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Todd Wu (吴拓)

Managing Associate (Australian Qualified)

Personal Profile

Todd (吴拓) is a Managing Associate in our Commercial Real Estate team with over 10 years of experience.

Todd specialises in high value real estate investment and complex development transactions. He has a particular expertise in development schemes transacted on a forward funding or forward purchase basis, having acted on numerous high value projects across the build to rent, purpose built student accomodation (PBSA), logistics and office sectors. His clients include major institutional funds and listed developers across these sectors.

In addition, as a native Mandarin speaker, Todd regularly assists Chinese state-owned enterprises and private-owned enterprises as well as family offices from mainland China and Hong Kong. He has often worked with clients from the Far East region on their early investments into the local jurisdiction, and is experienced in advising Far Eastern investors on a broad spectrum of their legal needs – ranging from the initial incorporation of local subsidiaries through to completion of the relevant transaction.

Key Experience

Residential / Build to Rent 

  • Acting for an institutional fund on the acquisition of a high end mixed use (commercial and BTR) development in Manchester on a forward purchase basis 
  • Representing an institutional fund on the forward funding of a BTR multifamily development in Brighton
  • Advising a listed specialist BTR developer on the forward funding of a mixed use scheme in Hove with a major UK pension fund, and separately on the forward sale of a BTR development in Leicester to an institutional asset manager
  • Acting for a FTSE listed national house builder on a complex over-station development deal with TfL for a mixed use scheme of over 400 residential units and commercial space above a Crossrail station

Purpose Built Student Accomodation (PBSA)

  • Advising a listed developer on a portfolio sale of five PBSA schemes (totalling over 2,000 beds) to a PE fund which included three development schemes to be built out on a forward funding basis and two standing investment assets
  • Acted for an EPL football club on a complex over-station development transaction with TfL and subsequent disposal of the site to a PBSA developer and negotiations with that developer's forward funder

Logistics and industrial

  • Advising an overseas listed REIT on a series of transactions across the UK including the acquisition and subsequent development pre-let of "mega hubs" to some of the world's largest e-commerce and distribution tenants as well as disposals of major warehouses and distribution centres to institutional funds pursuant to forward funding arrangements

Office and retail

  • Representing an UK insurance fund on the forward funding of an office development and simultaneous pre-let to a government tenant
  • Acting for a Hong Kong based investor on the acquisition of mixed-use assets in Mayfair for a value over £150 million and related financing

Energy and infrastructure

  • Acting for a global infrastructure investor on the successful bid for a major oil & gas project in the North Sea for a reported value in excess of £1 billion 
  • Advising on the sale of a major London airport for a reported valued of circa £2 billion 
  • Acting for an EPL football club on a battery storage project at the club’s stadium which was the largest of its kind at any sports stadium in the world

Career History

Managing Associate (Australian qualified), Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate (Australian qualified), Slaughter and May, London
Associate, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney
Graduate Lawyer (trainee), Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Sydney
The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
The University of Sydney, Bachelor of Commerce (Finance major)

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