Giles P.Elliott

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5229

Giles Elliott has been advising companies, sponsors, and financial institutions on an extensive range of corporate transactions and governance matters including public and private M&A, fund-raisings, buyouts, joint ventures, and investments for more than 25 years.

Representative transactions include advising on the sale of the iQ Group by the REPIA (real estate principal investment area) division of Goldman Sachs and The Wellcome Trust to affiliates of Blackstone for £4.66 billion; advising Greystar Real Estate Partners on a significant number of student housing and build-to-rent portfolios; numerous joint ventures, acquisitions, and disposals for The British Land Company PLC; and over 30 transactions for J.F. Lehman & Company, a New York-based private equity firm specializing in the aerospace, maritime, and defense industries for which he has acted for more than 20 years.

Giles has been repeatedly recommended in the Chambers Europe and Chambers UK guides and also is recognized in The Legal 500 UK.

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Experience

  • Greystar and GIC joint venture acquires Student RoostJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC on the joint venture and antitrust aspects of its acquisition of Student Roost, the UK’s third largest purpose-built student accommodation provider, from one of Brookfield’s real estate private funds, through a joint venture partnership with GIC.
  • J.F. Lehman sells offshore support vessel Global SymphonyJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company and its portfolio company, Global Marine, in the sale of the Global Symphony offshore support vessel to Jan de Nul Group, and sale of other related assets to another strategic investor.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires Tube TechJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading mid-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace, and maritime sections, in connection with the acquisition by portfolio company Integrated Global Services, Inc., a leading provider of thermal spray and other surface protection solutions, of international cleaning and inspections solutions provider, Tube Tech.
  • Ensign-Bickford Industries acquires Cawood Scientific LimitedJones Day advised Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. on its acquisition of Cawood Scientific Limited (Cawood).
  • ARA Asset Management Limited acquires InfraRed Capital Partners' European Real Estate Investment Management businessJones Day advised ARA Asset Management Limited in the acquisition of InfraRed European Real Estate Investment Management, a specialist discretionary fund manager in the real estate sector, from InfraRed Capital Partners.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company sells BEI PrecisionJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company in the sale of BEI Precision Systems & Space Company, Inc. to Quantic Corporate Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management.
  • Victorian Plumbing Group completes largest to date IPO on London Stock Exchange’s AIM marketJones Day represented Victorian Plumbing Group plc, the UK’s leading online specialist bathroom brand and the second largest retailer of bathroom products in the UK, in connection with its £850 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM market.
  • Horizon Technologies raises capital in Series A roundJones Day advised Horizon Technologies in its Series A financing led by Maven Capital Partners with participation from Virgin Money.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires Trillium Engineering, LLCJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, on its acquisition of a substantial investment in Trillium Engineering, LLC, a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered camera gimbals for unmanned aerial systems ("UAS") performing mission-critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, from its founders.
  • British Land sells 75% interest in London's West End offices for £401 millionJones Day advised The British Land Company PLC on the sale of a 75% interest in a portfolio of three buildings in London's West End to Allianz Real Estate for £401 million.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires CTS EnginesJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, in the acquisition of CTS Engines, LLC and CTS Testing, LLC.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires ENTACTJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in the acquisition by an investment affiliate and financing of ENTACT, LLC, a national provider of environmental remediation and geotechnical services.
  • Koch Equity Development invests preferred equity in AIM listed Victoria plcJones Day advised Koch Equity Development LLC ("KED"), the acquisition and investment subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., on its investment into AIM listed Victoria plc ("Victoria"), a UK-based global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of flooring products.
  • J.F. Lehman portfolio company acquires Murphy Pipeline ContractorsJones Day advised Inland Pipe Rehabilitation, a portfolio company of an investment affiliate of J.F. Lehman & Company, in its acquisition of Murphy Pipeline Contractors, a leading provider of trenchless pipe rehabilitation solutions and technology to the municipal wastewater and storm water markets.
  • Greystar forms joint venture to launch €1 billion Paris student housing ventureJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in relation to a joint venture for the development of purpose-built student accommodation and young professional accommodation in the Greater Paris region, with an investment capacity of circa €1 billion.
  • British Land sells 25.5% stake in 26 Sainsbury's supermarkets for £102 millionJones Day represented an affiliate of The British Land Company PLC on its £102 million sale of a 25.5% stake in a UK supermarket portfolio to a 50:50 joint venture between Supermarket Income REIT PLC and British Airways pension fund.
  • 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.
  • GCA Altium acquires Stella EOCJones Day advised GCA Altium in the acquisition of Stella EOC, a technology and media investment banking boutique with coverage in the UK and Europe.
  • ARA Asset Management acquires majority stake in Venn PartnersJones Day represented ARA Asset Management Limited ("ARA"), an Asian real estate fund management company listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, in connection with the acquisition of a majority stake in Venn Partners LLP, a specialist investment manager in European real estate private debt.
  • J.F. Lehman acquires Global Marine GroupJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Global Marine Group.
  • Additional Publications

    • February 2019
      Author, The In-House Lawyer Comparative Guide on Corporate Governance, UK Jurisdiction
    • November 2016
      The Main Market & AIM
    • August 2010
      Issuing securities made (mostly) easier by changes to the Prospectus Directive, The Bulletin
    • December 2008
      Enforcement on Aim: Light touch is firming up, International Financial Law Review
    • September 2005
      The Official List, AIM & The Propectus Directive: A Guide to Listing Equity Securities on the London Markets and the Continuing Obligations of Listed Companies

    Speaking Engagements

    • June 3, 2015
      Global Insights: The Future of M&A