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 c.£500m financing with Barclays (by way of CMBS) of two portfolios of logistics properties comprising 66 sites.
  • For Blackstone on the acquisition of a pan-European portfolio of logistics assets from Macquarie for c.€520 million.
  • For Blackstone on the acquisition of the IQ student accommodation platform from Goldman Sachs for c.£4.7 billion.
  • For Blackstone on the sale of Logicor to China Investment Corporation for c.€12 billion.
  • For Brookfield on the acquisition of the Service Apartment Company (SACO) platform from Oaktree Capital for c.£430 million.
  • For Cabot Properties on the speculative funding of a mid-box industrial/logistics development comprising 5 units at Axis J9 in Bicester.
  • 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).
  • For Cummins (an American multinational corporation that designs, manufactures, and distributes engines, filtration and power generation products) on the asset management of their European portfolio of real estate assets.
  • For 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.
  • For EQT on the acquisition of the Instavolt electric vehicle charging point platform from Zouk Capital in a multi-million pound deal (pricing remains confidential).
  • For Goldman Sachs in collaboration with Riverstone Living on the development of a luxury retirement living scheme in Fulham.
  • For GreenPoint Partners on the acquisition of 37 car park assets from Davidson Kempner for £305 million.
  • For Harbert Management Corporation on the acquisition of seven PBSA sites across England and Scotland from Starwood and Round Hill Capital for c.£130 million and the entry into a bespoke operating agreement with Abodus Student Living.
  • For 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.
  • For 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.
  • For SEGRO on the acquisition of Perviale Park Industrial Estate for c.£200 million from Federated Hermes and Grand Union Trade Park (in Park Royal) from Abrdn for c.£80 million.
  • 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), associate
  • 2014

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

    • Career
       2013
      Wragge & Co, solicitor
  • 2011

    • Career
       2011
      Fishers Solicitors, trainee solicitor
  • 2010

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

    • Education
       2007
      University of Sheffield, Bachelor of Laws – LLB

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