AlexanderWoodfield (Alex)

Associate

London + 44.20.7039.5170

Alex Woodfield advises clients on a wide range of international, European, and UK transactional and advisory matters, focusing primarily on M&A, private equity, and real estate investment.

Alex's recent highlighted representations include advising: Goldman Sachs and The Wellcome Trust on the £4.66 billion sale of iQ Student Accommodation to Blackstone; CBRE Global Investment Partners on its acquisition of a 25% stake in Cityhold Office Partnership; HighBrook on its €289 million sale of Groothandelsgebouwen; Sanofi on the sale of a UK-based pharmaceuticals contract manufacturing business to Recipharm; Molex on its acquisition of the Connected Vehicle Solutions division of Laird; iQ Student Accommodation on the acquisition of Pure Student Living from L1 Treasury; and Hansteen on the €1.28 billion sale of its German and Dutch real estate portfolios and its subsequent £580 million tender offer.

Alex has also undertaken secondments at Goldman Sachs and ENRC, where he worked on corporate, commercial, regulatory, and real estate investment matters.

Prior to joining Jones Day in June 2012, Alex practiced in the London and Moscow offices of a leading international law firm, where he advised on numerous high-profile M&A and joint venture transactions.

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.
  • CBRE Global Investment Partners acquires 25% of Cityhold Office Partnership ("CHOP")Jones Day advised CBRE Global Investment Partners in its 25% acquisition of the interests in CHOP valued at approximately €625 million from TIAA-CREF (largest U.S. life insurance company) advised by Nuveen Real Estate (an independent subsidiary of TIAA-CREFF) which also provides investment management services to CHOP.
  • HighBrook Property Fund III sells Groothandelsgebouwen (GHG B.V.) to Jamestown, LP for €289 millionJones Day represented HighBrook Property Fund III and its co-investment vehicle, HighBrook III Investment B ("Highbrook"), as lead counsel, in the sale of its 100% interest in Groothandelsgebouwen (GHG B.V.), the largest multi-tenant property in the Netherlands, to Jamestown, LP, an Atlanta, Georgia based real estate investment and management company, for €289 million.
  • Cineworld Group completes asset monetization strategies in United States through cinema sale-leaseback transactionsJones Day advised UK headquartered, Cineworld Group PLC in connection with an asset monetization strategy in the United States involving a combined cash consideration of $556.3 million cinema sale-leaseback transactions to convert a substantial portion of Cineworld’s U.S. real estate holdings into cash to leverage its equity and optimize efficiency.
  • Hansteen disposes German and Dutch portfolio for €1.28 billion (US$1.4 billion)Jones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in the disposal of its German and Dutch property portfolios and real estate management business for €1.28 billion (US$1.4 billion) to entities owned by funds advised by affiliates of The Blackstone Group L.P. and M7 Real Estate (the "Buyer").
  • Molex acquires Laird Connected Vehicle Solutions divisionJones Day advised Molex Electronic Technologies, LLC, a leading global manufacturer of electronic solutions, on its acquisition of the Connected Vehicle Solutions division of Laird Limited.
  • Sanofi sells Holmes Chapel manufacturing site to RecipharmJones Day advised Sanofi on the sale to Recipharm of its contract manufacturing business located in Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom.
  • HighBrook Income Property Fund acquires GroothandelsgebouwenJones Day advised HighBrook Income Property Fund, LP in its acquisition of Groothandelsgebouwen NV, (GHG), the largest multi-tenanted property in the Netherlands.
  • Hansteen Holdings completes £580 million tender offerJones Day advised Hansteen Holdings PLC in connection with the Company's share buy-back by way of tender offer at 140p per share comprising a distribution to shareholders of approximately £580 million (US$778 million), being a substantial proportion of the net cash proceeds from its €1.28 billion sale of its German and Dutch property portfolio which was completed in June 2017.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Qatalyst Partners acts as financial advisor in attempted $47 billion sale of NXP to QualcommJones Day advised Qatalyst Partners, the financial advisor to NXP Semiconductors N.V., in the attempted $47 billion sale of NXP to Qualcomm.
  • Hope Construction Materials sold to Breedon Aggregates for £336 million (US$510.7 million)Jones Day advised affiliates of Mittal Investments and Lebanon's Mikati family in relation to the sale of Hope Construction Materials Limited to Breedon Aggregates Limited for £336 million (US$510.7 million) in cash and shares, creating the UK's leading independent producer of cement, concrete, and aggregates.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners sells IGM Resins to AstorgJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners (“ACP”) on the full shop auction of IGM Resins Cooperative U.A. and its group (“IGM”) to European private equity firm Astorg as the successful bidder.
  • Western Digital acquires Tegile SystemsJones Day represented Western Digital, a leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience, and preserve data, in connection with its acquisition of Tegile Systems, Inc., a developer of flash and persistent-memory storage solutions for enterprise data center applications.
  • Sanofi dissolves joint venture with MerckJones Day advised Sanofi in the dissolution of a 22 year old pan European joint venture with Merck & Co.
  • Savills Investment Management forms joint venture with China Minsheng Investment Capital to invest in global real estate marketsJones Day advised Savills Investment Management in its joint venture with China Minsheng Investment Capital Co. Ltd, a subsidiary company of China Minsheng Investment Corp., Ltd, to develop and promote a series of funds and investment vehicles to invest in global real estate markets; including a new real estate fund, CMISIM European Investment Fund, with seed capital of up to £30 million (US$50 million) from China Minsheng Investment Capital Co. Ltd.
  • Standard Bank Group sells controlling stake in London based Global Markets business to ICBC for estimated $765 millionJones Day advised the board of directors of Standard Bank Plc in connection with the sale of shares representing 60 percent of all of the issued shares of Standard Bank Plc, together with the grant of put and call options in respect of the remaining shares, to Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited.
  • Solvay divests its PCC business to ImerysJones Day advised Solvay in the divestiture of its PCC (precipitated calcium carbonates) business to Imerys.
  • Resolution completes sale of various interests to Fosun and forms joint ventureJones Day advised Resolution Real Estate Advisers LLP in connection with the sale of various interests in Resolution Real Estate Advisers LLP to the Fosun Group, a leading Chinese investment group, and the formation of Resolution Property Investment Management, a joint venture vehicle between Resolution property and Fosun Property, to act as Fosun's exclusive investment manager for the purposes of investing in value-add real estate opportunities across Europe.
  • Kunoch Holdings acquires Diamond Bank stake from Actis and CDC GroupJones Day advised Kunoch Holdings in the acquisition of Actis DB Holdings Limited from Actis LLP and the CDC Group plc.
  • Helios Investment Partners acquires minority stake in ARM Pension ManagersJones Day advised Helios Investment Partners LLP in connection with the acquisition of a minority stake in ARM Pension Managers (PFA) Limited, Nigeria's largest independent pension fund manager with over $2.2 billion of pension assets under management, from Asset and Resource Management Company Limited.
  • Elbrus Capital acquires IntercompJones Day advised Elbrus Capital in the acquisition of Intercomp, the largest financial and human resources business process outsourcing provider in Russia and the CIS.
  • Leapfrog Investments sells minority stake in Apollo Investments to Swiss ReJones Day assisted Leapfrog Investments, Ltd. in connection with the sale of its minority stake in Apollo Investments Limited, a Kenya-based insurance company, to Swiss Re Direct Investments, a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance, and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer.
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