Simon J.Kiff

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5323

Simon Kiff advises clients in mergers and acquisitions, including more than 100 cross-border transactions over the past 10 years. He has significant experience in real estate investments across multiple sectors, including retail, distribution, office, and hospitality assets.

The clients Simon has recently advised include British Land, Goldman Sachs, LondonMetric Property, Oaktree Capital Management, Oxenwood Real Estate, Procter & Gamble, RPC Group Plc, RPM International, Sherwin-Williams, Standard Bank, and WL Ross.

Simon spent six months on secondment to Goldman Sachs in London, supporting the legal team for Goldman Sachs' Real Estate Principal Investment Area.

Experience

  • PolyOne acquires Clariant color and additive masterbatch business for $1.5 billionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation in the $1.5 billion purchase of Clariant’s global color and additive masterbatch business.
  • Standard Bank sold 20% stake in ICBC ArgentinaJones Day advised Standard Bank Group Limited in the $180.7 million sale of its 20% interest in ICBC Argentina and its related companies to Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Oxenwood acquires Heathfield Industrial Estate in Newton AbbotJones Day advised Oxenwood Real Estate LLP in the acquisition of the site at the Heathfield Industrial Estate in Newton Abbot formerly occupied by British Ceramic Tile Limited.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires HistoGeneX and Caprion BiosciencesJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on major investments in HistoGeneX and Caprion Biosciences and the subsequent combination of the two businesses.
  • Chapter acquires Central London Student AccommodationJones Day advised Chapter in its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Reining Limited and Paul Street (General Partner) Limited and the resulting interest in a Central London student accommodation property known as Paul Street East at 18-20 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4JH.
  • LondonMetric Property sells two logistics warehouses, in Sheffield and Wakefield, to Exeter Property GroupJones Day advised LondonMetric Property Plc in its £67 million (US$87.7 million) sale of two logistics warehouses, in Sheffield and Wakefield, to Exeter Property Group.
  • PolyOne acquires Fiber-Line for $120 millionJones Day advised PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services, and solutions, in its $120 million acquisition of Fiber-Line, a global leader in customized engineered fibers and composite materials.
  • OneSky acquires PrivateFlyJones Day advised OneSky, LLC in its acquisition of United Kingdom-headquartered PrivateFly, a leading global digital booking service for private jet charter flights.
  • Oxenwood sells portfolio of prime logistics properties in UK to Ascendas ReitJones Day advised Oxenwood Real Estate, in a joint venture with Catalina Holdings, on the sale of a portfolio of prime logistics properties in the UK to Ascendas Reit for £207 million ($264.6 million).
  • Greystar acquires student accommodation portfolio in SpainJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in its joint venture with AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets, acting on behalf of its clients, and CBRE Global Investment Partners (CBRE GIP), also acting on behalf of its clients, in its acquisition of a portfolio of 37 student residences in Spain (33 operating and 4 under development) owned by Grupo RESA (Spain's market leader in student accommodation), from Azora, Arta Capital, Banca March, and Mutua Madrileña.
  • LondonMetric sells LSP Marlow to Kildare PartnersJones Day represented LondonMetric Property Plc in its £68.5 million ($88.7 million) sale of LSP Marlow Limited, a property holding company for Marlow International, Marlow SY7 1YL, to Kildare Partners.
  • International Automotive Components and Shanghai Shenda complete joint venture transaction forming AuriaJones Day advised International Automotive Components Group S.A. ("IAC") in the formation of Auria Solutions Ltd., a new global supplier of soft trim and acoustical products for the automotive industry and joint venture with Shanghai Shenda Co. Ltd. ("Shenda") .
  • LondonMetric acquires portfolio of 14 logistics warehouses from Cabot Properties for £116.6 million (US$149.3 million)Jones Day advised LondonMetric Property plc on its acquisition of 14 urban and regional logistics warehouses for £116.6 million (US$149.3 million) from Cabot Properties, by way of a corporate acquisition.
  • Henderson Park acquires Athens Ledra HotelJones Day represented Henderson Park, the European real estate investment platform, in connection with a joint venture with Hines for the purposes of acquiring the Athens Ledra Hotel, formerly the Ledra Marriott, for approximately €33 million (US$38.9 million).
  • Procter & Gamble sells incontinence brand in Spain and Portugal to Paul Hartmann AGJones Day advised The Procter & Gamble Company in the sale of its 'Lindor' adult incontinence brand in Spain and Portugal to Paul Hartmann AG, a supplier of medical and hygiene products.
  • Ayala Corporation subsidiary Integrated Micro-Electronics acquires 80 percent interest of STI Enterprises LimitedJones Day advised Ayala Corporation in its acquisition by subsidiary, Integrated Micro Electronics, Inc., of an 80 percent interest in STI Enterprises Limited, a printed circuit board manufacturer based in the United Kingdom with global operations.
  • 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).
  • Altium completes merger with GCA Savvian to create leading global investment bank GCAJones Day advised Altium, a leading international mid-market financial advisory group, in a merger with GCA Savvian Corporation, a premier global investment bank listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, to form GCA, a leading independent international investment bank focused on growth companies with an extensive global network, cross-border capability, and track record of industry-shaping transactions.
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