Mayer Brown picks up Camerons property finance partner

Mayer Brown has turned to CMS Cameron McKenna for a real estate partner.

Chris Harvey has left Camerons after 10 years. His work includes advice on IVG’s £600m purchase of the Gherkin and the £70m sale of Caxton Hall, as well as the refinancingrew Lloyd Webber’s London theatres for £135m. His client list includes Derwent London, Rockspring Property Investment Managers, Lloyds Bank and HSBC.

In his new role – which will start in the next few months – Harvey will head up Mayer Brown’s real estate investment team in London.

The hire is part of a continuing re-shaping of Mayer Brown as it continues to progress from a record-breaking 2010 for the London office and an improving 2011. Management is looking to real estate as a differentiator from rival US firms.

Jeremy Clay, Mayer Brown’s executive partner and global head of real estate, said: “Chris joins our firm at a key time for our real estate group, as we look to strengthen our UK and international real estate funds work.” 

Harvey is the latest departure from Camerons following the January raid by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain which saw 18 lawyers help launch its Bristol office (3 January 2012).

Camerons senior partner Dick Tyler said: “We wish him all the best in his new role.”