Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills (LaSalle Funds Management); DLA Piper (Aventus Retail Property)
Deal: LaSalle Funds Management (LaSalle) sold Home Hub Castle Hill and Home Hub Marsden Park to Aventus Retail Property (Aventus).
Value: $436 million
Key players: Herbert Smith Freehills partner Kerry Heilbronn (pictured) and consultant David Stitt led the team advising LaSalle, with assistance from senior associate Anna Williams.
Deal significance: LaSalle sold the two major Sydney retail centres to Aventus Property, fetching $336 million for the Castle Hill complex and $100 million for Marsden Park.
The sale of the centres represented a weighted average capitalisation of 5.6 per cent and reflects continued confidence in large-format retailing in the Sydney market, according to a statement from HSF.
“We have had long-term involvement with these assets and are delighted to have played a role in assisting LaSalle to execute this landmark transaction,” said lead partner Kerry Heilbronn.
“It is exciting to see continued movement in the large-format retail sector. The location and size of the transactions reflect growing activity in this market.”