UBS’s London Headquarters Attracts Buyer With £1.25 Billion Deal
UBS Group AG’s London headquarters will be bought by Korea’s National Pension Service and LaSalle Investment Management for about 1.25 billion pounds ($1.7 billion).
The silver building’s current owners Hong Kong-based CK Asset Holdings Ltd. started initial discussions with a handful of potential buyers earlier this year, Bloomberg reported at the time. NPS, working with LaSalle, was the winning bidder for the site at 5 Broadgate, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the deal is private.
A representative for NPS declined to comment. A representative for CK Asset wasn’t immediately available to to comment.
The Hong Kong-based company run by Victor Li, who succeeded his billionaire father Li Ka-shing in 2018, bought the property that year for 1 billion pounds and would only accept offers in excess of that amount, people familiar with the early discussions said in June. UBS moved into the building after its completion in 2015 from a series of smaller offices on the Broadgate campus.
The Swiss bank is committed to the site, which has more than 700,000 square feet (65,032 square meters) of space, until at least 2035.
Demand for trophy London office buildings with long leases has held up during the pandemic even as firms continue to juggle how to manage the return to office life. British Land Co., which developed the property, said last month that it has seen a boom in activity this year for new office space.
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