Rob Carr

Gibson Dunn

While real estate investors spent 2023 sitting on dry powder waiting for debt markets to improve, Gibson Dunn’s Robert Carr certainly cracked the code on dominating local work with big-name clients that did keep active in what he described as one of the busiest years of his career.

Since joining the US firm in 2021 from Herbert Smith Freehills, Carr’s mission has been to hone the strength of Gibson Dunn’s US real estate connections in London and build debt capability in the UK market.

Last year, Carr advised longstanding clients Brookfield on a £1.2bn refinancing of 100 Bishopsgate and Apollo Global Management’s £250m financing to Cain International’s UK PBSA scheme. He also took the leading role on Canary Wharf Group’s £535m loan from Cain International and Starwood Capital Group which was first reported in The Lawyer showing Carr’s strength winning a mandate with an organization known to have traditionally instructed a magic circle competitor.

Indeed, Carr’s track record would make it hard to argue that he doesn’t simply have real estate in his veins – especially when he’s closing deals on Zoom calls with an impressive Lego roller coaster that he built himself sitting pretty in the background