Linklaters strengthens Real Estate Finance practice with senior hire

Linklaters today announces the hire of Mark O’Neill as a Real Estate Finance partner in London.

Mark joins Linklaters with more than 20 years of Real Estate Finance (REF) expertise, having been a partner at Allen & Overy in the Banking practice from 1995-2014 and leading the REF group from 1998. Mark has wide-ranging banking and commercial experience including real estate financing, syndicated lending, acquisition financing, structured financing, project financing and securitisation - his primary focus has, for many years, been real estate financing of all kinds.

Tony Bugg, Global Head of Banking at Linklaters, says: “Mark is widely recognised as one of the pre-eminent real estate finance practitioners in the European market, and we are delighted to have him on board. We have had significant growth in the amount of high quality REF work we have advised on in recent years and we are committed to developing the broader Real Estate sector. We’re excited by Mark’s hire and are confident that he will help us go from strength to strength.” 

Linklaters has acted on some of the biggest deals in the market, including advising:

  • Starwood and Brookfield on the €325m financing of the acquisition of a portfolio of “Interhotel” branded hotels throughout Germany;
  • LaSalle Investment Management on  the refinancing of the acquisition of Telford Shopping Centre, one of the largest in the country and;
  • Blackstone on the refinancing of certain subsidiaries of Secure Income REIT plc relating to properties owned and leased by Merlin Entertainments plc.


For further information please contact Surinder Sian.