LaSalle acquires office building Morrow in Frankfurt’s Westend on behalf of LaSalle E-REGI
MUNICH (January 17, 2020) — LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”), the global real estate investment manager, has announced the acquisition of the prime office building Morrow in Frankfurt’s Westend. The purchase agreement has been signed on behalf of the LaSalle E-REGI fund (“the fund”), with closing in July 2020. LaSalle has acquired the asset from Projektentwicklung Oberlindau GmbH, a joint venture between Art-Invest Real Estate and Red Square.
The property is located in Frankfurt’s Westend, one of the city’s most sought-after residential and business districts, in the immediate vicinity of Rothschild Park and the CBD, the centre of Germany’s financial services sector. Morrow has excellent public transport connections: Frankfurt Central Station is less than 10 minutes away by car and Frankfurt Airport less than 20 minutes.
Morrow is recognised by DGNB, the German Sustainable Building Council, as being developed to the highest possible sustainability standards and is set to receive a DGNB Platinum certificate as well as a WiredScore certificate.
Uwe Rempis, Fund Manager of the LaSalle E-REGI fund at LaSalle, said: “The acquisition of Morrow once again demonstrates the success of our forward-looking investment strategy. For the LaSalle E-REGI fund, we are focusing on logistics and, above all, on office investments in Germany’s top cities which offer the greatest potential for economic growth in the long term. This forward deal secures the fund a repositioned core property with attractive risk-adjusted return prospects for our investors.”
Stephen von der Brüggen, Partner and Head of the Frankfurt office of Art-Invest Real Estate, said: “With its excellent location and high-quality development, Morrow will impress both the property’s tenants, which include McDermott and Andersen Tax & Legal, as well as investors. We are delighted to have found an excellent buyer for our property in LaSalle Investment Management and would like to thank them for the swift and smooth transaction.”
Gerald Tschörner, Managing Director of Red Square, commented: “The revitalisation will allow Morrow to be repositioned and bring the property back to life. The flexible floor plans and highest technological standards equip the building perfectly for tenants’ ever-changing needs. Morrow will be a place that offers its users a modern, innovative and sustainable workplace that promotes a healthy working atmosphere.”
LaSalle was advised on the acquisition by Linklaters (legal) und W+S Real Estate (technical). Art-Invest Real Estate and Red Square were advised by GSK Stockmann. The broker was CBRE.
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