Real Estate
Debt Advisory


Recognised as a highly experienced real estate – debt advisory team, our experts offer a bespoke structuring and execution service with access to an extensive suite of debt, mezzanine and equity products.

We aim to provide clients with the most competitive terms and the most reliable funding executions. We are active across the UK and Western Europe.

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We provide expert advice across all sectors including commercial real estate, development, hotels and healthcare and arrange funding for acquisitions, restructuring, repositioning, investment and development.

We have a prominent track record in hotels, residential development, purpose built student accommodation, build to rent, industrial and logistics and senior living.

We provide independent advice throughout the life of the deal, enhanced by our long-standing lender relationships at a senior management level. This is supplemented with access to multiple capital sources across the funding stack.

Our services include but are not limited to:

  • Strategy planning
  • Financial modelling
  • Capital raising
  • Lender selection
  • Term sheet negotiation
  • Coordinating the professionals
  • Loan documentation review
  • Transaction execution
  • Post-completion support

We may charge a fee. The exact amount will depend on the amount of work undertaken and will be confirmed to you in advance. We also get commission from the lender.


Whatever your enquiry, we will endeavour to be of assistance to you. Please feel free to call us or complete our enquiry form below.


team members

David Yeadon
Executive Director
David started his career as a commercial mortgage debt advisory negotiator at RCC Financial services (Christie Group PLC) in 1987, where he remained until joining SPF in January 2001 as Head of Real Estate – Debt Advisory.

During his career, David has arranged commercial debt solutions across the spectrum to include PBSA, hotels, healthcare and all commercial investment sectors to include industrial, retail, offices, logistics, residential investment and development.

David is an expert in the UK commercial debt advisory industry with an extensive private client network and long-established relationships with retail lenders, private banks, debt funds and insurance companies. David specialises in high value transactions and complex arrangements.
Daniel O’Neil

Daniel joined the team in January 2007 having spent his three previous years at another Mayfair based advisory firm following his graduate qualifications at UCL and Cass Business School.

With nearly 20 years’ experience in real estate debt advisory, Daniel is considered an expert in the CRE finance industry and has significant expertise in structuring funding solutions principally for the development finance sector throughout the UK.

Daniel has cultivated client relationships over his career that span the UK. These include some industry leading developers and investors who are matched with his senior banking relationships across the debt stack, in addition to equity JV partners.

Derek Simpson

Derek started his real estate lending career with Bank of Scotland in London. Prior to joining SPF in 2020, he headed up the Structured Real Estate team at Santander, focusing on commercial real estate transactions ranging in size from £20m to £250m. Derek is a highly-experienced banker with 20 years’ experience in the real estate sector and has arranged finance in excess of £3bn over the past decade across most sectors.

These sectors include commercial investment and development, residential development, retail, hotel investment and development, data centres and light industrial/logistics.

Russell Hall

Russell started his career in banking with Capital Bank and HBOS before joining SPF in 2004 initially as a high-net-worth mortgage adviser. In 2011 Russell became the youngest director within SPF and continued to expand his knowledge in the real estate debt advisory area of the business. 

With an extensive knowledge of development, investment and residential lending he is confident in advising across various sectors. His relationships with lending institutions and banks across the UK are unparalleled, giving SPF and its clients access to highly competitive funding solutions. With a focus on the regions and Scotland, Russell brings a national yet local approach to the team.

Ian Leader

Ian joined SPF as a founding member of the Commercial team in 2001. He has been in the industry for the past 38 years covering sectors which include residential and commercial investment, residential and commercial development, owner occupied businesses and trading businesses.

Ian’s depth of knowledge and wealth of experience have proved invaluable over the years, with numerous clients returning to him time and time again for assistance with their funding requirements.

Simon Ward
Simon joined SPF in 1998. He is involved in a wide range of high-value transactions for a broad spectrum of clients across all sectors. Key specialisms include commercial development and large-scale residential development.
Natalie Glover

Natalie joined SPF in 2022 to further her career after 10 years’ experience heading up a small team at a previous brokerage. She has a keen interest in development finance and commercial term, with an in depth knowledge of bridging finance.

Natalie started her career in construction project management, working alongside developers on site. This unique experience has allowed her to build strong relationships with clients and she is well respected amongst peers in the industry.

James Hedges

James joined SPF in 2019 having worked in debt advisory since 2012. He began his career as a specialist in financing the hotel and hospitality sectors at Eakin Macdonald & Associates Ltd. Since then, James has diversified into other commercial sectors, focussing particularly on residential development finance.

Since joining SPF, James has arranged a number of finance facilities with traditional bank lenders, debt funds and joint-venture equity partners for both development and investment transactions.


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