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Ian Nisse

Ian Nisse Partner


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Ian joined Macfarlanes in 2011 from a highly-regarded City firm. He recently stepped down as head of the commercial real estate group and has, for many years, been active in advising institutions, developers, investors and major corporations on significant real estate transactions, with an emphasis on the structuring and financing of all forms of real estate joint ventures, partnerships, funds, development projects and investment transactions, both in the United Kingdom and cross border.

Recent highlights include advising:

  • Stanhope alongside Mitsui Fudosan UK and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation on the purchase from the BBC, funding and future development of Media Village and the Gateway Site, West London;
  • Stanhope Plc on a public private partnership with a local authority for residential led regeneration;
  • Intu Properties PLC on the acquisition of shopping centres at Derby and Sprucefield and a 50 per cent stake in Merry Hill from Westfield for £867.8m;
  • the Sellers on the sale of More London, London for a consideration reported at circa £1.7bn;
  • Brookfield on the sale of 125 Old Broad Street for £320m;
  • Tower 42 Holdings Ltd, supported by Ki Corporation, on the £282.5m acquisition of Tower 42 London. Also acted for the borrower on the subsequent acquisition finance from Aviva;
  • a consortium comprising Stanhope, Mitsui Fudosan UK and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, on the purchase, funding and future development of the iconic BBC Television Centre for £200m plus overage, as well as advising on a number of other major development projects;
  • Chelsfield plc on numerous transactions including the acquisition and refurbishment of the Westbury Hotel, London, Wentworth Golf Club, the purchase and funding of the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, the acquisition of Paddington Basin, the sale of Chelsea Harbour, and the acquisition and funding of the White City development project, Westfield, West London;
  • London Docklands Development Corporation on various projects during the life of the authority;
  • Abu Dhabi Ports Company on the proposed joint venture agreement and concession agreement for the new Khalifa Port and Taweelah, Abu Dhabi, UAE;
  • AIG on several cross-border joint venture and funding transactions in continental Europe and Russia, including a joint venture with Orco Property Group to acquire a portfolio of 4 and 5 star city hotels and extended stay residences in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Russia and to jointly acquire and develop further hotels and extended stay residences in Central and Eastern Europe;
  • AMP Life on the fund creation and transfer of interest in the Bullring Centre for an interest in the Henderson Shopping Centre;
  • BP Pensions, Norwich Union, CIS and NPI on their acquisition through a limited partnership of the factory retail outlets at Cheshire Oaks, Bridgend and Swindon;
  • British Telecommunications plc on their disposal of the majority of their real estate portfolio in a £2.38bn outsourcing transaction;
  • Global Switch Limited Partnership on the formation of new limited partnership and contribution of European real estate assets into the partnership;
  • Church Commissioners for England on the structuring and disposal of The Metrocentre, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear;
  • Kazemir on the Aktau New City project in Kazakhstan;
  • IPIC on the formation of an infrastructure fund for transactions in the Kazakhstan region;
  • a major Abu Dhabi company on the acquisition and development of a hotel and convention centre in Jordan, including advising on the hotel and convention centre management agreements;
  • a major far eastern company on the acquisition of Brown’s Hotel, London;
  • a private investor on the acquisition and financing of The Knightsbridge Estate, London;
  • Real estate aspects of the acquisition of Manchester City Football Club and the formation of Sky News Arabia, Abu Dhabi, UAE; and
  • R20 Limited on the opco/propco structuring of Yates pub portfolio Laurel pub portfolio.


  • "Sources highlight his 'cerebral' approach, saying that 'he provides solutions to difficult problems'."

    Chambers UK 2017