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US real estate giant Tishman Speyer Properties has expanded its in-house legal function in the UK with a hire from Herbert Smith
European general counsel Mark Kingston has appointed Herbert Smith property associate Geraldine Copeland-Wright to support him as the company builds its European business. Copeland-Wright had previously worked with Kingston when he was at Nabarro Nathanson. She is the first lawyer to join Kingston in London as the company's general preference is to leverage external counsel. Tishman Speyer also has an in-house lawyer based in Germany. Kingston said: "As we've expanded across Europe, the volume of work has increased. We have a lot of complex projects across Europe so legal and risk management work is important for us. Geraldine will be a great addition to the team." Current projects include Tishman Speyer's development of a landmark tower in Paris known as Tour CBX. Kingston said the hire would not affect the level of work it outsources. The company does not have a formal panel for European work, but its preferred advisers are Clifford Chance in the UK, the Netherlands and Spain, Clifford Chance Pünder and White & Case Feddersen in Germany, and Gide Loyrette Nouel in Paris.