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Lauren Alder


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

Lauren is a partner in the Tax Team with particular expertise in the real estate sector. She has significant experience advising on the tax efficient purchase, development, holding and disposal of UK real estate. She acts for institutional investors, student accommodation providers, private equity funds, REITs and other investment funds on developments, sales and acquisitions of real estate and establishing fund structures.

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Recognised for her VAT expertise.

Legal 500, 2018/19

Relevant experience

  • Sun Venture, a Singapore-based real estate investor and developer, on its GBP 552m acquisition of One and Two New Ludgate from Landsec. Occupying a prominent 1.5 acre site next to the Old Bailey, One and Two New Ludgate provides a combined 389,615 sq ft of office and retail accommodation.
  • AXA Investment Managers on the GBP 650m sale of Ropemaker Place, a 21 storey, 602,000 sq ft trophy City of London office development, to Singaporean investor, Ho Bee Land.
  • Suntec Real Estate Investment Trust on the acquisition of a 50% interest in Phase One of Nova Victoria from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board for over GBP 400m.
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  • 2009 – LPC, College of Law, London
  • 2008 – GDL, College of Law, London
  • 2006 – BA English, University of Birmingham, Birmingham
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CMS Expert Guide on substance issues across Europe in United Kingdom
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HMRC update guidance on whether offshore unit trusts are required to register...
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Particular points for overseas investors in UK property - Autumn Statement...
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Upcoming deadline for registering non-taxable trusts on HMRC’s Trust Registration...
Trustees should be aware that the deadline for registering certain express non-taxable trusts on HMRC’s Trust Registration Service (“TRS”) is now round the corner. The obligation to register has...
The new Luxembourg-UK double tax treaty: key points for investors in UK...
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Sale and leaseback transactions: when is a sale not a disposal?
The VAT treatment of sale and leaseback transactions has been the subject of considerable uncertainty in recent years, culminating in defeat for HMRC in the Supreme Court in the case of Balhousie Holdings...
Non-residents CGT: implications for real estate funds
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