Felicity is Global Real Estate Sector Head and a Partner in the CORPORATE AND M&A GROUP.
Felicity acts primarily for clients with real estate assets or trading activities where such assets are fundamental to their business, most notably in the hotel sector.
In addition to the acquisition and disposal of portfolio and individual real estate assets and portfolios in the UK and continental Europe, Felicity also advises a broad range of clients on corporate matters including joint ventures, the grant of options, sale and leaseback or management arrangements, operating agreements and franchises for owners and operators (in jurisdictions from the UK to the Middle East). She assists in managing disputes, and works with management teams and/or lenders regarding development, structure, fundraising (loan and equity) and security issues.
Felicity is recognised for her expertise in the hotel sector by leading legal directories. Chambers UK 2021 notes “she is a truly exceptional lawyer” with “strong commerciality in her approach and advice and an ability to successfully negotiate challenging points.” Legal 500 UK 2021 notes Felicity’s “deep knowledge of the industry, great commercial knowledge” and as being “always a step ahead in her advice.”
- Advising Frasers Centrepoint Ltd on its £686m acquisition, via subsidiary Frasers Property International Pte. Ltd., of a portfolio comprising four high quality UK business parks.
- Advising a London-based developer and operator of hotels under an emerging lifestyle brand around the world, on a reorganisation involving 10 companies in four jurisdictions (UK, Netherlands, France and US) as well as its financing and operating agreements.
- Advising Frasers Hospitality UK Holdings Limited on the £363m acquisition of Malmaison Hotel du Vin group from private equity firm KSL Capital Partners LLC.
- Advising BSDR on its acquisition by Knights plc.