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Ciaran Carvalho

Ciaran Carvalho

Head of Real Estate

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

Ciaran is The Head of the CMS UK Real Estate Team and co-chair of the CMS Global Real Estate Group and on the CMS UK Board. The clients he works with include a broad range of international and domestic investors (on their own or in joint venture), financiers and developers. Clients (in the public domain) include Angelo Gordon & Co, Blackstone, CBRE Global Investors, City Developments, The Crown Estate, Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia, Hanwha, Legal & General, Lendlease, London & Continental Railways, Savills Investment Management, Union Investment and Urban&Civic.

He is identified as a leader in the field of Real Estate by Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Legal 500 directories. He is also listed in the inaugural edition of Super Lawyers and recognised by Who's Who Legal as Global Elite 2018 as one of the top 8 lawyers amongst Global Elite Thought Leaders in Europe.  

Ciaran obtained a diploma in property investment in 2002 (Dip IPF) and he is on the Investment Property Forum's (IPF) Strategic Advisory Group.  Ciaran was chairman of the Investment Property Forum in 2016/2017.

In 2016/2017 he led a working group of the IPF which produced a market standard Non-Disclosure Agreement and Exclusivity Agreement for the real estate industry designed to increase the liquidity of real estate transactions.  In 2018, Ciaran chaired a working party of fund managers, investment agents, accountants, property companies and financiers for the IPF, which published a paper for the real estate industry "streamlining transactions - improving liquidity in commercial real estate". 

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"One of the most impressive lawyers I've ever worked with in Britain - a really top notch lawyer."

Who's Who Legal Real Estate 2018 Global Elite

"Excellent: considerate, tough when he needs to be and well versed in all aspects of the deal."

Chambers & Partners

"An excellent lawyer - and hardworking"

Legal 500

Relevant experience

  • Angelo Gordon & Co – acting on the acquisition and sales of St Ermin’s Hotel, London SW1, 24 King William Street, London EC4 and 55 Gresham Street London EC2.
  • Blackstone: sale of Lacon House, London, W1.
  • CBRE Global Investors – acquisition of a logistic portfolio across the UK.
  • City Developments of Singapore on the acquisitions of Aldgate House London EC1 and 125 Old Broad Street, London EC2.
  • Delin – sale of a pan european portfolio to Blackstone.
  • Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia – acting on the acquisition of 40 Portman Square, London W1, a portfolio of logistics properties and other investment acquisitions across the UK.
  • KWAP - acquisition of the Chimes, Uxbridge in joint venture with Intu.
  • Lendlease/LCR - advising on the development of the International Quarter at Stratford and the pre-lets to the Financial Conduct Authority and Transport for London and subsequent forward fundings to Rreef and Legal & General.
  • Hanwha Life – acquisition and sale of 1 Wood Street (HQ of Eversheds).
  • Smedvig Eiendom - acquisition of development site in London's West End and acquisition of mixed use regeneration site at Maidenhead.
  • Union Investment - acquisition of 1 Snowhill, Birmingham, their first UK joint venture with Oxford Properties at Watermark Place, London EC4 and acquisition of the Copyright Building, London, W1.
  • Urban & Civic – on acquisition of Alconbury Airfield: a 1100 acre site with consent for 7m square feet of commercial development; U&C‘s reverse takeover of Terrace Hill Group; JV with Aviva of a major regeneration site in Rugby; JV with established land owner for mixed use development in Cambridgeshire.
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  • IPF, Diploma in Property Investment
  • The University of Kent
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  • Investment Property Forum
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3 November 2016
Nabarro ad­vises GRI Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of man­u­fac­turer Ex­pac
31 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 im­pact on lease agree­ments
COV­ID-19 is dom­in­at­ing the glob­al news and af­fect­ing all areas of busi­ness life. For both land­lords and ten­ants, the ques­tion arises as to the im­pact of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on their lease re­la­tion­ships. In this guide you will find a use­ful over­view of the im­pact COV­ID-19 has on leases across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions. Please note that this com­par­at­ive ana­lys­is is based on our cur­rent eval­u­ation and is a sub­ject to fur­ther up­dates and amend­ments.
17 September 2020
Cov­id-19 and the UK Real Es­tate Mar­ket
Early in 2020, eco­nom­ists were op­tim­ist­ic about the glob­al eco­nomy. Man­u­fac­tur­ing re­ces­sions were ex­pec­ted to end and mar­kets pro­jec­ted to sta­bil­ise. In the UK, a new gov­ern­ment was look­ing to put Brexit un­cer­tain­ties to rest and “level-up” the UK. The Co
09 January 2018
Pay less no­tices and pre­serving rights of set-off
A re­cent Scot­tish de­cision has con­sidered wheth­er an em­ploy­er is en­titled to raise set-offs not pre­vi­ously raised in a pay less no­tice in de­fence of ad­ju­dic­a­tion pro­ceed­ings brought by a con­tract­or for...
21 July 2016
Grow­ing op­por­tun­it­ies: A new out­look for UK real es­tate
Ciaran Carvalho, Clare Thomas and Nick Collins look at how over the past year, the pace of change has ac­cel­er­ated in the UK real es­tate sec­tor. Down­load our guide in full.
15 September 2020
Real Es­tate Re­set We­bin­ar
There is no doubt that ‘En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial, Gov­ernance’ (ESG) has been at the fore­front of every­one's agen­das in re­cent years. With real es­tate be­ing the biggest con­sumer of en­ergy, the in­dustry has seen a con­sid­er­able shift in com­pan­ies policies and s
7 July 2016
Real es­tate in the di­git­al age: what does the fu­ture hold?
With the eco­nom­ic tide firmly in the UK's fa­vour, there are sub­stan­tial waves of cap­it­al avail­able in the mar­ket. Our third thought lead­er­ship re­port "UK Real Es­tate: Rid­ing the Wave" con­siders the cur­rent buoy­ant con­di­tions and the un­der­cur­rents that may
30 June 2020
Real Es­tate: Paint­ing a New Pic­ture (We­bin­ar)
CMS real es­tate is de­lighted to in­vite you to join our up­com­ing we­bin­ar – Paint­ing a New Pic­ture.
14 June 2016
Ciaran Carvalho ap­poin­ted as new IPF Chair­man
13 June 2016
Nabarro backs At­lantic En­deav­our row­ers in 3,000 mile chal­lenge
20 July 2015
UK Real Es­tate: rid­ing the wave
With the eco­nom­ic tide firmly in the UK's fa­vour, there are sub­stan­tial waves of cap­it­al avail­able in the mar­ket. Our third thought lead­er­ship re­port "UK Real Es­tate: Rid­ing the Wave" con­siders the cur­rent buoy­ant con­di­tions and the un­der­cur­rents that may