Rupert Jones

Biography

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

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 as well as 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 was invested in June 2018 as Master of the City of London Solicitors’ Company (CLSC) and, as part of that role, is the President of the City of London Law Society (CLLS). He is the first Master (and President) to come from a US-headquartered law firm having been a member since 1998 (and chairman 2005 – 2015) of the CLLS Planning and Environmental Law Committee, and recipient of the 2014 CLLS and CLSC’s “Distinguished Service Award”. Rupert has also been awarded “Property Lawyer of the Year” by Legal Business.

Representative experience includes advising:

  • 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
  • A leading disability charity on the refocusing of its activities resulting in the disposal of its operational assets supporting around 60 service lines

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