Blaise L.Marin-Curtoud

Partner

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Blaise Marin-Curtoud has more than 20 years of experience advising clients on U.K. and international taxation matters particularly as they relate to real estate tax issues and M&A. He is head of the tax group in the Firm's London Office and is the coordinator of the European tax practice.

Blaise has advised clients on a number of high-profile real estate matters, including the disposal by British Land of part of its interest at Meadowhall, Hansteen on the EUR 1.28 bn disposal of a portfolio of properties in continental Europe, Greystar on a £500m development in London, and Oxenwood on a £286m acquisition of a portfolio of logistics properties. He has advised numerous clients on the setting up of real estate private equity funds targeting either U.K. real state or European real estate.

Blaise also has advised clients on many high-value M&A transactions such as the merger of GTECH S.p.A and IGT in 2015 and the merger of STERIS and Synergy in 2016.

Blaise has been ranked as a leading individual in Chambers UK, Chambers Global, and Legal 500 UK directories.

Experience

  • Earls Court Investment Holdings to acquire EC Group Holdings Limited for £425 million (US$546.3 million)Jones Day represented Earls Court Investment Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of a joint venture between Delancey (on behalf of its client fund) and Stichting Depositary APG Strategic Real Estate Pool, in connection with its £425 million (US$546.3 million) acquisition of EC Group Holdings Limited from Capvestco Earls Court Limited, a subsidiary of Capital & Counties Properties Plc.
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries to acquire InvertekJones Day is advising Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. in the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Invertek Drives Ltd.
  • Modern Media Acquisition completes merger agreement with Akazoo Ltd.Jones Day advised Modern Media Acquisition Corp. ("MMDM"), a special purpose acquisition company, in its business combination with Akazoo Limited, a U.K.- based digital music streaming platform specializing in emerging markets.
  • Verint acquires TransversalJones Day advised Verint Systems Inc., a leader in customer engagement solutions, in its acquisition of Transversal, a pioneer in knowledge automation solutions.
  • British Land exchanges on disposal of £429 million (US$555 million) of Sainsbury's superstoresJones Day advised The British Land Company PLC ("BL") on the disposal of 12 superstores held by a joint venture between BL and J Sainsbury PLC to Realty Income Corporation, an entity listed on the NYSE, for aggregate consideration of £429 million (US$555 million) (representing a net initial yield of 5.0%).
  • Blackstone Group invests €175 million (US$196.4 million) in Superbet RomaniaJones Day advised The Blackstone Group in its €175 million (US$196.4 million) minority equity investment in Superbet, the largest omni-channel sports betting and gaming operator in Romania.
  • Oxenwood acquires two prime logistics units in Leicester and Manchester, United KingdomJones Day advised Oxenwood Real Estate LLP in the acquisition of two prime logistics units in Leicester and Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Newell Brands sells Pure Fishing to Sycamore Partners for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in the sale of its Pure Fishing business to Sycamore Partners for approximately $1.3 billion in cash.
  • 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 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.
  • Hansteen Holdings and associated group entities acquire 34 properties from St Modwen Properties Plc and associated group companiesJones Day represented Hansteen Holdings Plc and group entities on its £53.7 million ($68.2 million) acquisition of 34 properties from St Modwen Properties Plc and associated group companies.
  • 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).
  • Newell Brands sells The Waddington Group to Novolex for approximately $2.3 billionJones Day advised Newell Brands Inc. in its sale of The Waddington Group to Novolex Holdings, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, for approximately $2.3 billion in cash.
  • Hercules Unit Trust forms joint venture with M&G Real EstateJones Day advised Hercules Unit Trust in its simultaneous acquisition of the Fort Kinnaird retail park in Edinburgh by a new joint venture formed between Hercules Unit Trust (HUT) and M&G Real Estate and sale of the Gallagher retail park in Cheltenham to The Crown Estate.
  • Hansteen Holdings completes £145 million return of capital to shareholdersJones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in connection with a £145 million (US$197.3 million) return to shareholders by means of a court-approved reduction of capital.
  • Complete Entertainment Resources Group sells certain assets to Live Nation EntertainmentJones Day represented Complete Entertainment Resources Group, Inc. (formerly Songkick.com, Inc.), a concert discovery and artist ticketing platform, in its sale of certain assets, including CERG’s ticketing commerce platform, anti-scalping algorithm, API applications and patent portfolio, to Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. in connection with the settlement of pending litigation.
  • Henderson Park Real Estate Fund I acquires London and Birmingham Hilton Metropole hotelsJones Day represented Henderson Park Real Estate Fund I in connection with its acquisition of the London and Birmingham Hilton Metropole hotels.
  • 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.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • June 29, 2016
      Brexit: UK votes to leave the EU: What happens next?
    • March 9, 2016
      Client Tax Roundtable Series: U.S.-U.K. Cross Border Tax Update, Jones Day London
    • June 3, 2015
      Global Insights: The Future of M&A
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