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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Taylor Wessing advised as The Great Victoria Partnership (GVP) secured an £80m refinancing loan on an Oxford Street property from Canada Life Investments. Canada Life advanced GVP an £80m, ten-year term loan facility. GVP will use the money to repay its outstanding loan to bondholders in Barclays Capital’s Aquila CMBS. […]

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