JUNE 1, 2015

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Blackstone buys Shanghai property

by Andrea Waitrovich

The Blackstone Group is under contract to purchase an office building in Shanghai for approximately $815 million. The sellers are Paris-based L Real Estate and Shanghai Huatian Real Estate.

L Real Estate and its partner jointly developed L’Avenue Shanghai, which is located in the heart of the Changning district, one of the wealthiest residential districts of Shanghai and also one of its main CBDs. The firms acquired the site in 2007 for $184.4 million.

The asset, completed in 2013, comprises a retail podium of 430,556 square feet of net leasable area with four levels above-grade and two levels below-grade, topped by a class A office tower.

The project, designed by renowned architect Jun Aoki, has been locally nicknamed “The Boot“ and has become a landmark of the Shanghai skyline as well as a home to luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Fendi, Bulgari, Celine, Loewe and Tag Heuer.

L Real Estate is a global luxury ret

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