Linklaters further strengthens London Real Estate offering

Linklaters announces a new partner to its London real estate team following a period of significant growth in the market.

Tom Watkins has been promoted to Partner with a focus on real estate mergers & acquisitions having been at the firm since joining as a trainee in 2004. Tom has led on some of the highest profile real estate deals of recent times including AustralianSuper on its acquisition of a majority stake in the development project at Kings Cross; Lendlease on its £696m disposal of their final 30% stake in Bluewater shopping centre to Land Securities plc; and advising Brookfield on its £4.6bn hostile takeover of Songbird Estates, the holding company of the Canary Wharf Group.

The announcement follows the appointment of Mark O’Neill who recently joined the firm as Real Estate Finance partner from Allen & Overy.  Mark has wide-ranging banking and commercial experience specialising in real estate financing, syndicated lending, acquisition financing, structured financing, project financing and securitisation.

Andy Bruce, Head of London Real Estate at Linklaters, says:

"Tom's promotion is testament to the fantastic deals on which our team have been instructed over the last few years. His Real Estate M&A expertise is second to none and he provides our clients with first-class advice, in some of the most technical and complicated transactions.

“Tom's appointment comes hot on the heels of the hire of Mark O'Neill earlier this month and, last year, the hire of Simon Price from Herbert Smith Freehills.  We have an incredibly strong bench of real estate practitioners at Linklaters and our recent appointments in London demonstrate our investment in this area."

For further information please contact Lianne Robinson.