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William Naunton

Global Co-Chair, Real Estate

William Naunton has acted for a variety of private equity and institutional investors for many years on their real estate portfolios. He is experienced in all aspects of joint venture structuring and commercial real estate transactions (including development).

Professional QualificationsSolicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


  • Acting on the acquisition of the entire real estate assets of a UK PAIF for circa GBP900m on behalf of a newly formed JV.
  • Advising on the creation of a JV to acquire a significant portfolio of hotels across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising a US private equity house on the acquisition of a portfolio of debt secured again UK real estate assets and then restructuring and refinancing the portfolio.
  • Advising on the creation of a joint venture for the development of a UK care home portfolio.
  • Advising on the creation of a joint venture for a Pan European logistics portfolio.
  • Advising on various property transactions across France, Germany, Italy and the UK for a private equity house.
  • English


    William was described by Property Week as one of the top 10 real estate lawyers in the UK in a survey that they conducted of real estate lawyers.


    • Overseas Entities which own UK land – Act now to avoid criminal liability, 16 December 2022
    • The Register of Overseas Entities: What does it mean for commercial real estate in the UK?, 31 October 2022
    • UPDATE: The Register of Overseas Entities came into force on Monday 1 August 2022: what does it mean for commercial real estate?, 28 July 2022
    • The Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Act: What does it mean for commercial real estate?, 18 March 2022