Will Bryant

Associate

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  • LPC, Distinction, BPP Law School, 2009
  • GDL, Distinction, BPP Law School, 2008
  • BA (Hons) (Classical Literature, Philosophy and Ancient History), Trinity College, Oxford University, 2007

Qualifications

  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2011
  • Law Society of England and Wales (2011)

Will Bryant

Associate

Will Bryant is a senior associate in Ropes & Gray’s real estate investments & transactions group in London. He has broad domestic and international experience, advising on a number of structured real estate transactions, including joint ventures, co-investments, asset and corporate acquisitions and disposals, sale and leaseback transactions. He has acted for a number of real estate and special situations funds, pension funds, domestic and overseas investors, sponsors and operating partners and sovereign wealth funds on a number of significant UK and European investments. Those investments touch on all points of the risk spectrum and cover a broad range of real estate sectors, including major commercial and residential developments, logistics and light-industrial portfolios, offices and co-working portfolios, pubs, hotels and hospitals.

Experience

  • Dutch pension Fund APG on its 450m joint venture through an ICAV with Hines Ireland to develop three sites in the Cherrywood project in Dublin, Ireland for multi-family, retail, hotel and student housing and the parties’ 300m subscription commitment to fund construction
  • Proprium Capital on the exit from various consortium interests held by Morgan Stanley Special Situations Fund in the £1.3bn Walkie Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street, London 
  • A global hedge fund on its 50:50 joint venture with Ares Management to acquire the Nova Eventis shopping centre near Leipzig, Germany, for around 200m
  • Dutch pension Fund APG on its 75% investment joint venture through a unit trust fund structure with a THRE sponsored fund to redevelop the Edinburgh St James Shopping Centre, a £1.2bn project and one of the largest UK regeneration schemes, and the parties’ £800m equity subscription commitment to fund construction
  • An operating partner on its minority co-investment with a large European real estate fund to acquire a pan-European logistics portfolio with a proposed, target investment size in excess of €1bn
  • Gaw Capital on its acquisition of the units in Elizabeth Bridge Unit Trust, a JPUT owning various investment interests in 151 Buckingham Palace Road, for £256m
  • A global hedge fund on multiple UK and European real estate investments into various real estate transactions with operating partners

  • A US REIT on its acquisition of Buckingham Properties Limited, a company owning various investment interests in 123 Buckingham Palace Road, London, for £200 million

  • Pimco on various investments with operating partners into UK and European real estate and NPL transactions
  • A global hedge fund on its acquisition of a distressed portfolio of 80 UK car showrooms through a pre-pack insolvency process, its refinancing and then subsequent sale to W.P. Carey for £230 million
  • A portfolio company of a US PE firm on its tenant credit sale and leaseback of four prominent London based private hospitals to a healthcare investor for £227 million
  • A special situations fund on its £50 million equity investment into a joint venture with a listed developer to acquire and reposition a landmark building in London near the Houses of Parliament structured through a Jersey Property Unit Trust and a separate corporate management vehicle
  • Avenue Capital on the acquisition, financing, restructuring and subsequent sale of Hawthorn Leisure, a portfolio investment company owning c. 300 pubs across the UK, for £107mm
  • A family office in its 50% preferred equity investment in a distressed French hotel development project and on its subsequent refinancing and associated corporate reorganisation and variations to the shareholder’s agreement
  • Angelo, Gordon & Co, Avenue Capital and Alchemy Partners in connection with their joint acquisition of Avant Homes from Lloyds Banking Group

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