Blaise L.Marin-Curtoud

Partner

London + 44.20.7039.5169

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

  • Bally's acquires Gamesys for $2.7 billionJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in connection with the $2.7 billion acquisition and financing of Gamesys Ltd., an LSE-listed online gaming company.
  • Macquarie acquires Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management companyJones Day advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6 in the acquisition of Beauparc Utilities, Ireland’s largest waste management company.
  • Arc acquires Farmers Guardian and LAMMA Ltd from AgriBriefingJones Day advised Arc, a business partnership between EagleTree Capital and Simon Foster, in its acquisition of Farmers Guardian Ltd and LAMMA Ltd, the UK agriculture division of AgriBriefing.
  • 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.
  • Creed Perfumes' majority investment from BlackRock LTPCJones Day acted as counsel to the management team of Creed Perfumes, one of the world’s leading artisan fragrance companies, following a transaction in which BlackRock Long Term Private Capital ("BlackRock LTPC") became the majority shareholder in the luxury brand.
  • ThinCats’ institutional investors advised in £160 million investment by Wafra Capital PartnersJones Day advised BAE Systems Pensions Trustees Limited, ESO InvestCo VI S.à r.l. and Black Lion Limited, the existing institutional shareholders of ThinCats, in connection with a £160 million strategic investment by Wafra Capital Partners in ThinCats, a leading alternative finance provider to mid-sized UK SMEs.
  • M. Safra & Co. sells 30 Fenchurch Street (formerly known as One Plantation Place) to Brookfield Asset ManagementJones Day represented M. Safra & Co. in the family office's disposal of 30 Fenchurch Street (formerly known as One Plantation Place), one of the largest office developments in the City of London, to funds managed by Brookfield Asset Management.
  • Greystar announces €725 million close for flagship pan-European closed-end value-add residential strategyJones Day advised Greystar Europe Investment Management B.V., a subsidiary of Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC, on the closing of €725 million in equity commitments into its flagship pan-European value-add discretionary vehicle.
  • Pepper Global restructures corporate groupJones Day advised Pepper Global, a leading diversified global loan servicer and lender, on a major restructure of its corporate group.
  • Entity advised by Henley Investment acquires Bedfont Lakes, New Square office parkJones Day represented an entity advised by Henley Investment Management Limited in connection with its acquisition of the Bedfont Lakes, New Square office park near Heathrow airport and the establishment of a joint venture with Sixth Street.
  • Sumitovant Biopharma acquires remaining stake in Urovant SciencesJones Day advised Sumitovant Biopharma in its acquisition of all of the outstanding shares of Urovant Sciences Ltd. not already owned by Sumitovant at a price of $16.25 per share in cash.
  • Greystar acquires £291 million portfolio of UK student accommodations from Nido portfolioJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in the £291 million acquisition of five purpose-built student accommodation ("PBSA") assets from the Nido portfolio.
  • British Land sells 75% interest in London's West End offices for £401 millionJones Day is advising 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.
  • DataBank acquires zColo for $1.4 billionJones Day advised DataBank, a leading provider of enterprise-class colocation, connectivity, and managed services, in connection with the acquisition and financing of zColo, including certain U.S. and European data center assets, from Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. for $1.4 billion.
  • Ki raises $500 million to fund expansionJones Day has advised the management team of Ki, the first fully digital and algorithmically-driven Lloyd's syndicate, in the $500 million investment in Ki by funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited.
  • 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.
  • Hansteen acquired by Potter UK Bidco Limited for £500 millionJones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the £500 million recommended cash acquisition of Hansteen by Potter UK Bidco Limited, a newly-formed company indirectly owned by investment funds advised by affiliates of The Blackstone Group Inc., effected by means of a Scheme of Arrangement.
  • Inflexion Private Equity acquires Aspen PumpsJones Day advised Inflexion Private Equity Partners LLP, one of the UK's leading mid-market private equity firms, on its acquisition of the Aspen Pumps group from 3i Group plc.
  • Pepper Group to sell Pepper European Servicing to Link Group for €165 millionJones Day is advising Pepper Group Limited, a leading diversified global consumer finance business, in connection with its sale of Pepper European Servicing (PES) to Link Group.
  • 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