Ed Crook

Partner

Property and Construction

Profile

Ed is the firm's National Practice Group Chair for Property and Construction, and serves as Chair of the Ethics Committee. Ed is a highly regarded, award-winning commercial property and construction expert.

Ed's client base is predominantly comprised of institutional property owners, including Goodman, Precinct, SkyCity, Auckland Airport, PSP (of Canada) and Scentre Group.

Experience

Recent experience includes advising:

  • Goodman in relation to all elements of its property acquisition, disposal and development. This has included
    • the acquisition and development of Highbrook Business Park;
    • the development of the VXV Precinct in Auckland's Wynyard Quarter; and
    • the establishment of the joint venture between Goodman Property Trust and GIC (of Singapore) to own the precinct and the subsequent sale for $635m to Blackstone.
  • Auckland International Airport on the redevelopment of the terminal building.
  • PSP on its acquisition of a $1 billion portfolio from AMP Property Fund and the subsequent sale of a 50% interest.
  • Precinct in connection with the redevelopment of the Downtown Shopping Centre into Commercial Bay, a high rise office and retail development, integrated with the City Rail Link.
  • Precinct on the sale of a half share in the ANZ Building for $181 million to a fund
  • SkyCity on the property aspects of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • Scentre on the sale of the Westfield shopping centre at Pakuranga; Glenfield and West City.

Credentials

LLB, BA (Honours First Class), MA, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.

Professional

Ed joined Russell McVeagh from UK law firm Herbert Smith in 1999. He has been a partner with Russell McVeagh since 2004.

He is ranked as a leading real estate lawyer by Chambers and Partners 2020, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles 2018, and in Best Lawyers® 2020 New Zealand guide. Ed was named New Zealand Real Estate Lawyer of the Year for 2018 and 2016 at the ILO Client Choice Awards and has been recognised by Doyles Guide 2018 as a preeminent lawyer for Property & Real Estate, and recommended for Construction, Projects & Infrastructure.

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