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Paul Balaam


Paul focuses on a broad range of cross-border commercial property transactions, including real estate finance transactions, real estate investment funds, hotel management agreements, joint ventures, ground leases and acquisitions and dispositions of commercial property.
Paul represents corporate clients, sovereign wealth funds, debt funds and financial institutions.


Representative matters

Shorenstein Properties on the establishment of its seventh to twelfth real estate investment funds.

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on a $1.25 billion mortgage loan secured by 1633 Broadway, New York City.

Mubadala Development Company on its investment in a joint venture to acquire and redevelop The Park Lane Hotel, a luxury high-rise hotel, overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.

Olayan America on its financing of the former Sony Building located at 550 Madison Avenue in New York City.

Published Work

  • Balaam. P (2017) “Financing Hotels in the United States: Key Considerations”, United States: Real Estate Finance Journal



England & Wales, 2007

New York, 2002

Queensland, 2001


LL.B. (Hons), Law, Queensland University of Technology, 1998

Bachelor of Business, Accountancy, Queensland University of Technology, 1998


A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.