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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Real Estate 2008

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Award LevelHighly commended
InnovationHSBC's £1.1bn sale and leaseback of its 8 Canada Square headquarters in Canary Wharf. The highest value single-asset acquisition ever in UK.
Originality6
Rationale6
Impact6
Total18
DescriptionFreshfields structured and developed an entirely new form of leasing for HSBC’s sale of its Canary Wharf building which enabled the bank to release capital and retain control of its branding. It turned around the deal in less than two months.