IBA Capital & Angelo Gordon Acquire Barajas 1 for €37.5M

7 March 2019 – Eje Prime

IBA Capital Partners and Angelo Gordon have joined forces to purchase the Barajas 1 office building from GMP for €37.5 million. The property is located at number 29 Calle Trespaderne in Madrid, has a gross leasable area of 29,173 m2 and includes 204 parking spaces. Its main tenants are SGS and Vodafone and the advisor to the operation was CBRE.

The purchasers are planning to renovate the building, modify the façade, renew the common areas, remodel the vacant homes and adapt the technical facilities.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

BBVA Sells its Former HQ in Bilbao to Angelo Gordon for c. €100M

25 September 2018 – Expansión

The former corporate headquarters of Banco de Vizcaya is being converted, 50 years later, into Torre Bizkaia. BBVA, the owner of the property at number 1 Gran Vía in Bilbao, has reached an agreement with the investment fund Angelo Gordon to sell it the building for around €100 million.

The sale – which has been subject to negotiations since before the summer – will close within the next few days, according to sources in the sector, and will become the US fund’s largest operation in Spain, where it purchased the Hotel Dolce Sitges in Barcelona from Oaktree a year ago for €40 million.

The new owner already has tenants for the property. In addition to the Irish multi-national textile retailer Primark, which has committed to lease the ground and first five floors for 30 years, the Bilbao local government is going to lease the remaining floors to centralise its provincial services in the tower, which is going to be called Torre Bizkaia.

That move was announced yesterday by the President of Bizkaia, Unai Rementería (…). According to Rementería, BBVA’s departure from the building represented the end of an era, with which the financial weight of Bilbao was extinguished. “Now the provincial government is lighting up the tower again and is starting a new era of new ideas and businesses”, he said.

In addition to the services of the provincial council, the property will house on eight of its floors, an international centre for entrepreneurship, a project promoted by the provincial council and the Town Hall of Bilbao. According to Rementería, those eight floors will be “the heart” of the tower, and through them, they will seek to boost activity, recover economic weight, and reinforce the innovative profile and entrepreneurial spirit of Bilbao and Bizkaia.

The property on Gran Vía was constructed in 1969 as the headquarters of Banco Vizcaya, on the location occupied by the financial institution’s first headquarters. The building has 21 storeys in total, as well as the ground floor, and spans a total above-ground surface area of 23,000 m2.


Following the merger with Banco Bilbao, the BBVA tower housed the operating headquarters of the bank, although the corporate headquarters remained – as it does today – in the former headquarters of Banco Bilbao in Plaza de San Nicolás. In recent years, the financial institution has gradually abandoned the property, which all of the employees left in March 2016.

Original story: Expansión (by M. Á. F.)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Thor Completes Purchase of Gran Vía 30 for €75M

20 June 2018 – Property Week

Thor Equities has completed the acquisition of a mixed-use building on Madrid’s Gran Via from Angelo Gordon for €75m (£64.8m), Property Week can reveal.

The 4,480 m2 building on the 100-year old main street in the centre of Madrid, contains 1,172 m2 of retail space alongside nine floors of residential accommodation and a multi-disciplinary event space on the thirteenth floor. The retail space in Gran Via 30 is predominantly let to the Spanish fashion chain Sfera.

Original story: Property Week (by Richard Hook)

Edited by: Carmel Drake

Oaktree Sells Hotel Dolce Sitges For €40M

3 July 2017 – Preferente

The US fund Oaktree Capital Management is going to sell the Hotel Dolce Sitges in Barcelona. Specialising in conferences and conventions, the establishment will now be taken over by Talus Real Estate, together with the US fund Angelo Gordon.

According to Expansión, the negotiations are already well advanced and the transaction is expected to be closed this week, for just over €40 million. Oaktree has been looking to sell this hotel for a year; it acquired the property in 2015.

Operated by Wyndham, the Hotel Dolce Sitges opened its doors in October 2004. It specialises in the MICE segment (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), as well as in high-end holiday tourism.

The 5-star property has 263 rooms, a spa and fitness centre. It also has four outdoor pools and one indoor pool, as well as 2,175 m2 of space dedicated to meeting and conference rooms, spread over 38 meeting rooms and an amphitheatre.

This operation comes shortly after Iberdrola Inmobiliaria sold 55% of the Hotel Hilton Diagonal Mar in Barcelona to Axa Investment Managers Real Assets for €80 million.

The area of Barcelona where this latest hotel is situated, Sitges, has more than 5,000 hotel beds and is enjoying a boom as a tourist destination, following several recent operations, such as HI Partners’ acquisition of Hotel Terramar and Leo Messi’s recent purchase of the boutique Hotel Mim.

Original story: Preferente (by R. P.)

Translation: Carmel Drake