John J.Crowley

Of Counsel

London + 44.20.7039.5778

John Crowley has extensive experience providing construction legal advice across a number of industry sectors, with a focus on real estate development, renewable energy, and infrastructure projects, in the United Kingdom and internationally. He acts in both transactional and contentious spheres for a wide range of clients including developers, funders, contractors, investors, and private individuals.

John's transactional experience includes regularly advising on procurement strategy, construction aspects of funding, lease and development agreements, and preparing and negotiating bespoke suites of construction documentation for high-profile and complex construction projects. John's recent experience includes advising an international developer on the acquisition, development, and financing of one of the largest private rental schemes in the United Kingdom.

John acts for a number of large property owners and developers including The British Land Company PLC, CBRE, Delancey, Greystar Real Estate Partners, LondonMetric PLC, and Meyer Bergman.

In addition to his noncontentious practice, John is experienced in the resolution of construction disputes across a variety of forums including mediation, adjudication, arbitration, and High Court proceedings.

John is a member of the Society of Construction Law (SCL) and a regular contributor to articles in the industry press.

Experience

  • Real estate developer brings £10 million action arising out of cladding defects in London buildingJones Day is acting for a real estate developer in relation to a dispute arising out of fire stopping defects and ACM cladding issues in a London building.
  • Real estate company brings TCC action relating to multistory property in LondonJones Day is representing an international real estate company in a dispute against a major construction company arising out of defects in the design and construction of a multistory development in London, United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • CBRE Global Investors, on behalf of international separate account client, acquires Premier Place, Devonshire Square, LondonJones Day advised CBRE Global Investors, on behalf of an international separate account client, in the acquisition of Premier Place, Devonshire Square, London.
  • Blackstone Group provides £120 million for refinancing of One Embassy Gardens office scheme in Nine ElmsJones Day represented The Blackstone Group in connection with the £120 million refinancing with Ballymore for its One Embassy Gardens office scheme in Nine Elms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Greystar and Henderson Park obtain £385 million facility from Cain International for acquisition and development of residential project located in LondonJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC and Henderson Park in connection with a £385 million facility from Cain International to support the acquisition and development of an 894-home build-to-rent (BTR) residential project located in Nine Elms, London.
  • LondonMetric sells logistics/distribution centre to Cadogan Income Properties LimitedJones Day advised LondonMetric in the sale of a logistics/distribution centre in Wakefield let to Cadogan Income Properties Limited.
  • 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.
  • Greystar sells Building 3 Oldfield Lane North, Greenford, London to Telford Homes for £28.4 million ($36.4 million)Jones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in its £28.4 million ($36.4 million) sale of Building 3 Oldfield Lane North, Greenford, London to Telford Homes Plc.
  • Greystar recapitalizes Chapter student accommodation portfolio in Central LondonJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in a recapitalization of its and PSP’s Chapter portfolio of student accommodation properties, one of the largest in Central London, by consolidating the portfolio under a new joint venture in which Allianz acquired an interest.
  • DV4 and Oxford Properties form DOORJones Day advised DV4 Ltd (“DV4”), which is advised by Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Ltd, on the sale of DV4's interests in Get Living, the UK’s leading privately backed residential company, to Delancey Oxford Residential (“DOOR”) a new co-investment platform with initial capital commitments of £600 million; the establishment of DOOR, which includes the joint venture between DV4 and Oxford Properties; and on real estate matters related to the London scheme, Elephant Central in Elephant and Castle which is part of the Get Living portfolio.
  • Riverside simultaneously acquires four businesses to create Netwatch Global GroupJones Day advised The Riverside Company on the simultaneous acquisition of four businesses resulting in the formation of the Netwatch Global Group.
  • Wells Fargo provides financing for acquisition and construction of build-to-rent scheme in UKJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., London Branch in connection with the acquisition and construction loan for UK build-to-rent scheme arranged for Legal & General fund.
  • Greystar obtains financing for development of purpose built student accommodation in LondonJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in connection with a development and investment term loan facility in respect of purpose built student accommodation in London.
  • Oxenwood Real Estate acquires £286 million (US$366.9 million) Ultrabox logistics portfolioJones Day advised Oxenwood Real Estate LLP on its joint venture with a Canadian institutional investor and the acquisition by that joint venture of the Ultrabox portfolio of nine prime logistics assets in the UK totaling 3.87 million sq. ft. for £286 million (US$366.9 million).
  • CBRE GIP's European Co-Investment Fund acquires portfolio of assets from Prologis UKJones Day advised CBRE GIP's European Co-Investment Fund (a Dutch incorporated fund) in relation to the acquisition of a portfolio of 22 UK logistics assets (mix of development and stabilized assets) and circa 20 associated property holding companies and management companies, and the formation of an associated 85/15 joint venture with Prologis UK.
  • Greystar obtains financing for three properties located at 2 Millharbour, LondonJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in the development and financing of three properties located at 2 Millharbour, London.
  • Bank of East Asia provides £121.5 million facility for development of residential and commercial property in central LondonJones Day advised Bank of East Asia, Limited in connection with its £121.5 million (US$172.5 million) facility for the development of a residential and commercial property in central London.
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