The new SICAF is fully operative and has already acquired an office building in Milan from Sator Immobiliare SGR
Ardian, a world-leading private investment house, together with Prelios SGR, announce that they have set-up a new multi-compartment and externally managed fixed-capital investment company (“SICAF”), the first one authorized by Bank of Italy. The new SICAF is entirely owned by an investment fund managed by Ardian and managed by Prelios SGR S.p.A.
The SICAF has already acquired from Sator Immobiliare SGR an office building located in via Roncaglia 12 – 14, in the south-west central part of Milan.
Built in the 1960s, the property covers around 9,300 sqm of gross area. The building is in a sought-after district in close proximity to the new CityLife business district, with excellent public transport links to the city centre. The building will be completely renovated, delivering to the market a Grade A product in line to the latest international construction, health and energy standards.
Rodolfo Petrosino, Managing Director at Ardian Real Estate, said: “The launch of this second real estate SICAF is the result of a partnership with a major operator such as Prelios with whom we are working in synergy. It is a new investment tool that we are the first to offer our investors and thanks to which we can continue to select the best opportunities in the core plus-value added segment on the market, as demonstrated by the recent acquisition of the real estate property of via Roncaglia 12 – 14. This construction project is an ideal addition to our existing portfolio in Italy. Given the property’s proximity to the new business district CityLife, and excellent transport links to the city centre, we expect demand for office space in this area to continue to grow. With its thriving and diverse corporate landscape, Milan is a key market for Ardian Real Estate as we continue to acquire and develop attractive properties in core European cities.”
“The new SICAF is the second one set up by Ardian and managed by Prelios SGR, and the first externally managed multi-sector real estate SICAF in Italy” adds Andrea Cornetti, General Manager of Prelios SGR. “This initiative strengthens the relationship with Ardian, one of the main players in the European market. With this transaction, Prelios SGR confirms its pioneering role in the range of investment products managed, and its leadership in the management of innovative products dedicated to leading institutional investors”.
The investment was completed with the support of GVA Redilco as commercial advisor, Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli, Partners for the administrative due diligence and REAAS for the technical and environmental due diligence. Chiomenti, with a multi-disciplinary team coordinated by its partner Umberto Borzi, assisted Ardian in the process of authorising and setting up of the SICAF, as well as Prelios SGR in the first investment.
With this acquisition Ardian Real Estate’s owns seven properties in Italy and two in Milan, following its sale of two buildings in Via Giorgio Washington 70 and Corso Italia 13 in October 2018.
Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of US$96bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The company is majority-owned by its employees. It keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base.
Through its commitment to shared outcomes for all stakeholders, Ardian’s activities fuel individual, corporate and economic growth around the world.
Holding close its core values of excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship, Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 610 employees working from fifteen offices across Europe (Frankfurt, Jersey, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Paris and Zurich), the Americas (New York, San Francisco and Santiago) and Asia (Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul). It manages funds on behalf of around 970 clients through five pillars of investment expertise: Fund of Funds, Direct Funds, Infrastructure, Real Estate and Private Debt.
ABOUT PRELIOS SGR
Prelios SGR is the management company of the Prelios Group. Among the main Italian real estate SGRs, it is active in the promotion and management of investment funds and separate accounts, in advisory services to support the main national and international investors in defining and implementing the best investment and management strategies in the real estate sector throughout Italy. In December 2018, the company managed assets of approximately Euro 4.4 billion for 34 funds, including two multi-sector compartment funds, a SICAF and four separate accounts.