Sale to LaSalle Comes as Aviva Consolidates Possession Management Service Under Single Management
LONDON– Aviva Investors, the international property management business of European insurance giant Aviva plc, announced an ambitious plan to reshape itself, integrating its realty holdings, infrastructure, structured financing and private debt units under a single operating structure.
All told, the business would include $49 billion of possessions under management. As part of the combination, Aviva is offering nearly $8 billion in properties to Chicago-based LaSalle Financial Investment Management, the property investment management subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle.
Under the arrangement, LaSalle will acquire Aviva’s Property Multi-Manager business, which has $7 billion of properties under management, and take full ownership of the Encore+ fund, an open-ended property fund concentrated on continental Europe that has been collectively managed and run by LaSalla and Aviva for 11 years.
Following the acquisition, which is expected to nearby year-end, LaSalle stated it will rank among the top five largest global non-listed indirect realty investment supervisors with combined properties under management of $10 billion throughout all locations and risk profiles.
The division will be headed by Ed Casal, the current CEO of Real Estate at Aviva Investors and co-founder of its International Indirect Property business, who will be signing up with LaSalle. Casal will be based in New York and will likewise be joining LaSalle’s Global Management Committee.
LaSalle has designated David Ironside as fund supervisor of the Encore+ fund, which currently has a gross asset value of 1.7 billion euros (around US$ 2 billion), and was recently identified as the very best performing fund in the IPD PEPFI for 2017. It has actually likewise been the leading performing fund in the index on an aggregate five-year basis.
“A strong multi-manager capability has actually ended up being increasingly important to LaSalle’s clients and our global footprint and proficiency supply a strong foundation to enhance the inbound global indirect abilities,” LaSalle Financial investment Management’s Worldwide CEO Jeff Jacobson stated in a statement. “This will boost our abilities to provide detailed integrated financial investment options across the risk spectrum in 3rd party fund investing, joint-ventures and co-investments.”
Aviva said the divestitures to LaSalle result from a choice to separate its business as a direct owner and supervisor of assets rather than buying other firms’ funds. Aviva Investors is among Europe’s biggest managers of genuine possessions. With global allowances projected to more than double by 2025, the formation of Aviva Investors Real Assets (AIRA) aims to place the business to meet client requirements, the group stated.
“Integrating our Genuine Asset capabilities into a single platform makes sense for our customers and our company,” Euan Munro, chief executive of Aviva Investors, stated in a declaration. “By concentrating on our existing origination strengths in Europe and developing out our item and international circulation abilities, I am positive that we will develop Aviva Investors as a market-leading Real Properties platform. This is a key priority for our organisation.”
Paul Norman is CoStar’s handling news editor in the U.K.