UK for all operational property requirements throughout Scotland, including the transfer of 177 surplus leasehold liabilities with a gross liability of GBP 70m to Legacy Portfolio.
  • CALA Group in relation to the property aspects of the sale of the business, including leading the necessary team of specialists and other panel firms.
  • Acting for a large UK clearing bank in managing its portfolio of 1,200 operational properties in Scotland and North of England, including acting in the structured sale and leaseback of 62 major operational properties to a consortium.
  • Standard Life in Scotland, particularly in leading projects for the purchase and sale of substantial let investments.
  • Invesco in the sale of the Doubletree Hilton in Aberdeen.
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  • 2003 - Dip LP, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 2002 - LLB(H)Hons (Law & History with Honours), The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
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