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Greenberg Traurig Represents Seller in London’s Largest Office Deal YTD

LONDON – 1, May 2017 – A multi-disciplinary, multi-office team at global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP represented the seller on the sale of Cannon Place in what is the largest such transaction in London to complete to date in 2017.

Deka Immobilien acquired, off market, the entity that owns Cannon Place, a landmark development by Hines, for £485 million.

“Post Brexit, this transaction is a significant sign that German institutions want to go long on London real estate,” said Steven Cowins, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s private equity, real estate sector practice in London. Cowins led the law firm’s team that represented the seller in the transaction. “I am proud to say that it is the largest office deal of the year to complete to date and this is exactly the kind of deal that the Greenberg Traurig team in London, and beyond, is set up to do.”

The unique, award-winning Cannon Place sits atop Cannon Street Station in London. The complex development has 418,198 sq. ft. of Grade A office, retail, and ancillary space. It is reported to be at full occupancy.

The Greenberg Traurig team was led from London by Cowins and Daniel M. Woolston (Associate, Corporate) with assistance by Gary Bellingham (Shareholder, Corporate), Clive Jones (Shareholder, Tax), Jessica Ganagasegaran (Associate, Tax), Lacy J. Gratton (Associate, London, Corporate), and Kathryn Anne Phillips (Associate, London, Corporate), among others. Also assisting were team members in Germany, including Alexandru Petrescu (Associate, Berlin, Corporate) and Kati Beckmann (Associate, Berlin, Corporate), and the U.S., including Justin E. Mann (Associate, Delaware, Corporate). Hines is a long-time client of Greenberg Traurig in the United States and “we are delighted to be extending that relationship in Europe,” Cowins said.

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