Managing Partner

Jeremy Clay

Real Estate, Real Estate Development & Construction, Corporate Real Estate Services

"Jeremy Clay is a class act; he understands complex issues quickly and is a very able negotiator."
Legal 500, Hall of Fame


Jeremy Clay is Managing Partner of Mayer Brown. A member of the firm's London Real Estate practice, he has served on Mayer Brown's Management Committee since 2012.

Jeremy represents investors, developers, banks, and corporate clients in all kinds of structured development, investment, and finance transactions to help them achieve their best outcomes. His extensive experience in real estate law has earned him consistent rankings as a leading individual by prominent legal directories.

Clients Jeremy has served include JP Morgan Chase, Canary Wharf Group, Sloane Capital, and Bear Stearns.



  • Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation on the purchase of Old Spitalfields Market, London for £105 million.
  • A Crosstree Real Estate Partners/Helical Bar plc joint venture in relation to the purchase of properties adjoining London's Old Street roundabout for £60.75 million.
  • British Land on their £129.6 million acquisition of the Clarges Estate in Mayfair.
  • A US financial institution in its participation in the acquisition of a loan portfolio from Bank of Ireland for $1.8 billion secured principally by high-quality, London-based office, multifamily, and retail properties.
  • Canary Wharf Group plc in a joint venture with Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company to conclude an agreement with Shell International to redevelop the Shell Centre site at South Bank.
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank on the £495 million acquisition and refurbishment of 25 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London.


Consistently ranked as a leading individual by the legal directories

  • Listed as a key lawyer and in the 'Hall of Fame' for Real Estate by Legal 500
  • Listed under 'Eminent practitioners,' Jeremy Clay serves as the firm's managing partner. He has vast experience in handling high-value investment and development transactions for property companies, as well as clients in the private equity space, and can also draw on his experience in real estate finance matters. – Chambers UK
  • Listed under 'Other key lawyers' and in the 'Hall of Fame' Jeremy 'is a class act; he understands complex issues quickly and is a very able negotiator.' He has long been a key member of the London real estate team and is also a real estate specialist. – Legal 500: Commercial Property
  • Listed as a 'Leading individual', under 'Other key lawyers' and in the 'Hall of Fame' for Commercial Property. – Legal 500
  • Sources describe him as a "fantastic" lawyer who is "extremely commercial." – Chambers UK
  • Listed as a 'Leading individual', under 'Other key lawyers' and in the 'Hall of Fame', 'Jeremy Clay is a key name on the investment side and primarily represents private equity funds, though the group also acts for property companies, family offices and overseas investors… Outstanding strategic advice on complex transactions - Jeremy Clay is particularly recommended.' – Legal 500


  • University of Oxford, Law


  • England and Wales