Blackstone announced that real estate funds managed by Blackstone (“Blackstone”) have agreed to sell their pan European logistics company, Logicor, to affiliates of China Investment Corporation (“CIC”) for €12.25 billion. Logicor owns and operates a portfolio of high-quality logistics assets totaling 147 million square feet, in 17 countries with over 70% concentrated in the UK, Germany, France and Southern Europe. Located throughout Europe’s major economies, along primary transport corridors and in close proximity to large population centers, the portfolio is ideally positioned to benefit from the structural shift in demand driven by the rapid growth in e-commerce.
Anthony Myers, Blackstone’s Head of Real Estate Europe said: “We built Logicor through over 50 acquisitions to be a premier pan European logistics real estate company. It will now have an excellent new long term owner, and we have no doubt that it will go from strength to strength in a sector with hugely positive prospects.”
Mo Barzegar, Logicor’s CEO, said: “We are excited about the company’s future prospects under the new long-term ownership of CIC with whom we will continue to deliver and exceed our customers’ expectations.”
Closing is expected to occur later this year. Eastdil Secured and Goldman Sachs were lead advisors to Blackstone with additional advice provided by PJT Partners, Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch and Citigroup. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett acted as legal advisors to Blackstone. UBS acted as financial advisor to CIC. Clifford Chance acted as legal advisors to CIC.