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"Herbert Smith, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Clifford Chance (CC) and Nabarro have all taken roles on Hammerson’s £518m sale of its London commercial property portfolio to Canadian investor Brookfield.
"... Hammerson said it would use the proceeds from the sell-off to invest in retail developments and acquisitions, as well as a number of extension and refurbishment projects in its UK retail parks, adding that it had identified projects worth £320m."
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Nabarro Nathanson (as then named) has been criticised for the level of fees which it allegedly received, in connection with the insolvency of Mirror Group Newspapers.
"The court case of Mirror Group Newspapers plc v Maxwell and Others  BCC 324 provided new insights into insolvency fees. The case centred on the fees charged by the receivers appointed to pursue just some of the Maxwell assets. The court noted that the insolvency practitioners charged fees of £1.63 million for realising assets of £1.67 million, leaving only £44,000 for the victims of Maxwell frauds.
Net assets realised (estimated): £1,672,500 (100.00%)
Fees charged by Nabarro Nathanson: £705,823Available to stakeholders: £43,928 (2.60%)
Fees charged by Buchler Phillips: £744,289
Other disbursements: £179,000
Total: £1,628,572 (97.40%)
"The scale of the fees prompted the following comments from Mr. Justice Ferris:
"... the amounts [i.e. the receiver’s fees] involved are very substantial indeed, both in absolute terms and in relation to the value of the assets got in as part of the estate. ... I cannot escape saying that I find them profoundly shocking.
If the amounts claimed are allowed in full, this receivership will have produced substantial rewards for the receivers and their lawyers, and nothing at all for creditors of the estate. I find it shameful."