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Daniyal is a member of the Real Estate Finance team, based in London. He acts across the full spectrum of real estate financing transactions for both lenders and borrowers and has deep expertise in both domestic and pan-European deals. 

Daniyal has over 20 years of experience as a finance lawyer in leading firms the London market and has experience of a broad variety of financings including LBOs, project finance, borrowing base facilities, consensual debt restructurings and receivables financings and of course real estate finance where he has over the years been involved in many well know transactions such as the take private of Debenhams in 2002, Lehman’s acquisition and restructuring of the Meridien Hotels group in the mid noughties and the various phases of financing relating to the construction of the Shard at London Bridge in 2008. In 2005/6 Daniyal was seconded to the structured real estate capital team of ABN AMRO where he transacted pan-European loans and the related Talisman CMBS conduit. 

Daniyal combines his financing expertise with a detailed understanding of different real estate asset classes including BTR, residential, PBSA, cold storage, logistics, retail, leisure, science parks, regeneration and hotels to provide pragmatic and commercial advice to his clients. Daniyal is well known for his experience in development finance and complex real estate financing structures. Daniyal has acted for a wide range of market participants including private equity houses, private investors, banks, debt funds and developers. 

Daniyal joined Greenberg Traurig LLP in March 2022 from a top ranked real estate finance practice in the City.

Daniyal is recognised in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners directories and described in Legal 500 as “technically excellent” (Legal 500). Legal 500 testimonials also state:

“Daniyal Ansari pulls together the team and has respect on both sides of a deal in order to provide workable solutions.”

“Daniyal Ansari is a class act – technically excellent, innovative, committed and commercial. His ability to get people around a table and agree a way forward is very impressive.”

Concentrations

  • Commercial real estate finance (lender and borrower representations; whole loan, senior loan and mezzanine loans; investment finance and construction finance; distressed and rescue financings)
  • Commercial real estate loan sales
  • Non-performing loan sales and securitisations
  • Fund financings relating to commercial real estate funds
  • Related financial restructuring and regulatory matters

Capabilities

Experience

  • Lodha Developers on a series of transactions: the £517m development financing from M&G Investment Management of the iconic £1bn development at No.1 Grosvenor Square, London W1; the £340m financing of its development at No.1 Grosvenor Square provided by Cale Street Partners LLP; and the £98.5m financing of its development at Lincoln Square, London provided by M&G Investment Management.°
  • M&G Investment Management on a series of transactions including a £230m financing made available to an international developer in connection with the financing of a predominantly residential portfolio of branded residences, the £80m senior investment financing of an office building in London and the £60m financing of a hotel in Queens Gate, London.°
  • ICG Longbow as lender of £177m development financing for JTRE London of a£400m mixed use development on the South Bank in London known as Triptych Bankside.°
  • Lloyds Bank plc on a range of transactions including as senior lender under a c.£140m financing of the acquisition and development by Harrison Street of a portfolio of STEM parks across the UK, the £160m senior and mezzanine investment financing of the Thistle hotels group and the £108m senior and mezzanine financing (with PGIM as Mezz) of the development of 3 PBSA projects in Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle.°
  • Cheyne Capital on its £137m senior development financing of Regal London’s development known as Shoreditch Exchange.°
  • DWS on a series of mezzanine and whole loan transactions since 2014 relating to investment and development assets in the UK (office assets in Hanover Square and Queen Anne’s Gate), Netherlands (PBSA and BTR) and Spain (Madrid shopping centres) and secondary loan acquisitions in the senior living and PBSA sectors.°
  • Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG including the £68m financing of a retail and office asset in Mayfair, London.°
  • Ballymore in relation to the £82m development financing of One Embassy Gardens and the subsequent £120m refinancing and the £130m development financing provided by UOB in relation to the development known as Goodluck Hope.°
  • Sculptor Capital Management in relation to its £36m development financing of a PBSA project in Liverpool.°
  • Värde Partners on a number of transactions in the health, retail and office sectors including the acquisition and senior and mezzanine financing of a portfolio of retail, industrial and office assets across the UK and its subsequent refinancing.°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Ansari prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Legal 500 UK, 2023
    • “Commercial Property: Development,” 2023 
    • “Commercial Property: Investment,” 2023 
    • “Property Finance,” 2023 

Credentials

Education
  • LL.M., St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge
  • LL.B., University of Exeter/UK
Admissions
  • England and Wales
Languages
  • Urdu/Hindi, Fluent