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Real Estate Structuring

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We provide the following real estate structuring expertise: 

  • Financial structuring
  • Public private Partnerships (PPPs)
  • Private Finance Initiatives (PFIs)
  • Joint Venture arrangements
  • Local Asset Backed Vehicles (LABVs)
  • Private developer schemes
  • Student accommodation partnerships
  • Extra care/ key worker accommodation
  • Tax Increment Finance (TIFs) / Enterprise Zones (EZs)

Cushman & Wakefield has been a market leader in public private partnership (PPP) transactions for over 50 years, bringing together the historic strengths of its legacy businesses, Donaldsons and DTZ, both specialists in this area. 

Traditional models focused on development agreements and geared lease arrangements but more recently changes to finance regulations have supported use of corporate structures for joint venture (JV) vehicles and partnering.

We are able to provide independent, professional advice on best value for money across the full range of solutions. Our direct participation in markets and awareness of supply-side capabilities is fundamental to the quality of our advice and our ability to optimise outcomes. 


Across many specialist markets, including student accommodation, PFI and PPP, we advise clients on how to achieve the best solution from the market or restructure existing arrangements including termination and re-letting new contracts on more attractive terms. 

Enterprise Zones

We have provided pioneering advice on the introduction of Enterprise Zones across the UK over the last five years. The team recognises the power of the EZ legislation in the TIF structure and has advised on the full-range of intervention mechanisms this unlocks, including innovative structures such as Put options and PPP structures: 

  • Department for Communities & Local Government
  • North East LEP
  • Swindon & Wiltshire LEP
  • Birmingham & Solihull LEP
  • Black Country LEP

Student Accommodation

Leeds College of Music - We advised on one of the pioneering PPP’s  in student accommodation and continue to be heavily engaged in this area.  

PFI Reviews

We are reviewing various PFI contracts, looking at saving clients over 25%. Our clients include:

  • North Wales Police
  • Copeland Borough Council
  • Bolton Council
  • Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council

Extra care / key worker accommodation

We are currently advising on the delivery of an extra care housing facility for a collection of stakeholders in Lancaster - Lancaster University, Lancaster City Council & Lancaster County Council.

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