Ben Eaton, a partner in Goodwin’s Tax practice, focuses on the tax aspects of real estate transactions and investment funds. He has considerable experience advising on the tax aspects of real estate investment, financing, development and leasing, the structuring of funds and joint ventures investing in real estate and real estate debt, and transactions involving real estate operating businesses. Mr Eaton also has experience with the tax aspects of private equity transactions and funds investing in other asset classes. Much of Mr Eaton’s work involves advising on international tax issues associated with cross-border investment.

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Domaines D’Expertise





Representative Matters



  • Medical Properties Trust on its €1.635 billion joint venture with a fund managed by Primonial Group to hold 71 hospitals in Germany.
  • Henderson Park on the establishment of a joint venture with Greystar for the £140.5 million acquisition and forward funding of a central London residential portfolio from Barratt Developments.
  • Gramercy Property Europe plc on the €1.085 billion sale of Gramercy’s European logistics portfolio to a consortium of clients managed by AXA Investment Managers.
  • Workspace Group PLC on numerous acquisitions and disposals, including the acquisition of the Jersey company which owns Salisbury House at 28-31 Finsbury Circus, London EC2, valuing the asset at c.£160 million.
  • Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management on the £370 million acquisition and forward funding of the development of the new HQ for the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority.
  • KWAP on its £270 million sale of the Guernsey unit trust which owns 88 Wood Street, London EC2, having previously acted on the acquisition and subsequent refinancing of the unit trust.
  • Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management on the £327 million sale of Tower Place, London.
  • Kennedy Wilson Europe on the £204 million acquisition of 111 Buckingham Palace Road by share purchase - the London headquarters of the Telegraph Media Group.
  • Deutsche Asset Management on the £100 million acquisition and forward funding of 2 St Peter’s Square, Manchester, predominantly let to E&Y
  • GreenOak Real Estate on the establishment and €656 million final close of its second European real estate fund, GreenOak Europe Fund II, having previously advised on the establishment and closing of its predecessor fund.
  • Gramercy Property Europe on the establishment and €260 million closing of Gramercy Property Europe III Limited.
  • GreenOak Real Estate on the establishment and €600 million closing of GreenOak Europe Secured Lending Fund and £625 million closing of GreenOak UK Secured Lending Fund II, having previously advised on the latter’s predecessor fund.
  • M7 Real Estate on the establishment and €400 million closing of M7 European Real Estate Investment Partners IV LP and associated note issuance, having previously advised on the establishment and closing of its predecessor funds.
  • Kreos Capital on its €400 million fundraising of Kreos Capital V, having previously advised on the establishment and closing of its predecessor fund.
  • Ares Management in relation to Ares European Property Enhancement Partners II, with total commitments at final closing of €665 million.
  • A global fund manager on a series of pan-European real estate funds.
  • Tunstall Real Estate Asset Management on a 50/50 joint venture with Starwood Capital Group to acquire Pinnacle Group.
  • TA Associates on its acquisition of Russell Investments from the London Stock Exchange Group plc and Reverence Capital Partners on its minority investment in Russell Investments with a total transaction value of US$1.15 billion.
  • Amplify Snack Brands, Inc. on its £300 million acquisition of the Tyrell’s group of companies.
  • GreenOak Real Estate on its acquisition of Grafton Advisors from UK property developer Quintain Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lone Star Real Estate Fund IV.
  • ECI Partners LLC on the sale by Kelvin Hughes Group of ChartCo for £55 million.
  • G Square on the acquisition by Tracscare of Brookdale Care.
  • Frazier Healthcare and its portfolio company Packaging Coordinators, Inc. in the acquisition of AndersonBrecon from AmerisourceBergen Corporation for an aggregate purchase price of $308 million.
  • Mount Street LLP on its acquisition of Morgan Stanley Mortgage Servicing Limited, a vehicle responsible for the servicing and special servicing of £4.5bn of CMBS/RMBS assets.
  • A US provider of cloud storage services on the establishment of its European business.
Professional Activities

Mr. Eaton is a member of the Tax Law Committee of the Law Society and chairs its Stamp Taxes working group. He is also a member of the Stamp Taxes Practitioners Group and an associate member of the British Property Federation’s Tax Committee.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2012, Mr. Eaton practiced at Allen & Overy LLP in London.


Mr. Eaton has been recognised by Legal 500 UK for having “outstanding knowledge of foreign tax systems and [his ability] to use that knowledge to provide multijurisdictional structuring advice.”

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LL.M., 1993
University of Cambridge, Selwyn College
Law Society Finals, 1992
The College of Law, Chester
M.A., 1991
University of Cambridge, Selwyn College



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