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Mark O'Neill

Banking Partner, London

"I have been advising on banking law and real estate finance for more than 30 years. I have an in-depth knowledge of the law, am pragmatic, and always strive to deliver the perfect legal solution for each client.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Mark is a highly experienced banking lawyer and one of the market’s most renowned practitioners in real estate finance.

Mark acts for bank and non-bank lenders and borrowers on all types of real estate finance transactions. The range of transactions on which he advises include investment and development financing, senior and mezzanine financing and commercial mortgage-backed securitisations (CMBS), financing for all property types (office, retail, residential, warehouse, hotel and leisure) and loan portfolios. He has advised on financings in the UK, Europe and elsewhere

Work highlights 

Mark has advised on many of the market’s most significant property financings. These include advising:

  • various banks on the development financing of many of the office towers at Canary Wharf in London, including 25 Canada Square, 25 Bank Street and 25 Churchill Place
  • RBS and other banks on the development financing for the Grosvenor Group of a retail-led development of the 42-acre Liverpool One site in central Liverpool
  • Deutsche Bank on the first German CMBS (Centro Oberhausen Shopping Centre) and for Eurohypo on the first Irish CMBS (a portfolio of Dublin offices)
  • GE Capital on the acquisition of the Bradford & Bingley real estate loan portfolio
  • a leading investment bank  on the financing of a portfolio of European warehouses for ProLogis
  • a syndicate of banks on the financing of the Santander headquarters complex outside Madrid– one of the largest single asset REF  financings in Europe

Professional experience

Mark was the primary author of the Loan Market Association (LMA) real estate finance standard form documentation, which is now the industry standard for real estate finance transactions.

Education and qualifications

Mark studied law and accountancy at the University of Wellington, New Zealand.