Daniel Norris

Daniel Norris


Email daniel.norris@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +44 20 7296 5590 / +44 79 5836 8088

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupCorporate & Finance

If you are thinking of buying/selling, developing, asset managing, co-investing in or financing a commercial property, look no further. He acts for domestic and international investors on all types of real estate assets, from central London office schemes to operational industrial and operational sites, and for developers and funders. He has also acted for a host of lenders faced with the vexing questions of what to do when a loan becomes non-performing – review, restructure and/or enforce. As a sideline he's also responsible for the development of a new football stadium in London.

Dan has run some of the biggest real estate deals in the UK and in Europe over the last decade. He led the European team on GE's disposal of its real estate business to Blackstone for $24bn; will sign terms for a new £1.4bn skyscraper; funded a €150m scheme in Madrid; closed the UK's largest ever regional spec development funding (3 Snowhill), bought Bankside for £300m+, sold a number of shopping centres such as The Grafton Centre; forward funded two retail parks for The Crown Estate; acquired a £100m+ industrial portfolio for a major investment bank; bought lots of garden centres for Wyevale (a Terra Firma subsidiary) and run their sale/leaseback programme; bought a £400m+ student housing portfolio for an offshore investor; and negotiated Shariah compliant purchases for a major international Islamic investment bank.

The team is committed to asset management (how else can you understand an asset?) and Dan is still responsible for all lettings etc at Manchester Arndale (for M&G and Intu) amongst others.

He had a busy GFC, leading the real estate team's NPL/restructuring/insolvency on the administrations of retail chains Threshers, Peacocks and Bon Marché; the nightclub chain Luminar; and hotel group Guestinvest. On the flip side Dan and the team regularly act for originating lenders taking security over real estate assets - all the usuals plus department stores, hotels, pubs, care homes and airports.

Education and admissions


CPE, The College of Law, London

LPC, The College of Law, London

University of Durham





Representative experience

Acting for an investment fund on the development of a London skyscraper.

Advising two client funds of M&G Real Estate on the acquisition of two buildings at Spinningfields, Manchester for over £300m, the largest ever regional office acquisition.

Acting for M&G's retail fund the purchase of Riverside House in London, HQ of OFCOM, for £120m from IVG.

Advising The Crown Estate on the forward funding of two retail parks at Banbury and Rushden.

Advising The Crown Estate on its 50/50 JV limited partnership at St James' Market with Oxford and the development of two landmark buildings.

Acting for Wyevale Garden Centres on five bolt on corporate acquisitions.

Advising Bestway on its purchase of over 600 Co-op pharmacies.

Coordinating the European disposal of GE Capital's real estate business to Blackstone across multiple jurisdictions, for direct transfers, corporate deals and debt transfers.

Advising on the sale and leaseback of two central London office shemes.

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