Jon Lent is a partner in the Financial Services Practice and leads the real estate finance team in the UK, advising borrowers, listed and private funds, family offices and private equity investors – as well as banks, financial institutions, debt funds and alternative lenders – on structured finance transactions secured on real estate and operational assets.
His work includes investment and development facilities for shopping centres, offices, industrial, logistics, high-end residential, holiday parks, co-living and PRS/BTR, and mixed-use portfolio transactions.
Jon is a market leader in hotel finance and development transactions, working closely with the firm's cross-disciplinary – and multijurisdictional – hospitality and leisure, corporate, property, tax and structuring, and other specialist teams, to deliver complex investment and development finance packages for lenders and borrowers for managed, franchised and owner-operated hotels, serviced apartments and other managed residences, as well as negotiating direct arrangements with hotel brands.
He advises borrowers and lenders on care home, learning disability, domiciliary care and specialist unit acquisitions and developments, on capital expenditure programmes, and on the financing and development of senior living, healthcare real assets and hospital assets. Jon is co-chair of the firm’s UK Healthcare Industry Group.
Jon acts for lenders and borrowers (with particular in-depth experience advising REITs) on the acquisition and development financing (including funding of forward funds) of campus, out-of-town and city student accommodation schemes, including purpose-built properties and portfolios, and on associated asset management, lease and nominations arrangements.
He also advises on all aspects of senior and mezzanine financings, inter-creditor and upside arrangements; fund finance; Islamic finance; debt restructuring, loan-on-loan and strategic loan-to-own; loan trading; and loan-linked derivatives.
Jon has been listed as a leading real estate finance lawyer in both Chambers UK and The Legal 500 UK.