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Andrew V. Petersen

Practice Area Leader - Finance
Fax +44.(0)20.7648.9001

Andrew Petersen leads the Finance practice in the London office and is a Practice Area Leader for the firm's global Finance practice. Mr. Petersen specialises in real estate private equity and private debt with specific experience of UK and pan-European real estate finance and asset finance, advising private equity houses, financial institutions, noteholder groups, arrangers, bond issuers, lenders, property investors, alternative capital providers, asset based lenders, sovereign wealth funds, mezzanine debt funds and listed property companies on borrowings, new lendings, restructurings, workouts and enforcements of debt and equity positions.

Working closely with special situations teams in relation to positions involving debt capital market issues, he provides strategic advice to loan servicers and sellers of loans and mortgage-backed securities and investors owning or acquiring stressed or distressed assets and risk retention issues.

Mr. Petersen has spent a period of time in the US and has unique crossover experience acting for investors purchasing, selling and managing CMBS, B notes and mezzanine loans and private debt funds making real estate loans, both in the US and in Europe.

Mr. Petersen is active in the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) and has been a CREFC-Europe Board of Advisor since 2007 and was appointed a Director of the CREFC Europe in 2012.

Legal 500 recognises him and his ‘brilliant team’ as ‘a clear leader who puts good teams together’, as a lawyer ‘at the very top of his game", with a ‘high reputation, well deserved – he keeps deals running smoothly’. his "excellent and tightly focused group as one of the best in London for providing commercial real estate workout and CMBS restructuring advice" with "response times second to none" and is recommended for his "industry knowledge and client relationship skills", and providing "commercial and to-the-point advice" and “deep knowledge of CMBS” heading a “proactive and innovative” team, that ‘knows CMBS inside out’ (Listings in Legal 500 2010-2018).

Chambers describes him as "knowing the market and is good technically," with one interviewee noting that "he is very easy to work with" and having "…probably the biggest fount of knowledge for anything involving intercreditor or junior and mezzanine debt”, "notable expertise in CMBS", and he "brings all the expertise together very quickly"; a "talented finance partner" and that "Clients say his style is quick and to the point", and that he "does a great job of promptly giving advice, going above and beyond to provide more than is asked of him" Clients say he "knows what he's talking about and gets the job done. He's not somebody who promises the world and doesn't deliver!" and that he is "standout on the transactional side of real estate finance,” praised as "commercial and efficient”, "approachable" and "very much a go-to person." And " very commercial, enthusiastic and very down to earth," says one source, continuing: "…he really understands this area because he has done a lot in real estate debt, has really strong client relationships and is very attuned to the market." (Listings in Chambers 2012-2019).

Professional Background

Mr. Petersen qualified as a lawyer in 1997 and joined the firm in March 2007 from an international law firm. Mr. Petersen serves on the firm’s Advisory Council.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn (Member)
  • Solicitors Regulation Authority: Higher Rights of Audience

Speaking Engagements

  • “State of Play in Europe: Which Way Could the Funds Flow” CREFC - US After Work Seminar, New York City, October 20, 2016
  • “APL/LMA Real Estate Finance Evening Seminar - Intercreditors”, September 8, 2016
  • “Brexit: Initial Market Reactions: The Currency Market and The Political View”, CREFC - Audio Webcast, July 7, 2016
  • “Brexit Q&A Webinar” July 5, 2016
  • “Consequences for real estate businesses of a Brexit – UK voting to leave the EU” - CREFC - Europe Before Work Seminar, May 25, 2016
  • “An update on Australia’s foreign investment landscape” - April 27, 2016
  • "The UK Property Market - and the Impact from the Global Economy, Shocks and Global Events" The Association for Property Lenders, October 14, 2015
  • “Securing financing in today’s market: A borrower’s perspective” CREFC - Europe Spring Conference 2015, April 17, 2015
  • “Core Markets - UK, Europe and Global” - Oxford Real Estate Conference, March 18, 2015
  • “Is Mezzanine Lending Here To Stay” CREFC - Europe Autumn Conference 2014, November 7, 2014
  • “Development Finance: The Search for Yield” The Association for Property Lenders, October 9, 2014
  • “Restructuring 101” IMN / AFME’s Global ABS - Barcelona, June 10, 2014
  • “CMBS in Europe, Challenges and Opportunities” CREFC - Europe Before Work Seminar, March 5, 2014
  • “Defining the role of the servicer in an evolving CMBS landscape,” Euromoney’s, European CMBS Forum, 28th & 29th November 2013
  • “Note Maturities Uncovered,” CREFC - Europe Autumn Conference 2013, 13 November 2013
  • "CMBS Note Maturity and Default - Is there a day after tomorrow?," Hatfield Philips Annual Servicer Forum, 7 November 2013
  • “Wrap Up - Lively Debate on Key Conference Themes” CREFC - Europe Spring Conference 2013, 25 April 2013
  • “The Future of CMBS,” Private Equity Real Estate Forum 2013, 31 January 2013
  • “The European versus the U.S. Market - Hidden Opportunities,” CREFC - Europe Autumn Conference 2012, 15 November 2012
  • “Closing Discussion and Wrap Up: The Future,” CREFC - Europe Autumn Conference 2012, 15 November 2012
  • "Behind the Scenes of a Servicer– The Decision Process, The Real Estate Perspective and Jurisdictional Aspects," Hatfield Philips Annual Servicer Forum, 24 September 2012
  • “Back to the Past and into the Future,” CREFC - Europe Spring Conference 2012, 28 March 2012
  • “Legacy Assets: Loan and Portfolio Sales, Enforcement and Asset Sales - Challenges and Opportunities,” CREFC - Europe Autumn Conference 2011, 10 November 2011
  • “Global Securitization Policy Reforms - Convergence or Divergence, ” American Securitisation Forum Sunset Seminar London, 19 April 2011
  • “It's Complicated! Negotiating Multiple Tranches of Debt,” CREFC-Europe Breakfast Seminar, 30 November 2010
  • “Commercial Real Estate Finance: The Way Forward,” CREFC - Europe Spring Conference 2010, 20 April 2010
  • “Service Providers Forum,” CREFC - Europe Spring Conference 2010, 19 April 2010
  • “Swaps within European Commercial Real Estate Finance Transactions: Everything you Need to Know,” CMSA-Europe After Work Seminar, 18 November 2009
  • “Special Servicing - Lessons learned from the trenches,” CMSA - Europe Annual Conference 2009, 22 October 2009
  •  “Global Crisis, Change and Perspective: Today's International Finance and Investment Markets, ” K&L Gates Global Seminar, 6 May 2009
  •  “Loan Level Performance,” CMSA - Europe Spring Conference 2009, 30 March 2009
  • “Global Crisis, Change, Perspective: A look at today's International Finance and Investment markets,” K&L Gates Global Seminar, 2 December 2008
  • “Real Estate Finance: Challenges Ahead,” LexisNexis Butterworths Webinar, 25 November 2008
  • “Structured Syndications,” CMSA-Europe After Work Seminar, 12 August 2008
  • “Liquidity Issues: Getting Back to Business,” K&L Gates Breakfast Banking Seminar, 14 May 2008
  • “Demystifying CMBS,” K&L Gates Breakfast Banking Seminar, 9 May 2007
  • “Cutting Edge Trends in Foreign Real Estate Investment,” Joint Fall CLE Meeting Boston ABA
  • “Use of Non-U.S. REITs and Other Investment Vehicles,” Joint Fall CLE Meeting Boston ABA

Additional Information

Mr. Petersen has published numerous articles on finance-related issues and is the general editor of the definitive book dedicated to Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2016 and to Real Estate Finance published by LexisNexis Butterworths in 2014.
  • Practice Notes: Six Country Q&A Guides, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, December 2017
  • Text Book: “Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market,” Sweet & Maxwell, 2016 Third Edition, (Editor)
  • Client Alert: “Brexit: What if the UK Changes its Mind?”, July 8, 2016
  • Article: “Brexit – The Morning After the Night Before…,” Texas Law Book, June 24, 2016
  • Article: “If it ain't broke, don't Brexit”, Australasian Lawyer, June 23, 2016
  • Client Alert: “Brexit - Flexit Clauses”, May 18, 2016
  • Client Alert: “EU Disclosure Requirements for Structured Finance Instruments from 2017 Onwards”, January 29 2015
  • Text Book: “Real Estate Finance: Law, Regulation & Practice,” LexisNexis Butterworths, November 2014, Second Edition, (Editor)
  • Practice Note: “US defeasance and yield maintenance in commercial real estate loans--a view from the European market” Lexis®PSL Banking & Finance, April 30, 2014
  • Text Book: “Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market,” Sweet & Maxwell, 2012 Second Edition, (Editor)
  • Chapter K: “Derivatives,” Practical Lending and Security Precedents, Thomson Sweet & Maxwell, 2012 (Contributor)
  • “Securitisation Reporting: how to regulate and alienate people,” Butterworth's Journal & International Banking and Finance Law (2009) 5 JIBFL 264
  • Text Book: “Real Estate Finance: Law, Regulation & Practice,” LexisNexis Butterworths, November 2008 (Editor) 
  • “Finance: Derivatives to the rescue,” Legal Week, 18 September 2008
  • “Property derivatives come of age” Butterworth's New Law Journal, (2008) NLJ 1139
  • “The synthetic toolbox: unlocking liquidity” Butterworth's Journal of International Banking and Finance Law (2007) 8 JIBFL 461
  • “A New Dawn: CMBS and Basel II,” Legal Week, 12 July 2007
  • Text Book: “Commercial Mortgage backed Securitisation: Developments in the European Market,” Sweet & Maxwell, 2006 First Edition, (Editor)
  • “The Major Issues Facing the Successful Introduction of the U.K. REIT,” Henry Stewart’s Briefing in Real Estate Finance
  • “Property Investment Funds: A Realty Opportunity? Parts 1 and 2,” Butterworth's Journal of International Banking and Finance Law
  • “Should Financial Assistance Provisions Hinder Enterprising Transactions,” Butterworth's Journal of International Banking and Finance Law
  • “Taking and Enforcing Security Over Authorised Persons,” Sweet & Maxwell Ltd’s Journal of International Banking Law
  • “The Economic and Commercial Benefit of Corporate Guarantees - An International Comparison,” Butterworth's Journal of International Banking and Finance Law
Mr. Petersen has acted on a number of new loan originations in 2017/18 and through his career. In addition Mr. Petersen has carried out over 100 transactions restructuring debt and capital market positions throughout the UK and continental Europe in the last 24 months.

2018 EMEA asset finance experience includes negotiating credit facilities for numerous asset management companies involving fleet/portfolio aircraft acquisitions.

2018 Corporate finance experience includes negotiating corporate refinance facilities and new bond refinances and restructuring of global companies involving significant EMEA jurisdictions.

2018 Eight new loan originations involving mixed asset classes of hotels, data centres, supermarkets, business parks and office.