Henry, Ben

Ben Henry

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Ben Henry leads Locke Lord’s Real Estate team in London and is one of the most experienced data centre lawyers in the United Kingdom.

Ben has a varied commercial real estate practice, which includes the representation of clients on investment, development and leasing transactions. He also has experience in the retail sector and has acted for a number of multinational corporations in relocating their UK corporate headquarters.

Ben Henry leads Locke Lord’s Real Estate team in London and is one of the most experienced data centre lawyers in the United Kingdom.

Ben has a varied commercial real estate practice, which includes the representation of clients on investment, development and leasing transactions. He also has experience in the retail sector and has acted for a number of multinational corporations in relocating their UK corporate headquarters.

For over a decade, Ben’s main focus has been the international data centre sector. He represents a diverse range of clients in the industry, including end-users, operators, developers and investors.

Ben’s data centre transactional experience encompasses more than 75 jurisdictions. He also leads the Firm’s multidisciplined International Data Centers Practice, comprising 30+ lawyers across most of the Firm’s network of offices.

In addition to his legal practice, Ben currently serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors and is a member of the UK Executive Committee.

His experience includes:

Data Centres

  • Acts for one of the world's leading telecommunications and media companies on its global data centre and corporate real estate requirements
  • Acts for an international data centre operator on purchasing and leasing sites in Europe and Asia
  • Acts for a major UK data centre operator on the acquisition, development, leasing and customer contracts relating to its facilities in the London area
  • Acts for a global provider of financial market data on its data centre space requirements. Recent transactions include sites in London, Singapore, New York, Missouri and Wisconsin
  • Acted for an investor on the purchase (out of insolvency), lease re-gear and sale of BT's primary UK data centre
  • Acted for a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund on the acquisition and development of a site in Dublin which was wholly leased to a hyperscale cloud company

UK Headquarters Relocations

  • Acted on the UK headquarters relocations for various companies, including:
    • A multinational telecommunications company
    • A global confectionery, food and beverage conglomerate
    • An international leader in payments processing technology
    • An energy drinks company
    • A major German-based sportswear manufacturer

Investment/Development

  • Acted for a large Asian insurance company on the acquisition of the Lloyd’s Building for £260 million
  • Acted for a New York-headquartered private real estate investment firm on the acquisition of Old Spitalfields Market for £100 million
  • Acted for a real estate investment platform based in London on the forward purchases of: Travelodge, Tower Hill, London (£26 million); Tesco Extra, St James, Corby (£42 million); Legoland Hotel, Legoland Theme Park, Windsor (£19 million); and the Marks & Spencer East Midlands Distribution Centre, Castle Donington (£69 million)
  • Acted for the pension fund of a British multinational food processing and retailing company on the forward funding of the Travelodge Hotel, ExCel, London
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Education
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, Chester, 2002
  • Law LLB (Hons), University of Manchester, 2001
Professional History
    • Partner, Locke Lord (UK) LLP
    • Partner, Bird & Bird LLP (2014-2017)
    • Senior Associate, Mayer Brown (2008-2014)
    • Associate, Addleshaw Goddard (2004-2008)
    • Trainee, Addleshaw Goddard (2002-2004)
    • Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales (2004)