Gregory J.Barden (Greg)

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5130

Greg Barden has broad experience in dispute resolution with a particular focus on property litigation. He regularly advises clients in insurance matters, including insurance recovery.

Greg is currently assisting clients with matters related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that have created operational challenges as a result of imposed lockdowns, including force majeure and material adverse change clauses, valuation issues, insurance recovery, and landlord and tenant matters.

Greg has acted for corporates and high net worth individuals in relation to range of high-value commercial disputes, acting for a private equity group in its defense of a £26 million claim brought by investors in five bespoke government-backed disaster response centers and a private client in enforcement proceedings against London-based property purchased following a €35 million fraud. He also has experience in interim injunctive relief claims, including freezing orders, delivery up orders, and bespoke injunctions.

Greg routinely represents leading UK property companies such as The British Land Company, CBRE Global Investors, LondonMetric, Hercules Unit Trust, and funds advised by Delancey. He has acted for national and international tenants.

Greg's experience includes all aspects of real estate litigation such as tenant insolvency, landlord and tenant disputes, lease renewals, dilapidations claims, squatters proceedings, and trusts of land. He has worked with various property developers, including the developer of the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre to provide advice on rights of light matters and obtaining vacant possession. He has guided clients through the County Courts, the High Court, and the Court of Appeal and regularly appears before Masters and District Judges.

Experience

  • Goldman sold iQ Student Accommodation dorms to Blackstone for £4.66 billionOn May 15, 2020, Jones Day clients Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division and the Wellcome Trust completed the sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone for £4.66 billion (US$5.73 billion), representing the largest ever private real estate transaction in the UK.
  • Central London office building owner resolves dilapidations claimsJones Day assisted the owner of a central London office building in settling a substantial dilapidations claim on confidential terms.
  • Delancey and APG Joint Venture acquires Earls Court for £425 millionJones Day represented Earls Court Investment Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of a joint venture between a fund advised by Delancey and APG on behalf of its pension fund clients, in connection with its £425 million acquisition of EC Group Holdings Limited from a subsidiary of Capital & Counties Properties Plc.
  • Irish property developer pursues claims relating to loans of €30,000,000Jones Day advised an eminent Irish property developer in relation to his claim that loans with a combined value of €30,000,000 had been invalidly assigned to a subsidiary of the National Irish Management Agency (a governmental body established to acquire assets from participating banks in an attempt to stabilize and rebuild the Irish economy after the 2008 crash).
  • Pinewood Group lets part of Pinewood Studios to Walt DisneyJones Day advised Pinewood Group Limited in respect of the letting of part of Pinewood Studios to Walt Disney for an undisclosed rent.
  • PTTEP subsidiary acquires Murphy Oil Corporation’s business in Malaysia for $2.127 billionJones Day represented PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited ("PTTEP"), a publicly listed petroleum exploration and production company based in Thailand, in connection with its subsidiary, PTTEP HK Offshore Limited’s acquisition of Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. and Murphy Sarawak Oil Co., Ltd. ("Murphy Sabah and Murphy Sarawak"), from a subsidiary of NYSE listed Murphy Oil Corporation.
  • Cineworld Group completes asset monetization strategies in United States through cinema sale-leaseback transactionsJones Day advised UK headquartered, Cineworld Group PLC in connection with an asset monetization strategy in the United States involving a combined cash consideration of $556.3 million cinema sale-leaseback transactions to convert a substantial portion of Cineworld’s U.S. real estate holdings into cash to leverage its equity and optimize efficiency.
  • Independent financial services firm sells One Poultry in LondonJones Day advised an independent financial services firm subsidiary in its sale of a special purpose vehicle which owns One Poultry, London.
  • Cortland Partners forms JV to develop build-to-rent properties in UKJones Day advised Cortland Partners LLC in its formation of a joint venture with Orion Land & Leisure Limited, Colony Northstar, Inc, and Asia Capital Real Estate focusing on the development and letting of build-to-rent properties and the acquisition of land for such development, primarily located in Greater London and other selected markets in the United Kingdom.
  • Greystar acquires site to develop 200+ bed student housing property in Islington, London by way of joint ventureJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC on the acquisition and development of a 200+ bed student housing property in Islington together with the formation of a joint venture by way of a Jersey unit trust to carry out such development.
  • Sheikh Abdulrahman Khalid bin Mahfouz secures committal order in culmination of €35 million asset tracing litigationJones Day successfully represented Sheikh Abdulrahman Khalid bin Mahfouz and his family in proceedings against Mr. Muhaned Farid Mahmoud El-Rashid.
  • Antirion SGR acquires 50 percent interest in Principal PlaceJones Day advised Antirion SGR S.p.A. in its acquisition of a 50 percent interest in Principal Place Commercial Limited, a Luxembourg resident SPV wholly owned by Brookfield Property Partners.
  • Private equity group defends £26 million claim brought by investors in bespoke government-backed disaster response centersJones Day acted for a private equity group in its defense of a £26 million claim brought by over 125 investors who had invested in 5 bespoke government-backed disaster response centers.
  • DV4 forms joint venture with APG Asset Management and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co. to create £1.4 billion (US$2 billion) home rental business in London with 4,000 homesJones Day represented DV4 Limited, which is advised by Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Limited, in connection with the formation of a £1.4 billion (US$2 billion) joint venture with APG Asset Management NV and Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co., to create a home rental business in London, with properties in the former Olympic athletes' village and the Elephant & Castle district.
  • Greystar purchases GSK and bakery site and forms joint venture with global real estate companyJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in its purchase of former GSK and bakery site (Future PRS), and the formation of a joint venture with a global real estate company.
  • Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels acquires K+K Hotels GroupJones Day advised a consortium led by Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels, a leading hospitality investment and management company, in its acquisition, acquisition financing, and debt restructuring of the K+K Hotels group, which owns a portfolio of ten boutique hotels located in London, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Bucharest.
  • Greystar purchases and develops towers at 2 Millharbour, London and forms joint venture with investment fundJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in its purchase and development of towers at 2 Millharbour, London, and the formation of a joint venture with an investment fund.
  • Whitgift Centre Croydon sold to Westfield/Hammerson joint ventureJones Day advised FTI Consulting LLP on their appointment as receivers over the Whitgift Centre in Croydon and on its subsequent sale to a Westfield/Hammerson joint venture for an undisclosed sum.
  • British Land sells three UK retail parks and shopping centers to Legal & General GroupJones Day advised The British Land Company PLC in connection with the £219.6 million ($331.9 million) sale of three UK retail parks and shopping centers to Legal & General Group PLC.
  • Adiant Capital sells Redbridge Solar Park to Oxford CapitalJones Day represented Adiant Capital Partners in connection with the sale of the Redbridge Solar Park, located in Dorset, with total installed capacity of 4.3MWp to Oxford Capital Partners.
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