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 joined as an 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, both distressed and non-distressed, including joint ventures, co-investments, asset and corporate acquisitions and disposals, sale and leaseback transactions and he has acted for a number of funds, real estate investment trusts, domestic and overseas investors, sovereign wealth funds, landlords, occupiers and developers on a number of significant UK and European investments, including major commercial and residential developments, portfolios and NPLs, offices, hotels and hospitals.

Experience

  • Dutch pension Fund APG on its €450m joint venture through an ICAV with US based developer Hines to develop several sites zoned in the 400 acre Cherrywood project in Dublin, Ireland for multi-family, retail, hotel and student housing
  • Proprium Capital on the exit from the consortium interests held by Morgan Stanley Special Situations Fund in the £1.2bn Walkie Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch Street, London 
  • One of the largest US investment funds 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 acquisition of a 75 per cent. interest in Edinburgh St James Unit Trust, a joint venture with TH Real Estate, and its £600m equity commitment to fund the redevelopment of the £1 billion 1.7 million sq.ft. St James Shopping Centre in Edinburgh, one of the largest UK real estate transactions in 2016
  • 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
  • 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
  • Pimco on various investments with operating partners into UK and European real estate and NPL transactions
  • A global hedge fund with over $27 billion of assets under management on its UK and European real estate acquisitions, investments, including domestic and cross-border joint ventures
  • One of the largest US investment funds 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 its controlling investment and debt commitment into Hawthorn Leisure, a new company set up to acquire two portfolios of tenanted and leased public houses located throughout the UK, the first comprising 275 pubs acquired from Greene King, and the second 88 tenanted and leased pubs from R&L, each for around £75 million and £30 million respectively
  • 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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