McKay joins Proskauer’s PE real estate group

Proskauer has hired Vikki McKay as a partner in the firm’s private equity real estate group. McKay, who is based in London, previously worked at DLA Piper.

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LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–International law firm Proskauer has announced today the arrival of Vikki McKay as a partner in the Firm’s Private Equity Real Estate Group in London.

Ms. McKay’s practice focuses on UK and cross-border investments in the real estate sector for private equity firms, large international companies and ultra-high net worth offshore individuals. She advises across a broad range of real estate investment classes, including logistics, office and leisure assets. Her move to the Firm follows the recent addition of Private Equity Real Estate partner Joanne Owen in June, with whom Ms. McKay worked closely with at her prior firm.

“It’s been a busy time since I joined Proskauer earlier this summer,” said Joanne Owen, partner with Proskauer in its Private Equity Real Estate Group. “I’m delighted to reunite with Vikki, whose skillset complements our group, making her an invaluable asset to our clients.”

Ms. McKay has represented a wide variety of clients, including representing a leading private equity firm in an acquisition that is considered one of the most geographically diverse logistics portfolios sold in Europe. She has also counseled pharmaceutical and international mining clients, among others, in various real estate matters.

“We are thrilled to welcome Vikki to our growing London office,” said Mary Kuusisto, head of Proskauer’s London office. “Her extensive experience within the private equity and real estate markets will further strengthen our bench of talent.”

Proskauer regularly represents clients on some of the most complex and sophisticated transactions within the private equity real estate market. Most recently, they worked with longtime client AccorHotels in its purchase of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI), the Toronto-based parent company to the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands for $2.7 billion. Additional headline transactions include: advising an international sovereign wealth fund buyer in the acquisition of The London Hotel in New York City; advising PT Property Holdings LLC in connection with its purchase of The Point Resort, a Relais & Châteaux luxury property; and representing Hong Kong-listed Magnificent Real Estate on its recent acquisition of Travelodge London Kings Cross Hotel.

Ms. McKay’s move highlights the Firm’s strategic growth in London. In addition to the recent arrivals of both Joanne Owen and special real estate counsel Ben Taylor, other high-profile additions include M&A partners Steven Davis, Matt Rees and James Howe; Bruno Bertrand-Delfau, a leader in private equity secondary transactions; finance partner Alex Griffith; and tax partner Robert Gaut.

Ms. McKay received her undergraduate law degree with honors from Birmingham University and her graduate degree from Nottingham Law School. She joins the Firm from DLA Piper.