Neil Ferguson advises European and international clients on a range of complex real estate transactions, with a particular focus on public and private M&A and joint ventures.

Drawing on more than two decades of real estate private equity experience, Mr. Ferguson delivers commercially driven counsel to a variety of market players, including real estate funds, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and financial institutions. He advises clients through every stage of the real estate investment lifecycle, including in connection with:

  • Joint ventures
  • Single asset and portfolio M&A transactions
  • Co-investments
  • Financings, refinancings, and disposals

Mr. Ferguson advises clients on transactions involving a multitude of asset classes, including data centers, film studios, retail shopping centers, hotels, offices, logistics facilities, and long-term care homes. He brings particular experience in complex joint ventures and platform joint ventures, as well as cross-border transactions across nearly every European jurisdiction.

Mr. Ferguson leverages his deep insight into the operation of global real estate funds to develop strategic solutions for clients. In addition to having vast experience in private practice, he previously served on secondment at Morgan Stanley for its London-based real estate division during the take-private of Canary Wharf Group.

Mr. Ferguson's experience includes advising:

  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of the remaining stake in Applegreen, an Ireland-based operator of a petrol forecourt retailer
  • Intriva Capital on its investment in Node Living, a community living real estate investment and operating group
  • AGC Equity Partners on its joint venture with Iron Mountain Incorporated to design and develop a 27-megawatt, hyperscale data center in Germany
  • Highbrook Property Fund on its joint venture with SF Management in connection with the acquisition of various residential real estate assets and development in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Morgan Stanley Real Estate on its joint venture with Thor Equities in connection with the acquisition of a UK real estate logistics portfolio from SEGRO
  • Aermont Capital in its disposal of the We Work office building known as 1 Poultry to a consortium of South Korean Investors led by Hana Financial Group*
  • HighBrook Income Property Fund, LP in its joint venture with Aerium for the acquisition and redevelopment of the office Gurlestrasse Berlin*
  • Davidson Kempner in the disposal of the Hilton Hotel at London Heathrow Airport to Pandox AB*
  • China Vanke in its joint venture with Cain Hoy, McCourt Global, and Galliard Homes for the development of the Stage Shoreditch*
  • Castlelake on its acquisition of an equity stake in NBG Pangaea REIC, the largest listed real estate investment company in Greece*
  • StepStone Real Estate in connection with its joint venture with NREP, a leading Nordic investment manager, and the acquisition and financing of a Danish retail property portfolio*
  • Canyon Partners and Bain Capital Credit in connection with the sale of the QHotels portfolio to Aprirose, a real estate investment company, for £525 million (US$706 million)*
  • Aermont Capital in its public takeover offer for Pinewood Studios PLC*
  • Highbrook Income Property Fund, LP in connection with the acquisition of three real estate portfolios managed by Hanzevast Capital N.V. in the Netherlands*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)

Education

  • LPC, College of Law, 1995
  • CPE, City University of London, 1994
  • M.A., Oxford University, 1993