Rupert Jones

Biography

Rupert Jones
Rupert Jones is Of Counsel and head of the Real Estate practice in London.

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:

  • A major private equity houses in its bid for a UK healthcare group (among others), including significant real estate holdings across the UK
  • Oaktree Capital Limited in the sale of Fitness First's UK real estate portfolio
  • Singapore Exchange (SGX) in connection with its takeover of the Baltic Exchange, including its property at 38 St Mary Axe
  • BHS Limited and BHS Properties Limited in their proposals for Company Voluntary Arrangements which were intended to allow BHS to address lease arrangements across its store portfolio
  • HNA Group in its acquisition of Swissport, the world's largest ground and cargo handling company
  • Deutsche Bank in “Project Maison”, the financing of the acquisition by Apollo Global Management of a portfolio of more than 1,200 completed residential units across the UK
  • Advent International in the IPO disposal of share registrar Equiniti
  • A Forbes-listed private client in the sale of a prestigious west London residential property
  • Atos International in the acquisition of Xerox ITO including complex transitional issues
  • 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 to grow their bread business, which includes UK household brand Hovis
  • 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, acquiring Dwell from its administrators and the resultant IPO of DFS
  • Findus Group in its acquisition of Cumbrian Seafoods
  • Acting on a pro bono basis for a number of charities relating to the acquisition of freehold warehouses and a foundry; negotiating leases of offices and shops and disposals of schools and care homes (both continuing operations and following closure of the underlying facilities sales to developers)

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