Real estate mainstream and institutional investment

Amid unprecedented change across real estate, mainstream assets (offices, retail, logistics and industrial) remain the backbone of many investors’ portfolios and continue to provide opportunities to deliver value.

Mills and Reeve has over 50 years of experience in working closely with its clients to achieve strong returns on mainstream assets.  That extensive experience, matched with our commercial outlook and passion, mean we can help you optimise opportunities and mitigate risk.

We are well placed to help you navigate the current economic challenges, from asset trading to forward funding, indirect investment and fund formation targeting investment into real estate.

We have a reputation for and proven track record in innovation and can deliver you outstanding service and value.

Our lawyers

Our 140-strong national real estate team is one of the largest in the UK. Specialist lawyers add both depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise to supplement bespoke client teams.

Our experience

By providing dedicated client teams we support our clients on everything from day-to-day management to fund establishment and structuring and significant transactions including acquisitions and disposals, forward fundings and financings.

  • Advised RPMI Railpen for over 10 years, including day-to-day portfolio management and investment work such as its acquisition of Cambridge Retail Park and forward funding of One The Square, Cambridge.
  • Acted for ReAssure (on the instructions of Aberdeen Standard Investments) since 2007 on its UK property portfolio; most recently the sales of a mixed use office and retail asset and a trading estate in Canterbury.
  • In 2021 we acted for a German investor on its acquisition of two mixed use investment properties for approximately £50m.
  • We acted for an investor client on the strategic letting of a new, purpose-built logistics centre to a household name online retailer and marketplace for a 15 year term.  The letting created significant investment value and allowed our client to maximise its return on exit shortly after.
  • We have acted for the Royal Mail Pension Plan for decades and recently acted on its funding and acquiring of a £125m multi-use development scheme.

Our clients

Key clients include:

  • Clients of Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • AgFe
  • Argent
  • Bruntwood
  • Fidelity UK Real Estate Fund
  • Floreat Real Estate
  • Henderson UK Property PAIF (managed by Nuveen Real Estate)
  • Hermes Fund Managers Ltd
  • Hillview Group
  • Hines UK
  • LaSalle Investment Management
  • London & Regional Properties
  • Marshall Group Properties
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PGIM
  • RPMI Railpen
  • Royal Mail Pension Plan
  • Trinity College, Cambridge

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Mapping the FutuRE

Our buildings and communities are being redefined and repurposed. Our interactive map identifies important changes affecting the real estate industry today and in future. It offers insights into the challenges and opportunities for the real estate sector across a range of assets and key themes from our leading legal experts.

Our e-briefings and blogs provide regular updates and commentary on the latest legal news in the ever-changing world of real estate and planning.

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