“Richard’s deep transactional experience acting for private equity and credit fund clients makes him a perfect fit for our well-established real estate industry group,” said Paul Lyons, co-chair of the London office. “Expanding our finance offering to meet the burgeoning demand of our real estate industry client base has been a strategic priority in London and Europe. Richard adds valuable expertise and strengthens our capital-meets-innovation platform. We are very excited to welcome him to Goodwin.”
Semple has over 15 years’ experience operating in the real estate transactions space across multiple jurisdictions. He advises on all aspects and at all stages of domestic and cross-border real estate finance matters, including in respect of origination, lending, syndication, securitisation, refinancing, and distressed debt investing (acquisition, management, and disposal). He also handles debt restructuring matters, which Goodwin anticipates to be an area with increased client interest given the ongoing economic challenges precipitated by the current pandemic. He has repeatedly been ranked in leading legal directories including Chambers UK 2020 and Legal 500 UK 2020.
Goodwin’s Real Estate Industry practice spans fund formation; joint venture, finance and transactions; and public company/REIT work and real estate M&A. The firm’s pioneering PropTech practice brings together the firm’s deep expertise in real estate and technology. Goodwin’s first-of-its-kind PropSci practice is positioned at the forefront of both the real estate and life sciences markets and provides market players with global reach, local market insights, and strategic advice to allow them to navigate the challenges and opportunities in this evolving space. Goodwin is consistently ranked as a top advisor in the real estate industry, including as the “Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 2019” by Best Lawyers and the “2019 Leading Real Estate Law Firm” by Commercial Property Executive.