Richard Hanson

Counsel

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  • LPC, Distinction, Nottingham Law School, 2005
  • Graduate Diploma, Commendation, Nottingham Law School, 2004
  • MA, First class (with special commendation), University of Oxford, Keble College, 2003; College Scholar, Heath Harrison travelling Scholar

Qualifications

  • England and Wales, Solicitor, 2007
  • French
  • UK Legal 500 (2016-2017)

Richard Hanson

Counsel

Rick Hanson is a counsel in Ropes & Gray’s private equity real estate team, specialising in real estate finance and securitisation. He advises on structured finance matters backed directly and indirectly by real estate assets and other types of asset classes, including margin lending, CMBS, the acquisition financing and disposal of NPL portfolios using securitisation technology, interest rate hedging and on various ‘loan-on-loan’ and repo warehouse facility structures for clients seeking to originate or add leverage to commercial real estate loans collateralised by assets across the globe. He also advises on the full range of real estate financing structures including direct and indirect acquisition financings and development financings. He advises investors and asset managers on the finance and structured finance aspects of UK and European private equity real estate deals across the risk spectrum.

He has experience of the financing of all types of real estate assets and businesses including offices, hotels, retail and leisure, data centres, healthcare and care homes, residential (PRS/BTR and build to sell), student accommodation, logistics and industrial assets, as well as the structured financing, origination and acquisition of portfolios of loans (performing and non-performing) backed by such assets.

Experience

Recent Experience Includes Advising:

  • Uro Property Holdings SOCIMI, S.A. in connection with a publicly listed €1.345 billion tenant credit-linked secured loan securitisation of its rental cash flows related to leases of Spanish bank branches leased to Santander (the first of its kind in Spain)
  • A publicly traded real estate investment trust in connection with a €1 billion GMRA repo financing collateralised by a repackaged Eurobond backed by an interest in a loan advanced to acquire a portfolio of Spanish NPLs
  • A publicly traded real estate investment trust in connection with an up to AUD350 million SIFMA repo financing collateralised by repackaged Eurobonds with a future funding mechanic backed by an interest in a loan advanced to finance two data centres in Australia
  • A U.S. PE Fund in connection with a series of Spanish NPL acquisitions financed and refinanced by a series of private securitisations including tap issuances totalling c.€250 million
  • A U.S. hedge fund in connection with an opportunity to acquire a portfolio of non-performing SME loans and repossessed assets in Spain
  • A loan servicing and advisory firm in connection with a £70 million CMBS offering relating to a shopping centre in the London area. The transaction involved the refinancing of a loan that was held in an existing commercial mortgage backed securities offering
  • A publicly traded real estate investment trust in connection with a €400 million ‘loan-on-loan’ warehouse facility with Société Générale
  • A publicly traded real estate investment trust in connection with a €300 million ‘loan-on-loan’ warehouse facility with a leading European financial institution
  • A U.S. hedge fund in connection with a ‘loan-on-loan’ warehouse facility in the form of a €150 million commercial real estate CLO in respect of its European loan portfolio
  • One of the world’s largest asset managers as borrower on a number of margin loans provided by EU financial institutions backed by baskets of listed equities and listed REITs
  • One of the world’s largest asset managers on the establishment of a revolving warehouse facility to a buy-to-let mortgage lender structured as a private securitisation to fund the origination of new mortgage loans
  • One of the world’s largest asset managers on the establishment of Spanish servicing platform to service loan positions backed by Spanish real estate
  • One of the world’s largest asset managers on the provision of bond financing to fund the operations of a UK construction company including a tap issuance
  • A Family Office on the €500 million acquisition, development and financing of one of the World’s largest data centres and its associated letting to a major international tech company
  • A South African Investor on a series of central London office acquisition financings totalling c.£250 million including the financing of One Bartholomew Lane in the City of London
  • Publicly traded real estate investment trusts and private investment clients in the financing of multiple collateral assets under various repurchase facilities
  • International television and telecommunications companies on revolving handset loan ABCP conduit securitisations in the UK and France
  • A U.S. insurance company as lender on a series of financings of office buildings, PRS/BTR and shared workspace assets
  • A Luxembourg debt fund as lender on a series of financings of office, PRS/BTR and residential assets
  • Various PE fund, hedge fund, asset manager and alternative capital provider clients on interest rate, FX and securitisation hedging matters
  • A specialised Luxembourg investment fund on a structured trade finance securitisation programme involving a loan participation note backed by agricultural trade receivables
  • A U.S. hedge fund on a loan participation note backed by a mezzanine loan secured over a European hotel portfolio

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Ropes & Gray International LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in Delaware, United States of America and is a recognised body regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (with registered number 52100).
  • LPC, Distinction, Nottingham Law School, 2005
  • Graduate Diploma, Commendation, Nottingham Law School, 2004
  • MA, First class (with special commendation), University of Oxford, Keble College, 2003; College Scholar, Heath Harrison travelling Scholar
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