John Archer is a senior associate in the Banking and Real Estate Finance team at Howard Kennedy. He has 20 years' experience of finance law, advising on real estate and general corporate lending.

John is a solicitor advising funds, family offices and financial institutions on development and investment financings of real estate assets. He has particular experience of office-to-residential and mixed-use development financings and investment facilities in the office, retail, leisure and healthcare sectors.

John also acts for funds and other market participants on real estate asset disposals and on lending to companies for their general corporate purposes.

John is a pragmatic and accomplished transactional lawyer with experience of consulting in-house with banks in London and Frankfurt. He has also acted for an Islamic bank for a number of years on commercial facilities on commodity murabaha basis, and for investment banks and funds on the sale and purchase of debt participations in the secondary market.

Recent work
  • Acting for a family office on the restructuring of c.£70m senior and mezzanine loan facilities for the development of two shopping centres in London.
  • Acting for a family office on the negotiation of £10m-£90m loan facilities for the acquisition and development of large mixed-use residential and commercial development sites in London.
  • Acting for an investment bank on its c.£80m refinancing of a portfolio of offices for a high-net-worth client.
  • Acting for property investors on c.£150m hedged senior and mezzanine facilities for the acquisition of two retail parks.
  • Acting for a US fund on its c.£300m sale of portfolio of private rented sector properties.
  • Acting for an IT outsourcing provider on a £30m revolving credit facility for its general corporate purposes.
  • Acting for investment banks and funds in the sale and purchase of bank debt in the secondary market by way of transfer and sub-participation.
  • Acting for an investment manager on the corporate acquisition of an office block for its investor clients.
Did you know

John has completed eight Ironman distance triathlons, his favourite course being Ironman Lanzarote with its sea swim and incredible cycle loop around the island.


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