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Blackstone, Panchshil Realty to buy Express Towers for Rs 900 cr

November 19, 2013 18:54 IST

Blackstone, Panchshil Realty to buy Express Towers for Rs 900 cr

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US private equity firm Blackstone Group LP and Indian developer Panchshil Realty are close to buying a majority stake in an office tower in Mumbai for about Rs 900 crore (Rs 9 billion), two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The deal could be concluded as early as next week, said a source directly involved in the talks. Both the sources declined to be named as the details are not public yet.

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The 25-storey Express Towers in Nariman Point, a business district, is 49 percent owned by ICICI Ventures, the private equity arm of ICICI Bank, India's biggest private sector lender.

The rest is held by Indian Express Group, a newspaper publisher.

Blackstone, ICICI Ventures and Indian Express Group declined to comment. Panchshil could not be reached immediately.

The Economic Times reported the deal earlier on Tuesday.

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Image: Express Towers.
Photographs: Gahlowt/Wikimedia Commons.

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Blackstone has invested more than $500 million in buying leased property assets in India.

It is also in advanced talks to buy a business park in Mumbai for about Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 10 billion) and a special economic zone in Gurgaon for around Rs 2,400 crore (Rs 24 billion), sources have told Reuters.

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The 400,000 square-foot Express Towers overlooks the Arabian Sea and is home to several tenants including Blackstone, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Temasek Holdings, Warburg Pincus and General Atlantic Company.


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