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