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Nick Minkoff, Partner, Real Estate

Nick Minkoff

Partner

Personal Profile

Nick is a Partner in the Real Estate department, with over 20 years' experience in development projects and the purchase and sale of high-value investment properties.

Nick's clients include Delancey, Chelsfield, Derwent London plc, Trophaeum Asset Management, Essential Living, Londonewcastle, Rowan Asset Management, Seaforth Land, Metropolitan and District Securities, Notting Hill Genesis and Gymbox.

Recent matters include acting for Chelsfield and The Olayan Group in relation to the 3.5 acre Knightsbridge Estate, including advising on the development of the northern section of the Estate including the first pre-letting to Burberry, and advising Trophaeum Asset Management on the acquisitions of both 139 and 144-146 New Bond Street.  

Nick also advised Metropolitan District Securities on the acquisition, development and forward sale of the former Leeds City College Technology campus site, for a new student accommodation complex.  

Nick is ranked as a Leader in his Field in Chambers & Partners 2022, which describes him as "a great lawyer who is so experienced and knows his stuff. He concentrates on the important issues and is solutions-driven."  Sources have also said: "He just gets on with it, delivering hard, efficient work with no drama."

Legal 500 has previously noted that he combines "sound advice with enough humour to make some of the more challenging moments bearable."

Key Experience

  • Advising Chelsfield and The Olayan Group in relation to the 3.5 acre Knightsbridge Estate, including advising on the development of the northern section of the Estate including the first pre-letting to Burberry.
  • Advising Trophaeum Asset Management on the acquisitions of both 139 and 144-146 New Bond Street.  
  • Advised Metropolitan District Securities on the acquisition, development and forward sale of the former Leeds City College Technology campus site, for a new student accommodation complex.
  • Advising Derwent London on the first letting at its Brunel Building, one of the last major sites to be developed in Paddington Basin. Sony Pictures Entertainment has taken 77,200 sq ft and will occupy floors 10 to 13 and part of floor 9 in the 17-storey office scheme.
  • Advising Rowan Asset Management and GI Partners on the sale of Aldwych House, WC2, for £250m – a yield of around 4.25% - to a Hong Kong-based investor. The 176,000 sq ft, 10-storey building dominates the eastern half of Aldwych. Occupiers including WeWork, Comcast, Wasserman Media and Japanese restaurant, Roka.
  • Acting for long-standing private investor client on the sale of 120 Holborn to Singaporean investor UOL Group for £230 million. The 2.6 acre island site has just under 100 tenants in approximately 340,000 sq ft of office, retail and leisure accommodation.
  • Acting for Chelsfield Partners LLP in connection to the £180 million sale of the Club Quarters Hotels at St Pauls & Gracechurch Street, London, to AXA S.A. global insurance group and Arbejdsmarkedets Tillaegspension (ATP). Collectively, both luxury hotels contain 468 rooms and 7 retail units and total 204,000 sq ft.
  • Acting for Delancey on the development of 185 Park Street, SE1 to create a mixed-used development incorporating office, residential, retail and cultural uses and high-quality public realm;
  • Acting for Londonewcastle and United House on the joint venture with Poplar HARCA to regenerate Balfron Tower, E14. Designed by Erno Goldfinger, and completed in 1967, Balfron Tower is a Grade II listed building, a landmark on the East London skyline, and is associated with the Brutalist Architecture movement of the 1960s.
  • Advising Minerva Limited on the redevelopment of the Odeon Cinema site in High Street Kensington, including the acquisition of the adjacent former Royal Mail Sorting office which will be integrated into the future development. The new scheme will comprise private residential accommodation, with a basement car park and cinema, affordable homes, new offices and retail.
  • Advising Delancey and Qatari Diar on the purchase and long-term management of the Olympic Village. The Village, which lies adjacent to the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, will deliver 2,818 new homes with the potential for a further 2,000 new homes.
  • Acting for clients of Delancey and Scottish Widows (formerly Invista Real Estate Investment Management) on the letting and £305 million sale of the Rolls Building, their prime 265,000 sq ft development in London EC4, to Legal & General Pensions Limited. The building is majority let to HM Court Service.
  • Advising the joint venture between Chelsfield and the Ilchester Estate on the redevelopment of the former Commonwealth Institute site in High Street Kensington, now known as Hollandgreen. The scheme includes three new high quality residential apartment buildings built around the existing listed exhibition building that will house the new Design Museum.
  • Acting on the £130 million sale of central London's 1.3 acre Piccadilly Estate to a Reuben investment vehicle, Aldersgate Investments Limited. The historic estate comprises six buildings including the former site of the In & Out Club.
  • Representing Chelsfield Partners and EAD on their sale of the former Pavilion Cinema in Shepherd’s Bush Green, London to Kosmopolito Hotels International for development as a large-scale hotel.
  • Acting for Essential Living on a £30 million land sale of half of their landmark build-to-rent development, The Perfume Factory, to Imperial College. The development will see more than 1,000 homes built in Acton, west London. Nick also advised on the subsequent £28.3 million land sale of the other half of this development to Telford Homes.

Career History

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Partner, SJ Berwin
Assistant, SJ Berwin
Qualified, Finers

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