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P. Wayne Smith

Practice Area Leader - Real Estate
+44.(0)20.7360.8201
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001
Wayne is a partner in the London office where he leads the real estate team, and he serves as Co-Practice Area Leader for the K&L Gates’ firm wide real estate practice. Wayne acts primarily for institutional investors on acquisitions, disposals and active portfolio management work as well as private investors and developers.

Professional Background

Wayne originally qualified as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand in 1982, cross-qualifying in the UK in 1988.

  • Advised Henderson Global Investors on behalf of Pearl Assurance plc on its £59 million acquisition of Alder Castle House, London EC2 from Argent Estates Ltd. 
  • Led the team advising Henderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund on its £122 million acquisition and financing of a portfolio of four retail warehouse parks (three in England, one in Scotland) from Grantchester Properties Limited. 
  • Led the team advising Henderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund on the financing of its part share acquisition in Romford Brewery Retail Park, and Pearl Assurance plc in its part share acquisition in Romford Brewery Retail Park. 
  • Led the team advising Henderson Global Investors on behalf of Pearl Assurance Plc on the sale of 55 Bishopsgate, London EC2, to German Fund Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH, for an undisclosed price. 
  • Advised Henderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund on its £34 million acquisition of Kew Retail Park from AXA Sun Life. 
  •  Advised Henderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund on its £24.7 million acquisition of Kingsway Retail Park Derby.
  • Led the team advising Aberdeen Property Investors UK Limited for Windsor Life Assurance Company Limited on the acquisition of a portfolio of 8 retail properties in England for £18.3 million. 
  • Led the team advising Henderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund in its £42 million participation in the Cambridge Retail Park Limited Partnership with Merrill Lynch Property Fund. 
  • Led the team advising Henderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund in its £25 million further (and majority participation in the Cambridge Retail Park Limited Partnership with Commercial Union Life Assurance Company Limited, represented by Morley Fund Management Limited. 
  • Led the team advising Henderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund in its £88.7 million acquisition of Fforestfach Retail Parc, Swansea. 
  • Led the team advising Henderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund on its further £25 million participation in the Cambridge Retail Park Limited Partnership. 
  • Led the team advising Morley Fund Management Limited for Commercial Union Life Assurance Co. Limited in its £25m participation in Cambridge Retail Park Limited Partnership. 
  • Led the property team advising Henderson Central London office Fund in it’s £76 million City of London swap deal with Great Portland Estates involving the acquisition of Prime City Investments Barnard’s Inn New Fetter Lane EC4 for the £38 million Finsbury Square EC2 for £18.5 million, and the sale of the Ellerman House, Camomile Street for £19.5 million. 
  • Led the property team advising Henderson UK Retail Warehouse Fund in its £55 million acquisition of Farnborough Gate Retail Park from Pearl Assurance Plc. 
  • Led the team advising Henderson UK Shop Fund on the sale of a portfolio of retail properties to Threadneedle Property Unit trust and Zurich Assurance Limited for £11.5 million. 
  • Led the team advising Henderson UK Shop Fund on the acquisition of the Rivergate Shopping Centre Peterborough for £11.1 million.