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Tom Watkins

Corporate Real Estate Partner, London

“I combine my experience in corporate transactions with in-depth knowledge of the real estate sector to assist financial sponsor and other clients execute their most significant real estate M&A transactions.”


Education and qualifications


Tom is a corporate and private equity lawyer who focuses on transactions in the real estate sector. He works on a range of transactions including, public and private M&A deals, joint ventures and restructurings.

Tom has a varied client base, with particular experience acting for institutional and private equity investors on investments in the UK and European real estate markets. He has been involved in transactions across all asset classes, including commercial property, logistics, hotels, retail and student accommodation, and has particular expertise of cross-border portfolio transactions.

Work highlights

Tom has led on many high-profile real estate transactions. His experience includes advising:

  • A private equity investor on various hotel portfolios and operating businesses across the UK and Europe
  • Cromwell on its EUR 550m disposal of several pan-European property funds to a Singaporean listed REIT
  • A major US pension fund and its JV partner on its acquisition of a EUR700m portfolio of retail malls located in Spain, Italy and Poland 
  • Cerberus on the disposal of the Admiral Taverns pub business
  • AustralianSuper, the Australian superannuation fund, on two separate transactions to acquire a combined 67% interest in the Kings Cross redevelopment project alongside developer Argent 
  • A North American pension fund on:
    - its JV with a listed UK REIT and the acquisition by the JV of a £1bn portfolio of logistics assets in Poland, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands
    - its acquisition of three portfolios of student accommodation with an aggregate value in excess of £1bn
    - its JV with a listed UK insurer and the acquisition by the JV of a £1bn portfolio of prime office/retail assets 
  • Countryside Properties plc on its acquisition of the Westleigh Homes housebuilding business

Education and qualifications

Tom studied jurisprudence at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University