CBRE Global Investors Acquires Office Building in Madrid from LaSalle

6 January 2020 CBRE Global Investors has finalised the acquisition of the office building at Calle General Lacy 23 from LaSalle Investment Management for 47 million euros. The property houses the headquarters of Repsol’s electricity and gas business. Furthermore, LaSalle had only acquired the asset in December 2018 for 32.5 million euros.

The asset is located in the Méndez Alvaro area of Madrid, near the Atocha Station. The fund invested approximately 4 million euros in refurbishing the asset, gaining the Leed Platinum Core & Shell certification.

CBRE Global Investors ha finalizado la adquisición del edificio de oficinas en la Calle General Lacy 23 a LaSalle Investment Management por 47 millones de euros. La propiedad alberga la sede del negocio de electricidad y gas de Repsol. Además, LaSalle solo había adquirido el activo en diciembre de 2018 por 32,5 millones de euros.

El activo está ubicado en el área de Méndez Álvaro de Madrid, cerca de la estación de Atocha. El fondo invirtió aproximadamente 4 millones de euros en la restauración del activo, obteniendo la certificación Leed Platinum Core & Shell.

Original Story: El Economista – Alba Brualla

Translation/Summary: Richard D. Turner

LaSalle Acquires Six Makro Stores for €73 Million

2 July 2019

LaSalle Investment Management announced that it had acquired a portfolio of six properties, all currently occupied by MAKRO Spain, from Metro Properties, as part of a sale-and-lease-back operation. The investment group acquired the portfolio on behalf of the French public pension scheme ERAFP for €73 million. Following the transaction, MAKRO Spain will remain the sole tenant of all six assets with a 15-year fixed lease term with extension options.

The six properties are located in Bilbao, Zaragoza, Badalona, Valencia, Alicante and Palma De Mallorca. Each constitutes the dominant wholesale store in its area. Makro mainly caters to buyers from the hotel, restaurant and catering sectors.

Original Story: Property Magazine International

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner


LaSalle Purchases Repsol’s HQ in Madrid for €100M

7 January 2019 – Idealista

A year of new real estate operations in Spain has begun and one of the first has been completed by an international fund. LaSalle Investment Management has purchased the future headquarters of Repsol in Atocha, in the Méndez Álvaro area of Madrid, from Royal Metropolitan for €100 million.

The building, located at number 23 Calle General Lacy, used to house the headquarters of the real estate consultancy Aguirre Newman, but that firm vacated the property in the summer to move to BBVA’s former tower on Paseo de la Castellana, 81 after it was acquired by the British firm Savills. LaSalle is a fund manager specialising in real estate investments. It is a subsidiary of the JLL group, listed in New York and the parent company of the real estate consultancy JLL.

Dating from the end of the nineteenth century, the building was formerly a Tabacalera warehouse until 1999, when Aguirre Newman undertook the renovation of the property to open its consultancy offices there. In the past, the asset was owned by the fund Zaphir, the manager linked to Aguirre Newman, although it has changed hands several times before ending up with another manager linked to a competitor firm.

LaSalle is one of the 20 largest managers of real estate funds in the world by properties under management, with an asset portfolio worth more than €53.2 billion at the end of the third quarter 2018. With its central headquarters in Chicago, the fund is present in 17 countries. The management firm was reborn following the merger of the British company Jones Lang Wootton and the US entity LaSalle Partners in 1999, which gave rise to the JLL holding company.

Original story: Idealista 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Aviva & LaSalle Buy El Tormes Shopping Centre For €70m

10 April 2017 – IPE Real Estate

Aviva Investors and LaSalle Investment Management have bought a Spanish shopping centre for their jointly managed European open-ended fund.

The El Tormes shopping centre in Salamanca was bought for €70m for Encore+, bringing the fund’s asset to €1.2bn.

El Tormes was acquired in a share deal from Retail Property Fund Iberica (RPFI), managed by CBRE Global Investors.

The 22,600 sqm shopping centre includes premium fashion retailers, restaurants, supermarkets and speciality retailers.

Jeffrey King, fund manager for Encore+ at Aviva Investors, said: “We are very pleased to be making a further investment in Spain as Encore+ continues to diversify its portfolio across the continent.

“In addition to Spanish retail being a core target for us, this new acquisition also fits well with our strategy of targeting dominant shopping centres in strong and sustainable locations across Europe.

“This asset is poised to benefit from the continued recovery in Spain, while also offering the potential for specific asset management initiatives to improve the centre’s performance.”

Ian Williamson, investment manager for Encore+ at LaSalle Investment Management, said the acquisition increased the fund’s diversification, bringing its retail exposure close to one-third of the overall portfolio.

He said: “We see this as an opportunity to generate value by repositioning the asset within the core-plus spectrum and maximising its strong fundamentals.”

Original story: IPE Real Estate

Edited by: Carmel Drake