John Kelsey



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General Experience

John specialises in real estate and has wide ranging experience of advising on investment and development transactions in relation to both the commercial and large-scale residential markets. John has a wealth of experience in relation to the structured acquisitions and disposals of investment properties, joint ventures, sales and leaseback arrangements, and the more general aspects of landlord and tenant law. John has particular experience in dealing with real estate finance transactions, working closely with our finance team. John also specialises in dealing with real estate transactions within the hotel and leisure, student accommodation and the build-to-rent/private rented sectors.

John represents a broad spectrum of fund and financial institution clients which include major investors, banks, property funds and private capital and he acts for a range of developers, landlords and tenants.

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Recent Work
  • acting on the sale of The Collective, Old Oak co-living building. Reputed to be the world’s highest value co-living building to date, John led the team leading to the successful management buy out, with debt funding from Deutsche Bank
  • acting on one of the premiere retirement living developments in London, representing the funders of the development to be brand as the Auriens site in Chelsea & Kensington which commenced development in 2018
  • representing a leading sovereign backed South East Asian fund on the forward funding of a student accommodation site in the Midlands area of the UK
  • representing a multi-billion AUM German open ended fund on the acquisition of Cannon Place, London and separately on the acquisition of Verde, London with a combined value close to £1bn.
John qualified in 1997 and is based in London as a partner. He heads the firm's UK real estate group which forms part of the financial markets department. He joined the firm in 2012 after 16 years with another leading City practice.

Legal 500: John is identified in Legal 500 as “knowledgeable and maintains a sense of humour”. He is listed as a leading individual for real estate.