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Hilary Prescott is senior counsel in the firm’s London office with broad experience gained over more than 20 years in the corporate and commercial field.  Ms. Prescott has a particular focus on real estate transactions involving the acquisition, disposal, management, leasing and construction of office buildings, retail space, and manufacturing facilities.  She regularly advises clients on stand alone real estate matters and on real estate issues in the context of M&A and other corporate transactions.

Commercial & Real Estate

  • Representing an American weekly news magazine in its disposal of its office space in London.
  • Representing an American sports league in connection with its licence of a UK stadium for its annual series of games since 2007.
  • Advising Giorgio Armani Group in the real estate aspects of the acquisition of its retail and wholesale business from long-term retail partner Club 21.
  • Advising an American global semiconductor company in all of its real estate matters in the UK.
  • Advising a UK theatre company and its subsidiaries in connection with the property aspects of a group reorganisation which included an intra-group transfer of two freehold properties and the grant of security over these two theatres to a national bank.
  • Representing a Middle Eastern family office in connection with the establishment of a Special Purpose Vehicle to acquire real estate in the UK and Spain.
  • Advising an American manufacturer in its lease of two units on an industrial park for purposes of a research and testing facility, including the environmental and planning issues related to the proposed use.
  • Representing a major international pharmaceutical company in connection with the European integration issues arising out of its acquisition of another business in the same sector.
  • Representing a US biotech company in the restructuring of its operation in France, Germany, Italy and the UK.
  • Representing a US headquartered company in connection with its European operations, including its commercial contracts and corporate governance matters.

Funds & Investments

  • Advising on the application of the Payment Services Directive to various client activities.
  • Representing the sponsor of several Guernsey domiciled funds and their subsequent listing on the Irish Stock Exchange.
  • Representing a fund of funds in the acquisition of a significant portfolio of secondary interests.
  • Representing a fund of funds and a family office in their investment in a co investment fund established to finance a $645 million acquisition of two business divisions from a US based conglomerate.
  • Representing a fund of funds and a Canadian pension fund in a primary investment in a UK based fund.
  • Representing a group of investors in their venture capital investment in an Irish company in the IT security sector.

Pro Bono

  • Representing a number of charities, including AMREF UK, TheatreMAD and Privacy International, on a pro bono basis in connection with their lease of office space.
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group, Europe Women in Business Law Awards - Winner for Real Estate (2015) and Investment Funds (2013)
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group, Europe Women in Business Law Awards - Shortlisted for Real Estate (2014, 2016-2018) and Investment Funds (2012) 
  • Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law, Leading Practitioner in Investment Funds (2012-2013)
  • Legal 500 UK, Hedge Funds (2016); Sport (2013, 2015-2016)