MattTrafford

Associate

London + 44.20.7039.5796

Matt Trafford has experience in a wide range of finance transactions, principally in the real estate sector.

Matt regularly advises on acquisition finance, investment facilities, and development facilities, acting for both senior and mezzanine lenders, as well as equity investors.

Matt's recent transactions include advising the mezzanine creditors in the financing of Blackstone's €3.3 billion acquisition of IVG's portfolio of German offices and representing iQSA, a student housing business owned by Goldman Sachs and the Wellcome Trust, in the £1.3 billion financing of its UK portfolio.

Experience

  • 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.
  • Blackstone Group provides £120 million for refinancing of One Embassy Gardens office scheme in Nine ElmsJones Day represented The Blackstone Group in connection with the £120 million refinancing with Ballymore for its One Embassy Gardens office scheme in Nine Elms.
  • Investment banking and securities firm refinances Atlas hotel portfolioJones Day represented an investment banking and securities firm, as mezzanine lender, in connection with the refinancing of the Atlas hotel portfolio owned by London & Regional.
  • iQ Student Accommodation acquires Pure Student Living from L1 TreasuryJones Day acted for iQ Student Accommodation in relation to its acquisition of the UK focused Pure Student Living student housing property portfolio and business from LetterOne Treasury.
  • Goldman Sachs provides mezzanine credit facilities to Blackstone in connection with acquisition of SpondaJones Day represented Goldman Sachs International, as mezzanine arranger, of mezzanine credit facilities provided to Blackstone in connection with its acquisition of Sponda Oyj, a publicly-listed Finnish real estate company with an enterprise value of €3.9 billion.
  • iQ Student Accommodation refinances student housing portfoliosJones Day advised iQ Student Accommodation, a joint venture between Goldman Sachs and The Wellcome Trust, in connection with the £622 million (US$796 million) refinancing of a UK student housing portfolio.
  • Wells Fargo provides construction financing for build-to-rent scheme in UKJones Day advised Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., London Branch in connection with a development facility for a UK build-to-rent scheme for Legal & General.
  • 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.
  • iQ Student Accommodation refinances Westbourne student housing portfolioJones Day advised iQ Student Accommodation, a joint venture between Goldman Sachs and The Wellcome Trust, in the £305 million (US$388 million) refinancing of the Westbourne student housing portfolio.
  • Goldman Sachs provides mezzanine financing for Blackstone's acquisition of Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in Dublin, IrelandJones Day advised Goldman Sachs International, as mezzanine lender, in connection with the financing of Blackstone's acquisition of the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre located in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Vero Group refinances iQ student housing portfolioJones Day advised the Vero Group, a joint venture between Goldman Sachs and The Wellcome Trust in connection with the £375 million (US$485 million) refinancing of the iQ student housing portfolio.
  • Signature Capital obtains financing for acquisition of shopping mall in Passau, GermanyJones Day advised Signature Capital Limited in connection with the financing of the acquisition of the Nibelungen Center, a shopping mall located in Passau, Germany, by way of public auction for €21.5 million (US$23.6 million).
  • Goldman Sachs provides mezzanine financing for acquisition of Jury's Inn and Mercure hotelsJones Day advised Goldman Sachs International in connection with mezzanine facilities financing the acquisition by Lone Star of the Jury's Inn and Mercure hotel groups.
  • Goldman Sachs, Wellcome Trust, and Greystar launch £2 billion (US$2.8 billion) student housing companyJones Day advised the REPIA division of Goldman Sachs International in connection with the formation of the £2 billion (US$2.8 billion) student housing business to be known as the Vero Group.
  • Goldman Sachs provides mezzanine financing for Blackstone's acquisition of UK logistics portfolioJones Day advised Goldman Sachs International in connection with a mezzanine facility to finance the acquisition by Blackstone of a UK logistics portfolio.
  • Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels acquires K+K Hotels GroupJones Day advised a consortium led by Goldman Sachs and Highgate Hotels, a leading hospitality investment and management company, in its acquisition, acquisition financing, and debt restructuring of the K+K Hotels group, which owns a portfolio of ten boutique hotels located in London, Paris, Barcelona, Munich, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Bucharest.
  • Inflexion Private Equity and Auctus Industries complete £141 million buyout of Shimtech Industries Group from Bridgepoint Development CapitalJones Day advised Inflexion Private Equity in connection with the £141 million (US$220 million) buyout of Shimtech Industries Group Limited, a large manufacturer of aerospace shims and laminated shim material, from Bridgepoint Development Capital, other investors, and management shareholders.
  • ESO Capital provides €35 million for refinancing by Moventas Gears OyJones Day represented ESO Capital, as lender, in connection with the €35 million (US$41.3 million) refinancing of Moventas Gears Oy, a Finnish gear manufacturer and servicer of wind turbines.
  • Highcross Group sells assets of Highcross Regional U.K. Partners and Highcross Regional U.K. Partners III to Northwood InvestorsJones Day advised Highcross Group Limited in connection with the £635 million (US$1 billion) sale of the assets of Highcross Regional U.K. Partners and Highcross Regional U.K. Partners III to Northwood Investors, a U.S.-based fund management company, and its advised institutional real estate fund.
  • Esendex Bidco acquires CollstreamJones Day advised Esendex Bidco Limited in connection with the acquisition and related financing of Collstream, an intelligent multi-channel messaging provider.
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