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Blackstone has won the hotly contested bidding for Catalunya Banc’s  €6.4bn Project Hercules portfolio of bad Spanish residential loans. The US opportunity fund is paying €3.5bn for the portfolio, which Catalunya Banc said had already been written down by €2.2bn to €4.2bn.  To get to €4.2bn,  FROB  – the agency set up to restructure Spain’s troubled banks – will […]
M&G Investments has provided £238m of whole loan refinancing for Midlands and North of England investor and developer Northern Trust. The five-year facility is secured against Northern Trust’s £360m-plus portfolio of industrial, trade and office parks, comprising over 3,600 individual units, and its circa 1,700 acre land bank. Most of the assets are let to small […]
Sareb has asked eight bidders to make binding offers for contracts to manage €50bn of distressed loans and assets. In the first stage of an outsourcing process, Sareb’s board received 46 non-binding offers  to manage different combinations of 10 portfolios that comprise its book of assets. KPMG is advising Spain’s bad bank and expects to […]
Chelsfield and the Saudi Olayan Group have sourced debt from a club of four banks for their recent €1.2bn acquisition of one of the most significant portfolios to be sold in Paris for years. ING led the club in a circa €750m financing of the pair’s purchase of the ultra prime Paris property portfolio, sold […]
Credit Suisse and BAWAG are said to be lined up to provide circa €245m of financing for Lone Star’s purchase of a Dutch office portfolio from CBRE Global Investors. Lone Star acquired the good-quality assets from CBRE Global Investors’ €1.56bn CBRE Dutch Office Fund for a purchase price of around €350m. Leverage equates to about […]
Goldman Sachs has today launched the third new European CMBS deal this year. The €198.2m MODA 2014 transaction is the third European CMBS and the second Italian deal this year. It follows DECO-2014 Gondola, Deutsche Bank’s first post-crisis Italian deal which was sold last week, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Taurus UK 2014-1 where the loan is […]
The Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System has committed $150m for the launch of Värde Partners’ first fund dedicated to small, sub-performing US property loans. The Värde fund will invest in so-called “scratch and dent” loans – where borrowers have averted default by resuming payments – targeting discounted secondary market purchases of existing loans backed by office, industrial and retail properties typically […]
Carlyle has mandated CBRE to help it source whole loan financing of around €100m for the recapitalisation of three European retail assets including one in Portugal. The private equity group’s Freeport Outlet Alcochete retail centre near Lisbon was inherited through Carlyle’s acquisition of outlet mall developer Freeport in 2007. It was extended to 42,934 sq m […]
DekaBank has provided £100m of refinancing for 90 Long Acre, an office building in Covent Garden, London. US private equity firm Northwood Investors paid circa £165m for the 194,000 sq ft building with existing debt of £121.5m in place last May. The loan associated with the asset was part of a wider securitisation – Lehman […]
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has syndicated around a third of the €130m mezzanine debt secured against the Coeur Défense tower in Paris to Austrian bank  BAWAG. BAML underwrote a €935m whole loan in February for Lone Star’s €1.3bn purchase of the iconic building. The five-year refinancing was structured as a 60% LTV senior loan and a mezzanine […]

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