Laura Holdaway

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1223 222308
Fax: +(44)(0)1223 222220
Offices:Cambridge

What can I do for you?

I am head of the real estate finance team within the banking and finance practice. I am also head of the firm’s international Offshore Desk.

My practice area draws on two specialisms: banking and real estate. I support my clients in the drafting and negotiation of complex funding and security documentation and also in full and detailed due diligence on property assets, whether these are investment properties within a portfolio, high value single assets or development projects. I also specialise in infrastructure funding for development and forward funding schemes, including those in the healthcare sector.

As the head of a leading national real estate finance team, I advise on all aspects of real estate finance and have extensive experience in retail property and corporate matters, having previously worked in-house for a large retail plc.

I work closely with my colleagues in our real estate, planning, tax, corporate and construction teams to ensure that the appropriate expert advice is given at an early stage and as required throughout the transaction. 

Supporting my clients' objectives

My recent work includes advising major international and domestic funds on various loan facilities in excess of £500 million to refinance large property portfolios and high value singles assets. I also act for borrowers and developers on all real estate finance matters, assisting them to structure transactions to ensure acceptability to funders. Drawing on our vast experience of acting for lenders we are able to anticipate lender requirements at an early stage to ensure that they do not cause unnecessary delays to the transaction timetable.

Clients tell me that they require commercial and practical advice delivered in a cost effective way. I am able to deliver on these points because I understand my clients’ businesses and objectives and work with them to achieve a speedy solution. 

What do others say?

“Specialises in real estate finance and is frequently involved in some of the region's most prestigious property development projects.” Chambers UK

“Balances technical expertise with commercial awareness.” Legal 500

“She takes the pain out of a painful deal.” AgFe

What else should you know?

I regularly provide seminars and training sessions to our clients and local professionals to keep them apprised of changes in the law and other topical issues. I also attend the annual MIPIM real estate finance conference in Cannes, where I meet up with new contacts and discuss current trends in the real estate market. I am also a member of the Loan Market Association and CREFC. As head of the Firm’s international offshore desk, I manage our relationships with advisors in Bermuda, BVI, the Cayman Islands, the Channel Islands, Luxembourg and Mauritius. This ensures that where transactions have an international element, we obtain the best advice from our best friend firms in the relevant jurisdiction.

When I am not busy working on real estate finance transactions, I am a keen equestrian and an amateur breeder of Hanoverian dressage horses.