Charter Hall and BP partner up
Allens has advised BP on its $534 million property partnership with Charter Hall.
Firms: Allens (BP).
Value: $534 million.
Deal: Allens has advised BP on a new $534 million unlisted property fund for convenience retail properties in New Zealand, 49 per cent of which will be sold to a Charter Hall consortium.
Key Players: The Allens team was led by partner Charles Ashton.
Simpson Grierson acted as NZ legal counsel.
Deal Significance: The fund will be used to acquire and hold the majority of BP’s owned convenience retail properties in New Zealand, which are leased back on long-term leases to BP Oil New Zealand Limited.
As part of the transaction, BP will sell a 49 per cent interest in the fund to a consortium of the Charter Hall Long WALE REIT and the Charter Hall Retail REIT.
Two ASX-listed property trusts managed by Charter Hall, its Long WALE REIT and its Retail REIT, will own equal stakes in a new fund created to hold the BP investment.
“We were delighted to work closely with BP as it extended its partnership with Charter Hall, one of Australia’s leading owners and managers of convenience retail assets,” Mr Ashton said.
“This acquisition builds on our close relationship with BP, having previously advised BP on the creation of its inaugural $1.7 billion Australian unlisted property fund in partnership with Charter Hall last year.”