LaSalle arranges £58 million mezzanine loan for the acquisition of 59 UK urban logistics assets
LONDON (May 07, 2018) — LaSalle is pleased to announce that its £804 million fund, LREDS III, has arranged a £58 million, five-year mezzanine facility to finance the acquisition of 59 UK urban logistics assets by Blackstone.
LREDS III is the latest fund in LaSalle’s debt series and invests across Western Europe, with a focus on the UK. Its strategy focuses on lending against quality assets with best-in-class sponsors; the combination of which offers compelling risk adjusted returns across mezzanine and whole loan investment opportunities.
The Fund has continued to be active in recent months, with recent deals including:
- £22 million (€25 million) five-year mezzanine facility to finance the acquisition of a portfolio of five assets in Germany for Ares Management;
- £20 million mezzanine loan for the refinancing of Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch, London, for Willow Corp Sarl, and;
- £22 million mezzanine loan for the refinancing of a portfolio of forty UK hotels owned by Lone Star.
The LaSalle debt series also includes the £260 million third tranche of the LaSalle Residential Finance fund (LRF III) which is active in residential, student housing, hotel, and healthcare development lending, throughout Western Europe with a UK focus.
Gadi Jay, Principal at Blackstone Real Estate Partners, said “We appreciate the relationship with LaSalle and look forward to working with Amy, Ali and the team on more opportunities in the future.”
Amy Klein Aznar, Head of Debt Investments & Special Situations at LaSalle Investment Management said: “We are delighted to be able to support Blackstone again, this time in the establishment of their urban logistics strategy, having previously undertaken five financings for the build-up of Blackstone’s Logicor platform. This is a sector where we see a strong outlook and fundamentals. We underwrote a large portfolio of assets on a tight timescale, with a best in class sponsor, and this investment continues the strong momentum in the deployment of LREDS III. We continue to be active across Europe and the UK in the debt lending space, with the team able to offer sponsors a broad range of debt solutions following our successful fundraisings in 2017.”
LaSalle’s Debt Investments and Special Situations team, headed by Amy Aznar, has an established track record of developing strategic relationships with best-in-class borrowers and senior lenders, and has significant experience across various sectors, geographies, deal sizes and capital structures. Since 2010, the team has committed £2.1 billion ($2.9 billion) of investments in 55 individual transactions and secured against £10 billion worth of real estate.
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