Asad joined George Green in 2021. He is a dual-qualified lawyer, having qualified in Scotland in 2003 and working in England since 2011. Asad trained and spent the first part of his career working for two of the largest commercial firms in Scotland, before working in the Scottish office of Irwin Mitchell for 7 years. Moving to England, Asad worked for a prominent regional firm in Kent, being promoted to partner shortly after joining. He then moved to Birmingham to be closer to his family, where he worked initially for Shakespeare Martineau and, for 6 years thereafter, at international firm, Gowling WLG.
During his real estate career, Asad has acted for a number of prominent property companies, comprising investment management companies, pension funds, local government bodies, national housebuilders and charities, dealing with assets comprising office, retail, industrial and logistics property. Asad’s experience is broad and has included acquisitions and disposal, with a recent focus on asset management work (acting for both landlords and tenants), secured lending and corporate support
- Acting for national and international property investment companies and pension funds, in a wide range of commercial leasing work with annual rental income up to £2.5 million. Tenants ranged from local and national business, through to international businesses such as Amazon. The work involved all aspects of the transaction, from structuring deals, to dealing with complex conditional agreements for lease.
- Part of the team dealing with the disposal of 355 betting shops following the merger of Ladbrokes and Coral in terms of the merger disposal requirements of the UK Competition and Market Authority.
- Working on high value refinance deals and corporate support across a range of asset types.
- Dealing with a wide variety of asset management work in connection with repurposing and long term development of the legacy Olympic Park site and surrounding areas.
- Acting for an international data centre provider in the provision of bespoke UK data centre services, covering acquisition and development of new sites with rents of £2-3 million and their portfolio refinance of circa £850 million.
- Senior member of team acting for a regional pension fund, with lead responsibility in the Birmingham team for lettings and lease renewals across a number of major estates within the fund, with rents of up to £250k.
- Acting for range of education bodies and universities, in commercial leasing across their main campuses, encompassing retail, office and telecoms assets.
- One of only two English firms acting for a national retail operator in their asset management work, working with the client partner in new lettings and lease renewals for units in shopping centres and high street locations across southern England.
- Acting for a mobile phone operator in lease transactions, dealing with telecoms site acquisitions and site share licences.
- Acting for a leading online business directory in respect of lettings of office accommodation.
- Dealing with all asset management matters for a UK REIT in connection with industrial and office lettings.
- Reviewing, updating and re-drafting bespoke student tenancy documentation and precedent commercial lease for education clients and preparing precedent commercial leases for a prominent university.
- Part of team undertaking a review of a university campus title (comprising 70 separate titles), assessing and advising on title issues, deficiencies and existing and recommended title structures, with a view to assisting future estate management.
- Acting for a national UK insurer in the initial Scottish property dealings of its pension trust division, relating to transfer of properties between pension scheme, disposal of trust property and discharge of security. Advising on structure of transfer in terms of pension scheme/trust liability and exposure in transferring property in Scotland.
Asad has three children and enjoys a range of sports of varying degrees of physical exertion, ranging from football to snooker. Asad tries to work out at the gym several times a week and would one day like to get back in to the martial arts of his youth. Time permitting, he tries to visit Scotland several times a year to see friends and family.