Manches has helped jeweller Fabergé launch its first London shop for almost a century.
The high-end jeweller and has opened its first London store since World War I on Grafton Street, just off Bond Street.
Sean Gilbertson, a partner at Pallinghurst Resources, the South African investment firm that owns Fabergé, did not use property agents but personally negotiated a lease surrender with the owner of ladies clothing shop Elegance.
Gilbertson turned to Manches, which has been working with Pallinghurst for around a year, on the move.
Property partner Rajan Shori led on the mandate although associate Henry Pinchbeck carried the deal through to completion.
“Sean is the main mover and shaker at Pallinghurst,” said Pinchbeck. “He’s a very busy guy but when he wants to get something done he goes out and does it himself. With the Fabergé deal, the agents weren’t offering anything, so Sean went out and did the agent’s job and found someone who would sell their lease.
“It was originally supposed to be a lease assignment but then that changed to a lease surrender because there was some problem with the outgoing tenant not wanting to give securities.
“Not having agents can make things difficult, so we had to be very commercial. Normally with these deals once the lawyers get involved all the commercial terms are settled, but not in this case.”