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Simon is a Partner in our national Banking and Finance team. He specialises in Real Estate finance and advises on investment and development finance, structured finance, refinancing, restructuring, mezzanine finance, loan sales and purchases, intercreditor issues and 'loan to own' scenarios.
He has a wealth of experience acting for both funders and borrowers on a wide range of domestic and international Real Estate Finance transactions, covering asset classes including office, retail, residential, hotels, care homes, student accommodation and shopping centres.
Simon has recently acted for clients including Chenavari, HSBC, Longbow, Deutsche Hypo, Macquarie, Lone Star, Ellandi, Raven Russia, Mercer Real Estate, Prestbury and Max Property Group. He also spent a portion of his career working in-house in the real estate lending team at Capmark (formerly GMAC) and also was seconded for six months to the Global Banking & Markets Real Estate team at RBS.
Simon Tweedle is "focused on deals rather than on technical legal points or point-scoring", and is "diplomatic with awkward clients". - Legal 500, 2015.
Sources say he is "commercial, capable, well informed and responsive - a problem solver" - Chambers & Partners, 2015.
Simon Tweedle is "very commercial, and willing to make a recommendation in difficult situations" - Legal 500, 2014.
"always responsive." - Legal 500, 2013.
"Simon has established himself as our clear 'go to guy' for legal advice. The reason being he is someone who I can rely on with 100% conviction to deliver on time, maintain a good relationship with our counterparties and provide a high level of technical competence." Partner, Global Specialist Asset Management Firm.
"On a recent corporate property transaction, Simon not only lived up to that expectation, but far exceeded it. That practicality was especially necessary in order to complete the transaction in the timeframe that was required and, in doing so, Simon set himself above and beyond his counterpart finance partner at another well-known law firm." - Partner, Real Estate Investment Firm.
It is encouraging to see the demand for commercial real estate loans increasing, especially at the larger end of the scale. This demand is being met by increasing supply as the traditional lenders are once again active in the market after sorting out many of the issues with their historic loan books.
"It is being further supplemented by the insurers entering the market and by the specialist debt funds who came to the fore in recent years. The latter will continue to have a valuable role to play, especially in relation to the higher loan to value proposals and with properties that have a significant asset management or “value add” angle."
Chenavari is an extremely important client across a number of teams within our Business Legal Services division. Chenavari undertakes a wide range of real estate related investments, including direct and indirect lending, loan purchases and direct property investments with preferred equity such as this. We were very pleased to be involved in this transaction and see Chenavari continue to carve out a niche as an investor in shopping centres, having recently advised them on the purchase and financing of Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth and Ladysmith Shopping Centre, Ashton-under-Lyne (both of which were put into their joint venture with Ellandi) as well as funding the acquisition of shopping centres in Dewsbury, Newcastle under Lyme and Bishop Auckland for Edinburgh House Estates.”