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EMA resolves dispute over pricey Canary Wharf tenancy

July 05, 2019 / Phil Taylor

After months of wrangling, the EMA finally has a solution to the £500 million financial liability it has faced over the tenancy to its former home in Canary Wharf. The EU regulator – now based in temporary accommodation in Amsterdam – has sub-let the entire 284,704 square feet (26,450 m2)accommodation at 30 Churchill Place to WeWork, a fast-growing shared office-space group. As a result of the deal, the EMA has also now settled its litigation with the Canary Wharf Group. Faced with the prospect of the UK leaving the EU, the EMA opted to move from London to Amsterdam earlier this year. It argued that the Brexit referendum had effectively ‘frustrated’ its lease, making a move away from the UK imperative, and that also meant it should be able to exit the agreement – which expires in 2039 – without prejudice. Canary Wharf, which is owned by Canada’s Brookfield and the Qatar Investment Authority, viewed the situation very differently. In a lan...