Valerie Brecher, joint senior partner of the growing property practice, Brecher, has almost 100 staff and more than 38 years’ experience in prime commercial and residential real estate, advising developers, HNW investors, banks and lenders. They also act on the contentious side, ‘if it all goes horribly wrong’, says Brecher. The daughter of legendary property lawyer David Brecher, she is a Outstanding in field firm size UK focus Innovative structures Andrew Brecher Brecher ‘I’m very much a believer of the leave no stone unturned approach to getting a deal over the line,’ says Andrew Brecher, who founded the firm with sister Valerie and close friend Jeremy Abram in 1995. The ‘uber well-connected’ solicitor is easily ‘one of the best known real estate lawyers in London’ according to peers. Brecher, who over the years has acted for the likes of the Candy brothers, the Livingstone Brothers, Joe Sitt, and a multitude of other iconic property luminaries, is a savvy negotiator and a renowned troubleshooter with 30 years of experience in the legal property world. He has particular expertise in joint ventures and arrangements for co-operation and project management. ‘My main role these days is structuring the relationship between the operator who wants to do deals and who is looking for appropriate funding, and the equity partner who wants to back these deals.’ It’s a crucial skillset in the dynamic London property landscape: ‘Family offices and HNWs need a lawyer who can maximise their commercial advantage and get the best return on their investment,’ says Brecher. ‘They need someone who will safeguard their assets and who also won’t mess up the deal.’ He is proud of the firm’s rapid expansion, especially with its recently launched private wealth department. ‘The firm has just grown and grown — we’re now just under a hundred people, compared to the three we started with in 1995,’ he enthuses. first-rate contact and troubleshooter on any large-scale project — she’s even transacted an ex-US Air Force base. She has a particular speciality with shopping centres, but is just as comfortable advising purchasers on Regent’s Park mansions, including one ‘marvellous’ address, she confides. ‘It will be the second largest residence in London.’ Like brother and co-senior partner Andrew, she has an enviable contacts book rich with highflyers in the real estate, financial, family office and HNW investor arenas, increasingly focused on the ‘edges’ of London and further afield. She is a trusted adviser to several Sunday Times Rich List entrants, and regularly introduces clients to opportunities: debt funding, equity and joint venture partners around the world. She is known for giving strong advice. ‘You have to put your head on the block as a solicitor… You can’t be equivocal,’ she says. Clients are unequivocal, too: ‘Their advice is unfailingly commercial and accurate,’ says one.
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