James Eddowes

James acts for high profile UK and US investors and developers (both from institutional and private equity backgrounds) on high value acquisitions and disposals (including via corporate wrappers), financings, developments and fundings of real estate portfolios and assets across a range of sectors including industrial, offices, student accommodation, hotels and later living.

Clients value his solutions focused approach and strong communication.

Clients

James' clients include Blackstone, Centerbridge, Diageo Pension Fund, Goldman Sachs, GreenPoint Partners, Logicor, Northwood Investors, SEGRO and Queensgate Investments.

Experience

Acting on the UK real estate aspects of the following headline making deals:

  • For Blackstone on the acquisition of a pan-European portfolio of logistics assets from Macquarie for c.€520 million.
  • Acting Blackstone on the acquisition of the IQ student accommodation platform from Goldman Sachs for c.£4.7 billion.
  • Advising Blackstone on the sale of Logicor to China Investment Corporation for c.€12 billion.
  • Acting for Brookfield on the acquisition of the Service Apartment Company (SACO) platform from Oaktree Capital for c.£430 million.
  • Acting for Canmoor/AimCo on the development and letting of a 237,565 square foot industrial unit in Ashby-de-la-Zouch to EV Cargo, and the eventual sale to CCLA on behalf of the Charities Investment Fund for c.£45 million.
  • For Centerbridge on the acquisition of a pan-European portfolio of logistics assets for c.£60 million (UK assets) and c.€60 million (European assets).
  • Advising Diageo Pension Fund (managed by Savills IM) on the acquisition, development and letting of a state of the art life sciences park in Bourn, Cambridge.
  • Advising EQT on the acquisition of the Instavolt electric vehicle charging point platform from Zouk Capital in a multi-million pound deal (pricing remains confidential).
  • Acting Goldman Sachs in collaboration with Riverstone Living on the development of a luxury retirement living scheme in Fulham.
  • Advising GreenPoint Partners on the acquisition of 37 car park assets from Davidson Kempner (pricing remains confidential).
  • Advising a JV between Lincoln Property Company and MGT Investment Management on the redevelopment of a mixed use scheme in the Station Hill area of Reading town centre.
  • Advising Logicor on the letting of a 645,000 square foot industrial unit in Tamworth to XPO, a deal that won Best Asset Management Initiative at the Industrial Agents Society Awards.
  • Acting for SEGRO on the acquisition of Perivale Park Industrial Estate for c.£200 million from Federated Hermes and Grand Union Trade Park (in Park Royal) from Abrdn for c.£80 million.
  • Acting for Queensgate Investments on the acquisition (by way of share purchase) of four luxury Grange hotels for c.£1 billion together and the creation of income strip long lease interests.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2019

    • Career
      July 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
    • Career
      February 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, associate
  • 2014

    • Career
       2014
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, associate
  • 2013

    • Career
       2013
      Wragge & Co, solicitor
  • 2011

    • Career
       2011
      Dewes LLP (now known as Fishers Solicitors), trainee solicitor
  • 2010

    • Education
       2010
      University of Law, Legal Practice Course
  • 2007

    • Education
       2007
      University of Sheffield, LLB Law

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