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Real Estate Finance lawyers

Our real estate finance specialists work with lenders and borrowers on a wide range of investment and development transactions. The underlying assets may include commercial and/or residential real estate, ground rent investments, hotels, healthcare assets, theatres, logistics portfolios, shopping centres, house building or supermarket developments.

As the largest law firm in Europe and through our day-to-day cross-border transactional experience, we benefit from strong working relationships with our European colleagues and are able to deliver complex trans-European property portfolio financings as a single cross-border team.

They are very easy to work with, proactive and personable. We have excellent communications with them and they help matters go smoothly.
Chambers UK, 2016

Our clients include funds, property companies, family offices, universities and UK and international banks and financial institutions and we are experienced in acting for both senior and mezzanine lenders.

The real estate finance market has undergone significant change in recent years, with increased regulation, the entrance of more categories of lender and changes to documentation. At CMS, we understand the challenges that these changes pose for lenders, developers, borrowers, sponsors, hedge counterparties and others, having acted for all types of participants and helped to create the industry standard documentation on which most deals are based.

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Clive Swillman
Clive Swillman
Part­ner
Co-head of Real Estate Finance Group
United Kingdom, London
Clive Swillman is a Partner in our Finance team and Co-head of our Real Estate Finance Group. He advises lenders, sponsors and borrowers on a wide range of transactions both domestic and international...
David Crossley
David Crossley
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
David is a partner in the CMS UK Real Estate Team.He specialises in all aspects of commercial real estate work with a particular emphasis on investment, development and financing projects. He acts for...
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Jonathan Groom
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Jonathan is an Associate in the Real Estate Transactions department.
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Sarah Allonby
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Sarah is Of Counsel in the Real Estate Transactional Group.She has extensive experience in acting for a wide variety of banks and institutional investors in connection with the acquisition, disposal,...
Melissa Brett
Melissa Brett
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Melissa has a wide range of experience in the real estate sector and has been involved in the sale and purchase of individual properties and commercial portfolios of in and out of town shopping centres,...
Alex Berman
Alex Berman
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Alex is an associate in the Real Estate department.
Ffion Hughes
Ffion Hughes
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Manchester
Ffion is an Associate based in Liverpool. Since qualifying in October 2016, she has experienced a broad range of property matters within both the private and public sectors, with particular experience...
David Taylor
As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Manchester
David is an associate in the Real Estate Team in Manchester. David has experience advising a range of domestic and international clients including developers, occupiers and investors in relation to the...