Luke D.Johnson

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5268

Luke Johnson advises clients on a wide variety of finance and restructuring matters, with a particular focus on the real estate sector.

Luke regularly advises in relation to multijurisdictional investment facilities, acquisition finance, development finance, loan portfolio acquisitions, loan-on-loan finance, and structured finance, acting for lenders (senior and mezzanine) and sponsors.

Recent transactions have included advising Greystar 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 and advising Goldman Sachs International in connection with the financing of the £175 million (US$228 million) acquisition by Goldman Sachs and Greycoat of Vintners Place, a commercial office property located in London, from Crescent Heights.

Luke spent six months on secondment at Delancey in 2019. Between July 2017 and March 2018, he was seconded to Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. In 2014, he spent six months on secondment with the European Special Situations Group at Goldman Sachs.

Experience

  • 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.
  • Goldman Sachs and Greycoat finance and acquire Vintners Place from Crescent HeightsJones Day represented Goldman Sachs International in connection with the financing of the £175 million (US$228 million) acquisition by Goldman Sachs and Greycoat of Vintners Place, a commercial office property located in London, from Crescent Heights.
  • 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.
  • Blackstone Group provides senior secured facility to Henderson Park for acquisition of Athene PlaceJones Day represented The Blackstone Group in connection with a senior secured facility provided to Henderson Park to finance the acquisition of Athene Place, London.
  • Blackstone Group provides €70 million secured credit facility to private equity investor for acquisition of business park in BrusselsJones Day represented The Blackstone Group in connection with a €70 million (US$81 million) secured facility agreement provided to a private equity investor to finance the acquisition of a business park located in Brussels.
  • Loxo Oncology acquires drug development program from administrators of RedXJones Day advised biopharmaceutical company, Loxo Oncology, Inc., in connection with its $40 million acquisition of a drug development program aimed at treating leukemia from the administrators of RedX Pharma Plc.
  • AURELIUS sells Getronics Group for €220 million (US$251.3 million)Jones Day advised AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA on the sale of its subsidiary Getronics to strategic investor Bottega Invest Co S.à.r.l. for €220 million (US$251.3 million) (enterprise value).
  • Goldman Sachs provides financing to Blackstone for acquisition of IVG office portfolioJones Day represented Goldman Sachs International, as mezzanine arranger, in connection with Blackstone's €3.3 billion (US$3.6 billion) acquisition of the IVG office portfolio.
  • Marken sold to UPSJones Day advised Marken Group, a global provider of supply chain solutions to the life sciences industry and leader in clinical trials material storage and distribution, on the sale of its company to United Parcel Service Inc. ("UPS").
  • Aurelius Group acquires The Hospital GroupJones Day represented the The Aurelius Group, a Frankfurt-based private equity firm, in connection with its acquisition of The Hospital Group, a provider of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures based in Birmingham, UK.
  • Wells Fargo provides £184 million financing for acquisition of portfolio of UK retail propertiesJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., London Branch, as arranger, agent, and original lender, in connection with a £184 million (US$234.4 million) syndicated term loan facility provided to a U.S. private equity buyer to finance the acquisition of a portfolio of 64 properties leased to a leading UK retailer.
  • BHS International acquires digital and international franchise business from BHS Limited (in administration)Jones Day acted for BHS International in connection with its acquisition of the digital and international franchise business from the administrators of British retailer, BHS.
  • Paperlinx sells off its business and assetsJones Day is advising Matthew Smith and Neville Kahn of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as joint administrators of various UK Paperlinx companies.
  • Wells Fargo provides financing to UK residential development lenderJones Day advised Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in connection with a £80 million (US$100 million) loan-on-loan financing secured against a portfolio of performing residential loans originated by a UK residential development lender.
  • Committee of Senior Lenders to Codere restructures debts of insolvent Codere Group and successfully exits from insolvent groupJones Day advised the Committee of Senior Lenders to Codere S.A. in connection with the restructuring of the debts of the insolvent Codere Group and their subsequent successful exit from the insolvent group.
  • Hansteen acquires Netherlands portfolio for €106 million (US$144.3 million)Jones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC regarding the acquisition of a €176 million (US$239.8 million) credit facility secured over a portfolio of light industrial parks in the Netherlands owned by Lancelot Land BV.
  • Hansteen acquires 26.3 percent stake in £460 million (US$727.4 million) Ashtenne Industrial Fund, and becomes new Asset Manager to FundJones Day acted for Hansteen Holdings PLC in its acquisition of a 5.3 percent stake in the Ashtenne Industrial Fund Unit Trust from Warner Estate Holdings PLC (in administration) and its acquisition of Warner's asset management business from the administrators.
  • Safra refinances One Plantation Place with new £273 million loan arranged by Prudential Insurance Company of America and Pacific LifeJones Day advised One Plantation Place Unit Trust (OPPUT), the owner of Plantation Place and one of the largest office buildings in the City of London, in connection with the refinancing of OPPUT's existing £418 million senior debt, which was securitized in REC 5, and the refinancing of its £25 million junior loan originally provided by Lloyds.
  • RBS Citizens provides financing to CRA International, Inc. and CRA International (UK) Ltd.Jones Day represented RBS Citizens, N.A., as administrative agent, lead arranger, lead bookrunner, and lender, in connection with a $125 million senior revolving credit facility for CRA International, Inc. and CRA International (UK) Ltd.
  • Cinema City International acquired Israel TheatersJones Day advised Cinema City International N.V. in its acquisition of Israel Theaters Real Estate BV ("SPC"), an indirect subsidiary of Israel Theaters Ltd., for a purchase price of €33.1 million (US$43.6 million).
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