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James McDonald

Partner
London

James McDonald
Languages
English, French
Practice Group
Corporate

James is one of the few lawyers who can genuinely call themselves an indirect real estate professional. 

His early career focused on direct real estate, allowing James to gain a wealth of expertise in, and understanding of, investment, disposal, development and letting transactions across the real estate spectrum.  

Over the last 15 years, James has taken that experience into the indirect real estate sector, in the acquisition and disposal of corporate real estate holding vehicles, structuring UK and pan-European real estate joint ventures, advising on fund structurings, restructurings, investments and exits.

James' experience includes advising on a wide range of UK, European and global investment vehicles including limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, trusts, corporate structures and listed vehicles.

Representative experience

The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan on its joint venture with The Crown Estate to develop St. James's Gateway Piccadilly.

WR Berkley Insurance on its acquisition of a Jersey company holding the freehold interest in a Central London office building.

The Prudential Insurance Company Limited on its sale to Oxford Properties of Green Park Reading, a business park held in an on-shore fund structure.

Education and admissions

Education

  • LL.B., King's College London
  • Maîtrise, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne

2018

Band 2, Investment Funds: Real Estate

Chambers UK

2018

Leading Individual, Investment Funds: Real Estate

Chambers UK

2017

Band 2, Investment Funds: Real Estate

Chambers UK

2017

Leading Lawyer, Investment Funds

IFLR 1000 UK

2017

Notable Practitioner (and Band 2 for Investment Funds: Real Estate Funds), Investment Funds: Close-ended Listed Funds

Chambers UK

2016

Band 2, Investment Funds: Real Estate

Chambers UK

2016

Leading Lawyer, Investment Funds

IFLR 1000 UK

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