Rupert advises on the real estate aspects of private equity transactions encompassing due diligence of U.K. and pan-European portfolios, transitional service agreements, complex separation issues, post-completion asset transfers and provision of security. He has significant experience in providing day-to-day support on management issues relating to lease negotiations, lease renewals, break clauses and terminations and devising solutions to maximise the return on real estate assets through outsourcing, partnering Opco/Propco and other structures. Rupert also advises administrators and other insolvency practitioners on all aspects of real estate issues in restructurings and insolvency related transactions.
Rupert is a member of the City of London Law Society’s (CLLS) Planning and Environmental Law Committee (having been chairman 2005 – 2015), and recipient of the 2014 CLLS and City of London Solicitor’s Company “Distinguished Service Award” for outstanding service as Chairman of the Future of the Livery Working Party. Rupert has also been awarded “Property Lawyer of the Year” by Legal Business, and is currently recommended for Real Estate by Legal 500 UK.
Representative experience includes advising on the real estate aspects of:
- Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in its acquisition of Busy Bees Childcare from Knowledge Universe Education
- Providence Equity Partners in its investment in Ambassador Theatre Group from Exponent Private Equity
- Gores Group in its joint venture agreement with Premier Foods in the Hovis business
- Findus Group in its high yield bond issuance and super senior revolving credit facility
- Barclays Bank in the £1.5 billion restructuring of General Healthcare Group, owner and operator of the BMI hospital chain
- KPMG as joint administrators in the special administration of MF Global UK
- Harsco Corporation in the sale of its infrastructure business to a joint venture with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
- Advent International in its acquisition of U.K. furniture retailer Sofa Workshop