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Rob Donell

Rob Donell

Senior Associate

Senior Associate
Rob Donell

Rob Donell has extensive experience advising on cross-border and domestic commercial real estate transactions, spanning direct and indirect investments, joint ventures, financings, developments, lettings and sale & leasebacks and for a broad client base, including international investors, lenders, corporate occupiers, developers and funds.

Rob’s advice covers all real asset classes, including extensive experience of major office and logistics transactions. He has a particular interest in digital infrastructure, having advised on numerous telecommunications and data centre transactions, and is a lead associate for Clifford Chance’s Global Digital Infrastructure Interest Group.

  • e-shelter on the £500 million data centre development in the UK which will compromise 600,000 sq ft subject to planning
  • Blackstone on the share acquisition of a majority stake in temporary workspace business, The Office Group, in a deal valuing the business at circa £500 million. The acquisition is aimed at fuelling expansion plans for The Office Group (TOG), which was founded in 2003. It currently has a portfolio of 36 buildings, focused in central London, which offer flexible workspace to established businesses as well as start-ups, entrepreneurs and freelancers
  • Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia on the UK law aspects of the formation of a joint venture with Permodalan Nasional Berhad, which has forward purchased and will fund the development of Phase 2 of the landmark Battersea Power Station redevelopment in London
  • China Construction Bank (London) Limited, a subsidiary of one of China’s and indeed the world’s largest banking groups, on its acquisition of a new headquarters at 111 Old Broad Street, EC2 from KBC Bank NV for approximately £111 million. The bank has acquired the freehold interest of the building, which comprises approximately 123,000 sq ft over eight floors

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Career and qualifications

  • University of York (BA) 2010
  • College of Law Bloomsbury (GDL) 2011
  • College of Law Moorgate (LPC) 2012
  • Joined Clifford Chance in 2012
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2014
  • Seconded to Morgan Stanley 2018

Awards and citations

  • "I highly recommend Rob - he is a great technical lawyer who is also very commercial and smooth in his communication and negotiation."
    Chambers UK, Real Estate: Big Ticket 2023
  • The standout partner is Mark Payne together with associate, Rob Donell… Rob provides excellent client service and is exceptional at transaction management”.
    Legal 500 UK 2020
  • Rob Donell has been shortlisted as Junior Lawyer of the Year by The Law Society Excellence Awards 2019