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Seb is a partner in the Real Estate team based in London.

Seb has been at Herbert Smith Freehills since March 2007, qualifying into the Real Estate division in London in March 2009.

Seb is a partner with a broad real estate experience, advising on a variety of commercial property matters including real estate and energy infrastructure finance, acquisitions, disposals, landlord and tenant management work and the redevelopment of major assets.

Clients have noted that he "is particularly skilled at manoeuvring complex negotiations with a balanced focus. He is a dedicated team leader and his ability to identify, understand and act on the commercial imperatives involved is especially well developed." (Legal 500 UK, 2019).

Experience & expertise

Selected matters

  • The arranging banks on the £605 million financing of LaSalle/National Pension Service of Korea's acquisition of 5 Broadgate in London
  • Goldman Sachs on its framework agreement with Urban & Civic to deliver housing in the private rented sector and the forward funding of a 149-unit parcel at Houlton, Rugby
  • Lloys Bank and a syndicate of lenders on the property aspects of £500 million development loan in respect of a residential development at Nine Elms with a GDV of circa £1 billion
  • Logicor on various acquisitions, developments and the management of its UK logistics portfolio including:
    • the letting of a 224,245 sq ft logistics warehouses to Marks and Spencer
    • the letting of a 268,183 sq ft logistics warehouses to Tesco
    • the pre-let of a 246,973 sq ft logistics warehouses to Dreams
  • Goldman Sachs on two disposals of a PRS portfolio including over 1,000 homes, including a corporate real estate disposal of an ongoing development site and an asset disposal of 15 sites predominantly let
  • Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and its JV partner Pitmore on the £150 million acquisition of the Thistle Build To Rent Portfolio (which comprised circa 920 units spread over 14 sites in the North West) from Gatehouse Bank
  • Goldman Sachs on a corporate and property acquisition, related development agreement and subsequent development financing, which unlocked a £150 million development