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Simon Johnston

Co-head of Real Estate Finance Group

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

Simon Johnston is a partner in the CMS Finance Group and Co-head of the Real Estate Finance Group.

He heads CMS' London’s Real Estate Finance practice. As well as regularly acting for borrowers and financial institutions on a variety of development, project and investment property and hotels finance transactions in the UK and overseas, Simon also works on the restructuring of such transactions.  Simon has been with the firm for over 20 years.

Simon is a member of the Loan Market Association Real Estate Finance Committee and has been involved in the drafting and settling of the investment and development facilities agreements.  

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One client comments: "He stands out for his intellect, his sharpness, and his ability to make complex structures quite understandable."

Chambers Directory 2015

Practice head Simon Johnston is some clients' "first choice for tricky deals"

Legal 500, 2015

Rated as a “Ranked Lawyer” by Chambers and Partners, a “Leading Individual” by Legal 500 and selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters.

Relevant experience


  • Ardstone Capital on three new funds, acquisitions and portfolio financings.
  • Delin Capital Asset Management on a £70m five-year loan facility with Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, secured against a portfolio of eight prime, modern distribution warehouses throughout the UK and covering 1.77m sq ft of distribution space.


  • Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG on total facilities of €288m  to Segro European Logistics Partnership in relation to logistics portfolios in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Czech Republic.
  • —Lloyds Bank plc on the development of RAF Upper Heyford, a former airbase, into a residential village of more than 1,000 homes and commercial properties.
  • Lloyds Bank plc, as agent, and the lender syndicate on several facilities to British Land plc.
  • Lloyds Bank plc on a £210m refinancing of a mixed use (commercial and residential) portfolio owned by Structadene.
  • Nykredit Realkredit A/S on the financing of 1 Kingdom Street, Paddington, London for Cityhold.
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  • 1992 - Law Society Finals, Manchester Polytechnic, Manchester
  • 1991 - Jurisprudence BA Hons, Exeter College, Oxford
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  • LMA Real Estate Finance Committee member
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