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21 July, 2020 - 10:40 By Tony Quested

Birketts assists M7 with multimillion pound acquisition

East of England law firm Birketts has advised M7 Real Estate (M7), the pan-European investor and asset manager, on the acquisition of a portfolio of office buildings across several major UK cities.

The deal comprised three separate high specification property transactions totalling over 208,262 sq ft. 

The properties are occupied by investment grade tenants, including Everything Everywhere (EE), Scottish Power and Samsung Electronics and the transaction was supported by senior debt funding from Aviva Investors.

M7 has over 215 employees in 14 countries across Europe and is a leading specialist in the pan-European, regional, multi-tenanted real estate market. The team currently manages circa 830 retail, office and industrial properties with a capital value in excess of €5 billion. Birketts act for M7 in respect of its in-house managed funds in England and Wales.

The deal was led by Commercial Property partner and head of Real Estate investment Cameron Barlow with assistance from Catherine Halton-Farrow, Laura Jones, Cara Keen, Ryan Bigland, Olivia Heading, Emily Seago, Dan Miller and James Humphreys (Real Estate Investment), Karl Pocock (Tax), Naomi Sunkin and Nikki Fonseka (Planning), Rory Abel, Katrina Bretten and Steven Williams (Construction) and Catherine Hepworth and Laura Brown (Employment).

Barlow said: “It is a great pleasure to have worked on another important transaction with the team at M7. As heavyweights in the real estate community we are delighted to support them in forming new business relationships and growing their impressive management credentials.”

David Ebbrell, chief executive of M7 Real Estate, added: “Despite the challenging market conditions it is pleasing to note that the team at Birketts are able to deliver exceptional focus, efficiency and client service. We look forward to embarking on more fruitful and rewarding projects together.”

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