Gregory J.Barden (Greg)


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Greg Barden has broad experience in dispute resolution across all levels of the civil judicial hierarchy in the United Kingdom with a particular focus on real estate, including regulatory and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) issues, aviation, and insurance recovery.

Greg has acted for corporates and high net worth individuals in relation to range of high-value commercial disputes. Greg's real estate experience includes joint venture disputes, overage claims, the enforcement of sales contracts (and deposit disputes), tenant insolvency and guarantor enforcement, landlord and tenant disputes, lease renewals, dilapidation claims, and trusts of land. He has worked with various property developers across the United Kingdom to provide advice on rights of light matters and obtaining vacant possession and has assisted clients with disputes concerning recently constructed buildings (including the Building Safety Act, cladding, and fire stopping).

In relation to aviation, Greg has assisted manufacturers and users of aircraft in a variety of disputes, including the enforcement of sales contracts, disputes with lenders, and disputes with agents.

More broadly, Greg routinely assists corporates with contractual disputes and governance issues with particular experience in joint venture fall-outs and/or disputes between shareholders/owners and management. He also has experience in interim injunctive relief claims, including freezing orders, delivery up orders, and bespoke injunctions.

Greg has recently assisted DB Symmetry in a successful claim in the Supreme Court on a point of national importance in relation to the limits of what planning conditions can lawfully require.


  • Macquarie acquires Beacon HospitalJones Day advised Macquarie Asset Management, via Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 7, in the acquisition of Beacon Hospital from a consortium of shareholders.
  • Greystar secures 391 home BTR forward funding in Staines-Upon-ThamesJones Day advised Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC on its forward funding of Renshaw's Yard in Staines, a 391-home BTR development in Surrey, from Dandara Living. The transaction marks the latest in Greystar’s strong UK growth strategy.
  • CBD obtains possession of luxury London apartment in successful enforcement proceedings against Al Sari familyJones Day successfully represented subsidiaries of the Commercial Bank of Dubai (the "Bank") in possession proceedings brought against IGPL General Trading LLC and persons connected with the Al Sari family, a wealthy Emirati family operating in the oil and energy industries, in which the Bank obtained possession of a multi-million pound luxury apartment in London, England.
  • Henderson Park sells stake in Westin Paris-Vendome to Dubai HoldingJones Day advised Henderson Park Real Estate Fund I in connection with the disposal of its stake in the iconic Westin Paris-Vendome hotel to its joint venture partner, Dubai Holding.
  • Greystar acquires build-to-rent scheme in Bermondsey, LondonJones Day advised a joint venture partnership between Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC and a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), in its acquisition from Grosvenor of a landmark build-to-rent ("BTR") scheme in Bermondsey, London.
  • Greystar acquires development site from Guildhouse RoseprideJones Day represented a fund managed by Greystar in the acquisition of a development site at One Lansdowne Road, Croydon from Guildhouse Rosepride. The site was acquired subject to existing tenancies for part of the site with a view to achieving vacant possession in the next 12/24 months.
  • Berry Global Inc. completes disposal of Roto-Moulding business to Icelandic investorsJones Day advised Berry Global Inc. in the disposal of plastic rotational moulding business to Rotovia B.V., a special purpose vehicle indirectly owned by Icelandic PE funds, Freyja and Sia IV, and the current management of the business.
  • Sun Communities acquires Park Holidays UK for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Sun Communities, Inc. on its acquisition of Park Holidays UK for approximately $1.3 billion.
  • Greystar forms strategic partnership of up to £2.2 billion with ADIA to develop build-to-rent in London and acquires Fizzy Living for £400 millionJones Day represented Greystar Real Estate Partners, LLC in connection with the formation of a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), targeting the acquisition and development of c.£2.2 billion of build-to-rent (BTR) assets in London, UK and surrounding commuter towns.
  • Ensign-Bickford Industries acquires Cawood Scientific LimitedJones Day advised Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc. on its acquisition of Cawood Scientific Limited (Cawood).
  • 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.
  • ATN International sells majority stake in Vibrant Energy Holdings Pte Ltd to Blue Leaf Energy Asia Pte LimitedJones Day represented ATN International, Inc. on the sale of a majority stake in its renewable energy subsidiary Vibrant Energy Holdings Pte Ltd to Macquarie owned renewable energy development platform Blue Leaf Energy Asia Pte Limited.
  • Goldman Sachs acquires Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin from BlackstoneJones Day advised Goldman Sachs in connection with the acquisition financing of the Blanchardstown Centre in Dublin from Blackstone.
  • DB Symmetry wins in Court of Appeal, reversing statutory review judgment concerning public rights over key infrastructure for new industrial developmentJones Day represents DB Symmetry Ltd in a statutory review claim brought by Swindon Borough Council concerning public rights over key infrastructure for a new industrial development in Swindon, United Kingdom.
  • Private equity client obtains advice relating to alleged breach of confidentiality provisionsJones Day advised a substantial private equity client in relation to the alleged breach by it and a joint venture partner of confidentiality provisions in agreements entered into between each of them with a third party, which related to a proposed acquisition.
  • 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.
  • Middle Eastern retail and real estate group in dispute with landlord seeks advice concerning major shopping center in Beirut, LebanonJones Day represents a large Middle Eastern based retail and real estate group in connection with a dispute relating to an English law governed leasehold agreement for a major shopping center in Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Central London office building owner resolves dilapidations claimsJones Day assisted the owner of a central London office building in settling a substantial dilapidations claim on confidential terms.
  • 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.
  • Irish property developer pursues claims relating to loans of €30,000,000Jones Day advised an eminent Irish property developer in relation to his claim that loans with a combined value of €30,000,000 had been invalidly assigned to a subsidiary of the National Irish Management Agency (a governmental body established to acquire assets from participating banks in an attempt to stabilize and rebuild the Irish economy after the 2008 crash).