Nabarro pips Linklaters to three-year BP job

Nabarro has nudged aside magic circle firm Linklaters to win an instruction advising BP’s pension fund on its real estate investments.

At a beauty parade, the firm beat off competition from the likes of Ashurst, DLA Piper, Pinsent Masons and Mishcon de Reya, pipping traditional relationship firm Linklaters to the post on the high-profile instruction.

Nabarro has experience of pension-related funds work, advising Axa and fund managers including Hermes on their investments. This is the first time it has worked for BP.

The firm is the sole appointee advising on the real estate aspects of the portfolio, which totals around £600m in assets under management. BP aims for this figure to increase by 2.5 per cent to around £1bn.

Partner Martin Grabiner is leading the Nabarro team, which includes expertise from across the real estate group. Other key lawyers include corporate real estate partner Justin Cornelius, tax partner Paul Beausang and construction partner Penny Moore.

The role will last for three years and Nabarro will advise on all new acquisitions, including direct and indirect investments such as joint ventures.

The tender process was closed in just over a month, which Grabiner put down to the client’s “efficiency”.