Real Estate Finance

Facilitating greater efficiency and standardisation in the Real Estate Finance market

Real Estate Finance

Our aim in the REF sector is fivefold:

  1. to bring about increased efficiencies and standardisation in the European REF market via the publication of recommended forms of REF documentation;
  2. to highlight the legal and regulatory issues in the REF sector which have the potential to impact members working in this market;
  3. to discuss any challenges (legal or otherwise) affecting the REF market and to lobby key decision-makers, where necessary, in an attempt to bring about constructive change;
  4. to provide a series of dedicated events specifically aimed at participants working in the REF market, to assist them in furthering their knowledge of the sector generally and also in understanding our real estate documentation; and
  5. to consider ways to improve liquidity and facilitate investment in the REF sector, by encouraging new investors to the market.

Latest News

LMA releases guidance note on the Register of Overseas Entities regime

We have published a guidance note on the Register of Overseas Entities (ROE) regime. The ROE regime was established by the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 and came into force in two phases: on 1 August 2022 and 5 September 2022. 

The guidance note covers a range of key issues relating to the ROE regime and its impacts in the real estate finance (REF) context, including drafting for a new condition precedent to be included in LMA REF facility agreements that document deals to which the ROE regime applies.

The LMA launches guidance on the application of the Sustainability-Linked Loan Principles in real estate finance and real estate development finance

The LMA is delighted to announce the launch of a new guide to the application of the Sustainability-Linked-Loan Principles (SLLP) in real estate finance (REF) and real estate development finance (the Guide).

The Guide seeks to provide practical sector-specific guidance in relation to the application of the SLLP to REF and real estate development finance sustainability-linked loan transactions, setting out some of the key considerations for borrowers, finance parties and their respective advisors when looking to align any such transactions to the SLLP.

Economic Crime Act – New registration requirements for foreign owners of UK land

This briefing by Clifford Chance presents an overview of the specific requirements for UK Companies House filings for the Register of Overseas Entities, as required by the new Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022, recapping both the new rules; deadlines; outlining the key issues; and steps in the registration processes.

Implications for secured lenders as a result of the recent changes to the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022

This briefing by Clifford Chance explores the implications for secured lenders as a result of the recent changes to the Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act 2022 (the ECTEA).