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Iain McLean

Partner, Edinburgh

Iain is a well-known figure throughout the UK real estate market, advising those involved in investing, developing or occupying property within the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.
Iain McLean


Iain is based in Edinburgh but travels widely, working with colleagues throughout DWF to support a wide range of clients across the UK and the rest of the world. He frequently introduce experts in other areas such as corporate banking, real estate planning, construction advice and disputes, corporate tax, regulatory, intellectual property and mergers and acquisitions.

Iain's retail clients include Debenhams, Monsoon, Halfords, Magnet, Starbucks, Card Factory and many others.

Along with his team he is particularly active in shopping centre development and investment. A recent example of this is acting for Squarestone on the purchase of the Kyle Centre in Ayr for redevelopment into a retail and leisure destination, with new cinema and leisure units.

Cross border deals are a speciality, and he has acted for major players over the years such as Kennedy Wilson, Hammerson, Blackstone, Schroders, LSR and NewRiver Retail.

Within this he has acted for a range of US organisations on UK deals, for example Blackstone (in acquiring Hilton Hotels), Apache Corporation (in acquiring North Sea assets) and Kennedy Wilson (in acquiring eight UK shopping centres). He acted for China-based Sinopec in acquiring oil and gas assets in the North Sea as well as an Australian food and drink operator looking to set up in the UK.

Iain regularly attends events such as BCSC, Mipim and the IHIF Hotels Conference in Berlin.

Outside of work Iain enjoys all sport, in particular golf and rugby.