Zoë Protopapas Zoë Protopapas
Senior Partner - Real Estate
Zoë Protopapas BA (Law) graduated in law in 1980 and was called to the English Bar in 1981. She had the privilege of a pupillage in one of the most prestigious set of Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn specialising in real estate and commercial law. Zoë then went to Cyprus where she was called to the Cyprus Bar and practised as a principal in general practice. Upon her return to England, Zoë qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and specialised in property law. Zoë has been a partner at Protopapas LLP since 1991 where she heads the property department.
Areas of Practice
Zoë deals with both residential conveyancing and commercial conveyancing in London and the whole of the UK. Zoë heads a team of dedicated property lawyers that handle small and large transactions with the same attention to detail, delivering results every time and on time. Zoë specialises in negotiating and drafting complex commercial contracts of all types and dealing in high value commercial and residential property transactions.
Zoë’s clients include private investors, property developers, hoteliers, banks and property companies including the Lazari Group. Zoe also has extensive experience in dealing with offshore investors and offshore companies holding property assets.
Zoë is passionate about property. Over the years she has been involved in the acquisition and asset management of some of the most iconic buildings in London. She approaches every transaction with enthusiasm and applies expert legal knowledge with care and integrity without ever losing sight of commercial reality.
Some of Zoe’s notable transactions include:
- Multiple high value central London leases to various retail giants, household names and brands
- Multiple high value central London leases subject to conditions precedent including planning permissions and fit out works.
- Purchase of the Brunswick Shopping Centre for £135 million
- Purchase of a prime central London property in excess of £120 million
- Purchase of prime hotel premises in Queens Gate for £40 million
- Sale of prime hotel premises in Lancaster Gate for £35 million
- Purchase and Sale of prime New Oxford Street property with planning permission for £14 million
- Purchase of company holding Sion Hall for £18 million
- Purchase of a collection of properties in Wigmore Street for £59 million
- Acting for the Borrower in connection with property finance transactions in the sum of £230 million
- Purchase of The Met Building for £107 million
- Purchase of Staple Inn for £23 million
- Purchase of Greater London House for £165 million
- “Superlease” to a global internet fashion retailer of their headquarters in an iconic London building, reserving a rent in the region of £7.5 million
- Acting for an international bank providing £10 million finance for the acquisition of a commercial central London property for £24 million
- Acting for an international bank in connection with a £11.2 million refinance transaction involving a commercial property in Belgravia, London valued at over £18.5 million
- Advising on documentation relating to various high value central London constructions projects, including JCT Contract Amendments, Appointments & Warranties, Letters of Reliance, JCT Pre-Construction Services Agreements, Performance Bonds and all ancillary construction documents.