Laura Oseland

Laura assists clients in developing their business when it comes to transactions or projects involving investment funds, joint ventures and corporate acquisitions and disposals.

Laura regularly works with institutional investors, real estate investment trusts and intermediaries to advise on a variety of corporate and funds matters, including joint ventures set up as a corporate (limited companies/ various forms of partnerships), contractual or trust arrangement; the acquisition or disposal of corporate entities (including special purpose vehicles holding property assets) either by way of an asset or share sale/purchase or advising investors on their investment in various funds based in the UK or in overseas jurisdictions renowned for funds such as Jersey, Ireland, Luxembourg and Cayman on behalf of institutional investors.

Experience

Laura's recent experience includes:

Joint Ventures

  • Lead corporate advisor on a £90m complex limited liability partnership arrangement between a council and registered social housing provider (RP) for a regeneration project in London. Immediate client feedback from the council client - "It has been really helpful to have her specialist advice for the LLP agreement, she has taken the time to understand our project and ensuring her advice aligns with the other documents. She's been confident on the negotiations and I have particularly been impressed by her ability to explain some of the more complicated clauses in the LLP agreement! ".
  • Assisting on a £160m ground breaking joint venture for the social housing sector between Trafford Housing Trust and London & Quadrant Housing Trust which involved advising on the structure of the joint venture, negotiating the LLP Agreement, services agreements, development loan agreement, debenture, deed of priority and preparing for and presenting governance board training to board members.
  • Joint lead on the creation of a £10m corporate joint venture between an RP and UK leading house building and construction company by drafting and negotiating the LLP agreement, streamlining the financing arrangements through the RP group structure and the joint venture vehicle including advise in relation to the service level agreement, loan agreement, debenture, deed of priority and parent company guarantee.

Funds

  • Advising on several acquisitions of special purpose vehicles with real estate assets for a social housing real estate investment trust (REIT) who holds £800m of assets under management which involves negotiating the share purchase agreement, the ancillary documents, advising on the corporate entity and bringing the deal to a swift close.
  • Advising a number of institutional pension scheme investors in connection with the trustee's potential cash investment in a particular fund, whether it be an open-ended investment company, investment trust or limited partnership of amounts up to £395m in a diverse range of pooled asset fund vehicles. A trustee of a world leading building efficiency company commented that Laura brings real insight and adds value to their investments.
  • Advising an institutional investor in connection with the setup of a Jersey limited partnership fund for the build to rent sector in the UK of which they are a 40% investor. Negotiating liquidity, key person, funding commitment, liabilities, termination, protections, decision making, distributions, and transparency and reporting provisions in the limited partnership agreement.

Corporate

  • Assisting one of the world's leading real estate services and investment firm with an £1bn intra-group restructure in numerous jurisdictions including USA, Cyprus, Jersey and the UK involving key project management skills, drafting of contribution and assignment agreements and numerous board minutes for a handful of UK subsidiaries.
  • Acting for an RP based in central England with approximately 10,000 homes through an amalgamation of two RPs and the intra-group financing of the entities into development subsidiaries and joint venture vehicles with a value of £80m. Presenting at several board meetings and walking the board through the corporate governance and funding processes.
  • Joint lead on an amalgamation of two Lincolnshire based RPs with an asset pool over of 12,000 homes which involved the negotiation of consent with the current lender's to the conversion from a registered charity to an exempt charity and the amalgamation of both entities. A member of the management team expressed their gratitude for my involvement in the transaction by commenting "thank you … for holding our hands and guiding us safely through this lengthy process".

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Laura Oseland

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Career & Recognition

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  • 2020

    • Career
      July 2020
      Gowling WLG (UK), Senior Associate
  • 2019

    • Community
       2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), Charity Champion
    • Community
       2019
      Rotary International, Rugby Town Membership & PR Chair
  • 2018

    • Career
      May 2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), Associate
    • Community
       2018
      Gowling WLG (UK), Corporate, Funds and Tax People's First representative
  • 2017

    • Community
       2017
      Rotary International, District 1060 Youth Chair
  • 2016

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
       2016
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
       2016
      Anthony Collins Solicitors, solicitor
  • 2015

    • Community
       2015
      Birmingham Law Society - Pro Bono Committee Member
    • Community
       2015
      Rotary International, District 1060 Leadership and Development Committee Member
  • 2014

    • Education
       2014
      University of Law, Legal Practice Course
    • Career
       2014
      Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, trainee
  • 2012

    • Community
       2012
      Rotaract Club of Birmingham, President
  • 2011

    • Education
       2011
      Keele University, Law with Business Management LLB
    • Career
       2011
      DBS Law, Real Estate Paralegal