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HSF and Jones Day lead on £1.4bn deal between Qatari Diar and Delancey


Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Jones Day are leading a raft of firms advising on a £1.4bn property deal between Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company and Delancey. Olswang, Mishcon de Reya and Simmons & Simmons are also acting on the joint venture.

Qatari Diar, which is wholly owned by sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority, will join together with Delancey’s flagship client fund DV4 and Dutch pension fund asset manager APG creating the £1.4bn large scale residential investment company and a sizeable new force in the capital city’s residential market.

The equal partnership between investors will kick off with an initial portfolio of 4,000 new market-rate rented homes located across London’s East Village (pictured) and Elephant and Castle.

The HSF team, acting for Qatari Diar, was led by real estate partner Alice Dockar, corporate partner Alex Kay and competition partner Andre Pretorius. Dockar had seconded at Qatari Diar as an interim general counsel for two years and acted for on its joint venture with Canary Wharf relating to the Shell Centre last year.

In addition to M&A representation, Jones Day is providing real estate and banking advice regarding the transaction. The firm’s team on the deal is led by real estate partner Alex Millar and private equity partner Anna Cartwright acted for DV4 alongside Olswang, Mishcon de Reya and London firm Michael Cohn Goldsobel.

The team from Olswang comprised tax partner Clíona Kirby and corporate partner Paul Blackmore.

Simmons & Simmons is advising APG on the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval. The Simmons & Simmons team was led by corporate partners Gideon Sharp and Jason Daniel and real estate partner Ali Crosthwaite.

They were supported by environment partner Steve McNab, tax partner Nick Cronkshaw, competition partner Peter Broadhurst, banking partner William Greig and litigator Stephen Gentle.

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Andrew Walsh – Qatari Diar


Andrew Walsh

General counsel

Qatari Diar


Projects and construction partner Andrew Walsh joined Qatari Diar as acting general counsel from Speechly Bircham, where he was a partner. He was on secondment to Qatari Diar when he was offered the in-house role permanently in March 2011.

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Qatari Diar Panel – The In Crowd


Qatari Diar is a trophy client for any firm with property or Middle East pretensions: being in the property company’s good books means working on some of the most prestigious real estate and finance deals across the world. Since it began life seven years ago, The Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company (known to panel firms simply as ‘QD’) has battled with the Candy brothers, financed London’s newest skyscraper the ‘Shard’ and even purchased the US Embassy’s old building in Mayfair. It now has 49 projects with a combined value of $35bn under development or planning in 20 countries around the world.

And to the delight of a handpicked few, the real estate investment company finalised its first-ever law firm panel in March, with 13 different firms making the cut onto one of the six sub-panels (see box, ‘The chosen ones, page 2).