Benson Elliot Capital Management
December 19, 2018 Benson Elliot sells Frankfurt office tower for €155 million - Turmcenter exit delivers 3.5x equity multiple -

Benson Elliot, the UK-based private equity real estate fund manager, has sold Turmcenter, its landmark CBD Frankfurt office building, for €155 million. The asset was sold to a global investor advised by UBS, and has delivered an equity multiple of 3.5x to Benson Elliot investors.

The 21-storey high-rise tower was acquired vacant in December 2013, with the intention to undertake a comprehensive re-development of the asset. Benson Elliot executed its value-add plan entirely in-house, implementing an innovative technical design with unrivalled energy savings. The finished product has delivered 17,300 sqm of exceptionally efficient floorplates, with state-of-the-art specifications and services.

Turmcenter opened in May 2016 and was awarded LEED Gold Certification for its environmental achievements. These credentials, together with the building’s striking design, which features floor to ceiling glazing and an impressive double height reception, have been key drivers of the building’s successful leasing efforts. With its dynamic marketing approach, the Firm has achieved 85% occupancy and set a new rental level for the area. Tenants include the Deutscher Fußball Bund, advertising agency Spark44 GmbH, law firm Fieldfisher LLP and boutique investment bank VictoriaPartners.

Joseph De Leo, Benson Elliot Senior Partner, said: “This marks another successful transaction for Benson Elliot in Germany and is illustrative of what we do best: we identified an institutional quality asset in need of a creative re-development approach, in a market with strong fundamentals. We implemented a hands-on value enhancement strategy, brought the asset down the risk curve and delivered it back into the core market. We are extremely pleased with the institutional quality of the product we have delivered, and the strong lease-up pace and successful exit are a testament to that.”

Georg Strassner, Principal and Head of Germany at Benson Elliot, said: “Benson Elliot is committed to investing in sustainable buildings and our re-development of Turmcenter has set a new environmental standard in the property industry for energy efficiency. Not only is Turmcenter one of the most energy efficient office buildings in Germany, it also offers high quality and flexible features, which create a work environment suitable to a wide range of tenants.”

During the sale Benson Elliot was advised by CBRE and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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July 23, 2018 Honor Chapman Memorial Lecture Celebrates its Fifth Anniversary Over 150 people convened at City Hall on Tuesday, 17 July 2018, to hear Dame Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner of McKinsey & Co UK and Ireland, deliver the Fifth Anniversary Honor Chapman Memorial Lecture.

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The title of this year’s lecture, which pays homage to Honor Chapman CBE, Head of Research at Jones Lang Wootton during the 1990s / 2000s and a guiding light in planning the growth of modern London, was: “How Inclusive Leadership Leads to Inclusive Growth”.

The event was hosted by London & Partners, the official promotional agency for London, under the auspices of the University of Cambridge (Department of Land Economy). Also participating were past lecturers Annie Hampson OBE (Chief Planning Officer at the City of London Corporation), Dame Judith Mayhew (past leader of the City of London Corporation), and Alison Nimmo CBE (Chief Executive of The Crown Estate). The evening’s proceedings were chaired by JLL’s International Director Katie Kopec.

The lecture series was conceived by Marc Mogull, Executive Chairman of Benson Elliot Capital Management and a Senior Fellow in the Land Economy department at the University of Cambridge, alongside two former colleagues of Honor’s: Rosemary Feenan, former Global Head of Research at JLL, and Andrew Gould, former Chief Executive of JLL UK. In addition to the past lecturers, the other members of the organising committee are Katie Kopec and Robert Gordon Clark, Chairman of the London Communications Agency.

In her remarks, Dame Vivian challenged the audience to embrace diversity and inclusion as explicit strategies for driving performance and economic growth – both from the public and private sector perspectives. She remarked: “If, as a city, we remake our organisations to be diverse and inclusive, imagine the value we could realise. Preparing for cultural, technological, and economic change over the coming decades means building and scaling a city to be inclusive.”

Commenting on the evening’s success, Marc Mogull said: “Benson Elliot has been a proud supporter of the Honor Chapman Memorial Lecture since its inception. The lectures have offered guidance from – and highlighted the achievements of – some of the UK’s most accomplished women leaders, and continue to inspire future leaders. Dame Vivian’s comments were a timely reminder of not just the importance, but the power of diversity and inclusion.”

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For further information:
Benson Elliot
Matilda Williams
+44 (0) 20 7808 8900
Matilda.Williams@bensonelliot.com

FTI Consulting
Dido Laurimore / Claire Turvey / Jeanne Provencher
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Dido.laurimore@fticonsulting.com
Claire.turvey@fticonsulting.com
Jeanne.provencher@fticonsulting.com

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June 11, 2018 Benson Elliot secures prime Paris office investment

Benson Elliot, the UK-based private equity real estate fund manager, acting on behalf of its pan- European fund Benson Elliot Real Estate Partners IV L.P. (“BEREP IV” or the “Fund”), has entered into an agreement to forward fund the purchase of Curve, a new office development being constructed in Saint-Denis (Greater Paris). The off-market acquisition from BNP Paribas has been completed in joint venture with Générale Continentale Investissements.

Curve will provide 24,000 sqm of grade A office accommodation arranged over eight floors, with c. 250 sqm of ground floor retail space and 257 parking spaces. The site lies in Saint-Denis, the second largest office market outside of Paris (after La Défense). The area has proven attractiveness and resilience, with a diversified tenant base and >200 large corporates (including Orange, Generali and SNCF). Delivery of the project is planned for early 2020, with the completed project having an expected end value of c. €200 million.

Trish Barrigan, Benson Elliot Managing Partner, said: “This is a quality project in a Paris sub-market experiencing high levels of tenant demand, but confronting a shortage of modern office space. Our project team worked with BNP in the run-up to acquisition to optimise design, specification and efficiency, and improve the building’s overall appeal. We’ve worked with GCI on projects in Paris for more than 20 years, and look forward to adding Curve to our list of joint achievements.”

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For further information:

Benson Elliot
Trish Barrigan, Managing Partner
Matilda Williams
+44 (0) 20 7808 8900
Matilda.Williams@bensonelliot.com

FTI Consulting
Dido Laurimore / Claire Turvey
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Dido.laurimore@fticonsulting.com

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June 11, 2018 Benson Elliot sells Station Hill site in Reading Lincoln MGT, a joint venture between Lincoln Property Company and MGT Investment Management, has acquired Station Hill, a six-and-a-half-acre development site in central Reading from Sackville Developments Reading Ltd (SDRL), a joint venture between Stanhope and Benson Elliot.

The Station Hill site is situated directly in front of the main entrance to Reading Railway Station, which has recently undergone a major redevelopment and enhancement in advance of the opening of Crossrail in 2019. The site, which already has outline planning permission and an agreed Section 106 for a combined office and residential development, is one of the largest development schemes outside of London and has a GDV exceeding £750m.

Lincoln MGT is a strategic joint-venture between the US developer Lincoln Property Company and UK based MGT Investment Management. The joint venture combines the commercial and residential development experience and operating skills of Lincoln Property Company, which is one of the largest full-service real estate companies and the second largest manager of multi-family / PRS units in the United States, with the pan-European investment experience and strategic focus of MGT Investment Management.

Henry Morris, Manging Director at MGT Investment Management said: “We are delighted to have secured this outstanding mixed-use development site, which is the first investment for Lincoln MGT in the UK. The Lincoln MGT partnership brings complementary skill sets to the joint venture with MGT leading on acquisition and investment management, and Lincoln Property Company leading on development, construction, leasing and property management.”

Troy Javaher, Managing Director of the European operations at Lincoln Property Company said: “The site occupies an exceptional location next to Reading station, which has benefitted from a massive infrastructure improvement in recent years with the station’s redevelopment and the expected delivery of Crossrail’s Elizabeth line in December 2019. We understand the strategic importance of this infill development to Reading’s continued economic growth, and we look forward to working with the council, the local community and other stakeholders to bring forward an outstanding mixed-use development.”

David Camp, Chief Executive of Stanhope plc, said: “Sackville Developments Reading Ltd (SDRL) is pleased to confirm that it has sold its interest in the Station Hill development to Lincoln MGT. SDRL has prepared the site for development, including demolition and other works and the creation of a successful temporary events space and the Biscuit Tin coffee shop for the community. We have worked very effectively and closely with Reading Borough Council over many years to ensure that the redevelopment brings forward the maximum benefits of regeneration to the area around the station and we are delighted that it is in safe hands with the new owners to deliver this fantastic scheme for Reading.”

James Jakeman, Partner, Benson Elliot, said: “Benson Elliot and Stanhope have worked closely together over the last number of years to deliver one of the south east’s most strategically important and high profile development opportunities. It has been an exciting undertaking to be involved with, and having accomplished our objectives against the backdrop of a strengthening local market and beneficial large scale infrastructure projects, we are now in a position to hand the site over for its next phase and to crystallise value on behalf of our investors.”

Lincoln MGT was advised by LSH and Knight Frank. The vendor, Sackville Developments Reading Ltd, was represented by CBRE.

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For further information:

Benson Elliot
James Jakeman
Matilda Williams
+44 (0) 20 7808 8900
Matilda.Williams@bensonelliot.com

Lincoln NGT
TwoBlue Communications
Iffat Memon / Peter Morley
+44 (0)20 8870 0367
iffat@tbcpr.com / peter@tbcpr.com

FTI Consulting
Dido Laurimore / Claire Turvey
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Dido.laurimore@fticonsulting.com / Claire.turvey@fticonsulting.com

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June 1, 2018 Benson Elliot sells Slough Retail Park for £63 million Orchard Street Investment Management (‘Orchard Street’), the specialist commercial property investment manager, has acquired Slough Retail Park in Slough, Berkshire from Benson Elliot, the UK-based pan-European private equity real estate fund manager, for a price in the region of £63 million. The acquisition was made on behalf of St. James’s Place UK Plc.

Slough Retail Park is the dominant furniture park in the local area, totalling 152,467 sq ft of accommodation across eight retail warehouse units with 546 on-site car parking spaces. The park is fully-occupied by high-quality tenants including DFS, The Range, Sofology, Wren Kitchens and Smyths Toys, providing a total rental income of £3,603,195 per annum, reflecting an average rent of £23.63 per sq ft. The asset has a WAULT of 6.4 years and occupies a substantial site totalling 9.7 acres (3.9 ha).

Asset management initiatives undertaken by Benson Elliot since their acquisition in 2016 following the EU referendum include growing the income by re-basing the rental tone across the park and implementing a modest capex programme to upgrade the park’s signage and create new façades across the existing units.

The retail park benefits from a prominent position adjacent to the A4 (Bath Road), 1.3 miles west of Slough town centre, within 1.2 miles of the M4 motorway and 7 miles of Heathrow Airport, drawing on a wide and affluent catchment. Slough is set to benefit from the arrival of Crossrail (The Elizabeth Line) in 2019, which will provide access to London’s West End in 30 minutes. In addition, Slough’s town centre is in the process of undergoing a major regeneration, with a £900m residential-led redevelopment of the Queensmere Observatory shopping centre and a £450m edge-of-town new commercial and residential district.

Barney Rowe, Partner at Orchard Street, commented: “Slough has the fastest-growing population in the UK, an increasingly affluent South East catchment, connectivity to Crossrail from 2019, and major regeneration projects underway, all of which stand to benefit Slough Retail Park. The park is well-located and serves as the local area’s principal furniture destination, presenting a compelling investment proposition”.

James Jakeman, Partner at Benson Elliot, commented: “During our period of ownership we have been able to deliver significant income and value improvement from an institutional asset that already boasted strong fundamentals. Following an off-market approach from Orchard Street, we decided to crystallise the value created through our pro-active management.”

Orchard Street was advised by Morgan Williams, whilst Benson Elliot was supported by Cube Real Estate.

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For further information:

Benson Elliot
James Jakeman
Matilda Williams
+44 (0) 20 7808 8900
Matilda.Williams@bensonelliot.com

Orchard Street
John Humberstone
Orchard Street Investment Management
020 7494 8860
jhumberstone@orchard-street.co.uk

FTI Consulting
Dido Laurimore/Ellie Sweeney
020 3727 1000
osim@fticonsulting.com

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April 6, 2018 Benson Elliot completes early exit in Madrid Sale of grade A office asset capitalises on strong Spanish investment market

Benson Elliot, the UK-based private equity real estate fund manager, on behalf of its pan- European fund Benson Elliot Real Estate Partners III L.P. (“BEREP III” or the “Fund”), has completed the sale of a c. 6,000 sqm office asset in Madrid to a Spanish family office, achieving a c. 25% IRR.

The grade A, modern office building, which is located on Calle Valle de la Fuenfria in the Mirasierra area of northern Madrid, was acquired by Benson Elliot in 2015. At the time, the property was 77% let to two tenants. Benson Elliot subsequently implemented a capex programme to improve the building’s occupier appeal and, ultimately, its income profile.

Benson Elliot completed a lease with an international school operator, and extended leases with two existing tenants, increasing the in-place NOI by c. 20% and the building’s WAULT to 4.7 years. The disposal was completed 12 months ahead of plan, crystallising the value created and capitalising on a strong Spanish investment market.

Trish Barrigan, Benson Elliot Managing Partner, said: “This sale is a strong example of our ability to source high quality but undermanaged properties, and conceive and deliver value-add programmes in a cost efficient and timely manner. Benson Elliot was an early entrant into the Spanish market, and this exit enables us to crystallise significant value for our investors.”

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For further information:

Benson Elliot
Trish Barrigan, Managing Partner
Matilda Williams
+44 (0) 20 7808 8900
Matilda.Williams@bensonelliot.com

FTI Consulting
Dido Laurimore / Claire Turvey
+44 (0) 20 3727 1000
Dido.laurimore@fticonsulting.com Claire.turvey@fticonsulting.com

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