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HSF advises on major purchase

HSF advises on major purchase

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised on Gemshine Investments S$519 million acquisition of a five storey, strata-titled suburban mall in Sengkang, Singapore.

Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills (Gemshine Investments (S) Pte Ltd)

Deal: Gemshine Investments acquires S$519 million mall in Singapore

Area: Property

Value: S$519 million

Key players: Simon Taskunas, head of Herbert Smith Freehills’ real estate funds practice in Asia, led the firm's Singapore team, which included senior associate Cheryl Neo and associate Amy Hale. HSF also worked with Singapore counsel Wong Partnership LLP. Shook Lin & Bok LLP acted for SML, while Allen & Gledhill LLP represented Gemshine's financier, OCBC Bank.

Deal significance: Compass Point is a five storey, strata-titled suburban mall in Sengkang, Singapore, with a net lettable area of 269,546 sq ft. The acquisition, which completed on 20 November, involved shares and debt for a purchase price of S$519 million.

Gemshine is an incorporated joint venture between PRUPIM-managed Asia Property Fund and Frasers Centrepoint Limited.

Asia Property Fund is an open-end SICAV-SIF incorporated in Luxembourg with a diversified investment mandate in core Asia-Pacific real estate.

The vendor, Sengkang Mall Limited (SML), applied the sale proceeds towards the redemption of senior and junior bonds issued in 2002 when Compass Point was securitised.

 “Unwinding a 10-year-old securitisation structure involved multiple parties and work streams, and various complexities. Suburban retail malls in Singapore are tightly held and highly sought after, so Gemshine has done well to secure Compass Point,” said Taskunas.

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