21 November 2018 – Expansión
The US investment fund Marathon is increasing its commitment to Spain with the acquisition of a mixed-use complex of buildings in Madrid, which houses an office block and a four-star hotel managed by the Mallorca-based chain Barceló.
Specifically, the US investment fund has closed an agreement with Credit Suisse Real Estate, owner of the asset until now, to acquire the complex for around €30 million, according to market sources speaking to Expansión.
The complex has a total surface area of 14,000 m2 and is located at numbers 19 and 21 Calle de Julián Camarillo in Madrid, one of the most established office districts in the east of the capital, a few minutes by car from the Ifema exhibition centre and Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport.
The operation has been advised by the real estate consultancy firm Knight Frank.
The complex includes an office building, with a surface area of more than 9,100 m2, occupied by several tenants: Adquira, the company specialising in e-commerce; Lebara, the telephony company; Ixion, the robotics and drone firm; and Norgine, the pharmaceutical business, amongst others.
The complex also has retail and leisure areas and indoor and outdoor parking.
In addition, the asset houses a four-star hotel, managed by Barceló Group, now under the Occidental Hoteles brand.
The Hotel Occidental Madrid Este – previously known as Barceló Torre Arias – has 108 rooms, four of which are junior suites, as well as a gym, sauna and restaurant. The establishment also has two meeting rooms with capacity for up to 80 people.
With this operation, Marathon is strengthening its presence in the Spanish real estate market. The US fund is, together with Attestor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan, one of the minority shareholders of the property developer Vía Célere, which is controlled by Värde (75%).
Moreover, the investment fund acquired the Bahía Azul shopping centre in Málaga in 2016.
Original story: Expansión (by Rebeca Arroyo)
Translation: Carmel Drake