Oliver Riley Partner

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2000 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Oliver Riley

Oliver Riley is a partner in the corporate group and specialises in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and equity capital markets.

He regularly advises on IPOs and secondary issues, either acting for the company or the investment bank, with a particular emphasis on the investment funds sector.

Oliver has considerable experience advising on mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, with a particular focus on the real estate sector.

Oliver's clients are primarily domestic and international public and private companies and the investment banks that advise them. They include Gravis Capital Management, ICG-Longbow, Wilmington Group, Waters Corporation, Universities Superannuation Scheme, U and I, The Crown Estate, C2 Capital, Cenkos Securities, N+1 Singer, Fidante and Peel Hunt.


Oliver Riley is well regarded for his listed funds expertise and regularly called upon to advise clients on the launch, structuring and reconstruction of funds. One client enthuses: "I have a lot of confidence in his advice and very thorough knowledge of the sector and key legal issues. He is always someone that I am confident seeking an opinion from or to discuss an issues with."
Chambers UK, 2017


Oliver advised GCP Student Living, the first UK residential REIT, on its initial public offering on the Specialist Fund Segment and the Channel Islands Stock Exchange, raising £70 million, its subsequent migration to the Main Market and numerous secondary fundraisings which have raised in excess of £400 million. He has also advised the company on the acquisition of student accommodation and mixed use developments with a valuation in excess of £200 million held through onshore and offshore corporate wrappers.

He advised N+1 Singer in its capacity as sponsor and broker to Skyepharma on a firm placing, placing and open offer, raising £112 million.

Oliver advised Waters Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, on the acquisition of Nonlinear Dynamics of the UK.

He advised Gravis Capital Management on a joint venture with U and I to carry out the development of a 142 unit residential scheme in Brighton, including 28 affordable units.

He advised Universities Superannuation Scheme on the sale of 50% of the corporate structure that owns Eden Walk Shopping Centre, Kingston to British Land.

He advised C2 Capital in connection with a joint venture with Morgan Stanley to set up a multi let industrial landlord platform which was eventually sold for "150 million together with the C" asset management business.

He acted for Peel Hunt on its capacity as sponsor, broker, placing agent and intermediaries offer adviser on the initial public offerings of LXI BEIT plc, Jupiter Emerging Frontier Income Trust plc, BB Healthcare Trust PLC, Miton UK MicroCap Trust PLC and CC Japan Income & Growth Trust plc.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2022

  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers (UK) 2020 - Investment funds: Closed-ended listed funds (UK-wide) - Band 3
  • 2018

    • Rankings & Awards
      Chambers UK 2019 (Investment Funds: Closed-ended listed funds) - Band 4
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2008

    • Career
      Lawrence Graham, partner
  • 2000

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Lawrence Graham, assistant solicitor
  • 1998

    • Career
      Lawrence Graham, trainee