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SRA Ventures appoints retained property advisory team

Posted: 1st May 2018

Edinburgh-based property investment specialist SRA Ventures is pleased to announce the joint appointment of Graham + Sibbald and Gilson Gray as retained advisors.

The partnership will enable both to provide SRA – founded and owned by Scots entrepreneur Shaf Rasul – with a fully coordinated and integrated property strategy, including both new acquisitions and management of its existing portfolio in order to maximise returns.

Chartered surveyors Graham + Sibbald’s Edinburgh and Glasgow offices provide in-depth property advice to SRA based on specialist local and national knowledge, as well as comprehensive valuations.

Edinburgh firm Gilson Gray meanwhile provides SRA with valuable legal advice on each deal, overseen by the firm’s Head of Real Estate, Murray Stewart.

It’s the third year running that Graham + Sibbald has worked with SRA on a variety of transactions, while Gilson Gray has offered valuable advice since its inception in 2014 when it opened its doors as the largest full service law firm in Scottish legal history.

To date, Graham + Sibbald and Gilson Gray have advised SRA on in excess of £30million in transactions – and Shaf Rasul believes there is much more to come after kicking off 2018 with a raft of acquisitions.

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He said: “We’re pleased that we have been able to formalise these partnerships with some of the leading specialists of their kind in Scotland.

“We are confident that through our retained advisors’ deep knowledge, strong relationships, and large footprint, combined with our own insight, robust investment vehicle, and ability to identify under-performing assets, the next chapter in SRA’s development will be a rewarding one.”

Keith Watters, Partner at Graham + Sibbald, said: “We are delighted with this appointment and are certain that our expertise will continue to enable SRA to not only identify new opportunities, but realise further value from its existing portfolio.

“We are excited to be working with such a dynamic and forward-thinking investment company.”

Advising SRA going forward will be Mr Watters and Agency Surveyor Joe Helps from Graham + Sibbald’s Edinburgh office, while Associate Mark Gillies will look after Glasgow-based interests.

Murray Stewart, Partner at Gilson Gray, said: “We’re delighted to continue to work with SRA. Over the last four years, we have worked with Shaf and his team on various exciting projects and look forward to the year ahead. I’m positive that our vast experience within this sector will further help SRA’s growing portfolio.”

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