Jon Lent is a partner in the Financial Services Practice, advising borrowers, listed and private funds, and private equity investors – as well as banks, 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, co-living and PRS/BTR, and mixed-use portfolio transactions.

    Jon has specialist expertise in funding hotels/serviced apartments (including direct agreements with brands), student accommodation, and care homes and senior living assets.

    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.

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    • Advised the HC-One care group on £570 million facilities with Welltower, Inc.
    • Advised HSBC on investment and development facilities for hotels, including the Lore Shoreditch, Standard Camden, Mama Shelter Shoreditch, Edwardian Hampshire and The Londoner, Marriott West India Quay, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, and the Langley and Wellesley Luxury Collection hotels, with associated direct arrangements.
    • Advised GCP Student Living plc on investment, RCF and development facilities in excess of £500 million with PGIM and Wells Fargo.
    • Advised LCP on investment and development facilities with HSBC, RBS, Handelsbanken, Lloyds, Barclays and Aviva, aggregating well in excess of £700 million, and €120 million facilities in Germany and Poland.
    • Advised a listed AIF on a fund-level NAV facility with a US lender for European asset purchases.
    • Advised a debt fund on the purchase of distressed real estate debt and the subsequent sale to a financed special purpose vehicle, for repositioning and stabilisation via consensual loan-to-own.

    Education

    • College of Law, Guildford, PGDLP, 2003
    • College of Law, Guildford, PGDL, 2002
    • University of Warwick, MMATH (first class), 2001

    Admissions

    • England and Wales, 2005
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