Expertise

Ara is a managing associate in the finance team at Addleshaw Goddard, specialising in real estate finance.  He has extensive experience acting for senior and mezzanine lenders, investors, developers and high-net worth individuals on a number of complex domestic and cross-border deals (both real estate investment and development finance transactions) across a range of real estate asset classes including hotels, student accommodation, PRS, offices and retail.

Ara's experience includes a secondment to LaSalle Investment Management, a leading global real estate investment manager.

Recent highlights include advising:

  • Maybourne Hotel Group on the refinancing of Claridge’s, The Berkeley and The Connaught hotels
  • the family office of a prominent Middle Eastern investor on the refinancing of the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel
  • the borrower on the refinancing of the St Martins Lane, Sanderson and Churchill Hyatt hotels
  • a private Middle Eastern investor on its purchase of 1 New Fetter Lane, London 
  • French real estate investment company Foncière des Régions’ hotel subsidiary Foncière des Murs on the acquisition (and the related financing) of 14 four and five-star hotels from Starwood Capital
  • AIG on the refinancing of four student accommodation development projects in Sheffield, Leeds, Southampton and Cardiff and a private rented sector project in Leeds
  • a European investment company on a development facility used to construct two office blocks in Southwark
  • Really Useful Theatres Group on its term and revolving facilities secured on six commercial theatres in London's West End
  • LaSalle Investment Management as mezzanine lender on a development facility provided to Ability Group to refurbish a hotel operated by Hilton
  • Venn Partners on a facility provided by PRS Finance plc to Invesco Real Estate to refinance a portfolio of 580 purpose-built PRS units located in Bracknell, Exeter, Bedford, Crawley and Stevenage
  • Puma Investments on a development facility used to develop a hotel (built using modular construction) operated by Hilton

Education

  • BPP Law School: LPC, Distinction (2007)
  • Queen Mary University of London: Law LLB, High 2:1 with Honours (2006)