Andrew Petersen is a finance partner in the London office and is a Practice Area Leader for the firm's global Finance practice. Mr Petersen specialises in real estate private equity with specific experience of UK and pan-European real estate finance and advising private equity houses, financial institutions, noteholder groups, arrangers, bond issuers, lenders, property investors, alternative capital providers, asset based lenders, sovereign wealth funds, mezzanine debt funds and listed property companies on borrowings, new lendings, restructurings, workouts and enforcements of debt and equity positions. Working closely with special situations teams in relation to positions involving debt capital market issues, he provides strategic advice to loan servicers and sellers of loans and mortgage-backed securities and investors owning or acquiring stressed or distressed assets and risk retention issues.
Mr. Petersen has spent a period of time in the US and has unique crossover experience acting for investors purchasing, selling and managing CMBS, B notes and mezzanine loans, both in the US and in Europe.
Mr. Petersen is active in the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) and has been a CREFC-Europe Board of Advisor since 2007 and was appointed a Director of the CREFC Europe in 2012.
Mr Petersen is listed as an expert and a leader in his field in Who's Who Legal (2016) and appears in the 2015 London Super Lawyers Banking Law list.
Legal 500 recognises him as ‘a clear leader who puts good teams together’, as a lawyer ‘at the very top of his game", with a ‘high reputation, well deserved – he keeps deals running smoothly’. his "excellent and tightly focused group as one of the best in London for providing commercial real estate workout and CMBS restructuring advice" with "response times second to none" and is recommended for his "industry knowledge and client relationship skills", and providing "commercial and to-the-point advice" and “deep knowledge of CMBS” heading a “proactive and innovative” team, that ‘knows CMBS inside out’ (Listings in Legal 500 2010-2016).Chambers describes him as having "notable expertise in CMBS", and he "brings all the expertise together very quickly"; a "talented finance partner" and that "Clients say his style is quick and to the point", and that he "does a great job of promptly giving advice, going above and beyond to provide more than is asked of him" Clients say he "knows what he's talking about and gets the job done. He's not somebody who promises the world and doesn't deliver!" and that he is "standout on the transactional side of real estate finance,” praised as "commercial and efficient", "approachable" and "very much a go-to person." And " very commercial, enthusiastic and very down to earth," says one source, continuing: "…he really understands this area because he has done a lot in real estate debt, has really strong client relationships and is very attuned to the market." (Listings in Chambers 2012-2017).
Mr. Petersen qualified as a lawyer in 1997 and joined the firm in March 2007 from an international law firm. Mr. Petersen serves on the firm’s Management Committee.