New York, 14 September 2010
Macquarie Group (“Macquarie”) (ASX: MQG; ADR: MQBKY) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the membership interests in Presidio Partners LLC (“Presidio”), a leading US-based real estate private capital raising and advisory firm. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2010, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
Presidio’s strength in the US and Europe, in combination with Macquarie’s preeminent position in Asia Pacific, will create a leading global real estate private capital markets platform. The combined platform will have a 19 person private capital team, who have raised a combined US$30 billion for private real estate transactions from 390 institutions in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific since 2003. The private capital team will be supported by Macquarie’s broader real estate advisory, equities and debt capital markets business.
Chris Green, Co-Global Head, Macquarie Capital Advisor’s Real Estate Group, said: “The addition of the Presidio team to Macquarie’s existing real estate platform will bolster our real estate offering and increases investor and client coverage across all major developed markets and key emerging markets. Their long-term industry experience provides Macquarie with additional real estate private capital markets capabilities in the US and Europe, and is a natural complement to our preeminent franchise in the Asia Pacific region.”
The acquisition of the private capital team follows the recent hire of a six person CMBS team in the US.
Desi Co, Partner of Presidio Partners said: “We are excited to be able to bring our experience and client relationships to Macquarie. Our clients will still receive the same personalized, institutional quality senior attention that they’re accustomed to, but will now be able to benefit from the reach of Macquarie’s global platform and its broad range of investment banking services.”
“Macquarie will assist with proprietary and third party overseas capital for potential US investment opportunities, providing its full resources to our industry. We will work together to provide our key institutional relationships with globally accessed club and direct investment opportunities,” Mr. Co added.
Brett Robson, Global Head of Macquarie Real Estate Private Capital markets, said: “We are seeing an increasing co-dependence of private and public capital in real estate transactions along with an increased globalization of capital flows. We are excited about creating a truly global real estate private capital business and believe Macquarie’s strength across both public and private equity plus debt capital markets will ensure clients are able to maximize access to opportunities and capital.”
Presidio is a San Francisco and Chicago based real estate private capital raising and advisory firm. Presidio is ranked as a top-three real estate private capital raiser, both in the US and globally, having raised over US$11.8 billion of equity over 21 transactions since 2003. In addition to its US presence, the company has been particularly active in raising funds for sponsors based in the UK, Europe and the emerging markets.
Presidio’s four founding principals will join Macquarie as Managing Directors following the close of the transaction. They are: