DLA Piper Appoints Property and Hotel Expert to Boost Real Estate Group in Asia

Hong Kong (LAWFUEL) – DLA Piper today announced Susheela Rivers, a leading property lawyer who has advised on landmark developments in London and the UK, has joined its Real Estate Group in Hong Kong as Partner. With nearly 20 years in property law and extensive hotel-related experience, Ms Rivers’ appointment represents a strategic move in the continued expansion of DLA Piper’s award-winning Real Estate Group in Asia.

An expert on real estate aspects of hotels, acquisitions and disposals, financing, developments, leases and private funding initiatives, Ms Rivers brings a wealth of experience advising developers, investors, financiers and tenants. She has advised international hotel groups, investment banks, property companies, retailers and hospitals on complex, high value transactions including securitisations as well as IPOs. Projects include leading hotels in London ranging from five-star luxury groups to fashionable small hotels. Ms Rivers was previously a Senior Associate with Clifford Chance in London.

DLA Piper was named the ″Asia Pacific Real Estate Law Firm of the Year″ 2008 at the AsiaCRE Asia Pacific Real Estate Awards. The award underscores the strengths of DLA Piper’s Real Estate Group in Asia and also as one of the largest and leading teams worldwide. In Asia, the team is advising clients including developers, building managers, investment banks, property consultants, investors and tenants on a broad range of real estate deals as well as property components of financial transactions.

“Susheela’s arrival further enhances DLA Piper’s expertise in the real estate sector as clients increasingly require advice about business opportunities amid an uncertain global economic environment and changing regulations. Whether we are assisting banks, property developers, hospitality and leisure operators, architects, investors or building managers, our real estate team has the legal experience as well as industry insights to provide seamless business and legal counsel,″ said Alastair Da Costa, Asia Managing Director of DLA Piper.

″Susheela will be a great asset to our clients in Hong Kong and across Asia as well as for clients with assets in Europe, a region in which she has substantial experience,” added Christopher Clarke, Managing Partner of DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office.

Ms Rivers, who obtained her LLB from the University of London, is a qualified solicitor in England & Wales. She was educated in Singapore, Malaysia and England and speaks English, Cantonese, Bahasa Malaysian and Bahasa Indonesian.